President Brad Kirscher called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. Greeter Melanie Mogg led the flag pledge. Jerry Hromatka offered the invocation. Lynne Megan introduced Alex Huffman a guest of Don Craighead and also noted that John Suzukida, today’s speaker, is a Rotarian from the Arden Hills/Shoreview Club.
 
General club announcements and business
 
Brad Kirscher, Jan Vanderwall
 
Rotary State Fair Day and Picnic is on Monday, August 29 2016.
 
Jan Vanderwall presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award to Brad Kirscher for contributions to the Foundation.
 
Jerry Hromatka gave an update on the Taste of Rosefest proceeds. Among many other successes, the net revenue was $42,666.
 
 

 
Program
 
 
Brad Kirscher , John Suzukida
 
Brad Kirscher introduced today’s speaker, John Suzukida a Rotary member and past president of the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club. John told the story of the Japanese-American relocations and internment camps during World War II from the perspectives of his parents who endured them.
 
In February 1942, President Roosevelt succumbed to pressure from civic and political leaders in western coastal states and signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forcible internment of more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry.
 
The executive order forced the relocation and incarceration of both first generation immigrants from Japan called Issei (Eee-say) and the children of the Issei born in the U.S., called Nisei (Nee-say), who lived on the Pacific coast. The government moved them from their homes, farms and businesses to ten isolated relocation camps in the interior of the country, eight in arid and semi-arid Western states and two in Arkansas. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens. None had ever shown any disloyalty.
 
As he spoke John Suzukida often used his father’s and mother’s words, referring to family historical diaries and letters.
 
In 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act to compensate the people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. The legislation offered a formal apology and paid out $20,000 in compensation to each surviving victim.
 
“It was one of the greatest errors in American history, but it was not the money that meant a lot to them. It was the apology,” said Suzukida. He tells this story of his parents to shine a light on this period in our history so that we can view it from a different perspective and perhaps avoid making similar mistakes in the future.  

 
Next weeks meeting will be held at the Roseville Radisson and will feature a REEP follow up by the Edgerton Teachers who participated in the Rotary Exchange Program with Sri Lankan teachers.
 
 
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