Note: due to the pandemic, all events have been canceled or postponed.  Our next event, the Charity Golf Outing normally held in June will possibly be held in August or September.  We'll post a date when we have one.

Member Lost: Arlie Saldeen

​​One of our senior members, Arlie Saldeen, passed away this March after a long struggle with his health. He was 87. There will be a funeral service at a later date.


Arlie was a member of AMBUCS for over 60 years, joining first the Champaign Chapter and then transferring to the GCC Chapter later. He brought a unique perspective to our mission of helping people with handicaps because he had been in a wheelchair since he was four years old. Arlie had a tragic accident when he was shot by a neighbor as a little boy. He never let this slow him down and his strength was an inspiration to our members. Arlie had jobs delivering newspapers and shinning shoes in Paxton, IL. He worked for a veterinarian, repaired watches, and sold cars in various dealerships, but his favorite profession was selling real estate and he did that from 1970 until his retirement. For fun, Arlie enjoyed singing barbershop music with the Illini Statesman and was our

leader for all the Happy Birthday songs for members each month.  His favorite answer to "How you doing?" was, "Getting younger every day!"

 

Arlie is survived by his girlfriend of 18 years, Pat Webb, who is also a member of our Chapter. (Pat is directly behind Arlie in the picture.) He had five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


We’ll miss you, Arlie, and now you will truly be “Getting younger every day”.

About GCC AMBUCS

AMBUCS is a national charitable service organization consisting of a diverse group of men and woman dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.  The Greater Champaign County Chapter has been making a difference in the Champaign County since 1981.  Our main accomplishments are the 350 ramps we have built for low income families in Champaign County since 1981 and the 180 AmTrykes we have given away in the last 10 years.  At right is the crew at one of our ramp builds.

 

Please take a look at the many wonderful things we do, and consider becoming a member.  We can always use the help, and we love meeting new people in the community.  In fact, if you like, just drop by one of our lunch meetings to see what we are all about.  We'll even spring for lunch!

Ready to join us?  Just print and fill out this Membership Application and we'll be happy to have you!

Membership

The Greater Champaign County Chapter of AMBUCS is a diverse group of people who come together with a common goal of helping the disabled members of our community. Our membership includes men and women from industry, from acadamia, retired persons, and people who own their own businesses.

 

From building wheelchair ramps for low-income residents to providing special trykes to children, to maintaining AMBUCS Park in East Urbana, our projects are as diverse as our membership. We support and participate in the Tom Jones Challenger League which is dedicated to seeing that all children no matter what their abilities know the fun of playing baseball.

 

The chapter is a busy one that has a project or fund raising effort going on several times a year. We have a Barstool Golf event in the winter months, a huge benefit dinner in February or March and a big golf outing in June. We also host the Scarecrow Festival in AMBUCS Park in the fall and decorate the Park every year for the holidays.  Don't have a lot of time to devote to the organization? No problem. Each member can participate as much or as little as they want.

The chapter also has socials where the members can get to know one another and build life-long friendships. The national organization hosts a yearly convention where about 80 AmTrykes are given to children and adults at a "rodeo" and there are regional conferences where chapters can learn from one another. Fun and fellowship are part of all we do!

 

The chapter meets once per week on Tuesday during the lunch hour, with the chapter Board meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. Join us for lunch and see what we are all about. Contact one of our officers and we'll set everything up.

The 2019 Scarecrow Festival was a big success!  We had great weather, an almost record participation in the car show, and wonderful food!

Thanks to all who worked to make this happen!  And thanks to all who attended!  You helped make the lives of children and veterans happier!

We build wheelchair ramps for low-income families in Champaign County.  Our 2019 ramp building season has struggled due to bad weather and volunteer availability so we are not taking any more applications at this time. Please contact Sally Denhart, 217-552-3331, (please note the new phone number), in June of 2020 to get prequalified for a build.

 

Our club gives away therapeutic tricycles, called AmTrykes, to children and adults with disabilities. The process starts with a recommendation from a therapist and an email to member Scott Price.  In no time, a trike will be assembled and delivered for the person to enjoy!

              

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