Season’s Greetings from the Rotary Club of Campbell! We hope you enjoy your holiday with friends and family, and that you are prepared for a healthy and happy 2013!
Rotary will be “dark” for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but our weekly Tuesday luncheons will resume again on January 8. Please join us!
Our esteemed club president is actually part of a two-Rotarian family! To tell us about the latest Rotoplast International activities, Marv introduced Bonnie Bamburg, a frequent guest and a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose.
Specifically, Bonnie spoke about her participation in a recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. She introduced us to both the Rotoplast organization and the medical mission to Oaxaca. The personal stories of the physicians, nurses, and volunteers were almost as inspiring as the local children who benefited from their expertise.
Rotaplast International is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization providing free reconstructive operations and treatment for children in need worldwide. We provide long-term solutions by funding and mentoring local physicians; launching public education projects; and advancing research.
Special historical programs are a specialty of the Rotary Club of Campbell, and our “World War II” series alone could be worthy of significant recognition.
Today, we expand on that, hearing from John Weller, crewman on “The Jeeter Bug,” which over Iwo Jima during the second World War. John is also a former Rotarian.
The story of one special flight was turned into a documentary in 2005, and was the focus of a story in the WG Resident:
Weller, the navigator of the B-24 plane, the Jeeter Bug, said the story is about, “heroism and lifelong friendship.”
On March 12, 1945, the Jeeter Bug, led by pilot Lieutenant Frank Jeeter, was forced to land in the middle of a battle between United States and Japanese soldiers.
The crew was on a bombing mission to Chi Chi Jima, an island about 50 miles away from Iwo Jima.
They received heavy enemy fire, destroying two of their engines. The crew could not make it back to their base, so they decided to land on Iwo Jima.