Family Vacations

PennState
We love going to Penn State with the family

It can be hard to remember when we went on various trips.  Sometimes we’ll be talking about a trip and trying to remember some details and we use this log to help us remember.  To get a full picture you also need to look at our Camping page, our Beach Trip page, our Las Vegas page and our Disney page. Continue reading Family Vacations

Christmas with the Right Family

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Christmas with the Right Family

We always get together with as many of the family as possible for Christmas celebrations.  Over the years our traditions have evolved.  At one time we’d make the trek to Grandma Davis’s house and then to Nana and Papa Phillip’s house.  Then for many years we would have a Christmas Eve party.  Recently, especially as we’ve been going to the later church service on Christmas Eve, we have a new tradition that is working out great.  Continue reading Christmas with the Right Family

Biography: Mark A. Davis

Education

Degrees

  • 2000 – Masters of Science, Information Systems, Drexel University, Phila., PA
  • 1983 – Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
  • 1974 – Graduate, Abington Heights High School, Clarks Summit, PA

Certifications

  • 1981 – Fellow, Life Management Institute, LOMA
  • 1988 – Master Fellow, Life Management Institute, LOMA
  • 2000 – Graduate, Dale Carnegie Training
  • 2002 – Graduate Assistant teaching Dale Carnegie Training
  • 2002 – Webmaster Certificate, Penn State University

Work History

  • 2017 to present – Fastenal
  • 2016 to present – Pangaea Installation Management Services
  • 1974 to 2016 – MetLife – Assistant Vice-President, Application Development, since May, 2000.
  • 2000 – Member of the Metlife recruiting team doing hundreds of interviews for mainframe programmers in Singapore and Manilla
  • 2005 – MetLife representative at Chordiant customer conference in Amsterdam
  • 2010-2012 – Lead for MetLife Offshore Center of Excellence and led 9 management and executive trips to India to influence quality and team recognition
  • 1990 to 2001 – Casket Shells, Inc. as part time developer and system/network administrator

Trinity Lutheran Church

  • 2009 – 2016 – Treasurer
  • 2009-2014 – Long Range Ministry Team.  This included running the Capital Campaign and handling the finances for the $1.6m addition of our Parish Center
  • 2001-2007 – Church Council
  • 1992-1998 – Church Council
  • 1994-2001; 2005-2006 – Adult Advisor, Lutheran Youth Fellowship

Healthy Communities – Healthy Youth of the Abingtons

  • 2003-2008 – Treasurer

Lions

  • 1978-1979 – Abington Lions Club
  • 2001 to present – Abington Lions Club
  • 2014-2015 – Treasurer, Lions Club District 14H
  • 2003-2017 – Treasurer, Abington Lions Club

Boy Scouts

  • 1965-1977 – Cub Scout, Boy Scout – Troop 160, Clarks Summit, PA
  • Eagle Scout, Sr. Patrol Leader, Jr. Asst. Scoutmaster
  • 1977-78 – Scoutmaster, Troop 151, Chinchilla, PA
  • 1979-2002 – non-continuous service Cub Pack 160 and Boy Scout Troop 160, Clarks Summit, PA
  •  Webelos Den Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman
  • 2003-2004 – Executive Board, NorthEastern PA Council, BSA
  • 2011-2013 – Webelos Den Leader
  • 2013-2015 – Assistant Scoutmaster
  • 2013-2016- Troop Webmaster Advisor
  • 2014-present – Merit Badge Councilor, Communications Merit Badge
  • 2015-2016 – Committee Chairman

Equines For Freedom

  • 2016-present – Treasurer

Mason’s

  • 1993 to 2016 – Waverly Lodge F&AM #301 – raised December, 1993

1997 Backpacking Trip

Davis Boys complete 35 mile trek
Sunday, July 13, 1997

Eric, Scott, Mark, Matt, Brian and Adam at the start of the hike
Eric, Scott, Mark, Matt, Brian and Adam at the start of the hike

The legendary Davis boys completed a 35 mile backpacking trip over the Fourth of July weekend in Potter County, Pennsylvania. The three day trip on the Susquehannock trail near Ole Bull State Park nearly duplicated a 4-day trip done with Boy Scout Troop 160 in 1995.

On the trip were Eric, Scott, Mark, Matt, Brian, Adam and Dr. Mike. The highlight of the trip occurred on our second night. Just after dusk, as we were settling down under our tarp, a bear walked boldly into our campsite. Dr. Mike heroically lept over two of the boys and hid behind Brian so that he’d be eaten last.

The bear grabbed Adam’s backpack and quickly got into the Gorp and next day’s lunch. While he was doing this, Eric was trying to get the fire built to a roaring blaze and the rest of us tried to scare him by yelling and banging pots. The bear obviously knew he was in charge and wasn’t the least bit bothered.

The bear became more bold, sauntering up to within 5 feet of Mark in his search for more food (the bear was searching for more food, not Mark).

After about 30 minutes the bear, who apparently had another appointment, left as quickly as he had arrived.

We saw another bear the next day as we continued our hike. This bear was a bit shy and ran away as we tried to get close enough for a picture.

The trail was only marginally maintained, with trees frequently blocking the way and many areas where the trail was difficult to find. At one point the trail narrowed to about three inches wide as it rose up the side of a steep mountain. With a fifteen foot dropoff on the left and a steep rise covered with stinging nettles on the right, the narrow trail in front of us had washed away. There was a five foot gap from one ledge to the next. Being young, strong, and slight of build, Eric leapt to the ledge and helped Brian across. With his great strength, Brian was able to catch each of us as we made the jump.

Matt made it over, and bragged saying “I am very dexterous in my new boots”, at which point the trail beneath him gave way and he slid down the embankment. Scott and Brian were able to lower some branches and help pull him up. Luckily, he wasn’t injured. Even more luckily, it wasn’t Mark since they’d never have been able to pull him up.

The trip was a great success! We had a great time doing all the manly-man things that boys and their dads should do together. The scenery was awesome, the companionship was perfect and the food was wonderful. It was a special joy to have the four older Davis boys and their dad be able to share this event together.

By the end of the trip our legs were sore and tired, and most of us had huge blisters on our feet. Each step was painful – and the pain lasted the rest of the week for some of us. But it didn’t take long to start talking about a possible trip for next year.