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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for September 18, 2018

Today’s Meeting:    NO MEETING THIS WEEK! See you on September 25th.

 

Future Speakers:

September 25thChris Gable – Discussing his observations from a recent trip to Cuba

 

Bradley WilkinsonWhacha’ May Have Missed Last Week: What a smile on Brady Wilkinson’s face as he pedaled his new Amtryke around the room! Five-year-old Brady of Wilmore had previous experience on an Amtryke when he rode one at the IU-8, but now he has one of his own. Brady was joined at the meeting by his Mother Jennifer, two-year-old sister Caylie, his Grandmother Chris Wilkinson, and his Aide Michele Chesnutwood. Brady was not at all shy as he high-fived nearly everyone in the room. His outgoing personality caught President Kristan’s attention and she asked Brady’s Mother if they would consider having Brady be the Altoona AMBUCS 2018/19 Ambassador Child. His mother agreed and asked Brady if he wanted to do that and he gave her an enthusiastic “Yes”.  If Brady’s parent’s schedule permits, Brady will be a big part of the AMBUCS float at the Altoona Christmas Parade in November.

 

Our guest speaker was Juls Bratton – Girls Night Out Altoona, Inc. Juls, who is a New Enterprise native, is the Sales Manager of DelGrosso Foods; but more importantly she has over 26 years of charitable fundraising experience. Knowing about charitable giving, she commended the Altoona AMBUCS for our work in the community. Juls went on to say that “Girls Night Out” was started in Johnstown 12 years ago and in Altoona 11 years ago. The first year, the night’s events raised $6,000 while last year’s event netted the organization $106,400! Each year’s event includes dinner, silent auctions, and other fundraising activities. The proceeds from the night are used for vouchers for those individuals who cannot afford their needed mammograms, ultrasounds, and other procedures at the Joyce Murtha Breast Cancer Center as well as the Tyrone Hospital and UPMC Altoona. Additionally, some of the monies are funneled to support cancer research. Over $700,000 has been raised by the annual event’s donors and sponsors. Each year, Girls Night Out is held at the Jaffa Mosque and has a crowd of 950 attend the sold-out evening. The planning for each year’s event takes 12 months and is accomplished by a committee of women, a number of whom themselves suffer from cancer. This year’s event will be held on October 24th. For more information on this charitable 501(c)(3) organization, visit them on their Facebook page.

 

Guests of the Day:

…..No guests last week

 

News of the Week:

…..President Kristan noted that the club will be participating in this year’s Pumpkinfest in downtown Hollidaysburg on Saturday October 20th. We will have a booth with an Amtryke for

 

display and we will be selling Gardner’s candy bars as an early kickoff to our annual Christmas candy sale. Kristan is also planning some type of children’s craft/activity which will include stickers. Booth setup is from 7 to 9 that morning and the booth will need to be manned from 10 until 4. Kristan will have a sign-up sheet in the future. Additionally, Kristen informed the membership that the club is looking into participating in the upcoming “Community Fair” to be held by the Altoona School District.

 

…..Rachel DiAndrea noted that the AMBUCS public relations/marketing committee is organizing our float for our participation in this year’s Altoona Christmas parade, scheduled for Thursday evening, November 29th. The committee will be looking for volunteers to help with the float and participate in the parade. Hopefully a number of Amtryke riders can be a part of our float.

 

…..The last several years we have not had our annual “500 Club” lunch for those members who either purchased $500 of candy from our Christmas sale and/or made a cash contibution equaling our profit from $500 of sales. The lunch this year will be held on Tuesday October 2nd (note: this is a date change) and will include those members who were “500 Club” members in either 2016 or 2017, or both. Linda Horomanski is contacting those “500 Club” members to get a meal count.

 

football goal…..Week 1 of the football season and we already had a “33” score! Rudy Turko’s Rams scored 33 against Sandy Gregory’s Raiders. This netted Rudy $30 and Sandy $10. I didn’t see any 33’s scored this weekend but we always have Monday Night Football. Remember, if no one scores 33, the pot will continue to grow.

Trek 4 Trykes…..Remember to support Dave Aiken’s efforts to raise money for a Wish List Amtryke for his Trek-4-Trykes walk at this year’s National AMBUCS Convention in Reno. You can contribute by writing a charitable donation check to “National AMBUCS” and give it to Dave or by using the Crowdrise fundraising site described in Dave’s email to club members on August 23rd.

 

Joker…..Last week’s raffle ticket winner was once again Mark Ford! . Mark has been pretty lucky lately but this time he chose unwisely, picking the King of Hearts. That means that next week’s winner will be choosing from the remaining 49 cards (47 cards – 2 Jokers) for a chance to win the pot of around $120 or so. Good luck, it just might be you.

 

…..Joining us at our September 25th meeting will be members of the Altoona PSU Social Media Marketing class and their professor Tulay Girard. As a class project, the students will be examining the Altoona AMBUCS with an emphasis on determining what things we may be able to do to improve our visability in the community.

