The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
 
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
 
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Stories
Lt. Dangerous Makes  a Visit
A Dearth of Dollars

As eleven Rotarians and four guests dined on salad and Mexican casserole, Tom rose and asked President Tony to pass the gravel.  He then went on to propose a fine of one and four on him for conducting the meeting with the rituals out of order. President Tony defended his actions by noting that he didn’t want to ring the bell while our guest speaker was on the phone. After some back and forth, Joe asked why we were wasting all this time. Fine passed. Eddie was up next requesting that Sarah Field of the Barre Area Development Corporation be allowed to review our bylaws to help them develop their own. No one objected. President Tony read a letter that he is sending to the City Council regarding the proposed Wheelock House lease, making the case for our Club not paying any rent or utilities. 

Lt. Dangerous

President Tony asked Karl to introduce our guest speaker, Jeff Danziger.

Jeff Danziger served in the United States Army from 1967 until 1971. An intelligence officer and linguist during the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal in 1970. In 1971 he began teaching English at Union 32 High School in East Montpelier, Vermont, where he taught specialized classes in journalism and expository writing at an advanced level, and He worked for the Christian Science Monitor between 1987 and 1997. As of 2009, he has been published by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.[1]  Jeff is represented by CWS Syndicate and the NY Times Syndicate. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel.

Jeff started by talking about moving to Vermont after graduating from college and working at General Electric. He was drafted in 1967 and served in Vietnam for four years. He recounted that the Vietnamese couldn’t say “Danziger '' and so he became “Lt. Dangerous,” the title of his memoir. After an assignment that seemed to be a waste of his talent and abilities, he wrote to then Senator Aiken expressing his views and as a result was sent by his commanding officer to an even more undesirable unit. He explained that writing to your senator was frowned upon by the US Army. He spoke of the unfairness of the draft and the conditions for being exempt, being married with a child and enrolled in college. These exemptions led to inequalities in the general population who were eligible for the draft.  In response to a question, he compared the withdrawal from Vietnam and Afghanistan. He told of helicopters being destroyed, equipment and weapons left behind and facilities being abandoned. He said that when committing to aid in a military conflict, the country needs to be behind it, a plan must be developed and a strong force must be deployed in order to win. He also talked about the glory of war perceived by some and the eagerness to go to war, the experience of war and its horror and not being appreciated on returning home. When asked what he had learned from his experience in Vietnam and elsewhere he said that he loved Vermont. Rotarians found his talk thought provoking and engaging and showed their appreciation with a warm round of applause.

 
 
Until next time, that's all folks,,,,

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                        
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