Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Inc. was started in 2008 by Joe Dean and a merry band of volunteers, after Dean had seen a brief national news segment (See National Honor Flight Story below). Joe recalls thinking, “someone should do this in Wisconsin.” The next day Dean, son of a WWII Hero (David Dean, US Navy), woke up with one overwhelming thought: “Oh man, I should do this in Wisconsin!”
Within days, the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight wheels were in motion. Recruiting the busiest people he knew, Dean asked each potential board member three questions: “Why not here?” “Why not us?” “Why not now?”.
The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Board of Directors became a reality and the board booked the first flight at their second meeting, with a grand total of $250.00 in the bank. The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight story was told one person, one small group at a time, and grew from tiny fundraisers to partnerships with many local organizations and individuals, who have all stepped forward to ensure that our WWII and Korean War Veterans feel appreciated.
To date, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has flown over 4,500 veterans. Our community has been phenomenal in its support, and we are forever grateful.
Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County
Invites you to the 2016 Fall Fundraiser
Support our Seniors: Celebrating Twenty-Three Years of Service in Ozaukee County
Keynote Speaker Craig Thompson,
Executive Director Transportation Development Assoc. of WI
“The Transportation Challenges of Seniors”
Master of Ceremonies
Representative Jim Ott,
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 23
Thursday, November 10, 2016
5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Drinks & Heavy Hors d’oeuvres
followed by a short program
$35 / person
Ozaukee Country Club
10823 North River Road, 43 W
If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research. - Wilson Mizner
Our community services committee is joining forces with the Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County for their personal toiletries drive. When you make a stop at the grocery store or pharmacy next, would you take a moment to consider picking up an item or two?
All donations will be collected at our Friday meetings throughout the month of October.
Items include: toothbrushes/toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, razors, feminine hygiene products, soap, body wash, lotion, etc.
For more information, please visit: www.volunteerozaukee.org
Community Services Committee
From the October 2016 issue of The Rotarian
I was having breakfast in my local diner the morning after the Oscars when I happened to mention how surprised I was that Spotlight …
I did not get to finish the sentence.
“Don’t tell me who won,” said a regular at the table, frantically waving his hands. “I recorded it, but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.”
The response was immediate.
“Too bad!” said one of the other members of the breakfast club.
“Tough break,” said another.
“Nice try,” chimed in a third.
“Spoiler alerts don’t apply to the Oscars,” said a fourth. “If you didn’t see the show in real time, too bad.”
“As I was saying,” I continued, “I was pleasantly surprised to see Spotlight win the Oscar for best picture.”
And the conversation went on from there.
Similarly, no one has the right to say, “Don’t tell me how the Super Bowl ended!” or “Don’t wreck the World Series for me; I still haven’t seen game three.” If you haven’t seen the Super Bowl or the World Series in real time, that’s your problem.
From the October 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Hundreds of people gather in an open-air courtyard at University Central Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. Men in suits, women in flowered dresses, even prisoners in pink and orange gowns are waiting to find out if they will receive medical care. Some have no visible signs of injury. Others arrived on crutches, with arms in slings, or with catheters protruding from their clothing. Several have swollen, broken limbs: injuries that should have been mended long ago but were neglected because of the country’s long surgical-ward backlog, or simply poverty.
Emmanuel Mugatyawe, 36, sits on the ground as a friend fills out his yellow admissions form. He has been waiting two months for an operation to repair a broken leg – now infected – that he sustained when a car plowed into his motorbike.
“These are not routine cases; there are very few fresh injuries,” says Shashank Karvekar, an orthopedic surgeon and member of the Rotary Club of Solapur, India, after he and his Rwandan colleague Joel Bikoroti examine several dozen patients, scheduling many for surgery. Over the next eight days, a team of 18 specialized doctors (12 of whom are Rotarians) will perform surgeries on 268 Rwandan patients, including procedures in orthopedics and urology. The trip, initiated by District 3080 (India) and hosted by District 9150 (Central Africa), is funded by The Rotary Foundation with support from the Rwandan government. It’s the fourth medical mission to Rwanda that the two districts have organized since 2012. This time, among the volunteers is K.R. Ravindran, the first sitting RI president to take part in the mission.
Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry, President of Concordia University Wisconsin was the guest speaker at this morning’s meeting.