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Weekly Bulletin - Current Aug 11, 2015
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The Rotary News

 Official Newsletter of the

Woodbury Rotary Club

Woodbury Rotary Club

Lauren Donovan


Rotary International

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran


RI District 7640

David Zelley

 District Governor 



Woodbury Rotary Club 

"Serving the Greater Woodbury Area"

Tuesday August 11, 2015
Warren Carr 
Attack on Pearl Harbor

PP Warren Carr, presented a program on the attack on Pearl Harbor at the clubs meeting today.  Warren's question was "Did we know ?!"

The attack was a surprise military attack conducted by the  Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, in the United States Territory of Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II.


5 Facts About Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona


1. Twenty-three sets of brothers died aboard the USS Arizona.
There were 37 confirmed pairs or trios of brothers assigned to the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941. Of these 77 men, 62 were killed, and 23 sets of brothers died. Only one full set of brothers, Kenneth and Russell Warriner, survived the attack; Kenneth was away at flight school in San Diego on that day and Russell was badly wounded but recovered. Both members of the ship’s only father-and-son pair, Thomas Augusta Free and his son William Thomas Free, were killed in action. Though family members often served on the same ship before World War II, U.S. officials attempted to discourage the practice after Pearl Harbor. However, no official regulations were established, and by the end of the war hundreds of brothers had fought—and died¬—together. The five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa, for instance, jointly enlisted after learning that a friend, Bill Ball, had died aboard the USS Arizona; their only condition upon enlistment was that they be assigned to the same ship. In November 1942, all five siblings were killed in action when their light cruiser, the USS Juneau, was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.


2. The USS Arizona’s entire band was lost in the attack.
Almost half of the casualties at Pearl Harbor occurred on the naval battleship USS Arizona, which was hit four times by Japanese bombers and eventually sank. Among the 1,177 crewmen killed were all 21 members of the Arizona’s band, known as U.S. Navy Band Unit (NBU) 22. Most of its members were up on deck preparing to play music for the daily flag raising ceremony when the attack began. They instantly moved to man their battle positions beneath the ship’s gun turret. At no other time in American history has an entire military band died in action. 


3. Fuel continues to leak from the USS Arizona’s wreckage.
On December 6, 1941, the USS Arizona took on a full load of fuel—nearly 1.5 million gallons—in preparation for its scheduled trip to the mainland later that month. The next day, much of it fed the explosion and subsequent fires that destroyed the ship following its attack by Japanese bombers. However, despite the raging fire and ravages of time, some 500,000 gallons are still slowly seeping out of the ship’s submerged wreckage: Nearly 70 years after its demise, the USS Arizona continues to spill up to 9 quarts of oil into the harbor each day. The NPS and other governmental agencies continue to monitor the deterioration of the wreck site but are reluctant to perform extensive repairs or modifications due to the Arizona’s role as a “war grave.” In fact, the oil that often coats the surface of the water surrounding the ship has added an emotional gravity for many who visit the memorial and is sometimes referred to as the “tears of the Arizona,” or “black tears.”


4. Some former crewmembers have chosen the USS Arizona as their final resting place.
The bonds between the crewmembers of the USS Arizona have lasted far beyond the ship’s loss on December 7, 1941. Since 1982, the U.S. Navy has allowed survivors of the USS Arizona to be interred in the ship’s wreckage upon their deaths. Following a full military funeral at the Arizona memorial, the cremated remains are placed in an urn and then deposited by divers beneath one of the Arizona’s gun turrets. To date, more than 30 Arizona crewmen who survived Pearl Harbor have chosen the ship as their final resting place. Crewmembers who served on the ship prior to the attack may have their ashes scattered above the wreck site, and those who served on other vessels stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, may have their ashes scattered above their former ships. As of November 2011, only 18 of the 355 crewmen who survived the bombing of the USS Arizona are known to be alive.


