AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 27th, 2021

This Week’s Program:

Future Speakers: Chuck Gojmerac – Morrison Cove Memorial Park – Park & Recreation Director

May 4th – TBD

May 11th – TBD

May 18th – TBD

May 25th – Jennifer Knisely – Executive Director of the Altoona Library

Last Week’s Speaker: Last week our speaker was Duane Ehredt – Director of Client Care – Home Instead Senior Care. Duane is a lifelong resident of Blair County, a Penn State grad with a degree in Health Administration, and in his spare time enjoys hunting and fishing…primarily spring gobbler season. He and his wife have three children. For twenty years, Duane worked for Blair Senior Services before coming to Home Instead eleven years ago. Duane began his remarks by thanking the AMBUCS for their support we provided to one of their clients. An elderly woman in Duncansville needed repairs to a ramp that she had leading from her residence. The ramp had deteriorated to the point that it was very difficult to get her wheelchair in and out. The AMBUCS not only repaired the ramp but paid to have a contractor replace her porch roof that was one of the reasons that the ramp had deteriorated. Duane noted that both the resident and his caregivers appreciated the repairs. Home Instead is a national operation of 26 years, with 1,200 offices and employing 90,000 caregivers. According to Duane, they provide many forms of non-medical care for the elderly. He stated that they work with people to keep them safe but give them the opportunities that they desire. The local office in Duncansville, employs 120 caregivers and covers both Blair and Cambria counties. Duane referred the times to a “silver tsunami” due to the huge number of baby boomers. This large increase in clients has caused a real need for additional caregivers, causing Duane to have to quite often turn care opportunities away. Some of the services that they can provide include bathing, dressing, meal preparation, grocery shopping, laundry, and light housekeeping. Additionally, they can provide care and support to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. In addition to their individual clients, Home Instead also has contracts with the Veterans Administration, the M.S. Society, and other local organizations. For more information on Home Instead Senior Care; visit them at or contact Duane at (814) 693-2911.

Guests Last Week:

There were none.


…..The AMBUCS Blood Screening is this Saturday! If you have signed up to help, please be at the Convention Center by 5:30 AM. The last we heard, we had 230 folks signed up for our blood screening, but Ed is expecting that number to grow. All members are asked to help promote the fund-raising event to your co-workers, family and friends. This is our largest fundraiser and we need to promote the event.

…..Grants chairman, Karen Lemme, announced that two Ambucs have talked with her about assisting with the grants, but as of yet, are undecided. So, we are still seeking helpers…the more that can help, the easier it will be for each grant writer. Grants have become a major part of our Amtryke and ramp building budget and several more grant writers 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.

…..Coach Tony Miller informed the attendees that the date for the WeCare Softball Marathon has been changed to Saturday August 7th. As usual, Tony stated that a after-game party is being planned for players, spectators and all Ambucs. So hit the batting cage and oil up that mitt. More details and a sign-up sheet will be distributed closer to the event.

…..Last week, our speaker, Duane Ehredt picked the winning raffle ticket of your bulletin editor, John Lloyd. . After checking out the cards, I, like so many before me, chose poorly. I was informed by President Linda that the Jack of Spades doesn’t pay jack!. The good news is the deck is now slimmed down to just 27 cards (26 cards & 1 Joker now that we are half way through the deck). The winning pot amount is now $388.

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