AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 6th, 2021

This Week’s Program: Tara Enedy – Altoona Community Theatre & a special ZOOM presentation by Garry Tom of Snap-Raise.

Future Speakers:

April 13th – Joe Murgo – WTAJ Chief Meteorologist

April 20th – Duane Ehredt – Director of Client Care – Home Instead

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

L ast Week’s Speaker: Last week our speaker was Amy Gorsuch of the WIC Program through the Home Nursing Agency. Amy is a graduate of IUP and has been employed with the WIC program for 13 years; first as a nutritionist and now as the Outreach Coordinator. The Home Nursing Agency (HNA) is the local provider of WIC services for both Blair and Centre counties. WIC services include health screenings, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referral services for pregnant mothers. Nutritious foods are offered in food packages that range from $50 to $150/month in grocery expenses. The packages offer a variety of foods that constitute a balanced diet. Additionally, farmer’s market vouchers are available each summer to provide local fruits and vegetables. The health screenings help the mothers track their weight during their pregnancy as well as monitoring infants and children’s measurements and weights. The program’s breastfeeding support is growing as their certified counselors advise mothers of the health, financial, and emotional benefits that breastfeeding can provide. Amy also noted that referrals are also a big part of their services; as they can assist with lead screenings and assistance in arranging for day care services, and doctor and dental services. The WIC program services are available based on financial need and Amy noted that if a mother is Medicaid eligible, she will also be eligible for Pa WIC as well. For example, a family of four would qualify with a monthly income of $4,040 or less. Application for services can now be made via phone (1-800-WIC-WINS) or on-line by visiting their website at

Guests Last Week:

There were none.


…..During this Tuesday’s lunch (around 12:10 PM), Bill Reintgen has arranged for a special ZOOM presentation by Garry Tom of Snap-Raise. Snap-Raise is a fundraising program that the AMBUCS board is considering. The short ZOOM presentation by Garry will explain how the fundraising opportunity works. Bill will project the presentation onto the screen in our room so that those members in attendance will be able to see the details and Bill will also set up the ZOOM presentation so that members who cannot attend can tune in as well. Bill will then set up our regular ZOOM meeting around 12:30. Prior to the April board meeting, the board will be asking the membership to critique the Snap-Raise fundraising proposal so that a decision can be made if we should pursue the idea.

…..President Linda noted the good news that we will not have a participation limit on this year’s blood screening; so please sign-up and encourage your family and friends to do likewise.

…..Speaking of that, mark your calendar for Saturday May 1st, which is the date for our annual Blood Screening at the Blair County Convention Center. 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. Michele is also now circulating a sign-up sheet for volunteers that will be needed the morning of May 1st. Help is needed from around 5:30 AM until wrap-up around 10 AM. If you won’t be at club to sign up, call Michele at 695-6753 and she will gratefully put you on the list. 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. 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.

…..It’s the beginning of a new month, so here are the April birthdays and club anniversaries:

Birthdays: Club Anniversaries:

4thLynn Lee-Alexander 1981 – Bob Reffner – 40 Years!

11thRenee Pullen 2002 – Lynn Lee-Alexander

13thAlex Seltzer 2018 – Jim Berkhimer

20thStan Wicks 2018- Chris Shirock

21stBob Reffner 2018 – Rudy Turco

30thJim Huff

Club Anniversaries:

1981 – Bob Reffner – 40 Years!

2002 – Lynn Lee-Alexander

2018 – Jim Berkhimer

2018- Chris Shirock

2018 – Rudy Turco

…..Michele Lloyd reports that she has received an Amtryke, ordered for 30 year old Erica Chilcote of Hollidaysburg. 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. Michele will have the Amtryke built this week and then contact the family to make arrangements to present it to Erica.

…..Last week, our speaker, Amy Gorsuch picked the raffle ticket of Bob Fiore. After studying the card array, he chose the Eight of Spades, making him another non-winner! The good news is the deck is now slimmed down to 31 cards (29 cards & 2 Jokers). The winning pot amount is now over $335.

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