Memorial Resolution

James M. Woodward, m.d.
July 26, 1929—February 18, 2021
Denver Rotary Club 31 Member – 38 years
“Physicians & Surgeons – Ophthalmic Surgery”

Compiled and read by Jim Mack, June 17, 2021

Fellow Rotarians and guests, we pause today in memory of our friend and fellow Rotarian, Dr. James “Jim” Woodward, Jr.

Jim was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on July 26, 1929 to James M. Woodward and Marguerite Louise Woodward.  He passed away on February 18, 2021, at Holly Creek Retirement Community in Centennial.  He attended the University of Nebraska where he was affiliated with the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, then continued his medical training at the University of Iowa, where he specialized in Ophthalmology.  He met his wife, Marion Fetzer, at the University of Iowa.  After graduation, he joined the Air Force as a physician and was stationed at Andrew’s Air Force Base.  In 1962 Jim and Marion with his children, Steven and Carolyn, moved to Denver.  He joined Arthur G. Starr, also a Denver Rotarian, in forming the practice of Starr & Woodward which eventually became the Denver Eye Clinic.

He was known for his gregarious and friendly personality, his love of knowledge, music, and laughing with good friends.  He adored music and dancing, and if the right song came on, any woman could be fair game to be spun around the room.  He was an avid traveler and fancied himself fluent in several languages, well at least enough to order a drink.  He was a president of the Colorado Ophthalmological Association and, after retirement, volunteered at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  He was afflicted the last few years with dementia, but a smile was often found, especially when discussing his childhood, his career, or his beautiful wife.

Jim was a Club 31 member for 38 years.  During this time, he was especially proud of the perfect attendance he held for 29 years until the onset of his dementia prevented him from attending meetings as frequently.  I remember Jim with a unique sense of humor and always eager to chat with his Rotarian friends.  Jim was an avid skier.  I was fortunate to ski with Jim on several Rotary Ski days.  Jim was quite the conversationalist.  I can vouch for this since he would talk all the way down a ski run.  However, when his dementia worsened and he was no longer able to attend meetings, the Board made Jim an honorary Rotarian.

During his earlier years with the Club, Jim would write some of our “Observer’s Reports” for the Keyway, summarizing the key highlights of many worthy programs.  He was a Denver Rotary Club Foundation Silver Fellow and The Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Fellow +7.  Jim is missed at our meetings, particularly his questions of our speakers or more likely his long comments.

He is survived by his wife, Marion, his children, son Steven (fiancée Claudine Brandt), daughter Carolyn Pope (husband Steve), and former daughter-in-law Deborah Woodward, grandchildren Brandie Dallmann, Susie Bortz, Michael Woodward, Jessica Woodward, Mara Pope and Mitchell Woodward, along with great grandchildren Elizabeth Bortz and Allie Dallmann.  We express deepest sympathy to the Woodward family.

This Resolution was accepted by a standing vote of the members of The Rotary Club of Denver and others via Zoom on June 17, 2021.

Jim Warner’s 50 Years of Service Above Self

Compiled and read by Jim White, June 17, 2021

Jim is here today with his daughter, Ann, from Fredericksburg, VA, and his daughter, Susan, and her husband, Henry, from Gypsum, Colorado. Jim’s wife Bev is at home watching on the zoom link.

His Rotary classification is Waterworks Equipment Distribution. Jim is President, Retired, of Waterworks Sales Company.

Jim was born in Denver on April 16, 1934 and was Colorado educated, attending Steele Elementary, Byers Junior High School, and South High School. Well, there he was a Highlander Boy obtaining the top rank of Colonel and the Order of Demolay as Past Master Councilor.

He earned a BS in Business at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1956. While at CU, Jim was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he was a roommate of Robert Redford. They have remained close friends to this day. Jim, that and $5.00 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Jim was active in many sports. He wrestled in both high school and college and earned varsity letters in wrestling at CU. He even returned to the Buffs Alumni Wrestling Team in 1973-1975 where he was team president.

Following graduation from CU, Jim immediately joined the United States Marine Corps, serving two years active duty and four years inactive reserves. Jim told me that when he enlisted, he was too short to qualify so the recruiting officer asked him to stand on his tiptoes, and as soon as he reached the bar, he was pushed on through.

