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Feb 222013
 

Explorers ClubI am honored to now be a member of the historic Explorers Club.

Founded in New York City in 1904, some of their legendary members include Sir Edmund Hillary, Roald Amundsen and John Glenn.  To join the club, you have to be nominated by two current members and accepted by the membership committee. The Club has about 3,000 members and 30 chapters in the U.S and around the world.

It is humbling to be part of this environment but I am reminded of that famous Groucho Marx quote about clubs :-)

My hope is that by joining The Club, I can share my journey of mountaineering and most importantly, my mission to end the world of Alzheimer’s.

The purpose of the Club, according to their charter, is to:

promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members.

The Club provides expedition resources including funding, online information, and member-to-member consultation. Their famed annual dinners honor accomplishments in exploration. At the New York headquarters, they maintain the Research Collections that includes a library and map room. This is to preserve the history of the Club and to assist those interested and engaged in exploration and scientific research.

One historic aspect of The Club is their flag. Expeditions that further the cause of exploration and field science carry (and return) The Explorers Club flag on the journey. It has been carried on hundreds of expeditions by Club members since 1918 and has flown at both poles, from the highest peaks of the greatest mountain ranges, traveled to the depths of the ocean, to the lunar surface, and outer space. Today there are 202 numbered flags, each with its own history, displayed at the headquarters

At the 2013 annual dinner, several medals will be awarded including one to Chhiring Dorje Sherpa who was instrumental in saving lives on the 2008 disaster on k2.

You can read more about the Explorers Club at their site.

Climb On!
Alan
Memories are Everything


Alzheimer's Fact: More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias. (source: Alzheimer Association)
Alzheimer's disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed

  15 Responses to “The Explorers Club: an Honor to Become a Member”

  1. ALAN!!!! I am so proud of you! Not only are you among the ranks of people like Sir Edmund Hillary, but one of my favorite explorers, Thor Heyerdahl, is a member as well. Congratulations on this well-deserved distinction.

    Kat

  2. Wonderful Alan! Many congratulations

    Joe

  3. Welcome to our distinguished ranks!

  4. Welcome!

  5. Congratulations! And thanks for your work on the website, I look forward to another exciting season of climbing with your coverage!

  6. Congratulations Alan, you earned it!

  7. You deserve it Alan !!!

  8. Alan, this is truly awesome. Congratulations!

  9. Congrats for the well deserved honour!

  10. An incredible and well deserved honor. Congratulations, Alan!

  11. Alan this is beyond epic and well deserved!