2015 Veterans Day One on One Urbana

Date: November 11, 2015 • Location: Hilton Garden Inn


2015 Veterans Day One on One just wrapped up with so many great opportunities to share conversations that might be missed!

Our speaker, Maj Gen Spiese  “told like it is” and Past Rotary District Governor Les Mitkos gave the moving invocation highlighting a great story of appreciation to Veterans.

Larry Kanfer opened with remarks on freedom and a story of what it means to be free and the struggle to obtain and retain it.


This year we are proud to have Major General Spiese, USMC (Ret) as our keynote speaker.
A Chicago native, Major General Spiese was commissioned via the Naval ROTC program after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May of 1976.

His 37 year career as a Marine Corps infantry officer included many command and staff assignments worldwide. His final assignment was Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade.  Major General Spiese retired from active duty on April 1, 2013.

Major General Spiese has been awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.  He is a Military Freefall Parachutist and Marine Combatant Diver.  Major General Spiese has earned a Masters of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Natural History Museum, Board of Advisors for Blue Star Veteran Network, and is the president of the Officers Christian Fellowship national council.

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