Because of his education, the Marines wanted Jim to go to OCS and become an officer, but Jim wanted to remain an enlisted man, so he did, and he later retired at the rank of Corporal. Assigned to the 37th Headquarters Squadron of the 3rd Marine Air Wing in El Toro California, Jim was in charge of dispersing the payroll all up and down the West Coast.

Jim and I go way back to long before we even knew each other. Our fathers were Rotarians and business owners in Denver. They were friends and did work for each other for years. Waterworks Sales Company and Denver Machine Shop needed each other so when Jim and I took over our fathers businesses, we naturally became close friends as well. Our careers were similar and we both had brothers in our businesses which always complicates the issue. We always had a lot to talk about and our wives Bev and Lee were naturally close friends, dealing with husbands in a family business. We were both active and participated in our respective trade organizations and civic organizations, serving as directors, presidents, and so forth. Jim, when I read our resumes, I wonder how we ever had time to run our businesses. Jim has also kept himself busy and active in the Republican Party, his Church, and is a 32° Mason Scottish/Rite and El Jabel Shriner.

But we are here today to honor you, Jim, for your 50 years of service to our Denver Rotary Club 31, and Rotary International. Believe me, there are only a few who can match your record.

Jim joined Rotary in February, 1971, about four months after I did. His two daughters flank our twin sons in age so our families grew up together in Rotary while Jim and I were climbing the Rotary Totem Pole (a club for new members).

Jim started his service to the Rotary Club right away by joining two committees and has served on one or more committees every year since joining our club. He was our Distinguished Service Club member in 1975 and was elected Club Secretary for

1976-77 during Bill Hornby’s presidency. With only five years in Rotary, Jim had Chaired our Scholarship and Achievement Committee for two years; served as the Rotary Liaison and Officer of Denver Girls for three years; and served twice as Vice Chairman of the Community Service Committee.

In 1977-78, Jim was the first male President of Denver Girls and in 1979-80 served as president of the Rotary Club of Denver following President Grant Wilkins. And while all this was going on, Jim was active in the Denver Chamber of Commerce. What a ride!

In 1983, the economy in Colorado was in the pits, and many of our Rotarians had lost their jobs or were about to, and some of us used to meet after Rotary to try and figure out what to do. Some Rotarians resigned but Jim was able to transfer his membership to a well-deserved Honorary member and has been active in our club ever since.

So from joining Rotary in 1971, Jim has served as:

  • Club Member for 50 years
  • Club President in 1979-80; Club secretary 1976-77;
  • DRCF Legacy Charter Member 2015;
  • DRCF Major Donor; Paul Harris Fellow +7;
  • Member or Chairman for numerous committees.

We celebrate our newest 50 Year Service Rotarian, Jim Warner!

Join Your Fellow Rotarians for the 2021 District Conference!

May 6, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 PM  |  May 7, 2021, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Registration by April 23 is highly recommended

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Thursday, May 6 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Virtual
Learning Session Presentation and District Business Meeting for all Attendees
Program includes RI President Nominee, Jennifer Jones by video, facilitated by Curt Harris, Past District Governor and followed by the District 5450 Business Meeting
*** Thursday program included with either Friday option ***

Friday, May 7 | 4:30 – 8:00 PM | In-Person | Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Reception, Dinner & District Conference Program | $85 per person (payment must be made in advance)
Seating is limited to 150 per state guidelines. Social distancing & masks will be required. 
Program includes a Reception and Dinner, and guest speakers that include District Governor Bob Kemp, District Governor Elect Ray Anderson, Rotary Foundation Vice Chair Brenda Cressey, Rotary Scholar Brian Adams, & District Governor Awards Presentation

Friday, May 7 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Virtual Only
District Conference Program | $25 per person
Program includes guest speakers that include District Governor Bob Kemp, District Governor Elect Ray Anderson, Rotary Foundation Vice Chair Brenda Cressey, Rotary Scholar Brian Adams, & District Governor Awards Presentation

Denver Rotary Wins Ed Bemis Communication Award!

