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Mediterranean Sea where the U.S. helped knock out the German fuel transport for Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps. In 1946 Elliott joined the Los Angeles Police Department and retired from the department in 1972. He said his grandfather William Elliott was the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in Tucson, Arizona in 1892. He is a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association which has a membership of about 3,000 veterans. He was also the last president of the USS Lexington CV-2 Minutemen Club, an organization dedicated to those who served on his ship. The association was recently disbanded due to the sheer difficulty of getting members together Elliott said.
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The USS Lexington CV-2 is under power on a calm day off the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Some of his fondest memories are of reunions with his former shipmates and the people of Australia who still commemorate the participation of U.S. forces who helped defend their continent from invasion by the Japanese. The Battle of Coral Sea was a pivotal American-Australian alliance which stunted the Japanese advance toward Australia. It was the first all-carrier
naval battle where neither side fired directly upon the other’s ships. “The Australians embrace U.S. sailors to this day,” Elliott said. “They love us. Every time we go there; whenever they see us, they thank us for our involvement in the defense of their homeland,” he said.
The Object of Rotary The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. • High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful • occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his or her occupation as an opportunity to serve society. • The application of the ideal of Service by every Rotarian to his or her personal, business, and community life.
Pearl Harbor Survivor Still Going Strong A survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack and the Battle of Coral Sea, Elliott miraculously dodged the strafing and bombing of Battleship Row along Ford Island.
2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary 3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
The USS Oklahoma after taking at least two Japanese torpedoes during the raid on Pearl Harbor, 7 December, 1941.
Rotary CODE OF CONDUCT As a Rotarian, I will 1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities
4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings 5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society 6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community
“I was less than 100 yards away from the Oklahoma when she exploded,” he said. After taking three torpedo strikes and an aerial bombardment, the battleship USS Oklahoma rolled over until her masts came to rest on the bottom of the channel, taking the lives of 429 sailors. Elliott said he
immediately manned fire-fighting equipment and did the best he could to help get things back under control. “We didn’t have damage control teams prepared for that sort of thing back then,” Elliott said. “We were trained to do whatever we could to help.” Fortunately for the U.S. Pacific fleet, the Lexington and the Navy’s two other Honolulu-based aircraft carriers, the USS Enterprise and USS Saratoga were at sea at the time of the attack. Five months later the Lexington was pounded by Japanese aircraft during the Battle of Coral Sea. Crewmen doused flames and kept the carrier afloat but a subsequent gasoline fire was too intense to control. The Lexington was so severely damaged it was successfully abandoned and eventually torpedoed by the destroyer USS Phelps so it couldn’t fall into enemy hands. One of two carriers in its class along with the Saratoga, the Lexington was one of five U.S. Navy vessels that bore the name of the Massachusetts town famous for the first uprising against the British in the Revolutionary War. The ship was originally designed as a battle cruiser but was converted to a carrier during its construction. Elliott graduated high school in 1940 and joined the Navy the following year. On the carrier deck one of his first jobs was to unhook the arresting cables from landing aircrafts. He attended the Navy’s machinist school in Chicago and became and Machinist Mate (Advanced). “I really enjoyed being a mechanic. I liked working with my hands” Elliott said. He remembers spending his 21st birthday during a Navy cruise in the port of Hamilton, Bermuda on his way to the Continued on Page 4
7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians 8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship
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Assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) as an aviation mechanic, Hilliard was not on the carrier on 7 December, 1941 as it shuttled Marine Corps scout planes to Midway Island. His duties had him working in a shop on Ford Island repairing an aircraft. He said on the morning of the attack he had just left his barracks after getting dressed to go downtown when the sky filled with Japanese fighters and torpedo bombers.
• The advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship of business and • professional people united in the ideal of Service.
Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club
Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club
Avenues of Service For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity.
Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. Learn about effective club service in Membership and Training. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards. Observed each October, Vocational Service Month spotlights Rotary club projects related to this avenue, offering opportunity for clubs and districts to use their professional skills in service projects. • An Introduction to Vocational Service • Model Project Submission Form • Vocational Service PowerPoint presentation • Rotary Code of Conduct (formerly called: Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions • Vocational Service Speeches - International Assembly 2003-2011 Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community. • Community in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects (605A-EN) • Community Assessment Tools (605C-EN) • Community Service PowerPoint presentation • Rotary Community Corps International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Rotarians can support International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site. Visit the ProjectLINK database to post a project in need of assistance, find projects to support, or learn about successfully completed projects to replicate. New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities as RYLA, Rotaract and Interact , service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange.
Tom Christensen Treasurer:
Matt Denny Secretary:
Connie Green Foundation:
Troy Werner Fundraising:
Mike Berger Barry Gribbons, Nick Lentini Community Service:
Tom Cole MaryAnn Colf Club Service:
Chris Ball Youth Services:
Sue Endress International:
Jim Lentini New Generations:
Christine Tonello Membership:
J.C. Burkhartsmeyer Sargeant-At-Arms:
Dave Reeves At Large:
Gary Wurst Bulletin:
Hillard "Curly" Elliott, Pearl Harbor Survivor
Ara Norwood, Founding Fathers presentation
June 5 June 12
David Sowers, Craft Talk
Rachelle Dardeau, Executive Director, SCV Senior Center
Field Trip – Rotary Meeting to be held at Boys and Girls Club
Mission The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Diversity and Rotary Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.
Business of the Month
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