 

In Closing:Measure twic

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for September 11, 2018

AmtrykeToday’s Meeting:  – Juls Bratton – Girls Night Out Altoona, Inc. and an Amtryke presentation to 4-year-old Brady Wilkinson of Wilmore. 

Future Speakers:

September 18thNo Meeting

September 25th – Chris Gable – Discussing his observations from a recent trip to Cuba 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

 

Our guest speaker was Pam Townsend of the H.O.P.E. Drop-In Center. Pam is the Executive Director of the Center which was formed in 2014 as a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for those suffering from mental issues. Pam said that 1 in 5 people will have a mental diagnosis and that the stigma of these issues often causes people to suffer in silence. The center teaches skills and recovery methods in a relaxing environment, allowing participants to share like experiences and develop friendships. Currently about 40 people are being served by H.O.P.E. The meetings are held every Monday from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM in the basement of the Bethany Lutheran Church at 200 3rd Avenue in Altoona. Other activities include crafts, games, educational programs, and several wellness activities. This year, in conjunction with St Francis University, they will be developing an art studio experience with a year-end art display being planned. Pam, who volunteered her time in the past, is now a paid staff member thanks to a recent funding grant from the county. Pam brought with her a number of Worry Stones for the membership. These stones, when rubbed between the index finger and thumb, are believed to lessen ones’ worries. Pam finished her talk by reading the poem “I’m the Evidence”. To make a tax-deductible contribution, send a check made out to H.O.P.E. Drop In and mail it to P.O. Box 1215, Altoona, Pa. 16603.

 

Guests of the Day:

 

…..Guest of Dave Aikens was Sandy Hazlett. Sandy also works for H.O.P.E. Drop In.

 

News of the Week:

…..President Kristan noted several Amtryke presentations and also noted that the club will be participating in this year’s Pumpkinfest in downtown Hollidaysburg on Saturday October 20th. We will have a booth with an Amtryke for display and we will be selling Gardner’s candy bars as a kickoff to our annual Christmas candy sale. Booth setup is from 7 to 9 that morning and the booth will need to be manned from 10 until 4. Kristan will have a sign-up sheet in the future.

 

…..Dave Aikens reported that the club has 6 tickets to the Altoona Kiwanis 100 year celebration party, set for September 22nd. If interested in helping our fellow service club celebrate their milestone anniversary, see Dave for tickets.

 

…..Rachel DiAndrea noted that the AMBUCS marketing committee is organizing our float for our participation in this year’s Altoona Christmas parade, scheduled for Thursday evening, November 29th. The committee will be looking for volunteers to help with the float and participate in the parade. Hopefully a number of Amtryke riders can be a part of our float.

 

…..The last several years we have not had our annual “500 Club” lunch for those members who either purchased $500 of candy from our Christmas sale and/or made a cash contibution equaling our profit from $500 of sales. The lunch this year will be held on Tuesday October 2nd (note: this is a date change) and will include those members who were “500 Club” members in either 2016 or 2017, or both. Linda Horomanski is contacting those “500 Club” members to get a meal count.

…..As we did last year, there will not be a meeting next Tuesday September 18th due to the annual Operation Our Town golf outing being held at Park Hills. You’ll have to find your own lunch that day!

 

…..Last Tuesday evening, Amtryke Chairman, Michele Lloyd and husband John presented an Amtryke to 2 year old Mae Flaugh of Duncansville. The presentation was made at the end of her therapy session at Kid’s First in Hollidaysburg. Mae’s Grandmother thanked us for the tryke but Mae was sufferring from a severe bout of shyness so we couldn’t get a picture of her.

 

football goal…..Well the NFL season kicked off this past week and that means our “33 Club” is off and running. Hopefully you didn’t fumble and pass on all of the fun! (That’s as many football terms that I could come up with). I didn’t see any 33’s scored this weekend but we always have Monday Night Football and this Monday there are two games. Remember, if no one scores 33, the pot will continue to grow. I attached a copy of the “33 Club” assignments to this week’s bulletin email.

Trek 4 Trykes…..Remember to support Dave Aiken’s efforts to raise money for a Wish List Amtryke for his Trek-4-Trykes walk at this year’s National AMBUCS Convention in Reno. You can contribute by writing a charitable donation check to “National AMBUCS” and give it to Dave or by using the Crowdrise fundraising site described in Dave’s email to club members on August 23rd.

 

Joker…..Last week’s raffle ticket winner was Jack McDougal. Jack was no more successful than many who came before him. Jack’s choice of the 3 of Hearts was rather pathetic but that just means that next week’s winner will be choosing from the remaining 50 cards (48 cards – 2 Jokers) for a chance to win the pot of around $100 or so. Good luck…..it just might be you.

In Closing:        Say what…..?       Zoo warning

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for September 4, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  Pam Townsend – Hope Drop-In Center 

Future Speakers:

September 11th – Juls Bratton – Girls Night Out Altoona, Inc.

