The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
Granite Chips
Dick Shadroui: Service About Self
Rotary After Dark Returns
Fourteen Rotarians and four guests gathered for a lunch of spaghetti, chicken, salad and lemon pie. Caroline was first up to read about what the Constitution had to say about due process, a subject found most often in court cases. Nicole was next to announce the prizes for the bowling event which ushered a return to Rotary After Dark. Most gutter balls went to the Rotaract Team, Obviously Not Golfers took First Place, Second Place went to The Greatest in the World and although Chicks with Balls came up empty, Caroline noted that their team had the best name. Thanks to Bruce and Nicole for organizing the event.
Since Last We Met
Club Anniversaries:
Caroline Earle  7 years    Nov. 26
Ted Goulette    27 years  Nov. 30
On this day in history: 
1955 Rosa Parks ignites bus boycott.
1959 Antarctica made a military-free continent.
1913 Ford installs the first assembly line in the automobile industry.
Visiting Rotarians: 
Cindy Locke   Morrisville Rotary
(She will be joining Barre Rotary.)
Guests of Rotarians:
Linda Babic
Paula Shadroui Frost
Marianana Shadroui Boivin
Cathy Shadroui MacKenzie
Happy Dollars Plus Earle's Pearls
Caroline offered four Happy Dollars: one for the presence of Joe Shadroui’s family; another for a successful bowling event; a third for her third appearance as Mrs. Claus in the
Annual Holiday Parade; and one for seeing her brother and her kids at Thanksgiving.
She also reminded us that the World Santa Wrap would take place on Saturday, December 11th starting at 9:30 am at the Granite Museum. We are combining the event with our Annual Holiday Party. Please let her know what you will be bringing for the potluck. All materials for wrapping are being provided this year.
(Pictured above is Gary Hass, the founder of the Central Vermont Santa Fund Wrap.)
Nicole followed with four more Happy Dollars: one for our soon to be new Barre Rotarian, Cindy Locke; another for enjoying her first fresh turkey; a third for Joe and his family being with us; and a thank you dollar to the Club for its donation of $500 to provide United Way’s Tatum Totes containing basics and gifts for 25 children.
President Tony gave a Happy Dollar rejoicing in the giving an apron to his and Cindy’s sponsored Tanzanian child who hopes to become a chef one day. A second dollar was tossed into the basket, but he couldn't remember what brought him such happiness.
Dick Shadroui: Memories of WWII
President Tony introduced Tom Babic to present Dick’s account of his service in WWII through excerpts from Dick’s diaries.
Tom began his presentation by describing Dick’s role as a radio operator mechanic on a B-17 during World War II while holding a model plane and identifying its parts. Dick served in a squadron of the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and he kept logs of its missions including the number of parachutes in the air, bombs dropped and struck and wounded men. In the summer and fall of 1944 he flew thirty-four missions in five and a half months from a base in Italy.  He was mainly responsible for communicating within the plane and among the squadron focusing on radio signals for the purpose of determining direction. Before Tom read excerpts from Dick’s logs, he provided us with several acronyms so that we could better understand the content of some of the entries. One of those most often used was FLAK representing the first letter of German words. “FLAK is defined as the bursting shells shot at aircraft from enemy guns on the ground.” Many of the entries of Dick’s logs described missions avoiding being hit by this anti-aircraft fire or accounts of being hit and causing damage to the plane.  The excerpts from Dick’s logs revealed that  bombing missions took place over: Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Hungary; cities such as Munich, Salzburg, Budapest, and Bologna; and targeting oil refineries, jet propulsion production facilities, bridges, front lines and railways. The average time of a mission seemed to be about eight hours. Dick had a couple of life-threatening experiences. After an engine was knocked out, the plane had to make an emergency landing and with a controlled spin, it made it safely to the ground. In another situation they crashed into the Adriatic Sea. They lost power in all four engines due to being hit by FLAK and the loss of fuel. Dick rescued one of the crew members who was going under. He let lower ranking crew members into the only raft as he hung onto the side.  It’s likely they were spotted by a British Spitfire and it had notified a nearby ship. They finally boarded the ship to witness the sinking of their plane. Tom’s presentation ended with a CD of Dick singing and playing the piano: The Way We Were and What I Did for Love. Rotarians and guests thoroughly enjoyed Tom’s presentation which gave us an insightful glimpse into the life of our beloved Rotarian Dick Shardoui. Thanks, Tom. In the picture below, Dick is in the bottom row, third from left. 


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

Club Information
We meet every Wednesday at
12:00 Noon at Post 10 of
The American Legion,
320 North Main Street,
Barre, VT.
Call 802.479.9058 for more information,
or to email President Tony Campos please 
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