Editor: Paul Rosenberger
Mike Boliek introduced Nick Walsh, a curriculum specialist from Decatur Public Schools District #61. Nick told us when he lived in Bement and Monticello during his grade school and high school years, he had had an opportunity to talk to some of his neighbors about their WWII experiences. He then graduated from Millikin in 2001. In 2010 he received a Master’s Degree in History from EIU, using research on Decatur-area Vietnam veteran’s stories he’d obtained in interviews with veterans and/or their families. He discovered that about 45 military personnel from Decatur had lost their lives during that 1960-1975 unpopular war. This number made Decatur the highest loss-per-capita county in Illinois. He then became so affected by his research responses, he felt that the stories needed to be told to a wider audience. So he partnered with a videographer, Hugh Sullivan, to learn how to use music and to obtain permission and manage other legal steps to eventually create this 90-minute documentary. Nick then showed us a nine-minute ‘trailer’ with several brief interviews and some old newsreel movie clips. He admitted that a few veterans did not want to tell their stories. He also feels that Hollywood made movies that stereotyped the war in unfavorable situations. He recommended going to the web to see his 20-minute trailer: http://herald-review.com/fire-for-effect---extended-trailer-by-nicholas-walsh/youtube_fabfc2c4-ae0b-11e4-a32a-2b274ffa0d1e.html > Thanks, Nick, for sharing your passion about another ‘Greatest Generation.’ Good luck on your project.
May 22– Regular meeting at 7;00 at Scovill Golf Course
June 2– Board meeting at 6:50 a.m. at Perkin’s
June 26 – Service To Mankind Awards Luncheon at Scovill Zoo Education Building
July 3-4 – Midnight Bingo at the Majestic in Mt. Zion
VP Lance Gauble almost got skipped today before he could tell us to ‘bring guests.’
VP Will Sudduth reported that next Friday Dick Virgin has invited Jennifer Dahn, President and Executive Director of Pawprint Ministries, to explain her organization. We’ll socialize on May 29. Will re-circulated a signup sheet for us to sign on two dates to provide speakers for the next Sertoma year beginning July 1. Non-signers will be randomly added.
APRIL 10 2015
19 Sertomans and two guests, Steve Goodman and Ken Stollings, came to Scovill Golf Course for breakfast, fellowship, and announcements but especially to hear an interesting speaker, Nick Walsh, talk about a documentary film he is creating about Vietnam veterans from the Decatur area. Board Chairman Mike Boliek conducted the third reading of the proposed slate of 2015-16 board members: Board Chair - Chuck Shonkwiler; President – Tom Smith; President-elect – Norm Jensen; Treasurer – Alex Prather; Secretary – Paul Rosenberger; Sponsorship Vice-president – Dick Virgin; Program Vice-president – Will Sudduth; Membership Vice-president – Lance Gauble; Social Vice-president – Hugh Rowden; Sergeant-at-arms – Stu Hawbaker; Board members at-large – Mike Boliek, Jim May, & Cary Hise. President Chuck Shonkwiler conducted a vote and the slate was elected unanimously.
Sheriff Stu Hawbaker had no late-arrivers to fine so he immediately asked a sports trivia question: “What breakfast cereal used several well-known athletes like Mickey Mantle, Wilt Chamberlain, and Johnny Unitas, to appear in effective commercials?” After nobody on the round tables guessed the name, Chuck Shonkwiler, told us it was Maypo, a maple-flavored oatmeal. The athletes would cry out "I want my Maypo!” Stu asked our speaker, Nick Walsh, to pull out a winner and he found Tom Smith’s badge - I wonder if it had any maple syrup on it.
VP Norm Jensen had no
report. I reported that the joint-club Service To Mankind Award
Luncheon is now confirmed for June 26 at the Scovill Zoo
Educational Building. Our morning meeting will be at noon that
day. Alex Prather brought the application for our July 3-4
midnight Bingo for officer signatures this morning. Now’s the
time to put BINGO on your July calendars.
VP Hugh Rowden reported
that since we need to conduct an orientation of two new members
and install our new officers, he said we’ll find a Thursday
evening to go to Yoder’s in Arthur sometime around July 1.
VP Hugh Rowden had no report.
************* NO CHARGE FOR LOVE *************
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the four pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money." The boy dropped his head for moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that, he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up...
"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would." With that, the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so, he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself and he will need someone who understands."
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully, he handed it to the little boy. "How much?" asked the little boy... "No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love."
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