Rotary Meeting August 6

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Getting Started

Today’s meeting was at Washington and Jefferson College in the Media Room. Members and guests had to maneuver around construction which completely blocked the entrance to the building. Thanks to a member of campus security, a door through the President’s Lounge gave access to the building, and 35 members and 5 guests managed the obstacle course and made to the meeting.
President Andy called the meeting to order and asked Susan Priest to give the invocation.
Brad Montgomery the attendance: 35 members and 5 guests.
Guests were:
Albert Zalner, Spencer Putnam and Ethan Schrim, who were to provide the program.
Joe Piszczor brought Pat Bracey, from Mac Bracey Corp., which did work on the Main Pavilion project.
John Quayle brought the lovely Denise Quayle, his wife.


  • Pony Series begins on Friday. Prez Andy shared a letter from the Kiwanis about the Pony picnic on Friday. They ask people to come around noon, and if some can stay after 1:00 to help in clean-up, it would be appreciated. Food will be hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Julian’s, with chips and sodas. 
  • Bob Wicker reported that all slots are filled for the Souvenir Stand, and thanked the club. Dr. Andy contratulated the club for “manning” the stand. Susan Priest objected. She will be “staffing”. “I mannothing,” she reminded the club.
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg informed the club that she had submitted an application for a District Grant of $5,000 for the Beds for Bondo project. With the amount expected from the fundraiser dedicated to the project and the funds pledged by another district club, she states if we receive the grant we can fill the complete wishlist from Bondo for beds, mattresses, baby cots, incubators, and all other supplies. She said that the district official who received the application sounded “very excited” about the project.
  • Joe Piszczor alerted the club that the District Newsletter featured an article (written by Dorothy) about the project.

Happy Dollars

  • Tripp Kline offered an Alexander Hamilton ($10 bill) held upside down in disrespect, to say that he was just happy.
  • Ken Baker was happy about the upcoming series of Jazz brunches, schedules on each table.
  • Phil Morrow was happy for (a) his grandson here at Washington and Jefferson for band camp, and (b) for his and Leatha’s 69thanniversary tomorrow.
  • John Quayle was happy to be catching up to the Morrows. He and Denise will be celebrated their 36thanniversary on July 23. 
  • Karen Reese is happy for the upcoming Pony League Series which will have great weather. (Hope she wasn’t tempting fate.)
  • Bill Allison was happy as member of the Bradford House board for the GREAT support of the club for the Whiskey Rebellion Festival.
  • Shirley Moore was happy to announce that on August 7 she and Dave will be celebrating 62 years of marriage.
  • Joe Piszczor had another upside-down Alexander Hamilton to introduce Pat Bracey of Mac Bracey Corp. to Rotary, and vice versa. Also happy (but out-classed) for his 5thwedding anniversary.
  • Betsey West is happy for the GREAT turnout for Beach Party day at the Main Street Farmer’s Market last Thursday, and excited about this week: Dog Days. Guard dogs Hiller from Trinity School District, and Tony from the Washington Police Department will be there and giving demonstrations. There will a lot for children: dog ear head pieces, paw print tattoos, face painting, and cupcakes for EVERYONE. She also give a preview of the August 22 Market, which will feature Dan Baker and the children who have been receiving musical instruction. They will be collecting musical instruments for the kids, so everyone be thinking about what instruments they or their friends and neighbors might have in excess of need. Music needs to grow and be shared.
  • Bradi Miller was happy for the GREAT article in Sunday’s O-R on client Nancy Zhang , who is an immigrant entrepreneur in Washington, making a difference. She also promoted the 80’s theme Patio Party on August 22 at Atria’s, and the first ever Scholar’s Trivia on October 12.
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg was happy that her daughter Sabrina presented a paper on “X-ray diffraction of shock-compressed Gibeon meteorite up to 136 GPa” at a conference.
  • Susan Price was happy (a) to report that she had received an email from Lars Lange. The family bike tour has reached Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, and they hope to be in Washington by Friday. Although she had only one dollar, she also was happy to share that she is in charge of the Domestic Violence fundraising dinner to be held on October 16. She reminded the club of the importance of what DV can do for women and children in crisis. 
  • Susan Priest was happy to pony up a dollar for her fellow SP, and fined herself a dollar for her outburst about “manning”. Also said and happy to announce that she will be travelling with her brother and sister-in-law, and will miss seeing everyone for the next four meetings.
  • Bill Price for his and Susan’s 46thanniversary on August 3. “It only feels like 45.” And also happy that we all managed to overcome the obstacles and get in for the meeting.
  • Bob Wicker had a memorial dollar in honor of Washington High School graduate, Nicholas Cumer, who was shot in Dayton this weekend.

Program: Titanium Titan Robotics

The advisor for the Titanium Titans, Albert Zalner, who introduced two incredibly articulate teen members of the group: Spencer Putnam and Ethan Schrim, who proceeded to provide information about TTS, easily overcoming a break-down in the computerized presentation early in their talk. (To which Tripp Kline offered his standard low-tech advice: Flip charts.)
The Titanium Titans (here-after the TTs) are local group of high school students who compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization whose goals are to increase awareness of STEM in young people and to encourage them to build self-confidence, communication, cooperation, and leadership skills through team-work and competition.
FIRST has several levels, starting with a K-4 level which uses LEGOs. The TTs are in the advanced FIRST Robotics division, for grades 9-12. This division aims to inspire innovators, problem solvers, and to build their technological and teamwork skills.
TTs has formed itself as a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation in order to address what they identify as 5 problem areas. 
Lack of STEM development and integrated youth programs to address this lack.
  • Young people who do not understand the value of STEM to their lives.
  • Gaps in workforce development.
  • Mental sports are not on an equal footing with body sports. Young people need a equal access to both types of competition.
  • Socio-economic conditions which impact young people in all aspects of their growing years: poverty, poor health, unsafe conditions in the community.
TTS have set out solutions to these problems.
  • They participate in at least 3 parades a year with their robots, including the Canonsburg Fourth of July parade.
  • They hold camps and workshops in the summer and during the school year to introduce younger students to STEM and robotics. These are also important in recruiting the next group of high-school age young people for teams to compete in FIRST Robotics competitions. Workshops have reached over 300 students this year. They also try to integrate their programs and goals with existing youth organizations: for example, Scouting.
  • They are always interested in widening the familiarity of their program throughout the community, for example in presentations to groups like Washington Rotary.
  • They have spearheaded the growth of FIRST by starting 5 K-4 teams, 5 5-9 grade teams, and assisting other FR teams in Washington County. To encourage them, TTS hosts Steel City Showdown to offer competitive experience to their peers.
  • In an attempt to address underlying social problems in the community, TTS host food drives, started a car-seat recycling drive in Canonsburg, and are also involved in roadside clean-up. 
The costs of participating in FIRST Robotics competitions is not cheap. There is the cost of materials, and entry fee for the regional competition is $5000, and if the team advances to the World Competition, there is another $5000 entry fee. So fundraising is another goal of the group. As a 501 c (3) non-profit, they seek Corporate Sponsors as well as individual contributors, and they also collect fees for the workshops they present. 
At present there are 25 student members in TTS, and they are in cooperation with 13 school districts in Washington and Allegheny Counties.
During question time we learned that Spencer Putnam is a senior at Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, and Ethan Schrim has been home-schooled for several years, and is also a senior.
Old robots are used in off-season competitions, saved for parades and demonstrations, and sometimes recycled for new robots.
President Andy thanked them for a great presentation, and presented both with Rotary mugs.


Betsy West Winner
Rich Podgurski Non-winner
Rich led us in the 4-way test.
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