A Very Special Day in History - 12/04/2014 Membership Meeting

Some days you just don't feel like getting out of bed. And then there are those days you are so thankful you did get up and made it to your Thursday morning Rotary meeting!

What a day! A meeting that was chock full of great stuff - A new member, a record number of guests and great fellowship. And to top it all off, one of the best programs I've seen since joining Rotary. This is one that will not soon be forgotten.

My father was a Sergeant in the Army Infantry on a very special day in history. June 6, 1944 was quite possibly the most important date in the modern world's history, from a strictly non-Religious viewpoint. He was part of the allied forces that stormed the beaches of Normandy. The only stories I ever got to hear about it are from my older brother who has much of the memorabilia, medals of honor and assorted items my Dad was able to bring back from Europe. Even though I barely knew him, I've always been proud of the fact that he served our country in the fight against tyranny. He was a highly decorated World War II veteran and although that is not how he lost his life, he was wounded and received the purple heart as well.

Today's program is why we all love Rotary. People in the room this morning "get it". You see people nodding their heads when someone talks about "freedom" and "patriotism". You hear someone say "that's right" when they here the words "honor" or "service". You see people wiping a tear away when talking about something that happened 70 years ago. And that's why we meet and work together. We are of like minds and we "get it". An absolutely fabulous presentation today by Doug Copeland. I can't do it justice by writing about it. Watch the video. I hate we had to rush through it a little bit because we were so busy this morning!

No meeting next week. Well, the meeting is at Mike Conrad's house. Hope to see everyone there!

New member, Paul Zucchino, gets pinned by Cheryl David. Everyone give Paul a huge Gate City Rotary welcome!

One of the best presentations ever at Gate City Rotary. He had to rush it a little, but Doug Copeland's program was fantastic!