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...a club for people who never stop learning...

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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Be sure to check the Club Activities page for the locations and times for upcoming Science Fairs which need Scientech members to act as judges. At this time, all needed judges have been obtained. Thank them for their willingness to serve

A small group of Scientech members visited the pharmaceutical museum in Griffith, IN, on November 13. The museum was established by John and Paul Schreiner, brothers of Dr. Richard Schreiner, one of our members. It was an excellent tour of what must be the most comprehensive and exclusive museum of its type in the entire MidWest. We spent nearly 3 hours with the Schreiner Brothers who gave us a lively and extremely interesting tour. Scientech attendees included Dr. Richard Schreiner, Trudy Doyle, Herb Parks, Mary Ann Cates, and John Rathman.

See the Club News page for information about new members of Scientech who have joined the club since the last Roster was printed.


Congratulations to club member Jim Baize who just received a Certificate of Honor from the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame, Class of 2014, for his military service achievements during the battle for Iwo Jima in World War II. Club members may remember his inspiring talk on Hell Revisited, A Return to Iwo Jima After 70 Years presented in April, 2012.

Vol 92 No 8 - March 2, 2015

Trekking through the Grand Canyon

Presented By: Jim Dashiell, Orthopedic Surgeon, Club Member

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Jim Dashiell

The presentation for today was given by Dr. Jim Dashiell, aka Funnybone, about his recent hike and camping adventure in the Grand Canyon. He was part of a Road Scholar group affiliated with Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Az. He met 8 other hikers/campers in Flagstaff where the details of their adventure were explained. The risks, including heat stroke, dehydration, falls, being trampled by pack animals, sitting on a prickly pear, etc. were explained. The first day was spent exploring the South Kaibab trail followed by lectures back at the hotel. Then they drove the 150 miles to Havasupai Hilltop where the vehicle was parked before the descent of 3,000 feet to the Havasupai Indians' community of Supai. This is the most remote community in the US, being at the end of a 68 mile long cul-de-sac.

While in the Havasu Canyon, one of the side canyons off the Grand Canyon, several waterfalls were visited. The campground was 2 miles past the town of Supai where about 450 residents lived year round. There was a grocery store, medical clinic, school, hotel, cafe, church and about 130 houses for the residents. It was about 8 miles from the Hilltop parking area. The most photographed water fall in the entire park was the Havasu Falls, followed by Mooney, Navajo and Beaver Falls. Mooney Falls was unique in that it could only be visited by descending over 200 feet via a steep trail that went partially through tunnels and required you hang securely onto ladders, chains and metal bars imbedded into the rock. This trail was completed in 1881.

The Havasupai are named the Indians of the blue-green waters as the water throughout the canyon is deeply colored by its calcium content. The return hike to the vehicle took about 6 hours and was essentially all up hill. The numerous visitors to Supai represented many nationalities. There are no banks in Supai. It is the only community in the US that has daily mail delivery via mule. The only 3 ways to get out of the canyon are by walking, riding a pack animal or helicopter.

Notes by Jim Dashiell