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Duncansville Community Days Raffle Winners

2021 Duncansville Community Days Raffle Winners

  • Basket #1 Kid’s Fun Basket – Donated by McDonalds – Susan Tornatore
  • Basket #2 Air Fryer – Donated by Blue Knob Auto – Alecia Sollenberger
  • Basket #3 Car Wash Kit & Starbuck’s Gift Card – Donated by Allstate – Sheehan Insurance Agency – Judy Leap
  • Basket #4 Handmade Clock & Pens – Donated by John Lloyd – Nicole Gioiosa
  • Basket #5 Wine Basket – Donated by ARC Federal Credit Union – Stephanie McCaulley
  • Basket #6 Popcorn Basket – Donated by Lemme Audiology Associates – Josh Luther
  • Basket #7 Benzel’s Pretzel Basket – Donated by Manpower – Ben Robertson
  • Basket #8 Gardner’s Candies Basket – Donated by Gardner’s Candies – Eric Fritz
  • Basket #9 Lottery Tree – Donated by Sandy Gregory, Paul Dick, and Ken Decker – Shalone Bottolfson
  • Basket #10 Fun in the Sun & Body Butters Basket – Donated by Cathy Ford of The Body ShopDavid Salome
  • Basket #11 Quoizel Mica Shell Table Lamp – Donated by PenelecKaren Allen
  • Basket #12 Art of Cooking Basket – Donated by Allstate – Sheehan Insurance AgencyNicole Chirdon

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 www.homeinstead.com or contact Duane at (814) 693-2911.

Guests Last Week:

There were none.

AMBUCS News:

…..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.

In Closing:

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.

AMBUCS News:

…..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:

https://zoom.us/j/96543904501?pwd=TWdLWjRBakI0Nk54cmdwZnNlbTZqQT09

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.

 

In Closing:

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 www.Pawic.com.

Guests Last Week:

There were none.

AMBUCS News:

…..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:

https://zoom.us/j/96543904501?pwd=TWdLWjRBakI0Nk54cmdwZnNlbTZqQT09

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.

In Closing:

Bike Rodeo

When: Saturday, June 5th, 2021
Time: 9am -12 noon
Where: Station Medical Center Parking Lot
Rain Date: Saturday, June 12th, 2021

  • Learn about bike safety
  • Practice Bike Skills
  • Bring your own bike

Staff from UPMC Altoona, Altoona Police, Altoona Fire Department, AMED, and Stat MedEvac will be present to assist with helmet fittings & activities. Information on concussions will also be provided.

Free bike helmet while supplies last.

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for October 27, 2020

This Week’s Program: TBD

Future Speakers:

November 3rd – Charles Prijatelj – Superintendent AASD

November 10th – TBD

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

..Our guest speakers were Ambucs Dean McKnight and Ken Decker, who spoke about their hobby of kite flying. Dean began by showing a video that his brother made that showed shots of many of the kites that Dean flies at Myrtle Beach. He then showed the first kite he ever bought, a black and red 4’ kite that the shopkeeper told him was guaranteed to fly. Dean said that he and his wife made yearly trips to the beach and while Elsie enjoyed sitting on the beach for hours, Dean did not. He would often go back to their room and read. While driving by a kite shop near the beach, Elsie suggested that getting and flying a kite might interest Dean. As they say, the rest is history as Dean’s collection now has around 360 kites and 400 windsocks. Dean’s kites include some unique ones including a shark, scuba-diver, soccer-kicking legs, and some large kites with wing spans of 16’, 18’ and even 20’. The 20’ kite was on display at the back of the room and Dean explained to fly it you needed 350lb test line! He informed the group that delta style kites are the easiest to fly for a beginner and he also warned that the sun is your enemy so protect yourself with a hat and sunscreen when flying. Next up Ken showed some of the kites that he likes to fly. He enjoys two-line kites, which as the name suggests are controlled by two lines that attach to the kite and have a handle for each hand. This style of kite is often called stunt kites that can flip, spin, and dip in the hands of a skilled flier. Ken got into kites the same way that Dean did; by not enjoying just sitting on the beach. Ken flies his kites at Canoe Creek State Park and on a hill on his property. A very interesting hobby that these two Ambucs enjoy and that can be done by anyone, often shared with children and grandchildren.

