Pekin AMBUCS Newsletter • Issue 22: 2016-2017

Next Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Pekin Country Club
6:00pm Meet & Greet
6:30pm Dinner

Program: Greg Ranney, Pekin United Way, will be our guest program. Come and learn more about the organizations in Pekin that depend on funds from the United Way.

From Our Auction Chairman

Auction Chairman Dennis Barron needs our help to reach his $40K goal. Remember to bring in your merchant contacts and actionable items each week.

All members please take note...

Continue making merchant contacts and bringing in items. We have several weeks left, but we cannot wait until the final weeks. We need everyone's help! Keep selling raffle tickets and fun tickets. As Les always reminds us, "press hard on all paperwork." Please keep in mind all paperwork should be turned in promptly. We are getting verbal reports of donated gift certificates and items and being told "I will have paperwork next week." We are all busy, but need to assure proper and prompt reporting. Thanks and here's to a great auction.

Dennis Barron

Last Week

Erin Zalinski, Director of the Veterans Amtryke Program for AMBUCS, was our special guest on Ladies' Night.

She shared her story and how her career path was changed when she was asked to attend the AMBUCS National Convention in St. Louis, MO, and the Veterans Amtryke Rodeo. Erin, being a veteran, loved seeing the positive effect the new Amtrykes had on the veterans who received a bike. She quickly went to work with other members of the newly formed St. Louis chapter to get a partnership started with the VA hospital in St. Louis. Eventually her passion for veterans and the therapy Amtrykes can provide led National AMBUCS to ask Erin to join the AMBUCS family as the Director of the Amtrykes for Veterans Program. She shared stories of how her work with a fellow veteran in Kansas City led to a new chapter focusing on providing Amtrykes for veterans to be formed. Erin said her approach is to work with VA hospitals and clinics around St. Louis, Columbia, and Kansas City, MO, to bring in the bikes and demonstrate the therapeautic advantages the bikes can have for the patients as they work to recover and become mobile and gain a stronger sense of independence. Erin hopes to expand the Amtryke program for veterans to Chicago and the VA Hospital in Iowa City, IA. She current calls on several VA hospitals and clinics in MO, IL and IA.

El Crapo, Most Valuable and Most Unique

El Crapo, Most Valuable and Most Unique from 3/14/17 Meeting.


Featured Celebrity Items from Bill Calvert and his committee


The NCAA tournament has reached the Sweet 16.
Check out the teams and let's see who brings home the title.


Gun Raffle

The Big Hatters have an awesome raffle prize for everyone interested in conceal carry or hand gun fans. They are selling raffle tickets for $10 and the prize is a Smith & Wesson M&P 40 Shield hand gun. Only 130 tickets will be sold and the winner will be drawn April 25 at the Big Hat Fish Fry. Don't miss out on your chance to win this sweet hand gun.


Mike Eeten provided a GoodBear and get well soon wish to little Liam who was recovering from a tonsillectomy. He was excited to receive his bear. We need to sign up for April and beyond!

GoodBears Tuesday, March 28 - Terry Finnegan

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.


Another Amtryke has arrived and needs to be assembled. Two more requests are in the mail. Ricky Fryman's upgrade is in the Truckenmiller Inspection Mode. Stay tuned.


Spring Regional Conference

Mark your calendars for the Spring Regional Conference, April 21- 22, hosted by Springfield.

See the attached flyer for more details and plan to attend what promises to be an exciting and fun filled AMBUCS conference.

> Conference Information

Future Programs

Tues., Apr. 4

Jeff Brooks, Director Pekin Library

Pekin Country Club

Tues., Apr. 11

Bill Miller, Beekeeper

Pekin Country Club

Tues., Apr. 18

Ladies' Night - Rocky Vonachen of the Peoria Chiefs

Pekin Country Club

Tues., Apr. 25

Big Hat Auction & Fish Fry

Pekin Country Club

Tues., May 2

Auction Prep


Wed., May 3

Auction Prep


Thurs., May 4

Auction Prep


Fri., May 5

46th Annual Charity Auction


Tues., May 9

No Meeting


Tues., May 16

Auction Proceeds Distribution Meeting

Pekin Country Club

Tues., May 23

Annual Awards Banquet

Pekin Country Club


If you have ideas for future programs, please contact Dennis Barron.


The editor for our newsletter is
Bill Calvert

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Time to update our Website

Please check our website. Make sure your information is current on our Roster. Look the website over for info that is dated. Please let Isaac Finnegan know about these needed changes.
Please check our website, TODAY.




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.

Check out their Newsletter -




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.

2017 GoodBears

We need people for
the open days

March 28
Terry Finnegan