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… 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.