AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 20th, 2021

This Week’s Program: Duane Ehredt – Director of Client Care – Home Instead

Future Speakers:

April 27th – Chuck Gojmerac – Morrison Cove Memorial Park – Park & Recreation Director

May 4th – TBD

May 11th – TBD

Last Week’s Speaker: Last week our speaker was Joe Murgo – WTAJ Chief Meteorologist. Dave Aikens introduced Joe and stated that the two of them became acquainted when Dave gave Joe a ride home from the Pittsburgh airport one evening when Joe’s connecting flight to Martinsburg was cancelled. Joe is a native of New York City and said that his interest in weather began after experiencing the 1978 blizzard in New York and later severe weather in Tulsa Oklahoma. While attending Penn State for his BS degree in Meteorology, he began weather forecasting for AccuWeather in his sophomore year. He began his professional forecasting in Steubenville Ohio and then later in both Washington D.C. and Norfolk Virginia. About twenty years ago, Joe interviewed and secured his spot at WTAJ in Altoona. He said that he enjoys this area because of its interesting weather patterns and the outdoor activities that he partakes in such as skiing and kayaking. Joe said that the history of meteorology can be traced back to 52 BC when Aristotle wrote about weather. In the 1700’s, Benjamin Franklin wrote about the weather when he felt that a lunar eclipse was weather-ruined. In the early 1900’s there was no effective way to tell if a hurricane or other severe weather was approaching. During WWII, radar was developed that began to be used for weather predictions. In the 60’s, satellites were becoming a part of weather forecasting and then in the 70’s and 80’s computer analysis became the norm. Joe stated that while weather forecasting is much more accurate, that long range forecasting becomes less accurate as projections are made further into the future. After fielding numerous questions from the attendees, Joe concluded his remarks talking about his interest in curling. Joe is a both an instructor and team member of a league based at Galactic Ice. He said that beginners are encouraged to take lessons and get involved and he suggested that our club consider a curling social event.

Guests Last Week:

There were none.


…..Michele Lloyd reported that after her Amtryke building team of Ed Farabaugh and Ryan Graham were finished assembling an Amtryke for 30-year-old Erica Chilcote of Hollidaysburg; it was delivered to Erica’s daycare facility, ACEL, last Tuesday morning. At the request of the family, no pictures were taken at the presentation. According to Erica’s therapist, former Ambuc Kristan Zolnoski, Erica will use the Amtryke to provide exercise to combat the loss of motion in her knees.

…..Ed Farabaugh checked with UPMC and so far, we have 230 folks signed up for our blood screening on Saturday May 1st. All members are asked to help promote the fund-raising event to your co-workers, family and friends. Blood Screening posters are now available for you to take for your office, church, or anywhere they will be seen. Event Co-Chair, Michele Lloyd, will have the posters at club or if you can’t make a meeting, call Michele (695-6753) and she will get them to you. This is our largest fundraiser and we need to promote the event.

…..Our attendance is picking up as more and more members are getting vaccinated. Some faces in the crowd that we haven’t seen for a while included Dave Aikens, Karen Lemme, and Spencer Wiggins. Remember, if you can’t attend one of our meetings in person, we are continuing to broadcast the meetings on ZOOM. The link for these meetings is the same each week. So, tune in at:

Note: Since our time is limited on ZOOM, the meeting video each week will begin at 12:30 PM.

…..Grants chairman, Karen Lemme, is looking for an Ambuc willing to write a few grants for the club. Grants have become a major part of our Amtryke and ramp building budget and one more grant writer would help those Ambucs who are currently writing them. Please see Karen if you can help.


…..News from our Regional Director Shirley Flickinger is that the Northeast Regional Spring Conference is scheduled for May 22nd in Lititz. Registration deadline is May 15th. The conference is scheduled from 9AM to 3PM and can also be joined virtually. Additionally, Shirley reported that the Hollidaysburg chapter of AMBUCS has decided to fold. That club was built many years ago by our chapter. While their membership was very small recently; over the years they collected canned goods for the Rescue Mission during numerous Hollidaysburg parades and they were instrumental in getting the star and cross lit atop Chimney Rocks for many Christmas and Easter seasons.

…..Last week, our speaker, Joe Murgo picked the winning raffle ticket of Dave Aikens. Dave perused the cards but came up empty when he chose the Two of Clubs. The good news is the deck is now slimmed down to just 29 cards (27 cards & 2 Jokers). The winning pot amount is now over $350.


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