25 July 2016 — Nancy Oda, speaker (live), World War Two “Relocation”


Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 — 10:00am to 4:00 pmONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE at Gelson’s Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 — 12:30pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for August! Speaker: Rotary District 5280 Governor Greg O’Brien, making his “Official Visit” to our CLub, as each annual District Governor does once.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Roy; Pledge, Daniele; Four-Way Test, Yoko; Rotary Minute, TBA.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING that morning at 11:15 is instead the annual “business meeting” where the District Governor meets with the Club’s Board of Directors; the Board Meeting itself will be scheduled on a different date/time TBA and likely by conference call.










On December 7, 1941, when the U.S. was drawn into World War two, life changed quickly for a significant segment of American citizens. It is hardly one of the finest hours in American history, when Japanese-Americans (and German-Americans and Italian-Americans) were rounded up, mostly from West Coast cities (and in then-territory Hawaii), and “relocated” to internment camps.
A major piece of that history is here in the San Fernando Valley, but few of us are aware of it. In Tujunga, California, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp was quickly convertet, with guard towers and barbed-wire fences, to the Tuna Canyon Detention Center, a first gathering point for “arrestees” before they were scattered around the country to places called Tule Lake, Poston, and Manzanar.

Nancy Oda doesn’t describe herself as a community activist, but as one of the leaders and prime movers of the effort to protect the history of the Tuna Canyon Detention Center in Tujunga, she is among the most active in seeking to preserve the history of a shameful time in our history, not to cause shame but to remind us that we must never allow such discrimination to happen again.

Nancy was the special guest speaker for the Club’s monthly Fourth Sunday meeting on 24 July 2016. She presented with a PowerPoint which is not visible clearly on the video, but you can open the document by clicking here and switch screens on occasion to see what she showed us. (It’s a big file and make take a few extra seconds to load in a new window.)


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6 responses to 25 July 2016 — Nancy Oda, speaker (live), World War Two “Relocation”

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed Nancy Oda’s talk. This is a piece of American history about which I have only recently started to learn.

    Yesterday’s meeting went very so hats off to new Prez, Brenda.

  2. Fascinating talk! I’m sure there are many like me who had no idea there was a detention camp at Tuna Canyon. As I recall, its existence wasn’t addressed in the history books I studied in school, making it all the more important for speakers like Nancy Oda to be heard, and to support the efforts to protect the history of the Tuna Canyon Detention Center.

  3. Congrats to new President Brenda!
    Excellent presentation by Nancy Oda. I “liked” the organization’s FB page and look forward to their updates. I support her good work.

  4. Very interesting presentation. It is important to support preservation of history and encourage people to share information.

    Congratulations, Brenda, on your first meeting as President.

  5. Nancy Oda’s presentation was very informative. It’s important we learn about the past so as not to allow history to repeat itself.

    Thank you everyone for the well wishes. I’m honored to be leading our Club this year.

  6. Excellent presentation. I have several friends who were either interned in a camp or whose parents were interned. One of my friends was born in an internment camp. This presentation was also meaningful to me because I am currently reading a book titled “The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire”. This book chronicles much of the period 1938 through 1946 from the perspective of the Japanese nation.

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