September 18thNo Meeting

September 25th – Chris Gable – Discussing his observations from a recent PSU sponsored trip to Cuba 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:   

Jerry ZoltenOur guest speaker was Jerry Zolten – PSU professor – “How They Got Over: Black Gospel Quartets & the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Jerry is a professor at PSU-Altoona and has created a documentary film entitled “How They Got Over: Black Gospel Quartets & the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll”. The executive producer of the film is DiAndrea Media. Jerry went on to say that the independent film is currently being shown in the film festival circuit. They are hoping that they can soon land the film in a deal for a larger distribution, possibly on television. As a McKeesport native, Jerry grew up listening to black gospel music, which he described as the foundation of future rock ‘n’ roll music. He is the author of a book about the Dixie Hummingbirds and from that recognition he became the co-producer and narrator of the film. The film includes interviews from a number of the artists as well as vintage clips from many of the musical groups’ performances. He explained that the title “How They Got Over” comes from a bible verse as well as explaining that many of these groups used their musical talent to help them “get over” their hardships of life. During his talk he played two segments from the film….one being the movie’s trailer and the other of a live performance from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who has recently been posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Jerry said that this style of music influenced many future music legends such as Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. Most of these groups were from the 40’s and 50’s, so when interviewed for the film the musicians were in their 90’s. Since the film was ten years in the making, by the film’s release only one had survived and actually passed away the week of the film’s debut. Jerry stated that so far both the domestic and international market reviews have been very positive! Hopefully the film will soon be shown in the Altoona market.

Guests of the Day:

…..There were no guests last week.

News of the Week:    

…..The last several years we have not had our annual “500 Club” lunch for those members who either purchased $500 of candy from our Christmas sale and/or made a cash contibution equaling our profit from $500 of sales. The lunch this year will be held on Tuesday October 2nd and will include those members who were “500 Club” members in either 2016 or 2017, or both. Linda Horomanski is organizing this special lunch and will have more details soon.

…..As we did last year, there will not be a meeting on Tuesday September 18th due to the annual Operation Our Town golf outing held at Park Hills. This event draws a very large crowd and both parking and dining room space is at a premium. You’ll have to find your own lunch that day!

…..There are no September Club Anniversaries and just two Ambuc Birthdays:

Ed Garlena – on the 7th and John Lloyd on the 12th

Luke Hinish
Luke Hinish

…..Last week was a banner week for Amtrykes. We received three more of the back-ordered Amtrykes and we delivered seven built bikes to children in the area. On Tuesday afternoon, Jack Rawlings and John Lloyd delivered an Amtryke to 15 year old Luke Hinish of Saxton. This is Luke’s second tryke as he has outgrown his first one. His mother gave us his first Amtryke for the return ride home on Jack’s trailer. It should be able to be refurbished and given away to another child in the future. On Wednesday afternoon, Michele and John Lloyd presented 15 year old Kennedy Heaster of Altoona with her new Amtryke and then on Thursday morning three more were given away….one to 5 year old Isabella Thomas of Altoona, one to 3 year old Kelsey Ganz of Altoona and the last to 3 year old Elizabeth Houp of Portage. Then on

Elizabeth Houp
Elizabeth Houp

Saturday morning, the Amtryke building team was again hard at work. Four Amtrykes were built by the team of Dave Aikens, Ed Farabaugh, and John Lloyd. Then on Sunday two of those trykes were presented, one to Brian Adam of Moon and the other to Dominic Bush of Altoona. Amtryke chairman Michele Lloyd is now arranging to schedule the remaining two trykes. This flurry of activity leaves us with just three more bikes that are on backorder.

 

                                                                                                        

       …..Speaking of Amtrykes…..the club has received a $1,000 donation check for the Amtryke fund from the Interim Healthcare Fund of the Columbus Foundation. Additionally, Amtryke recipient Brian Adam’s family also gave us a $200 donation when they picked up his tryke on Sunday.

…..The AMBUCS board met last Wednesday and approved the membership application of Cullen Sheehan. The board also approved a $500 local scholarship for Alexis Murray, an Occupational therapist student at Saint Francis. Also discussed were several possible future fundraisers and the decision to participate in the Hollidaysburg Pumpkinfest and the Altoona Christmas parade.   

Joker…..Last week’s raffle ticket winner was Mark Ford. Mark missed finding a Joker, instead choosing the Four of Clubs. That means that next week’s winner will be choosing from the remaining 51 cards (49 cards – 2 Jokers) for a chance to win the pot of around $80 or so. Good luck…..it just might be you.

In Closing:     Sorry….no joke today….only an appeal to assist Dave Aikens in his fundraising efforts for his participation as a walker in the Trek-4-Trykes walk at this year’s National AMBUCS Convention in Reno. Each walker is raising money to get disabled AmTryke Give Awaychildren and adults who are on the National Wish List the Amtrykes that they desire. Dave’s goal is $800, which is the cost of an average Amtryke. You can help Dave’s efforts by writing a check to National Ambucs and giving it to Dave to deliver to the Convention or by using the Crowdrise fundraising site at the website shown in Dave’s email to club members on August 23rd. What better way to support these children that have been waiting for an Amtryke for some time.