Rotary Meeting July 23

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August 9 at 5:15 pm
August 11 at 6:45 pm
August 15 at 6:15 pm
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Brad Montgomery filled in for President Andy this week and called the meeting to order at 12:10
Bill West offered the invocation and led us in the pledge.
Gist Wiley reported:
     6 guests: 
  •        Laura Wicker, guest of her father Bob Wicker
  •        Merle Timko, guest of Lisa Hannum
  •        Our speaker Ralph Andy, and his guests: Matthew Davis, Joyce Miller, and his sister, Lesley Andy Brock


  1. Next week’s meeting will be at the Hilton Doubletree on Racetrack Road.

  2. The Pony Picnic will be held on Friday, August 9 at noon at the Kiwanis Pavillion. Reminder that we WILL have our regular Tuesday meeting that week on August 6.
  3. There are only 4 slots left for the souvenir stand, contact Bob Wicker to help fill out the schedule.
  4. Dave Hart shared a memory of Ralph Andy. When our then president Brad Montgomery had his disastrous fall, the club rallied to help him in his business. Deliveries were one thing Dave Hart was involved in, and one day he was given the task of a delivery to California. Before he could leave, Mr. Andy arrived to become his own deliveryman.

Happy Dollars:

  1. Susan Priest is happy that the weather has gotten less oppressive, and wondered to what gods the Whiskey Rebellion had sacrificed a virgin to get the good weather weekend the week before.
  2. Tom Drewitz happy that Andy Uram had given him a booklet on the Apollo 11 commemorative coins which Tom Uram was involved with.
  3. Rich Podgurski gave $10 since he and Mary Jo had missed so many meetings due to trainings, and especially happy at the expected arrival in January of a new granddaughter.
  4. Tripp Kline coughed up a Hamilton to share his happiness that he appreciated all the support from the club for the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, and revealed that the sacrificial virgin? was Joe Piszczor, who is taking on chairmanship of the festival for next year.
  5. Lisa Hannum is happy to be able to bring Merle Timko, one of the great volunteers at Domestic Violence.
  6. Joe Piszczor: Happy for the great turnout at the Whiskey Rebellion Dinner, and looking forward to next year under the mentorship of Tripp Kline.

Program: Everest Base Camp Trek

 Brad Montgomery was happy to introduce his friend Ralph Andy, a lifelong resident of Washington. Mr. Andy founded Polycom Huntsman, and after selling it founded Pennatronics, located in California, Pennsylvania. He was chairman of the Washington Hospital Board when it undertook the largest expansion in its history.
Mr. Andy started by saying kind words about Rotary’s work in restoring the Main Pavilion at Washington Park.   He then presented an engrossing slide and video program on his Everest Base Camp Trek, March 27-April 9. Due to his age, several companies refused to accept him as a client, but he found one which accepted him, after a note from his cardiologist. He began his trip by flying 14 hours to Dubai, and then 5 more hours to Katmandu. 
In Katmandu he stayed in a hotel made from recycled materials, and had time to explore the city, in many ways a third-world city, although he noticed the cleanliness of the streets. The city had banned the use of plastic bags, which had become an eyesore and clogged the streets and walkways. One of the attractions in Katmandu was the Monkey Temple, close enough to the hotel that visitors were urged to keep windows shut to prevent an unauthorized visitation. 
He met the overall guide, a New Zealander who had summited Everest 6 times. He also met his personal guide, Bronyn, a young New Zealand med evac nurse, whose job included monitoring Mr. Andy’s heart and oxygen levels and supervising his medications.
They helicoptered to Lukla, home of the highest and SHORTEST runway in the world. The town is totally served by the airport since there were no roads to it. The hotel was an introduction to the upcoming trek, it had no heat beyond stoves in the public areas. Mr. Andy discovered, however, that the old fashioned hot water bottle is a surprisingly effective heat source. 
The trek began at Lukla. Each trekker carried a pack, and Sherpas carried heavier loads of gear. Mules also served at the lower elevations. Later yaks were employed. There were 12 to 15 suspension bridges on the trail, some as high over the gaps as the US Steel Building in Pittsburgh. When more than one person was on a bridge, it would sway and bounce. Paths were uneven, covered with rocks. Soon the way was over uneven rocks. Switchbacks carried them higher to even more uneven footing.
There were way stations along the way, tent camps with tent toilets and tent showers. Solar panels on some of the tents were available to charge devices, although the area was not in cell phone range.
At one stop, Mr. Andy visited the temple of a Buddhist priest, who pointed out that Buddhists had 128 gods, and Mr. Andy only one. Apparently seen as a deficiency.
As mules were replaced by yaks, trekkers were warned to stay on the uphill side of the yaks, and to let them go by. Yaks will shove persons who are in their way, and it is a long way down.
As they climbed, the terrain became more and more tricky to traverse. In the small world category, at 12,648 feet Mr. Andy met a fellow trekker who was a graduate of WVU and lived in Greentree. Temperatures dropped to about 0 and rose to 20 during the days. Mr. Andy began to have trouble breathing, had to make conscious effort to remember to breath.
Base Camp for Everest is at 17,330 feet. It is a huge tent city, the end stage for trekkers, the base for those climbing to the summit, which is 29,600 feet. Mr. Andy had reached his goal, and travelled back to Lukla in one hour and 45 minutes, after climbing for 2 weeks. The trek is about 65 miles, and he walked one day, and rested one day to acclimatize to the elevation. First delight: a warm shower.
Sherpas: They are a clan with different classes. Porter class, local guides, and Everest guides. Women run inns and other auxiliary functions.
Trash: No trash on the trails. In fact, all human waste is carried out by porters. On the mountain, there is a lot of trash, oxygen bottles, etc. Things are not helped by the fact that the government permit for the climb is relatively inexpensive, and some outfitters charge smaller amounts and overbook, while not making arrangements for contingencies. 
Nepal economy and climbers/trekkers: Tourist money is a huge part of the local economy, people mostly speak English. Climbing season is only 2 months, since there is a short window when climbing is possible. Trekking season is longer.
PDG Thomas Uram is into Coins!

Chairman of the Citizens Coinage Committee, Thomas Uram, a member of the Rotary Club of Washington, PA was integrally involved in the production of the memorial coin for the Apollo 11 coin.

Since their institution’s founding in 1792, the Mint has taken great pride in rendering the story of our nation in coins. To hold a coin or medal produced by the Mint is to connect to the founding principles of our nation and the makings of our economy.
The Mint is the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce.
The Mint also produces coin-related products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The Mint’s programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer.
Coins can be purchased at:


Winner: Tom Drewitz
Loser: John Rodgers (second week in a row!)
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