5. A memorial was built at the USS Arizona site, thanks in part to Elvis Presley.
After the USS Arizona sank, its superstructure and main armament were salvaged and reused to support the war effort, leaving its hull, two gun turrets and the remains of more than 1,000 crewmen submerged in less than 40 feet of water. In 1949 the Pacific War Memorial Commission was established to create a permanent tribute to those who had lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor, but it wasn’t until 1958 that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to create a national memorial. The funds to build it came from both the public sector and private donors, including one unlikely source. In March 1961, entertainer Elvis Presley, who had recently finished a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, performed a benefit concert at Pearl Harbor’s Block Arena that raised over $50,000—more than 10 percent of the USS Arizona Memorial’s final cost. The monument was officially dedicated on May 30, 1962, and attracts more than 1 million visitors each year.





President Lauren’s Weekly Message








Dear Fellow Rotarians- 


It is hard to believe that is has already been a month since I was handed the gavel.  I want to thank each and every one of you for your support and the help many of you have given me over the past month while I get my bearings together.  I am getting more and more comfortable as the weeks go on! 

I am so happy for the successful fundraising event the Jim completed and I am looking forward to the next project, Back Pack for Kids.  I want to start working on a new fundraiser idea for the spring so if anyone has any good ideas please let me know!

As the summer winds down I hope everyone enjoys their vacations and time spent with family and want to thank everyone who can make it to the meetings each week even when the warm weather is calling your name!

A special thank you to Assistant Governor, Don Kensey, who attended our lunch meeting this week and helped me pass along some very important dates coming up!  (Sorry Don I did forget to get a picture to put in our bulletin but I know you will be back soon).


Have a wonderful week!


Yours in Rotary,



A special thank you to Rotarian Rich Bonczak for the last minute presentation during our lunch meeting last week. 


Rich discussed his 18 years with McGuinness Funeral Home and the different aspects of the job. Rich presently serves as Funeral Director and General Manager at the Sewell NJ location.


Rich talked about his family which includes his wife and two sons and their love of baseball. The family takes an annual vacation touring Major League Baseball stadiums throughout the country locating which will be playing the Phillies during their stay! A mix of professional and personal insight provided for a most interesting program!  


Past President Jack Magee attending a makeup at the Rotary Club of Billericay, Essex.

Past President Jack Magee, RI District 1240 District  Governor: Alan Clark & President of the
Rotary Club of Billericay, Essex, Ed Harrison 
 RI District 1240 District  Governor: Alan Clark & President of the Rotary Club of Billericay, Essex,
Ed Harrison 


Upcoming Events

  STRIKE OUT HUNGER DINNER Thursday August 6th 6 PM at Marco's at Pennsauken CC. The speaker will be John Nanni our RI Polio Plus Representative to the UN & a polio Survivor. His story is one you have to hear! Dinner is ONLY $30 so make your reservations at 856-439-4316. 


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 Lauren met with Nick Nykorczuk from Creative Pavers. Nick has agreed to install our pavers for free. He will schedule this as a filler for when he has time between projects.


Weekly Thoughts on

The Rotary Foundation

Sponsoring Rotary Scholars


“I am confident that I am demonstrating a commitment to Rotary ideals-furthering peace and cultural tolerance- through the work that I produce.”                                    Alissa Nicole Creamer


As a Rotary Foundation Scholar Alissa Nicole Creamer got a close- up look at how people recover from the ravages of war. While studying documentary filmmaking in Spain she participated in a project supported by 60 Spanish Rotary Clubs to fund rehabilitation of child victims of land mine explosions. Nearly every day for three months Creamer visited with two Angolan children at a local hospital. She got to know their life stories and now she is telling their story to the world through a documentary film she is directing.


By sponsoring and hosting Rotary Scholars, Rotarians give the world hope for the future. 



Sunday, January 31, 2016 @ Luciens Manor

( 5:00 to 7:30PM Event )




The Don't Wait Vaccinate Committee in District 5340 (California) has been meeting monthly since 1994.

Photo Credit: Amnon Ben-Yehuda


From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian

A group of teenage journalism students in suburban San Diego were in the early stages of a new project – an educational film funded by a Rotary grant – when their teacher's phone rang. A prominent blogger had caught wind of what they were doing from a local news story, and wasn't pleased. The fledgling film came under fire almost overnight as ripples of protest spread through the blogosphere. With calls pouring in before shooting had even begun, the advisers considered halting the project, questioning whether it would be worth the controversy surrounding its subject matter: vaccines.

