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The Scientech Club provides a forum for weekly presentations and discussions in the fields of science and technology and other topics for the enlightenment of its membership.

Regular, one-hour Meetings are, with the exception of holidays, held every Monday at noon at The Northside Knights of Columbus, 2100 East 71st Street, Indianapolis. Club Members, as well as the general public, may attend our Regular Meetings for a nominal contribution to pay for the facility. For those who wish, a buffet lunch may be enjoyed before the meeting. Occasionally, instead of a presentation, members and their guests may take a tour to a place of interest, such as a plant or historical site.

The Scientech Club is associated with an outstanding local charitable Foundation, The Scientech Club Foundation, established by Scientech members to promote science education. Information about the foundation may be found under the heading Foundations above.


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Congratulations to Jeff Rasley, elected president of the University of Chicago Indianapolis Alumni Club at the annual meeting on Sept 29.


Each year, in accordance with our Bylaws, the Board of Directors recognizes long-term Scientech members who have contributed to the improvement of the Club and exemplify the purposes of the Club. Only eight per cent of our membership can hold this honor. We are pleased to announce that we have two members to be recognized as Emeritus Members this year.

Dorothy Kandrac joined Scientech in the year 2000. She is a regular attendee at our Monday meetings, has served the Club as a Cashier and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Tom Stump has been a member since 1994. Tom served the Club with a three year term on the Board of Directors beginning in 2004.

Click HERE for pictures of all our our Emertus members

View pictures taken during a recent hike at Fort Harrison by the Scientech Hiking Group

Click HERE for brief biographical information on the following new members of Scientech who have joined the club since the last Roster. Our newest members are shown below in bold:

Norris Allen
Milton Beyers
Paul Brandenburg
Thomas Brogan
Karen Bumb
Vallori Degler
Lora DiMeglio
Peter DiMeglio, Ph.D.
Christine Dowdeswell
Ian Dowdeswell, M.D.
Howard Eigen
Daniel Elliott
Thomas Ertl
James Farley
Mary Gosling
Raymond Guest
Carolyn Hiatt
Jerome Karwowski
Fritz King
Truston Lee
Louis Mestichelli
Franklin Nash
Patrick O'Brien
Ethel O’Connor
Michael O’Connor
Gregory Peterson
Kenneth Pendleton
Walter Prouty
Andrew Raterman
Robert Sanborn
Robert Shanks
Charles Solomon
Henry Starkey II
John Volbers
Max Warner
John Williams
Bill Zdanky

Get information about supporting a Nepal Earthquake Relief effort led by Scientech member Jeff Rasley

Visit the Club News page to view many early pictures of three very important former members of Scientech - Elwood Haynes, D.J.Angus, and R.B.Annis - as reported in the Indiana Historical Society's Destination Indiana web site

View the distinguished career of the late Dr. Jack Hall, twice recognized as a Sagamore of the Wabash on the Club Honors page

Vol 92 No 44 - November 23, 2015

Indianapolis War Memorials

Presented By: Brig. Gen. (Ret.) J. Stewart Goodwin


Gen. Stewart

Brig. Gen. Goodwin is the Executive Director of the Indianapolis War Memorials. He supervises the maintenance and the history of the monuments. In addition, he is Assistant Adjutant General of the Air National Guard, whose HQ is Indianapolis. The Indiana Air National Guard consists of the 122nd Fighter Wing in Ft. Wayne, the 181st Intelligence Wing in Terre Haute, Atterbury Air-to-Ground Gunnery Range in Edinburgh, Jefferson Air-to-Ground Gunnery Range in Madison and the 207th Weather Flight in Indianapolis.

General Goodwin received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Evansville in 1971 and a M.S. in Industrial Safety from Central Missouri State University in 1975. He also studied at the Air War College. He is in charge of 24 acres of monuments and parks in downtown Indianapolis. Indianapolis has more Veterans Monuments than any other State and is second only to Washington D.C. There are 41 monuments, and number 42 will be built in Speedway. Gen. Goodwin frequently speaks to Veterans groups.


Soldiers & Sailors

Next year will be the 200th anniversary of the State of Indiana. To celebrate, 1,816 people will be filmed singing “Back Home in Indiana.” The year 1916 saw the founding of the Indiana State Park system. In 2016, another State Park will be added (in eastern Indiana). A State Police convoy will take the Indiana Constitution and other documents through all 92 counties. In symbolism to the torch on the Indiana flag, the Constitution will be accompanied by a torch run through the 92 counties as well.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument was built from 1889-1901. It honored men from the Mexican War, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. 10% of the Union Army was comprised of soldiers from Indiana, which had the second largest per capita number of soldiers next to Delaware.

Three of four men of eligible age in Indiana served in the Civil War. Indiana is the 14th largest State but it has the fourth largest National Guard. Lady Victory was refurbished in 2009. It was removed and strengthened. Its supports had been corroded and it was in jeopardy of falling. It weighs 20,600 pounds. At 284.5 feet tall, it is the largest Civil War Monument. The Monument is built from Indiana limestone and has two fountains and four figures. Later the long beards of the soldiers, designed by the German Bruno Schmitz, were thought to be too long and were shaved down.

The Indiana World War Memorial was planned in 1920 at a special session of the State Congress. Two million dollars (a gallon of milk then cost 5 cents) was spent to honor the 135,000 American men who served in WW I, of which 3,000 died. A total of ten million soldiers were casualties, as well as six million civilians. (In addition, 50 million people worldwide died of the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic.) A two-block section of downtown Indianapolis was chosen. The Memorial was modeled after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the ancient wonders of the world. The cornerstone was laid by Gen. John Pershing on 4 July 1927.


Memorial Plaza

Next to the War Memorial Square is the Veterans Memorial Plaza with its black onyx obelisk. The American Legion has had its HQ in Indianapolis since 1919. The first meeting of the Legion was held in Paris and the second was in New York City. At the next meeting in Minneapolis, Indianapolis was chosen as the Headquarters. Indianapolis was, after all, the “Crossroads of America,” with 175 trains a day passing through the City. In the 24 acres, over 500 ash trees were recently lost to the Emerald ash borer. To reduce maintenance costs, more perennial flowers will be used in the parks, instead of the high proportion of annuals used today.


USS Indianapolis

Also part of the Park system is the USS Indianapolis memorial, which is located on the Canal. In February 2016, the Medal of Honor Monument will be placed under the control of the War Memorials Foundation. Over the past ten years at the War Memorials Foundation, more emphasis has been place on the contributions of African-American men and on women who served in Military Auxiliary Services or in the WW II effort.

Gen. Goodwin thanked the veterans for their military service which benefits all Americans. He announced the “Bricks of Honor” program which will place engraved bricks to encircle the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Bricks may be purchased for $100 each (tax deductible) and will include the name of the veteran, the branch of the service with the years served. It will honor the fine men and women who have been guardians of our freedom.

Further information on the Indianapolis War Memorials may be found at

Notes by Bill Dick