Tellico Lake Rotary News – Thursday, February 23, 2017
Attendance: 10 Members, 33 Visitors
Speaker: Captain Bill Robinson (Ret.)
Program: A Surviving POW’s Personal Story
USAF Airman First Class William Robinson’s story begins on a typical mission day in Vietnam. He was part of a helicopter team trying to rescue a downed pilot in North Vietnam on Sept. 20, 1965. His rescue chopper crashed and by the end of that day, Robinson was captured and transported to the “Hanoi Hilton” by the North Vietnamese Army. There he survived under unthinkable conditions. While many POWs have been interned for a number of years, Bill would endure 7 years and 5 months of captivity – the longest POW internment in US military history.
Recent school closures for a flu outbreak brought our dictionary deliveries to an abrupt halt in early Feb. We have now finished Vonore & Greenback and Tellico Plains, Coker Creek, and Rural Vale Elementary Schools. This wraps up our 2016-17 program with approximately 750 dictionaries distributed to local 3rd graders. As always, let’s give special thanks to our long-time coordinator Kathy Dickson!
“Doc, I can’t stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home.”
“That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.”
“Is it common?”
“Well, It’s Not Unusual.”
Greg Maciolek Selected as DG for 2019-20
Greg Maciolek of the Rotary Club of Knoxville Breakfast has been selected to be the District Governor in 2019-20. Greg has been a member of his club since 1999 after retiring from the US Air Force. He served three years as club president and currently serves as the club’s public image chair. He also currently serves as Zone 30 Public Image Coordinator and as the District Secretary, Communications Chair and the district’s videographer.
“Age is something that doesn’t matter,
unless you are a cheese.” – Luis Bunuel