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… just might be you.

In Closing:        Say what…..?       Zoo warning