Guests Last Week:

Guests of Dean McKnight included Barb Stubbs and Nancy Deffenbaugh.

Guest of Alex Seltzer was Tricia Meyers of the Home Nursing Agency.

AMBUCS News:

… ..At last Tuesday’s meeting, we had the privilege of presenting an Amtryke to 23-year old Angelo Morelli of Huntingdon. Angelo was joined by his parents, who informed the membership that this was actually Angelo’s third Amtryke. He received his first one at age four. His father said that he rides with his nieces and nephews and that as a family they ride the Rails-To-Trails in Williamsburg. Angelo took to the larger Amtryke right away and began pedaling in the room and then down the hallway. This presentation was the fourth one in about a week as we delivered three Amtrykes to three Owens at WeCare, where all three boys take therapy.

Angelo & Ambuc Tim Parnell Owen Kiser & Mom Beverly Owen Shatzer & Mom Erica

…..President Linda attended an after-event get-together at the U.S. Hotel in regards to Pumpkin Day that the AMBUCS participated in several Saturdays ago. At the event, Linda accepted a check for the club in the amount of $415, our share of the event’s sponsorship money. This check will be added to the profit from our candy that was sold that day…making for a profitable fundraiser!

…..Remember that Mark Ford’s wife, Cathy, owner of The Body Shop at Home, is offering to donate her commission on all sales of her products. You can visit Cathy’s website at www.CathyFord.shop. Her products include makeup, haircare, and skincare products, as well as men’s fragrances and gift sets. Please go on-line and peruse the many products Cathy offers. This is a great opportunity to get some quality products and help AMBUCS at the same time. Just include the word “AMBUCS” in the customer name on the order so that Cathy can know which orders are eligible for her very generous donation. Please pass this offer along to all of your family and friends as well. Thanks Cathy, for this great fundraiser!

…..This weekend is the 7th week of the N.F.L. season and our annual AMBUCS “33 Club”. Since there were no 33’s scored the previous 2 weeks, the pot has grown to $90/$30 for this week’s games. On Sunday, the 49ers (Vic Gioiosa) scored 33 against the Patriots (Bob Fiore). If no one scores 33 on Monday Night’s game, Vic will win $90 and Bob $30. If someone does score 33 on Monday, the pot will be split.

…..Hopefully you’ve had a chance to sell or purchase some goodies for our annual AMBUCS Christmas Candy Sale. Candy princess, Kathy Storm reminded everyone that orders must be turned in by next Tuesday, November 3rd and the candy will be distributed on Tuesday, November 17th. Please do your part by selling some candy for this annual fundraiser. If you prefer, you can assist the club financially by considering a fair-share pledge of $200; which is the approximate profit on the sale of $500 of candy. For those members who sell $500 of candy or make a $200 donation or some combination of the two that nets the club $200…you will become a member of the $500 club.

…..Wanted: A Grants Chairman for the 2020-21 club year! Grants make up such an important portion of our Amtryke and Scholarship monies and right now the club is in dire need of someone to chair the Grants committee. We have two Ambucs, Emily Sollenberger and Jim Berkhimer who have been busy writing grant requests, but the chairmanship role is currently open. The chair does not necessarily have to help write the grants, but instead coordinates the grant schedule calendar and reminds the grant writers of when the grant applications are due. This individual also serves on the board which meets the last Thursday of each month at noon. Please give this needed board position some thought and let President Linda know if you have any questions or would be able to chair this vital committee.

…..Last week, Dean McKnight pulled the winning ticket…that of Ken Decker. Ken gave it a good shot but came up empty when he chose the four of spades. That means the deck is now down to 48 cards (46 cards & 2 Jokers). The winning pot, prior to ½ of this week’s proceeds, is at $95.

In Closing:

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for June 27, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday July 7th at the Blair County Convention Center (See details below)

…..Last Tuesday we held our Zoom meeting and our speaker for the day was our very own Ken Decker, who discussed the renovations that Arts Altoona has made to the Simpson Temple buildings at 6th Avenue and 22nd Street in Altoona. Ken went on to say that when the combined small Lutheran and Methodist congregation of the two buildings could no longer afford to maintain the buildings; they donated the site to Arts Altoona. Since then they have been working to renovate the buildings into an arts center that was originally intended for the Kress building along 11th Avenue. While the church donated all of the existing furnishings and equipment, there is still quite a bit of work to do to renovate the two adjacent buildings. Once completed Arts Altoona intends to use the buildings to host art programs, concerts, social events and other programs for up to several hundred attendees. A large commercial kitchen will be able to host dinners, both sponsored by Arts Altoona as well as catered events. Ken stated that donations are being sought to help with the very costly renovation process.

