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!
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.
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 West Texas Winewalk 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 were counting on this becoming an annual event, and providing Monterey AMBUCS with another great fundraising opportunity, and with our Second Annual event having more than doubled the first year’s results, we were well on the way.
For our third year in 2018, we moved the event to the Gurss Party Barn, and expanded the Event to include multiple wineries and breweries, along with both a live and silent auction. We added entertained by the Spur 327 band and had games and activities for the kids, and a fully catered Mexican buffet; so it became a more well- rounded event, and we changed the name to SummerFest. After a good kickoff, we were looking forward to our second big year in 2020, but unfortunately got shut down by Covid-19. We can’t wait to get back up and running, once all the craziness settles down, because it’s our fund-raisers, along with generous advertisinfg by many loyal Sponsors that allows us to fulfill Our Mission of providing Scholarships and AmTrykes.
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.