"I've been involved with immunization initiatives for over 20 years now," says Amnon Ben-Yehuda, one of the San Diego Rotary members who had contacted the Emmy-winning broadcast journalism program at Carlsbad High School about a health education project, initially conceived as a 15-minute film about the immune system, in 2011. "We knew there were people out there who were against vaccines, but they didn't represent a force we had to deal with until this project."

Ben-Yehuda chairs a Rotary districtwide committee that works with local health agencies to increase vaccination coverage. He's seen vaccine-preventable diseases affect even affluent neighborhoods, where the barrier isn't access to vaccines but skepticism about their safety. "For about the last 10 years, we've recognized that the important thing is education," he says. "We began to realize that we were repeating the same message and not getting anywhere. Young people have to learn about immunization before they become parents, so we started working with schools."


In addition to producing a live daily news broadcast, journalism students at Carlsbad can audition to work on documentary films as an after-school activity. Past features have tackled tough topics: One explores the legacy of the Holocaust, and another focuses on food insecurity among military families. Students are currently covering school shootings as part of a national project with PBS NewsHour. "What impressed us was that the Holocaust film came with lesson plans," Ben-Yehuda says, "and it's been approved by the California Department of Education for use in schools." The Rotary Club of San Diego secured grants from District 5340 and local community organizations to support the health education project, and the students got to work.

"We had no idea at that time that vaccination was such a controversial topic – it certainly wasn't on my radar," says Doug Green, the Carlsbad High School journalism teacher who worked on the film with a team of 16 students and a parent-volunteer producer. "When we got into it and found there are people who seriously doubt the safety of vaccines, particularly parents of children with autism, we decided to incorporate that." The students spent the next year interviewing medical experts in epidemiology and the treatment of autism, parents of autistic children who believe vaccines cause autism, parents of children who died from vaccine-preventable diseases, and their peers.


Some students weren't convinced at first that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks. Hannah Evans, whose brother is autistic, shared her evolving views on camera and in a blog post. "It was different for me than the other student filmmakers," she wrote. "Autism affects nearly every moment of my family's life. I had heard stories, and I believed there simply had to be a connection between autism and vaccines. Making this film changed my mind."

The turning point came when Evans learned about herd immunity – the idea that everyone, including newborns and people with compromised immune systems, benefits when most members of the community are immunized against a disease, because opportunities for outbreaks are limited. "I started to recognize the benefits of vaccines – especially protecting weaker members of society – instead of just contemplating the risks," she says.

The students' reflections are woven into the narrative alongside formal interviews and playful graphics (such as a fictional "zombie virus" that helps illustrate how illnesses spread). That interplay is central to what the advisers call peer-to-peer filmmaking. "Part of the premise of the film is the filmmakers' discovering the topic themselves," Green says, and breaking it down for an audience of their peers.

San Diego Rotary members saw the finished film, a 40-minute feature called "Invisible Threat," at a private screening in early 2013, though ongoing attention from anti-vaccine activists delayed its wider release for several months. On the eve of a screening with legislators in Washington, D.C., an anti-vaccination organization issued a statement calling for congressional action against what it dubbed "a propaganda piece" for the pharmaceutical industry, to no avail.


In a series of op-eds in the San Diego Union-Tribune and Huffington Post, Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko drew connections between the domestic vaccine controversy and the fight against polio. "Playing the blame game won't help," he wrote, noting that we can reduce the number of vaccine refusals "by building goodwill and trust, not through confrontation. That's how the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has over the years been able to win the hearts and minds of parents wary of the oral polio vaccine in developing countries."


"Invisible Threat" received an award for courage in journalism from the San Diego Press Club in October, and it's been endorsed as an educational tool by 300 health organizations so far, including the Mayo Clinic and the Autism Science Foundation, plus about 80 universities and 20 public school districts. A chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which hosted a screening at its national conference, uses the film to teach medical residents how to overcome vaccine hesitancy. Plans for Spanish and French versions are underway.

"The film has a life of its own now," Ben-Yehuda says. "Our dream is to see Rotary clubs pick up the project in their own communities and work through local boards of education to get it into school systems. It's rich material for teachers to work with. There are issues of science, issues of history, issues of social responsibility, and these issues are all interconnected."

Click here to Watch the documentary


By Sallyann Price

The Rotarian



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