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.


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