Rick Wingard shares background at Down East Seniors Club

Published 6:42 pm Friday, August 4, 2017

The Down East Seniors Club held its Aug. 2 meeting at the Blind Center of North Carolina in Washington. President Stewart Rumley led the meeting. Chip Ide led the singing of “God Bless America,” and Charles Smith gave the invocation. Rumley read factoids for the date in history (provided by Ed Hamrick) and Dick Paul provided humor.

Rumley announced that the Christmas party would be at the Washington Yacht & Country Club on Dec. 20.

Rick Wingard presented his personal profile. He was born in 1938 in the northeast Ohio city of Canton. While he was growing up there, he could walk or ride his bike anywhere in town and not be concerned about being harmed. As a teenager, he worked with the YMCA to organize dances, and he took part in Junior Achievement to organize and operate profitable businesses. Once, on a tour of a hospital, he spent some time talking to the hospital administrator. He saw that this job primarily consisted of relating to people. Between his junior and senior high school years he worked as an intern in a hospital human relations department. In college, he majored in economics and social sciences. After college, he worked two years as an intern in hospital administration then went to graduate school. After graduate school, he held assistant administrator or administrator positions in hospitals in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. Later he became a hospital management consultant. Throughout his 45-year career he strove to always understand the other person’s point of view.

Joe Rose won the 50/50 drawing.