Pekin AMBUCS Newsletter • Issue 14: 2017-2018

Next Meeting

January 23, 2018
Meet at Rhodell Brewery then
Bradley Basketball Game


We will meet on Thursdays at Pekin Country Club during the month of February.

Last Meeting

Charlie Hanley was our guest speaker this week. Charlie is one of three candidates for Tazewell County Coroner. Charlie stated that he loves and is passionate about helping others. Something his father Neal taught him and his family all their lives, and that was to "have a heart" for others.

Charlie stated that his aspirations have always been to become a coroner. Based on current laws there are no prerequisites for becoming coroner, however Charlie has many. Charlie stated the even Les Turner could run, however, you must have "common sense", he said with a smile.

Charlie learned how to become a mortician at Cook County Mortuary School. It so happened that his training took place the very same year that Chicago experienced one of the worst heat waves in modern history. The death toll was several 100 lost. The city had to use corporate meat and food trucks that contained cooling units to store bodies. He was personally involved with moving and transporting many of the bodies during this event. Charlie also had the experience of helping with autopsies.

Charlie is currently a member of the Pekin Rotary Club, has served with the Pekin Auxiliary, and has attended Death Investigation School. He stated that coroners are not part of any crime scene investigations and that our current pathologists come out of neighboring cities to preform autopsies.

Charlie stated that his run for coroner is very personal to him, as he has worked for many years with families of the deceased from visitation to burial. He stated that like a band director, he would help direct and work with the police, fire department and the families of the victims.

Charlie stated that when elected he would step away from the funeral home and work full time as Tazewell County Coroner.

Auction Time

Auction time is just around the corner.
Calling all members WE NEED YOUR HELP!

There are several key positions open that need filled.

Auction Kickoff will be in February - date not determined yet.


Bert Wasson reported that there was one 8-year-old young man who had his tonsils removed. Bert said he was asleep when he stopped in, however, the family posted on our AMBUCS Facebook page how excited he was to get his GoodBear.

Steve picked up a box of GoodBears and dropped off at Hospital on Wednesday.

GoodBears January 23 - Dave Craig

As a reminder, GoodBears and Cards are stored at Deverman Advertising.
To replenish the stock at UnityPoint Health - Pekin, just contact Matt Deverman
at 346-1194. He will set out GoodBears and Get Well Cards for someone to
take up to PH 4 North.


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Future Programs




Thurs., Feb. 1



Thurs., Feb. 8



Thurs., Feb. 15



Thurs., Feb. 22




If you have ideas for future programs, please contact Steve Bartels.


The editor for our newsletter is
Jay Hall

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What are our AMBUCS neighbors in Bloomington/Normal doing? Find out at the website - They give away Amtrykes but they also like to build ramps.

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GoodBears Logo

Pediatrics 4 North

Before you go, call


to make sure there are children on the floor. GoodBears and get well cards will be at the nurses' station.

2018 GoodBears

We need people for
the open days

January 23
Dave Craig

January 30
Terry Finnegan

February 6
Dave Craig

February 13
Jay Hall

February 20
Jeff Dill

February 27

March 6
Bert Wasson

March 13
Jim Deverman

March 20
Jay Hall

March 27

April 3
David Craig

April 10
Bill Calvert

April 17
Terry Finnegan

April 24
Les Turner

May 1
David Craig

May 8
Jay Hall

May 15

May 22

May 29