THERE WILL BE NO ROTARY MEETING THIS WEEK
Next Meeting is December 3rd
This past week we were honored to have George Rickey with the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight speak to us. Mike Wilson, a WW II veteran spoke of his experience on an Honor Flight and is now a sponsor and guardian for veterans on their flights. Jim, who helps with the financial planning of Honor Flights, shared with us that each flight costs about $85,000 and they only fly when the flight is paid for; there are 4 flights scheduled for next year! The typical Eastern Iowa Honor Flight starts at 5 am from the Eastern Iowa Airport. The veterans are welcomed into Washington DC by a crowd of people. Then the veterans and guardians board a bus and travel to the WW II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial "The Wall", US Marine Corps Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Air Force Memorial. The veterans return to the Eastern Iowa Airport about 10 pm with a crowd waiting at the airport to welcome them home. It is a very powerful event for the crowds welcoming the veterans home as well as the veterans. One of the challenges for the Honor Flight is getting veterans to understand that they answered the call of our country, agreed to serve and deserve this trip. Many veterans do not feel they did anything to deserve this experience. Perhaps as Rotarian we can encourage those veterans in our lives and those we meet to go on an Honor Flight or even volunteer to be a guardian on a flight. If you decide to be part of the welcome home crowd for an Honor Flight you can get free parking at the Eastern Iowa Airport, just ask the information desk in the airport.
December 3rd: Katie Wetjen with NewBo City Market
December 9th: Cedar Rapids West Holiday Program with the Van Buren students
December 16th: Iowa Startup Accelerator
December 23rd and 30th: NO MEETING
There are more program details on our website on the calendar.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Don't tell my family, but I ordered pies from Kathy's Pies...
See you December 3rd at Rotary.....
President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary
Rotary - It's a SMART thing to do!