About Us

Lubbock Monterey AMBUCS is a fun, energetic group helping children, teens, and adults with disabilities that impair their mobility. We serve the community by providing therapeutic AmTrykes, educational scholarships for physical therapists, and residential ramp building.

We meet most Mondays at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center at Texas Tech located at 17th & University. Lunch starts at noon and you can expect fun, networking, and learning from a diverse range of guest speakers. You are welcome as a guest!

History

Lubbock Monterey AMBUCS was chartered on December 8, 1960, with 29 Charter Members, and was initially called the La-Mesa American Business Club. The new club was sponsored by the Lubbock Caprock AMBUCS Club, with Paul Bush (owner of Lubbock Electric) as the Sparkplug – that’s AMBUCS jargon for the member of the sponsoring club that was most responsible for starting the new club.

Deaton Rigsby was the new club’s First President (see List of All Past Presidents), and as shown in the accompanying photo from the 1961 South Plains Fair, the La-Mesa American Business Club got right into what is still our club’s largest yearly fundraiser – cooking hamburgers and fries at the Fair.

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In 1964, the club’s name was officially changed to Lubbock Monterey AMBUCS, and today we have a full-service, indoor-seating restaurant at the South Plains Fair where our members still cook hamburgers and fries to raise money for Therapy Student Scholarships and Amtrykes.

In April, 2016 we added another fundraiser to provide an event in the Spring and early Summer, the Trek4Trykes Wine Walk at the local Llano Estacado Winery.  While hoping to get 50 walkers and raise $3000 for our AmTryke Program, we blew that goal out of the water with over 200 walkers and over $12,000 raised!  We are counting on this becoming an annual event, and providing Monterey AMBUCS with another great fundraising opportunity.

Over the years apparently other fundraisers were considered, as noted in the AMBUCS in the 70’s , a special report prepared and given at our 50th Anniversary Banquet in 2010 by our currently oldest Member, Berwyn Tisdel. Take special notice of the Soccer Tournament Report that Berwyn penned (using the names of every member of the club from the mid 70’s) to describe the project.

But, regardless of the fundraising vehicle we use, our mission is always the same – Creating Independence for People with Disabilities – and we’d love to have you JOIN US in that mission.

Board Members

Anthony Brocato
Anthony Brocato
President
Kim Davis
Kim Davis
President Elect
Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton
Vice-President
Patty Vannoy
Patty Vannoy
Secretary
Roger Clark
Roger Clark
Treasurer
Karen Rummel
Karen Rummel
Assistant Treasurer
David Tuohy
David Tuohy
Sgt. at Arms
Bobby Sanders
Bobby Sanders
Chaplain
Jim Berrier
Jim Berrier
Board Member - 1YR
Gary McDonald
Gary McDonald
Board Member - 1 YR
Bill Wrench
Bill Wrench
Board Member - 1 YR
Rollo Gurss
Rollo Gurss
Board Member - 1 YR
Kadee Harcrow
Kadee Harcrow
Board Member - 2 YR
David Vannoy
David Vannoy
Board Member - 2 YR
Deborah Scott-Riggs
Deborah Scott-Riggs
Board Member - 2 YR
Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy
Board Member - 2 YR
Ron Rummel
Ron Rummel
Bulletin Editor/Webmaster
Don Lynn
Don Lynn
Past President