…..President Linda made several announcements including the reminder that she still has available Hoss’s/Marzoni’s gift cards for $10 and that the blood screening has now been rescheduled for Saturday August 1st. Details regarding both of these events can be found later in this bulletin.

….On Thursday, the AMBUCS board met at Hoss’s in Altoona for their monthly meeting, with the resumption of our regular meetings being the main topic of discussion. Following a large number of positive responses from our membership when asked if they feel comfortable re-starting our in-person meetings, the board decided to resume our meetings beginning Tuesday July 7th. The meetings will be held at the Blair County Convention Center with the following requirements/restrictions/precautions:

  • The meetings will be held in the same room that we met in earlier during the trial run, but the connecting wall between the rooms will be opened to allow for more spacing.
  • The round tables will be set for four members per table.
  • The servers will wear masks and gloves and will be serving pre-packaged meals.

At least for the first several weeks, President Linda will send out an invitation for the meetings which should allow us to give the Center a rough idea of how many will be attending. While the board is asking that you please respond to the invitation from Linda, there is no problem if you later find that you can’t attend or if you decline and at the last minute realize that you can attend. The intent is to get an approximate count. With the resumption of our regular meetings, the quarterly billing will go back to our normal dues. Treasurer Chris Shirock will be sending out the next dues billing in July for the July-September quarter. For those uncomfortable or unable to attend, Alex Seltzer and Bill Reintgen plan to make these meetings available on Zoom.

In other board action, approval was made to donate this year’s two $500 scholarships to Alexis Murray of Altoona (O.T.R. – St. Francis) and approval was granted to Tony Miller to register the Ambucs to again participate in the Pro-Care Softball Marathon. The game is scheduled for Saturday August 15th at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. Details and a sign-up sheet will be available soon.

…..The annual AMBUCS Blood Screening has been rescheduled for Saturday morning August 1st at Blair County Convention Center. UPMC will be making recorded calls to all those that had pre-registered for the cancelled May screening. More details in the following weeks, but Screening Chairman Ed Farabaugh will be looking for lots of help that morning. Please spread the word of the new date to all of your family, friends and co-workers. This is a major fundraising effort for our Amtrykes and other philanthropic works. A sign-up sheet should be available at the July 7th meeting.

…..With Blair County restaurants now being open…now’s the time to get your Hoss’s – Marzoni’s gift cards that support our club. The cards are just $10 and can be used anytime at either Hoss’s or Marzoni’s. You know you are anxious to eat out…call President Linda Horomanski today at 937-0884 to get your cards today!

…..Program chairman Ken Decker is looking for programs for July. If you can help Ken, give him a call. Once meetings start back up, a sign-up sheet will be circulated by Ken for the remaining months in the club year. Please help the club out by taking a month or share one with a fellow Ambuc. Programs are an integral part of our weekly meetings and your help is needed.

…..During this pandemic the bulletins have been rather sparse since there wasn’t much to report, however what was missed was our monthly birthday and club anniversary lists. So here they are, just a little belated.

Birthdays:

April:
4th – Lynn Lee-Alexander
11th – Renee Pullen
13th – Alex Seltzer
21st – Bob Reffner
30th – Jim Huff

May:
4th – Tim Parnell
6th –Dean McKnight
9th – Rudy Turko
10th – Rachael Lenhart
18th – Sue Barber, Rachel DiAndrea, & Ed Farabaugh
20th – Michele Lloyd
22nd – Steve Parks
23rd – Emily Sollenberger
29th – Bill Reintgen

June:
13th – Jim Berkhimer

Club Anniversaries:

April:
1981 – Bob Reffner – 39 Years!
2002 – Lynn Lee-Alexander
2018 – Jim Berkhimer, Chris Shirock, & Rudy Turko

