The meeting was brought to order by Mike Norcia at 12.30 pm at Shir Hadash .
It was a Townhall Style meeting with no lunch.
Our Greeters were Ramon and Bobbie
We had a special guest from India Palghar Rotary with his family.


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District Conference.. Sky is the Limit is on April 22, 23 and 24th. Great opportunity to learn what Rotarians do.

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Our Special Guest for the Afternoon was Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Sammy L Davis.

Our very own Ron Cassel gave him a warm welcome and thanked Dixie Davis for the logistics and arranging this meeting all the way from Indiana. Ron Cassel was a teacher to him and were still in touch.
A special mention for friends from high school Gary Duran and Larry Mersek who were also in the audience.
We saw a medal of honor brief movie clip and the meeting proceeded with a question answer session.


  • Sgt Davis talked about the war in Vietnam 
  • Receiving the Medal of Honor from President Johnson and meeting Lady Byrd.
  • His meeting with his wife Dixie Davis and their life together.
  • About the movie Forest Gump and Tom Hanks.
  • Speaking engagement, speaking to troops all over the world.
  • Passionate about talking to school kids instilling values and courage.
  • His recovery from his war wounds at the present age of 75 .
  • His advice to young people “Don’t Quit Keep trying. You don’t lose until you quit trying.”
  • His return to Vietnam after 55 years, the emotions and feelings.
  • Welcome parade episode in Berkeley after the war.
  • His grandfather and great-grandfather were also in military.
  • His mother’s gift of Harmonica and how he learnt to play Shenandoah
  • The special treat, he played Shenandoah for the audience.
The meeting ended with lovely spread of refreshments and drinks .