The Irving chapter of the National American Business Clubs (AMBUCS) received multiple awards last October in recognition of its service to the community. Irving AMBUCS was honored for accomplishing more from 2014 to 2015 than any other chapter in the nation.
AMBUCS is a national charity organization with a number of independent chapters throughout the country. The organization specifically focuses on helping people with disabilities regain mobility and independence. Irving AMBUCS serves the community by providing AmTrykes (therapeutic tricycles designed to help people with disabilities) to children and adults with disabilities as well as awarding scholarships to students studying to become physical therapists. The club also performs various forms of community service.
“This is all thanks to the volunteers at AMBUCS and the community as a whole,” president of Irving AMBUCS Bruce Burns said. “Irving AMBUCS could never be as successful as it is without the support of the Irving community.”
Irving AMBUCS received a total of 14 awards (more than any other club in the nation), including the 2014-2015 Superior Chapter Award, which is given to the chapter that accomplishes the most in a given year.
The other awards they earned include the Program Giving Scholars for awarding the most scholarships, the #1 Big Heart Award for giving the most to their community, 1st place in giving AmTrykes, #1 Vet Ride for having given the most AmTrykes to veterans, #1 Big Hat Award for having brought in the most members, and a President’s Award for giving the most AmTrykes to children. Burns was also recognized for being the top recruiter in the nation. In short, Irving AMBUCS was recognized for being tops in every category.
“It’s nice for our agents to be recognized, but none of our volunteers do what they do for the awards,” chairman of Irving AMBUCS/AmTryke program, Jack Spurlock, said. “The National Association sets some goals with the other independent clubs, so we are somewhat in competition with them, but we all do what we do for our community. We’ve had numerous agents recognized for their service. The good they do in their community is what’s really important.”
“AMBUCS is one of the greatest clubs in the United States,” Burns said. “It has done more for special needs children and veterans than any other club in the nation. I’ve never been in a club that has given so much to its community. I’m giving one hundred and fifty percent to make our chapter the best in the nation, because I believe one thousand percent in what we do.”
Irving AMBUCS donates over two hundred AmTrykes each year to children and teens with disabilities. In twelve years of providing this service, Irving AMBUCS has provided more AmTrykes than any other chapter during eleven of those past years. The organization also provides more general contributions to the community. Recently, Irving AMBUCS participated in a hamburger dinner with Irving Cares.
“AMBUCS is a great thing for Irving, especially the kids,” Spurlock said. “They’re always thrilled when they get their AmTrykes. We stick with them to make sure they get the help they need until they get to the point where they don’t need help anymore.”