David Venditta is a retired news reporter and editor with The Morning Call.  He joined us to share with his book, Tragedy at Chu Lai
It is a story of the many lives affected when a soldier dies.
 
Nicky Venditti, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot with a love of fast cars and practical jokes, went to Vietnam in 1969 and was dead in 11 days, killed by an American Division grenade training explosion at Chu Lai.
The full story of the incident did not come out until the author, David Venditta (a different spelling), Venditti's cousin, made a chance discovery
that began a decades-long effort to find out exactly what happened, what the Army did about it and who was held responsible.
This book documents the Army's mishandling of the incident and the effects on the families and friends of Venditti and of the two other young soldiers who died with him.
 
Our fourth "First Thursdays at 5:30" will be held at Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellars on W. Lehigh Street. 
We hope to see more members and guests at our next First Thursdays on December 1.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
 
This week, our speaker is Sue Burnett presenting on her experience in Nicaragua.  Sue traveled to Nicaragua with Engineers Without Borders
and the Lehigh University Chapter of EWB to work on the project funded by our District Grant.
 
Mike Long has arranged for Morning Star Rotary to again take part in the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive during the Holiday Season.
We are asking that Rotarians volunteer to ring the bell for one or two hours.  Sign up sheets will be available at our meetings.
We will be at the Moravian Book Shop from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday November 26th and at
Christkindlmarkt from 11 am to 8 pm Saturday December 3rd.
 
Save the Date – Morning Star’s HOLIDAY PARTY will be held on Saturday, January 7th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long.
 
Motivational Quote of the week:
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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