LAKEWOOD, WA – The Lakewood Historical Society’s annual meeting on Nov. 9 will be a little different this year, according to President Becky Huber. Not only will the meeting include the usual items like reports and election of directors, but this year a special presentation by Sam Mitsui (left) of Renton will be included. According to Huber, the annual meeting will be held at Lakewood’s Little Church on the Prairie. It will start at 7 pm.
The meeting agenda includes a report on the year’s activities and finances, future plans and election of members of the Board of Directors. Being nominated for positions on the board are Barbara Lord Nelson and Jack Avril. Members seeking another term include Becky Huber as President, Gary Fowler as Treasurer and Bill Harrison as Director.
A highlight of the meeting will be Mitsui’s talk about his experiences during WWII. A Japanese American born in Skykomish, he was interned with his family along with 120,000 others in 10 camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Mitsui was accepted into the US Army during the internment period and served in the US Army Counter-Intelligence Corps. At the end of the war he enrolled at the University of Washington where he was graduated in 1951. Mitsui went to work for the Boeing Company where he remained for 35 years. He is a member of the Nisei Veterans Committee.
The presentation will include photos from his military days as well as internment period.
The meeting is open to the public and it is free.