May:
1984 – Steve Parks – 36 Years!
1986 – Bob Fiore – 34 Years!
1988 – Alex Seltzer – 32 Years!
1998 – Tim Parnell
2007 – Mike Strait
2015 – Rachel DiAndrea
2019 – Spencer Wiggins

June:
2016 – Karen Lemme & Derek Martin
2017 – Michel Lloyd & Dean McKnight
2019 – Kristen Rago

In Closing: Room for just a few puns…

  • A crazy woman says to her husband…”There are moose falling from the sky” to which he replies, “Don’t worry, it’s just reindeer”!
  • My Grandpa has the heart of a lion and a lifetime ban from the zoo.
  • Speaking of the zoo…some aquatic mammals recently escaped. It was otter chaos.
  • My sister bet me that I couldn’t build a car out of spaghetti. You should have seen her face when I drove pasta.

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for January 8, 2019

Future Speakers:

January 8th – TBD

January 15th – TBD

January 22nd – Howard Ermin – Regional Housing Coordinator for the Self Determination Housing Project

January 29th – Steve Howsare – SAP&DC

News of the Week:

 

…..It’s time to get your “Ambuc On” as we resume our Tuesday lunch meetings this week. Why not make regular attendance at our AMBUC meetings one of your New Year’s resolutions (one that you can easily achieve)! The club is a great place to socialize with your fellow Ambucs, hear an interesting speaker, and enjoy lunch. The club just isn’t perfect without your attendance. Hope to see you Tuesday! 

 

…..AMBUCS has been chosen as one of two non-profits to assist with the Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Spaghetti Spaghetti dinner logoDinner to be held on Saturday April 6th. We will co-sponsor the fundraising event with the Rotary by selling event sponsorships, placement ads and tickets to the dinner. Watch for an email soon from Project Chairman, Linda Horomanski, regarding the details of this fundraiser.

 

…..It’s not too early to mark your calendars for several upcoming events:

  • SuperBowl logoOn Sunday February 3rd the club will be hosting our annual Super Bowl party. Details to follow but the evening is free for all “33 Club” members and guests are always welcome for a small cost. Good food, good fellowship, good football, and probably so-so TV commercials will round out the evening. Details on a sign-up sheet will be circulated soon.

 

  • Hotel Rock LititzThe Northeast AMBUCS Regional Convention will be held on April 12th through the 14th. The Hotel Rock Lititz will be the host site of this year’s event. More details on this convention will be sent out by NE Regional Director, Jamie Casino. For more information on the hotel, located in beautiful Lancaster County; visit them on their website at hotelrocklititz.com.

…..Currently we have only one Amtryke pending request and that tryke is on backorder until late January. We have several larger, slightly used, Amtrykes in stock and we plan to donate one of these to the DuBois High School. Paul Dick and John Lloyd will deliver that tryke to them in the near future. John also replaced the seat on a little boy’s Amtryke in Osterburg on Saturday. The mother was very appreciative of the seat replacement so that her son could once again ride his Amtryke.

Joker…..The AMBUCS raffle pot is up to $385 to start the new year. There are 37 cards remaining in the deck (35 cards and 2 Jokers).  Maybe 2019 will bring a winner in January. 

In Closing:Best in Snow

 

 

 

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for November 6, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  Amanda Palmieri – Lifted Reiki

ALSO – Remember to bring your voting stub to club on Tuesday for a free ticket for the weekly raffle. Remember to vote early & often!

 

Future Speakers:

November 13th – Joe Fagnani – Service Paws of Central Pa.

November 20th – Andrew Ritchey – Ritchey’s Dairy

November 27th – Chuck Gojmerac – Morrison’s Cove Memorial Park

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week: Our guest speaker was our very own self-proclaimed stellar speaker, Dave Aikens. Dave covered a number of items from his recent trip to the AMBUCS National Conference in Reno. The highlights of the conference included:

