Art Mai PDG


Art Mai PDG

Also in photo, Rita Williams, district 5679 firs female member

Art was born in rural western Kansas in 1926.

His family moved to Northwest Kansas to farm in the early 1930s. His family endured some very rough times such as the "the dirty 30's."  Art said that the dust storms were horrible, making it impossible to grow crops.

Art's family moved back to a farm in Wallace County in the late 1930s. He stayed there until he was drafted in 1944.

In 1945, Art was stationed in the Philippines, as the Allied army was preparing to attack Japan. The atomic bombs were then dropped on August 6, and August 9, 1945. Art considers himself one of the hundreds of thousands of American lives that were saved by these atomic bombs.

In September 1945, Art and his fellow troops were taken to Ground Zero in Japan, as it was then safe for occupation. He stayed there for several months and describes the Japanese people as very respectful and humble. He said there were no incidents whatsoever with the Japanese people. Art credits this lack of trouble to President Eisenhower insisting the Japanese Emperor step down and no longer be considered a deity.

After the war, Art came back home to Sharon Springs, Kansas, and started a 33 year career working for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Art has been a long time member of Rotary, was District 5670 Governor, and recently became a member of the prestigious Arch Klumph Society.