ENID, Okla. —
With more than 300 members it should be no surprise that Enid is recognized as the AMBUCS capital of the world.
“It just so happens Enid has five AMBUCS clubs,” said Kent Clingenpeel, National AMBUCS president and Enid AM AMBUCS member. “Enid is known as the AMBUCS capital of the world because there’s more AMBUCS in Enid per capita than any other city in the country. Not only do we have more people but we have a strong presence at the national level, too.”
A little bit about what they do
There are thousands of AMBUCS members across more than 130 chapters in the United States. The first chapter was founded in Birmingham, Ala., in 1922 by William L. White.
The name AMBUCS originally was an acronym for American Business Clubs, but in 1961 the acronym AMBUCS was officially entered into use by the organization. Enid Noon Club, the oldest in Enid, started in 1926.
Members of the clubs support the scholars and AmTryke therapeutic programs, as well as conduct community service projects that help those with disabilities.
“All the different clubs have their own fundraisers they do to raise money,” Clingenpeel said. “They basically spend their money how they want to, donating to community organizations, buying AmTrykes or donating to the national organization for scholarships.”
Established in 1994, AmTryke LLC is a company owned and operated by National AMBUCS Inc, according to the group’s website.
To date, more than 15,000 AmTrykes have been distributed around the world. The majority of these trykes are purchased by volunteer members of the AMBUCS organization and donated free of charge to children in need.
The unique tricycles, which can be hand and/or foot operated, are designed to accommodate riders of all ages, sizes and varying degrees of physical limitations.
Since 1955, National AMBUCS Inc. has awarded scholarships to therapy students in their junior or senior years of a bachelor’s degree program or a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree.
To date, more than $7.7 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 14,000 students pursuing degrees in physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology.
More than $150,000 is awarded annually with awards ranging from $500 to $1,500. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000. Award money is deposited each semester to the student’s credit account with the financial aid office of the educational institution.