May 2005 Newsletter
AST is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit limb loss support group.
Also reported in this Newsletter is business from the recent AST Director's
Meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, recorded and submitted by Barb Nickle,
Board Secretary email@example.com
TRANSPORTATION (Need a ride?):
Being able to get a way to our AST meetings and events has been an on-going
problem, but recently, after much effort, we are slowly finding solutions
and people wanting to help in providing transportation. Research and studies
show that persons with limb loss, or anyone with a disability heal and
recover both physically and mentally when they are able to travel and
be with other people, especially people who suffer the same disabilities,
and are able to share what they have learned in the way of healing and
Thanks to an article written by Matt Miller, of the Patriot-News, when
reporting on our failed attempt to get help at the Cumberland County level,
readers of his article came forward with offers to transport some of our
members who had no other affordable ways to our meetings. We now have
a list of citizens in our area transporting amputees, not only to meetings,
but to our PALS Program, which meets once a week for nine weeks.
To help us with the logistics of getting together volunteer transporters
and people needing rides, John Tassone of the Center for Independent Living
has offered his expertise and funding to help make this possible. John
explained his role to us at our recent Board of Director's Meeting and
says that those needing rides need only do the following in Cumberland,
York or Dauphin County:
1. Call John Tassone at 1-800-323-6060 requesting a ride on a certain
date and time.
2. Complete a request for information, and a set of vouchers.
3. Call the provider of transportation, e.g. American Taxi, to make arrangements
4. In the case of those using volunteer drivers, of which we have a short
list, only a phone call to the volunteer driver is needed.
Additionally, in Dauphin County, thanks to the efforts of our CO-Vice
President Don Hossler, we received from Dauphin County Commissioner, Nick
DiFrancesco, the following instructions to determine if you can get an
1. AST members in Dauphin County should telephone Lester Albright (717-232-6104)
and discuss their needs for transport to an AST meeting or event.
2. A determination will be made if the AST member is eligible for any
transportation service under any human services department program.
3. Additionally, CAT's Share a Ride is available, as well as American
4. AST members who have difficulty obtaining transportation to an AST
meeting or event, after first discussing the need with Mr. Albright, should
contact Don Hossler (If you are living in Dauphin County) at 717-944-2250
to provide information on the obstacles in getting a ride.
5. Again, in the case of those using volunteer drivers, of which we have
a short list, only a phone call to the volunteer driver is needed.
Volunteer Drivers as of May 10, 2005:
Bob Earley, New Kingstown, 717-766-2965 Dean Fowler, Boiling Springs,
Barbara Myers, Mechanicsburg, 717-697-6729 Don Olson, Camp Hill, 717-731-9313
Tim Smith, Highspire, 717-985-0149 Don R. Snyder, Mechanicsburg, 717-697-3593
Don Warner, Boiling Springs, 717-258-6130
OUR NEXT BIG EVENT (May 14 & 15):
"Living history, music, fun & food at Camp Curtin Civil War
Days" pretty much describes what will be happening at The National
Civil War Museum at Reservoir Park, in Harrisburg, PA. Taking place Saturday
and Sunday, May 14 & 15, the Amputee Support Team and its membership
is a part of what is going on there, along with hundreds of Civil War
The Amputee Support Team will be center stage in the Rotunda of the Museum,
with AST members scheduled to man two eight foot display tables, showing
the history of prosthetics during the Civil War and after, including the
role of nurses, doctors and surgeons at a time when amputations were the
norm of saving a persons life. This is an exhibit not to miss, including
the additional references and exhibits throughout the Museum. Then there
is all of the Civil War re-enactor activity all around the outside of
the Museum, including camp life, music, food, weapons demonstration, cannon
firing, marching, and drilling. Don't miss this event.
NOTE: We have persons scheduled to be at the display tables, but there
is still the opportunity to help cover, giving a break to those already
scheduled. If interested, contact Dick Nickle at 717-258-6849. See also
10:00 - 12 Noon
12 Noon - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3 PM
3 PM - 5 PM
Saturday, May 14 Bob & Georgie Foltz, Rod Shields, Dick & Barb
Nickle, Russ Young Bob & Georgie Foltz, Rod Shields, Dick & Barb
Nickle, Russ Young
Peter and Dorothy Calcagno, Russ Young John Williamson, Don Hossler, Russ
12 Noon Rod Shields, Dick & Barb Nickle, Russ Young
Rod Shields, Dick & Barb Nickle, Elaine & Richard, Russ Young
John Williamson, Elaine & Richard, Russ Young
AST Pamphlets and Locations:
The AST recently received a new supply of its colorful and informative
pamphlet, containing updated information, including our WEB Site address:
Of the few remaining old pamphlets, including at locations, will not be
discarded, but updated with a simple sticker containing updated information.
