Pekin AMBUCS Newsletter • Issue 24: 2014-2015

Next Meeting

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Pekin Country Club
6:00 p.m. Drinks
6:30 p.m. Dinner


Don't forget - bring at least ONE Merchant Contact and ONE Auction Item!

He's a man of Many Hats.

Program: A Minister, an Auctioneer, a Businessman, our Club Secretary, our Newsletter Editor and now our Speaker. Join us for a talk with Dave Craig and his experience at a recent Seminar. Five Non-Profit Predictions for 2015.

Last Week

We had nine members attend the meeting on February 26th at the Pekin Country Club. Because of the low attendance, we postponed the speaker till next Tuesday night. We then sat around and had a round table discussion. Our round table discussion included these highlights:

  • Our auction packets are ready to be distributed . . . please pick your packet up today.

  • Les Turner needs any supplies from 2014 returned to him ASAP.

  • We need to clean up our merchant records. Please let Les Turner know ASAP if you have any old contacts that need to be taken off the contact list, as well as any new merchant information that needs to be updated or added to the 2015 list. Jay Hall has agreed to scan this list and to email to all members to go through and make the necessary changes, deletions, or additions.

  • All members are asked to bring the following items to our meetings over the next two months:
    - Merchant contacts
    - Gift certificates
    - New item donations for main stage
    - Quality used merchandise for the general auction

  • The discussion around the table and a plea from our 2015 Auction Chairman, Mike Gardener is for more high ticket items for the main stage such as vehicles and the like.

  • In your auction packets assembled by Les Turner, you will find pink copies of your own personal contacts from last year. Please contact these merchants for the 2015 auction.

  • Greg Fornoff won the 50/50 drawing for the night and donated the entire proceeds back to the club.

  • Our speaker for Tuesday night March 3rd will be Dave Craig. His presentation will be on the 2015 PREDICTIONS FOR NON PROFIT FUNDRAISING events. This presentation will focus on ways to increase revenue for non profit fundraising events. Our goal for our 2015 Pekin AMBUCCS CHAIRITY AUCTION has been set at $40,000.

Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, March 7 • Easter Seals Telethon

Look for Jay Hall and Mike Gardner LIVE on WMBD-TV between 8:30 and 9 p.m.


Mike Gardener was our GoodBears representative for February 26th. No GoodBears were handed out.

Our GoodBear Representative for March 3 is Dennis Short.

Check your GoodBear Schedule for the year that Dennis Barron e-mailed to all Club members.

AMBUCS Central Regional Conference

Friday & Saturday, April 17 & 18
Downtown Hilton
700 East Adams
Springfield, IL


As you should know by now Spring Conference replaces the Fall Conference. 2015 is the inaugural event for this format. We have put together a very fun and full schedule for Friday and Saturday, which includes golf, University of Ambucs mechanics and road show training, a cook out, officer training, Big Hat auction, awards processes and a reception and dinner on the 29th floor of the Hilton. Oh yeah, Springfield will be hosting the hospitality suite.

Registration is only $90 per member and we have a great rate on rooms.

> Registration Form
> Agenda
> Hotel Reservations


Future Programs

Tuesday, March 10


Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, March 17

Ladies' Night - TBA

Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, March 24

Cameron Bettin, Pekin Park Director

Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, March 31


Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, April 7


Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, April 14

Ladies' Night - TBA

Pekin Country Club

April 16-18

2015 Central Regional Spring Conference


Tuesday, April 21

Big Hat Fish Fry & Auction

Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, April 28

Auction Prep

Memorial Arena

Wednesday, April 29

Auction Prep

Memorial Arena

Thursday, April 30

Auction Prep

Memorial Arena

Friday, May 1

44th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction

Memorial Arena

Tuesday, May 5

Auction Recap

Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, May 12

Fund Distribution Committee

Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, May 19


Pekin Country Club

If you have ideas for future programs, please contact Dennis Barron at or 202-8143.


The new editor for our newsletter is
Dave Craig
Phone 267-2506

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Click here to read the AMBUCS District 4C Governors 3rd Quarter Newsletter (February 2014).

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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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.

2014-2015 GoodBears

We need people for
the open days

March 3
Dennis Short

March 10
Bert Wasson

March 17
Larry Truckenmiller

March 24
Bill Calvert

March 31
Mike Gardner

April 7

April 14
Jay Hall

April 21
Bert Wasson

April 28
Dennis Barron

May 5
Jim Deverman

May 12

May 19
Bill Calvert

June 2
Bud Grimm

June 9

June 16

June 23

June 30
Bert Wasson

July 7

July 14

July 21

July 28

August 4

August 11

August 18
Bert Wasson

August 25