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Minutes: The One with the 9/11 Stories (08/03/2011)

August 4, 2011

Phil shares banner from CO club

Welcome by President Joe Weiland. He’s back from vacation! Is that a tan?

  • – Invocation by Connard Hogan
  • – Flag salute by Bill Boyd
  • – Raffle, B&B Liquor and 2 boxes of chocolate, by Ken Bessier

Visiting Rotarians: Kathleen Blake, Phil Beaver, Bob Carlson, Jerry Beaver

Guests: Youth Exchange Student Savannah Cooley, Brad Hartison, Virginia Johns, Susie Schoemer

Club Announcements:

  •  Fiddlers’ Festival is still October 9.
  • The golf tournament raised $16,272. Congrats.
  • The Group 8 Rotary Fiesta float will be a 1/10 scale of the original mission. We need volunteers to put flowers on the float on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 PM at the Carriage House. Volunteers are also needed to ride on the float.
  • Club name badges are available now. These badges are intended to be used at non-meeting Rotary-related events. If you do not already have a badge, look on the Blogle for the article that invites you to enter your name to get a badge. Deadline: Sunday, Aug. 7. Questions? Contact David Velarde.
  • Jody offered tickets to Fiesta events. She raised $45 in donations for the Foundation.

President’s Announcements:

  • Tuesday night Rendezvous has returned. Club members are invited to meet weekly at 6 PM on Tuesdays at Dargan’s.
  • The new GSE team leader has been selected. It’s time to recruit team members who work with disabled people.
  • Happy birthday, Gillian Amery.
  • Happy Rotary anniversary, Scott Johnson.
  • New Rotary lunch pair selected: Bill Boyd and Tim Marmet
  • Darren Doi won the raffle.
Program:  Col. Phil Beaver’s story from September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon
After 29 years of service, Phil is now retired from the military and teaches at Denver University while also working with a technology startup company.
Phil worked in the Pentagon from 2001 to 2008. The Pentagon was the world’s largest office building unti 2002 with 17 miles of corridors and five floors.
At the time of the attack, the Pentagon was undergoing construction, gradually reinforcing the various sides with steel. The plane hit the only side that had been reinforced. If it had hit any other side, the destruction would have been far worse.
Phil was fortunate in many ways that day. He was not hurt. The window by his desk blew in, but he was not hurt. He was also one of the only people able to make an outbound call, so he let his wife know he was OK. The crash was on a Tuesday, and Phil was back to work that Thursday.
That day, 28 people in Phil’s area of the Pentagon were killed that day. It was considered a miracle that so many people were away from the area, which had about 200 cubicles. He went to almost all of the funerals, but he did not know any of the deceased. Every person who he had met in his short tenure at the Pentagon at that point made it out.
See more meeting photos here. 
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz W. permalink
    August 4, 2011 10:22 PM

    How long are Dennis and Virginia in town?

    • Dana permalink
      August 8, 2011 10:04 PM

      I believe until November.

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