February 4, 2017 CSBA Breaking Bread Luncheon

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The February meeting for the CSBA began with minimal fanfare as Rusty arrived at The Cheesecake Factory shortly before 11AM to find no one he recognized. Soon after, he was joined by Derek "Tiny" Snead and we began discussing last-minute cancellation messages and catching up on the last few months.  We were soon joined by Rick Johnson, who was followed by Allan and Nancy Curtis. We finally decided it was about time to ask for a table and we were then joined by the man we were all eager to see:  Andy Rohrer.

After we were seated, we invited Andy to share his dramatic story of the last year and a half. He recounted for us the details of his battle with a rare strain of Hepatitis C and his need for a liver transplant several years ago. Two years ago he entered an experimental treatment to remove the disease completely.  In the process of this treatment, however, a device from a previous hernia surgery opened a micro-tear in his colon, so as his body was becoming septic, he believed the symptoms were side effects from the drug treatment. By the time the real problem was discovered, his kidneys and borrowed liver had shut down and he was, again, in need of a transplant. However, the doctors determined that he was too weak to endure the surgery to repair his colon and, even more so, the transplant surgeries.

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Andy's Story - The Love and Gratitude for Organ Donation

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Dear Lord God please bless all of these followers of you, that are here today and if it's not too much to ask please shine your light on all that seek you, to illuminate the path so that they may find the way to your salvation.

I have a personal story to relate to you. This same time of year 12 years ago, I was at my brothers hunting cabin. Our yearly brotherly gathering. I woke up in the morning and didn't feel well. I didn't know but I was in the middle of bleeding out internally from a disease (Hep C) that I didn't know I had. Bear in mind I was an active happy family man. I obviously ended up in the hospital and the doctors were able to stop the bleeding and save my life. Turns out I was a very sick man with advanced liver disease and in need of a liver transplant. God saw that a complete stranger and his family would step forward and donate his liver to me since he didn't need it in God's heaven.

Fast forward to this year, my transplanted liver was struggling due to my disease and some other medical issues (hernia operation from earlier failed).

 

 

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January 7, 2017 CSBA Breaking Bread Luncheon

january intro1On Saturday January 7, 2017 we held our first event of the new year.   This year we changed venues for our January Breaking Bread Luncheon and held it at Red Robin Gourmet Burger's in Quakertown, PA.

Those who followed us last year know that several of our events scheduled throughout 2016 were plagued with many weather challenges and for this first event of 2017 we were again faced with the same outcome.   As many woke up to find snow falling with some roadways becoming too slippery for travel, we were faced with the decision of whether or not to cancel the event. Fortunately for the Lehigh Valley the impacts were minor and we were able to hold our first luncheon with 13 members and guests in attendance.   Meanwhile, a few of our guests from southern areas were unable to attend as a result of more severe impacts from the winter storm in their perspective areas.

Starting at 1 p.m. people began trickling in and most were there by 1:15 p.m.   In attendance were John L, Nelson, Lisa, Erin, Rusty, Rick, Jim, Zori, Ana, Becky, Brianna, Chris, and John D. As we all arrived, John L. distributed some wall calendars, magnets, and other CSBA goodies to everyone. We greeted one another, gave our blessings for the New Year and then sat down to recollect on the past year's experiences.

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November 19, 2016 CSBA End of Season Holiday Banquet

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Christian Sport Bike Association in partnership with our CSBA Day at the Races will host our first annual end of season 2016 Holiday Extravaganza Banquet Party at the Bear Creek Mountain Resort. Mark your calendars - this will be a fun night.

RSVP (1 confirmed "Going" assumes 2 tickets unless you tell us otherwise). You can book now - banquet room/ hotel rooms are now confirmed - on or before Tuesday, October 18th to reserve your seats (and or rooms) so we can give a proper head count. Tickets will be $45.00 / per person - $90.00 for a couple (including the tax and gratuity fees breakdown).

We have received confirmation for the date of 11/19 and also for a block of 10 rooms at a discounted price. Ticket price includes the "All you can eat Buffet" and dancing/entertainment for the evening. We'll be in the Winterberry/Hemlock Banquet Room.

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CSBA 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Raffle Results

CSBA Day @ the Races 2016 Spring Raffle Promo

May 17th, 2016

The 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Day @ the Races Raffle is now officially closed.  It is with great regret that we must report that we didn’t meet our goal of tickets sales, and therefore based on contest rules are marking this raffle as “CANCELED”. 

Our goal was to offer a bike to the winning ticket holder, plus cover the IRS tax burden.  The gaming commission and liquor control board give strict guidance as to what we can and can not do.  Since our printed tickets don’t specify a 50/50 option, we must either award the R1 or exercise our right to cancel the raffle and offer contestants a refund on their ticket purchase.  The winning prize cannot be converted to a cash prize.

To request your ticket purchase refund, please fill out this (Refund Claim Form) that will be validated against your existing ticket purchase we have on file for you.

Here’s a quick recap and summary of ticket sales and allocations:

  • The drawing was closed on April 30th, 2016
  • Audit was completed on May 16th, 2016
  • Total tickets allocated and made available for sale: 4850
  • Total tickets needed for successful raffle goal attainment: 2350
  • Total tickets sold (dealers and individuals): 479

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Community Service Project Outreach March 5, 2016

March 2016 Community Service Project Participants

We give thanks in serving… which marks our 4th year in doing community outreach and service. This years community service outreach project took place at Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County (ReSTORE), located at 31 Oak Avenue, Chalfont PA 18914 - www.habitatbucks.org

This wonderful opportunity allowed us to join forces with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that is breaking the cycle of poverty by providing healthy, affordable housing to low income families. The mission statement of Habitat for Humanity is "Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope". Homes are built using volunteer labor and Habitat makes no profit on the sales. Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve more than 800,000 homes since its founding in 1976,making Habitat the largest not-for-profit builder in the world! The Restore thrift shop helps fund these construction projects, and is grateful for our help with donations intake, arranging the store, and serving customers.

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