Bay City Noon Rotary Club
The New Rotary Breezes, Issue #9, 8-27-19
Greetings and salutations fellow Rotarians,
Here are the highlights from our August 27th, 2019 meeting.
Former Vietnam POW Shares His Story
Vietnam POW, Bob Hayhurst, tells harrowing tale
Angela Street brought this week's guest speaker, Bob Hayhurst, and gave him a detailed introduction.
According to Angela's intro, "Bob was born in 1943 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  He spent most of his youth growing up in New Richmond, Wisconsin, graduating from New Richmond High School in 1961. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 5, 1966, and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, in September 1966.  Pvt Hayhurst next attended the USAINTS (United States Army Intelligence School) at Fort Holabird, Maryland, from September 1966 to January 1967. 
His first assignment was as Special Agent with the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Stuttgart, Germany from January to October 1967 . Sgt Hayhurst then served as Special Agent with the 525th and then the 1st Bn of the 135th MI Group in Hue, South Vietnam from November 1967. He was captured during the Tet Offensive of 1968 in the city of Hue."
Next, Bob took the mic and began to tell his harrowing story. He was captured by N. Vietnamese soldiers along with a few of his other intelligence officers after engaging with them in a fire fight for nearly two days. It was only after they ran out of amo when they finally decided to surrender. 
Bob was 1 of 26 people captured (including several civilians). The soldiers marched them through thick jungle trails and feed then only rice for most of the trip (they were feed dog meat on only one occasion). 
At some point towards the end of their captivity some of Bob's group formulated a plan of escape, and on the 24th day they made their attempt and succeeded. 
Finding their way back to allied territory they were provided with showers, food, and clean clothes. Bob and one of his fellow intelligence officers were the only two of his team to survive, and were both given the choice to go anywhere in the world for the rest of their tour of duty. They both got there first choice.
Bob's story captivated us all as he told it, even bringing some members to tears. Bob himself fought back tears as he told it. 
Our many thanks to Bob for his service, dedication to country, and courage for enduring the horrors of a war history has shown we should never have been a part of.
Upcoming Presentations
Sept 3rd - The Legacy Center - Vaping and our Youth
Sept 10th - Exchange Student Presentation
Sept 17th - MiCareer Quest
Sept 24th - CAN Council/ Court Appointed Special Advocate
Oct 1st - Ripples of Hope
Oct 8th - Self, Love, Beauty
Oct 22nd - YWCA of the GLBR
Dec 17th - Holiday Program
More programs are needed. If you, or some one you know, who like to give a presentation please contact Tara, Carrie, or Paul.
Upcoming Meeting Announcements
Sept 17th - Club meeting will be held offsite at the Pere Marquette Depot
NO meetings on December 24th or 31st due to the holidays.
Upcoming Events
Nov 15th - Rotary Foundation Gala in Frankenmuth
May 1st & 2nd, 2020 - District 6310 Conference in Mt. Pleasant 
June 6th through 10th, 2020 - Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, HI
Well, that's it for this addition of The New Rotary Breezes everyone!! I hope you enjoyed it!!
Enjoy the rest of your week!! 
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