Kent and David exchange a joke on Zoom 
And our meeting begins!
 
 
 
Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 9/11/20
Dublin AM Rotary Remembers  
Outstanding Speakers – Member Michael Close, Esq. and Commander Kirk Lippold (Ret.)
Welcome to our many guests today was extended by President David Bentz
Enjoy hearing and seeing the thoughtful meeting speakers  at this meeting Recording Link for 9/11/20: 
 
Announcements and Fines deferred to allow our speakers to share their talks.  
 
Calvin’s email this week shares 2 excellent biographies about our speakers today:
This Friday September 11, 2020 , we will have  two presenters . One presenter is our very own Michael L. Close and our second guest presenter is Kirk Lippold.
Michael L Close, is a Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Army Captain.
Mr. Close has had successful business career in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and a graduate of Juris Doctor, Capital University Law School. Mr. Close has been a State of Ohio, Common Pleas Judge, State of Ohio Appellate, and is currently the Managing Partner Isaac, Wiles, Burkholder, and Teeter, LLC.
 Mr. Close will present the turmoil of the 60's, the unity of 911, and the repeat of the 60's in 2020.
 
 
 
 
Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Retired), was the Commanding Officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen. This event is widely recognized as one of the most brazen acts of terrorism by al Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001.
Commander Kirk Lippold is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and received his commission in the Navy in 1981. He served on several ships, including a tank landing ship and guided missile cruisers and destroyers . He attended the Navy Postgraduate School where he received a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and a 1994 graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. 
Commander Lippold will present his synopsis: In the past six months, our nation has been challenged in ways that were never expected. Nine months before 9/11, USS Cole pulled into Aden, Yemen, expecting a normal brief stop to refuel the ship. Similarly, almost a year later, the nation was thrust into a war against an enemy that we knew about but were unprepared to act against. The War on Terror had begun.
 
We heard thought-provoking analysis and comments this morning about the past, the present and the similarities of current challenges. Please watch the recorded session for a very good meeting. 
Mike has been our Mayor, a pilot in Viet Nam, a judge, a president of our Rotary Club and a welcome speaker on several occasions.
His talk compared the events of 1965 in the Watts riots, 1967 the Detroit burning of over 4300 buildings, the 1968 Chicago violence during the Democratic Convention and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.
Mike spoke of the gentlemen that we valued and exchange of ideas and opinions we once had.
Mike spoke of the hope we might still have, that we can all remember and return to the feelings of unity and cause we felt on 9/11.
Mike spoke if the goodness still around us and the humanity we share as the source for that hope.
 
 
                 
 
 
 
 
 
Commander Lippold shared the day the USS Cole was attacked and the events that unfolded and were discovered about the terrorists that caused those 17 deaths and continued to plan further damage to the US.
Commander Lippold also shared the idea of State Sponsored Terrorism. Kirk also shared his duties in Washington and his experiences on 9/11 when the Pentagon was attacked as he headed there for a meeting. I imagine Kirk’s book is very interesting for further analysis.
 
 
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