Oberlin Visit


Oberlin Visit

Oberlin: 12 August , 2014.
I was planning on delivering one baby before my trip to Oberlin on Tuesday morning, but a second little guy, who tipped the scales at 10 pounds and 2 ounces decided he needed to make his way into the world as well before I could leave.

I am sometimes asked, “What is my Rotary moment?"  I still feel every time I deliver a baby, it's a "Rotary moment."

Like many of you, our vocation often gives us the most common opportunity for significant, meaningful SERVICE.

Anyway, I had to push the speed limit to make it to Oberlin, showing up just after noon.  Immediately upon entering the club meeting, I could literally feel the strong bond of fellowship in this club.  Once again, the hospitality of the club was outstanding, and I was made to feel so very welcomed, and feel like I was already part of their club. And another great meal was served here, complete with fresh garden vegetables.

Past District Governor Herscel Betts, 1986 was in attendance, as was Assistant District governor Ken Shobe and both their spouses.

President John Sater precluded and introduced me. (see short John's Bio soon on our web site).

The Rotary club of Oberlin helped the city purchase the first community owned Carnival in the state.  PDG Herschel has helped work this carnival since it's conception in 1972.

In addition to the county fair ,the Rotary club of Oberlin  does dictionaries, scholarships, sends 8th graders to Topeka Radio Day, sponsors the after Prom party, supports the day care center, and high way clean up.  They also provided a kiosk for the cemetery.

Oberlin has 12 Paul Harris fellows, and one major donor and Paul Harris Society member (PDG Herschel Betts).

History lesson: Oberlin

0berlin was founded in the spring of 1878, named for Oberlin, Ohio.

The settlement is believed to be the location of the "last Indian raid in Kansas. "

On September 30,1878, a band of Cheyenne Indians had left the Oklahoma reservation due to starvation.  Led by chiefs Little Wolf and Dull Knife , some 254 Cheyenne people wandered north through Kansas.  For reasons not entirely clear, a battle ensued at the small settlement in Oberlin that left 18 of the settlers dead.

Oberlin has a wonderful fact-filled museum and many well preserved buildings (www.decaturcountylaatindainraidmuseum.com) and has an eclectic memorial of this event... Well deserving of a visit.
John Sater, Rotary club of Oberlin, President 2014
Of all the moments I will recall from my governor installation at the Eisenhower museum this year, my proudest was when I stood up with the many (approx. 20) service men and woman who have SERVED our country.  In addition to many past and current club presidents, a super-majority of our past district governors have military experience. It must be true that military and Rotary help develop leaders!!

Current Oberlin Rotary Club President John Sater is a retired Navy seaman.

Just out of Decatur County (Oberlin) High School in the summer of 1964, John started his 26-year Navy voyage.

After completing basic training, John was first stationed at Midway Islands.  His lasting memories were the holes in the barrack ceiling left by the Famous World War II Navy Battle of Midway.

John's duty locations included: Naval communication unit, Midway Island, USS Pine Island, Fleet Air wing 11 in Jacksonville, Florida, USS Pocono, USS Guadalcanal, USS Francis Marian, Naval Facility Brawdy Wales, Navcommsta Puerto Rico, USS William V. Pratt, Comoceansyspac Hawaii, and Navcamswestpac Guam.

John's Naval adventures took him to Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Monaco, Greece, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Haiti, Columbia, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rico, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Japan, and of course some places John cannot tell us.

One famous event John's ship was involved with occurred in August of 1982, when U.S. ships, along with a multi-national force helped evacuate the PLO and leader Yasser Arafat from Lebanon.

In 1986, at the time of his reenlistment, John was presented a very special gift from the Navy, a flag that had flown over the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  From 1983 to 1987, John took a small boat from landside to his duty station on Ford Island, located within Pearl Harbor.  His small boat would then dock and tie down in the middle of what we have all come to know as "Battleship Row," the location where all our Battleships were docked the morning of the 7th of December, 1941, a day which has lived in infamy.

John concluded his Navy career in August 1990 as "Radioman, Senior Chief, (E-8)."

John continues to SERVE his community via Rotary, his church, and multiple other civic opportunities.

We thank John, as well as our other Rotarian service men and woman for their SERVICE to our country, and the communities in our district.