September 5, 2017


Susan Priest


Tom Northrop Wins Again!                                                    Non-Winner….unclaimed


Jane Binaronsky guest of John Hopper
Jack Quale guest of Jim Uram
Dr. David Welker, speaker and guest of Susan Price
Steve Stuck, guest of Susan Price and neighbor of Dr. Welker’s

Visiting Rotarian:

Andrew Goudy from Dover, Delaware’s Capital City Club; we welcome Andrew as he is soon to become a member of our Club!

Program: David M. Welker, MD

President Rich changed the order of business in order to give Dr. Welker time to make his presentation and handle a few questions and to get on his way as he was scheduled for surgery at 1:30. We didn’t want to push his time and of course it was an important obligation….glad I wasn’t his 1:30!
Dr. Welker is originally from Altoona, a graduate of Juniata College and West Virginia University School of Medicine specializing in Orthopedics. Following Medical School he received a fellowship at the University of Michigan specializing in foot and ankle surgery.
Following his brother’s lead, also an Orthopedic Surgeon, David was encouraged by his brother to join him on a medical/faith based mission to Africa. The Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons built and supports a health care and surgical center in a small town in Gabon, a very small country in Western Africa.
Access to medical care is very limited with the ratio of 25,000 citizens to 1 doctor. Dr. Welker through his power point presentation showed the time frame for his trip as well as how patients are handled and how facilities are basic and minimal. Compared with to our facilities and our health care needs, everything is done to provide the best care under not the best conditions. A few examples were shown in pictorial form of actual foot problems and how surgery corrected the problem. A great amount of skill and faith plays a part in the success of this mission. It is hard to imagine what great strides are made in Gabon comparing the facilities there with our ideas of proper medical care and procedures.
In addition to the treatment the best and brightest of the young students are being trained and mentored to remain in their countries in Africa to help promote the increased medical care. These young people are in a four year “residency” program and are trained and their education is tweaked via internet communication, skyping and extended studies.
A great presentation by Dr. Welker and Advanced Orthopedics is fortunate to have him as a part of their team here in Washington.
Nat Roe and Dr. Welker discuss Africa. Nat spent 10 years as a missionary in an area not too far from Gabon


  • Cash Bash will be held this Saturday, September 9, at the Community Pavilion. Volunteers need to report early and others are still needed. Ticket sales can still be reported to Rich in Joes absence.
  • School Supplies will be donated to the Washington Park Elementary soon however the manner in which we are doing it needs to be finalized.
  • Visiting Rotarian Andrew Goudy was interviewed by the Board of Directors following the meeting and will be inducted into our Club as soon as possible!

Foundation Moment:

It is not too early to consider attending the Foundation Dinner to be held at the California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center on Friday, November 17, 2017. Complimentary Social Hour at 6:00 along with Gourmet Appetizers; Buffet Dinner, Dessert and Entertainment. There will be a Chance Auction along with a Silent Auction.
The cost for a Sustaining Foundation Rotarian is $75 otherwise it is $175 with $100 going to the Foundation. Registration forms will be available within the next couple of weeks.  Considering attending and anyone who has attend CalU it will be interesting to see how the campus has changed but also how the FOOD has changed!


Andrew Goudy was raised in Washington and has family living here. He returns to Washington after servubg as a Chemistry Professor at the University of Delaware. Andrew was a member of the Dover Capital City Club and had PERFECT ATTENDANCE!! Since returning Andy has visited a number of Clubs in our area and enjoyed his meetings here with us. Brad Montgomery is his Club Sponsor. WELCOME ANDY….don’t miss any meetings or you will be put in charge of something.

In Remembrance

Fellow Rotarian Mike Pecosh lost his brother last.  Sunday. Keep Mike in your thoughts and perhaps send a message or card to him: Michael Pecosh  20 Old Plank Road,  Suite 100, Washington PA 15301
Visitation will be held: Friday, September 8, 2017 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, PA 15417
Mass - 11:00 AM Saturday, September 9, 2017, Historic Church of St Peter, 118 Church Street, Brownsville, PA 15417

Speaking to Rotary Clubs

Park Burroughs
If you haven’t perused your copy of Rotarian magazine yet, I suggest you pick it up and read and article by Jim Kaplan titled, “Theory of Elocution: Speaking at a Rotary club is the most fun a writer can have.”
Kaplan is a veteran sports writer and author of some 20 books. He writes that there is no joy in book sales; it’s personal interaction with readers that brings satisfaction.
“A nice note or comment from a reader is worth a hundred sales to people I don’t know and never hear from,” Kaplan writes. “That’s why I schedule as many appearances as I can, especially at Rotary clubs, where members are so kind and receptive.”
Kaplan describes library talks and book signings where the turnout was more than disappointing. I have written only a tenth as many books as he has, but I know the feeling. My publisher once scheduled a talk and book-signing for me at the Barnes & Noble book store at South Hills Village on a Saturday afternoon. The store manager kept announcing my talk over the public address system, but no one walked back to the corner where I sat with my stacks of books. Occasionally, a shopper would glance in my direction on her way from Children’s Books to Biographies, never slowing down, even when I called out a desperate sales pitch. Eventually, I sold a copy to my sister-in-law, who was kind enough to make an appearance and ease my humiliation.
But what struck me as so familiar about Kaplan’s article was his impression of Rotary club audiences. I have spoken to many, and I could say that none is more interested and attentive than our club, but that would not be true. I’ve talked to clubs in Canonsburg, McMurray, Charleroi and Waynesburg, and all have made me feel comfortable and appreciated. I’ve spoken to Rotarians in Lithuania, Poland and the Dominican Republic, and despite our differences in language, those people were equally engaged. And so accommodating, too, were the members of the 23 Rotary clubs I visited in India in 1995 along with my Group Study Exchange teammates.
So, why are Rotarians so receptive to speakers? Maybe it’s because they know that the speech can’t last much longer than 20 minutes. But I like to think it’s just because they’re good people.
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