President's Message
Good morning Rotarians!
Paul Quinn gave us a great talk last week on the mystery of an aircraft that was discovered in Gastonia. Paul has flown WWII aircraft for many years (1994-2017) and has been featured in several national magazines. It was a pleasure  having Paul (and wife, Patty) entertain our group.
Don’t forget that we have a prospective member that was approved by the board last week, Ken Fay.
This week we are joined by Isaac Owoladi who has spoken to our group before. And, keep in mind, our District Governor Tammy Mosteller will be joining us next week.
BOARD meeting this Friday @7:30 am (Zoom).
See you Wednesday!
Perry Clark
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's Paul Quinn Speaks About the Mystery of the Missing B-24 Liberator
By Steve Baker

Last Wednesday, The Denver Lake Norman Rotary, welcomed its very own Paul Quinn as its featured speaker. Paul has over 26 years as a Rotarian, spending many years with the Rotary of Lancaster, PA and with the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Club, serving the clubs in many positions.

Paul's story starts at the Gastonia Municipal Airport in Gastonia, NC. Mr. Sims, a well-respected businessman in Gaston County, bought and had the B-24 Liberator flown into Gastonia. Mr. Sims' son had flown a B-24 Liberator during WWII and was killed in action. Mr. Sims had a display area made at the airport and had it fenced in. Paul’s dad was a member of the Air Patrol Boy Scout Troop in Gaston County. One of his responsibilities was maintaining the plane sitting in that fenced in area. Paul and his brother would play on the plane while their father did the maintenance work in the display area. This was the beginning of his B-24 Liberator hunt. Around 1954, the plane was sold to unknown buyers and flown out of Gastonia.

Paul began his search looking for clues and records as to where this B-24 was located. His research found that the plane had changed ownership a few times and had been converted into a cargo plane. The last place It was known to exist was with a cargo company in Mexico. Then came somewhat of a surprise. The cargo company that had purchased the plane was owned by the greatest Mexican actor and singer, Pedro Infante. Pedro and his co-pilot had just taken off from an airport in Mexico when the plane lost its engines' power and crashed nose down into the ground. Pedro became a country hero, with statues and monuments built in his honor.

Paul certainly found the end to the mystery of the Gastonia B-24 Liberator. There were 19,000 manufactured during WWII and there remain only thirteen of the B-24 planes known to be in existence.

Paul has a more detailed printed article on the search that he initiated and solved. These articles can be found in the September 1921, “Air Classic Magazine and a front-page article in the Sunday, Gastonia Gazette on August 29, 2021.

Download Files
ADG Tracy Petroski's Presentation
Rotary 101
Club Information
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary - Founded 1995
Denver/Lake Norman
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Unity Presbyterian Church
8210 Unity Church Road
Denver, NC 28037
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Bulletin Editor
Craig Buhrendorf
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary in the News (click on the photo)
Attendance (8/31)
 40 Rotarians
 2 guests
Member Birthdays
Debbie Perry
Wedding Anniversaries
Andie & Jason Taylor - 18 years
Scott & Christie Gardner - 17 years
Member Anniversaries
John Dancoff - 5 years
Happy Bucks
Alzheimer's Research (CART)
Aug 31, 2022
Mystery of the Missing B-24 Liberator
Sep 07, 2022
Sep 14, 2022
District Governor
Sep 21, 2022
Moms and Munchkins Parenting Program
Sep 28, 2022
Oct 05, 2022
Hesed House of Hope
Oct 12, 2022
Clarify, Simplify - Achieve Your Vision
Oct 19, 2022
The World of DACdb
View entire list
Operation Warm 2022 Deadline is September 7th
This is Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's fourth year working with Operation Warm to provide a new winter coat for every child in foster care in Lincoln County. The club purchases at least 110 coats that keep infants, children, teens and young adults (birth to 21 years) warm all winter. The recipients get to pick the color of the coat that they desire and their Social Worker provides the size for ordering and then, delivers the coat to the child.  This year, Sherry Reinhardt has grant monies to put toward our efforts. The rest of the monies are donated by Denver/Lake Norman Rotarians.  Operation Warm will need more money this year due to supply shortages and price increases. The average cost of a coat is now $45.00. The committee is small: Charlie, Norma Bohlen, Sherry and Cathy Smiley.  The committee will raise money for approximately one month with this year's deadline of September 7th so that orders can be placed with Kohl's, Carter and Walmart.  Please make checks out to the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Club Foundation with "Operation Warm" on the memo line, so that your contribution can be tax deductible. Businesses, neighbors and friends are also welcomed and encouraged to donate.
Upcoming Events
11th Annual Dam2Dam Jetski Charity Run
Beatty's Ford Park
Aug 27, 2022 7:30 AM
Music in the Park - The Herringbones
Rescue Squad Park
Sep 17, 2022 6:30 PM
Music in the Park - Blue Monday
Rescue Squad Park
Oct 08, 2022
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Off-Site Social
Oct 16, 2022
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
View entire list
Advertisement for Russell Hampton
Advertisement for ClubRunner
Advertisement for ClubRunner Mobile