  • The Great Reno Bike Build – he participated in the event where 35 Amtrykes were assembled.
  • Educational Sessions – “Show Me the Money” had numerous clubs discussing their fundraising activities including beer-fests, auctions, bowling tournaments, etc. Dave will give the ideas to Project chairman Linda Horomanski. “Growing Your Chapter” Session – membership recruitment ideas were presented such as assigning new members a mentor, using United Way volunteers, and using student groups, possibly to build Amtrykes.
  • Trek for Trykes Walk – Dave was the 2nd overall fundraiser with $800 raised from our members and he walked the entire course, much to his knees chagrin.
  • Great Tryke Giveaway – 63 Amtrykes were presented to children and adults in a rodeo style event.
  • President’s Reception – Where it was announced that nearly $200,000 in scholarships were awarded to 277 individuals and $9 million has been awarded since 1955. Also, 55,000 Amtrykes have been presented to date. Also announced was the decision to have our Amtrykes manufactured by the Bicycle Corporation of America out of South Carolina. This transition will take place over the next two years. Also announced was the use of new logos for AMBUCS which will discontinue the use of the word ‘disabilities’. Next week’s bulletin will have those new logos. Finally, Pittsburgh has been chosen to host next year’s National Conference on October 2nd to the 5th.

Dave noted that the conference was invigorating and that he hoped the club could have a nice representation at next year’s conference in Pittsburgh…stating that he would certainly be there.

 

Guests of the Day:

…..There were none.

 

News of the Week:

…..President Kristan called to the front table Emily Sollenberger for her induction into the club. After administering the membership oath to Emily, Kristan presented her with her AMBUCS pin.

 

Happy Hour…..Social Chairman Jim Huff announced a social at the Rail City Brewing Company at 1415 11th Ave in Altoona this Thurday evening beginning at 5:30. The club will be providing appetizers and will purchase your first beverage of the evening. Spouses and significant others are welcome as are any perspective members that you might want to invite. No reservations necessary…see you there!

 

…..Today is the deadline to order Cooke Tavern dried soup mixes that we sold at the recent Pumpkinfest. Ken Decker has also been selling some of the remaining stock of the two soups that we had left over from our booth.  See Ken to hand in your order or to buy some of the soup mixes.

 

…..Fundraising Chairman, Linda Horomanski distributed order sheets for our annual Christmas Candy sale for those members who didn’t get one from Kathy Storm. Linda announced that the order deadline is November 20th and that candy delivery will be made at club on Tuesday December 4th. Additionally, boxes of Gardners chocloate covered pretzel sticks and Peanut Butter Meltaway bars can be ordered for sales in your office by calling Kathy at 931-0351.  As we offer each year, any member who sells $500 of candy or makes a $200 donation (the profit from $500 of candy), or some combination of the two will become a $500 club member and will enjoy a special recognition lunch next year. Please consider supporting the club as part of the  $500 club.

 

…..President Kristan noted that at the AMBUCS booth at Pumpkinfest she spoke to a mother of a child who would benefit from one of our Amtrykes. The Amtryke for 3 year old Ansel Meadows-Rader from Cresson was built over the weekend by Dave Aikens and John Lloyd. Arrangements to present the tryke are being discussed with the family by Amtryke chairman Michele Lloyd.

 

…..November’s Ambuc birthdays and club anniversaries include:

balloonsBirthdays:                                                       Club Anniversaries:

1stDave Aikens & Kristan Zolnoski            1977 – Paul Dick – 41 Years! 

2ndMike Strait                                             1981 – Dave Mason

5thLinda Horomanski                                 1993 – Mike Knote

29thBob Fiore

30thBruce Brower

 

football goal…..I didn’t see any “33’s” scored over the weekend…but as always we still have Monday Night Football. Next weekend’s pot will be $60 / $20, if Monday Night has no 33’s.

 

Joker…..Last week’s raffle ticket winner was Karen Lemme. Karen tried her best at finding one of the two Jokers but came up empty by selecting the Two of Spades. This week’s winner will be choosing from the remaining 43 cards (41 cards – 2 Jokers) for a chance to win the pot of $260.

 

In Closing:       Since there wasn’t much space for a long joke today….here are a few “groaners”:

  • Today I learned that writer Stephen King has a son named Joe. I’m not joking, but he is.
  • So, I said to the judge, “60% of my parking tickets are bogus”. He said, “Repeat infractions”? So, I said, “Okay, 3/5 of my parking tickets are bogus”.
  • What’s Yoda’s last name? Layheehoo.
  • My earliest childhood memory was visiting the eye doctor for glasses. Life before that was a blur.
  • My wife was furious at me for throwing a snowball at our son. On top of that I’m now banned from the maternity ward.