The Rotary Club of the Upper Keys recognized its veterans at a recent meeting in advance of Veterans Day 2015. More than 20 veterans are members of Upper Keys Rotary, a club which boosts 86 members. The veterans were recognized and presented with a special Rotary Armed Services Veteran pin. Club vets include Ralph Berard, U.S. Navy, Korean War; Cale Smith, Deck Watch Officer, Pacific, U.S. Coast Guard; Pete Bacheler, U.S. Navy Submarines; Frank Rose, U.S. Army, Korea; Bruce Williams, U.S. Army Military Police; Mike Boyce, U.S. Navy gunboats, Vietnam; Don Stier, U.S. Air Force; Frank Hawkins, U.S. Army, Defense Intelligence Agency, Cold War; George Graves, pilot, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force; Frank Derfler, career officer U.S. Air Force; Dick Barnes, torpedo bomber carrier pilot, World War II and Korea; John Gallant, U.S. Marine Corps; Michael Mayer, German Army NATO, support of US Armed Forces; Pete Ihrig, U.S. Air Force; John Bangma, carrier pilot U.S. Navy, Korea and Vietnam; and John Izanec, U.S. Navy, Vietnam. Not pictured, Paul Beal, U.S. Army, retired First Sergeant; Ken Meeks, U.S. Merchant Marine; Nick Mulick, U.S. Air Force; Tom McDonald, U.S. Army; and Greg Goebel, U.S. Army.
Upper Keys Rotary focuses its local efforts on raising money to support youth initiatives through athletic programs, funding scholarships and after school programs. Annual events include the Upper Keys Nautical Flea Market and Independence Day Fireworks at Founders Park.
Rotary Club of the Upper Keys, established in 1967, meets Tuesdays at 12 noon at Craig’s Restaurant. For more information about Upper Keys Rotary, check us out on Facebook or call President Chris Trentine at 305-481-5857.
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