AST members who are responsible for their assigned pamphlet locations,
will bring those locations up to date. If you are unable to do so, contact
John Williamson, who may be able to visit your location.
AST Partners with the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, Mechanicsburg,
Dick Nickle recently met with Sue Erdman, Director of the JSTSPL in
Mechanicsburg, to present an array of reading and viewing materials to
become a part of the Library's shelf list. The books, videos, periodicals,
posters, pamphlets, booklets and other materials will be referenced and
catalogued under the subject of limb loss, amputee, and related information.
The AST appreciates Sue giving us this opportunity to make amputee material
and information available to the public through the JSTSPL and the Cumberland
County Library System.
This week we celebrate the Graduation with High Honors of Fifteen of our
fellow AST members on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 from the Promoting Amputee
Life Skills Program (PALS). These dedicated AST members energeticly participated
in nine classes over a ten week period that covered those life skills
we all need to manage our everyday lives. AST is proud to be one of only
twenty-five support groups selected from across America to be part of
this new groundbreaking research study sponsored by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health, the University of Washington, and the Amputee Coalition of America
This is the first national limb loss study ever conducted to assist persons
in being better self-managers of their lives. Other successful self-management
programs have been developed for persons with arthritis and diabetes and
AST is hopeful that 2006 will bring a nationwide program on limb loss
for all of America. If the program goes national, AST is excited about
potentially establishing a regular PALS program here in central Pennsylvania
that will complement our successful peer visitor activities. To learn
more about PALS check the AST at www.amputeesupportteam.com and ACA at
www.amputee-coalition.org. Hope to see everyone at our next AST Meeting,
Wednesday, July 13.
Submitted by: PALS Instructor: Don Hossler, AST Co-Vice President.
AST WEB Page: www.amputeesupportteam.com
John Williamson, AST Director & WEB Master: John, who represents
HANGER, has done a super job of getting our WEB Page up and running, giving
our support group a whole new dimension of discovery and exposure, evident
by the over nine-thousand hits our page received the first few days. John
will continue to update our WEB Page and keep us apprised of how the Site
is doing. Besides being a helpful tool for the AST and its members, the
site is available to members of other support groups and organizations
around the United States and the world. John estimated that the number
of hits will probably exceed 150 per week. You may contact John through
the WEB Site.
Confirmed Future Calendar Dates:
A. Camp Curtin Days at the National Civil War Museum: May 14 & 15
Need coverage for our two eight foot display & registration tables
in the Rotunda.
B. John Garrity, Hand Writing Analyst and Lecturer: Wednesday, July 13
Handwriting analysis, the key to understanding personalities
C. Michael J. Barry, Low Vision Specialist, Tri-County Association for
6:30 PM, Wednesday, September 14
D. Phantom Pain: AST will revisit PP Wednesday, November 2, Kathy Heisler,
Cumberland Valley HS Psychology Teacher. Will include interactive involvement.
E. Peer Visitor Training Class: Saturday, June 25, 2005, 8 AM - 4 PM
F. 16th Annual ACA Educational Conference & Expo., August 11-13,
2005, Dallas, TX
(Nominations July 13, Election September 14)
Directors whose three year term ends September 14
and are slated for re-election or replacement:
Ann Dennison; Mark Leonard; and Gary Reinhold
Nominations July 13: ____________________________________________________
Election September 14: Vote for three persons to the AST Board of Directors.
(VOTE FOR ONLY THREE (3):
Standing for re-election are: Ann Dennison; Mark Leonard; and Gary Reinhold.
Nominated are: _________________________________________________________
Future Programs & Events:
A. Eastern Amputee Golf Association's "First Swing" Program:
A one day golf clinic sometime in 2006: A half day for professionals (therapists,
rehabilitation, prosthetists, etc.) and a half day for persons with disabilities.
Will be held at HealthSouth and a nearby golf driving range. Will involve
lessons, training, driving golf balls, friendly contests, prizes and food.
B. Returning again, Amputees Across America, arriving at HealthSouth.
The AST was invited again to welcome the AAA, sometime this summer, date
to be announced.
C. WITF-TV Membership Drive, sometime this coming Fall or Winter, date
to be announced. Don Hossler will continue to work with WITF to make this
D. Spouse / Caregiver Session being considered, to be similar to, and
a combination of Peer Training and PALS. This has been suggested and requested
by spouses, partners and caregivers, who feel there should be something
for them, so they may be better prepared and/or trained to deal with a
limb loss spouse, friend or relative. Georgie and Bob Foltz both suggested
AST have such a session, if you want to be a part of Spouse / Caregiver
Session, contact Georgie and Bob at: 717-834-5705 / firstname.lastname@example.org
E. Scholarships: Director Tom O'Neil proposed the AST investigate what
our organization can do in regard to presenting scholarships and develop
a criteria for doing so.