The #Rotary Club of Denver has been awarded the Ed Bemis Award for Communications by the Rotary Club of Littleton and District 5450.  The award is named for Ed Bemis, the late publisher of the Littleton Independent newspaper, Past President of the #Littleton Club, and Past District Governor (way back in 1943-44).  This award is a great tribute to Ian Campbell, our Communications Team Vice-President and President-Elect, who has served the Communications Committee so ably over the past few of years.  Thanks to Ian, our Club has been recognized for the “Best Club Communications” in the District for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  The award consideration is equally weighted between newsletters, social media, and other blogs and projected-related outreach.  The criteria for the award include the handling of Club news, education about Rotary activities, originality in content, and format and appearance. A huge “thank you” and congratulations to Ian!

 

 

Edwin Bemis Award for Best Newsletter
Presented by the Rotary Club of Littleton
EDITARIAN’S CREED
by Edwin A. Bemis, District 113 Governor 1943-44

WE BELIEVE that our club bulletins are valuable and effective instruments in the development and maintenance of good Rotary clubs; THEREFORE, as bulletin editors, we shall gladly contribute our time and energy to the production of the best bulletins we can offer to our members.

WE BELIEVE that our club bulletins should be informative, interesting, dignified, constructive and entertaining; THEREFORE, we shall lend every effort toward making these attributes the controlling influence in gathering material for our bulletins.

WE BELIEVE that one of the purposes in having Rotary club bulletin editors is so that the week after week history of our clubs will be written; THEREFORE, we shall endeavor to give as complete coverage as is possible of the club and its officers, committees and members.

WE BELIEVE that directed and humiliating jests, derogatory statements, or any similar items which might make a member the object of ridicule, are not in good taste and do not belong in a club bulletin; THEREFORE, we shall be very alert to see that all material in our bulletins are acceptable to all members.

WE BELIEVE that questionable jokes are foreign to the ideals of, and thinking by, members of Rotary clubs; THEREFORE, we shall be circumspect in the choice of what is to be included in our bulletins.

WE BELIEVE that an interchange of information between clubs, within and outside of our respective districts, is most desirable and profitable; THEREFORE, we shall endeavor to exchange bulletins with as many clubs as our ability permits.

WE BELIEVE that there are unlimited opportunities for club bulletin editors to spread and to help perpetuate Rotary throughout the world; THEREFORE, we will dedicate ourselves, our abilities, and our energies to the furtherance of Rotary, and shall so discharge our responsibilities that our activities will be a stimulus to our fellow members and a credit to the communities in which we live.

WE BELIEVE that in being selected to edit our club bulletins we have been deeply honored, and inherent in this honor is recognition of leadership as well as a great challenge; THEREFORE, we will exercise that leadership as effectively, acceptably, and unassumingly as is compatible with our relationship to our club members. We will dedicate our utmost ability and loyalty to that challenge, knowing that in it lies the real meaning of the great pronouncement of Rotary.

Jim White’s 50 Years of Service

Compiled and read by Debbie Beasley, April 15, 2021

Jim has been with Rotary for 50 years – 50 YEARS!  With perfect attendance – PERFECT ATTENDANCE.  Not only that, but Jim is also a third generation Rotarian following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

Lauren shared with me some of the historical documents, pictures, accolades, and cards that we have regarding Jim.  There is much to say about Jim’s Rotary life, but it would not be right or appropriate to dive into that without first talking about Jim as a husband and father.  Jim’s family is at the heart of who he is and what means the most to him.  It is an honor to have Eric, Scott, and Tanya with us here today.  Eric and Scott continue the legacy of Rotary making them 4th generation Rotarians.  As you just heard with the Lee White Memorial Resolution, Jim and Lee had a special love and bond.  It is the foundation of family that defines Jim.

Jim joined Rotary on November 19, 1970.  Dues at that time were $58.50 quarterly.  His membership application included some things we all know about Jim.  Colorado School of Mines graduate.  Twins Scott and Eric were also listed although Tanya was not born quite yet. His hobbies were listed as golf, bowling, and skiing.  And 50 years later he still hits the ski slopes and will be embarking on a Grand Canyon Raft trip in a few weeks.

When Jim was accepted in the club 50 years ago, the Rotary Club of Denver met at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.  His welcome letter, penned by George Smith Jr. said: “I have known Jim for over fifteen years and have watched him grow from boy to man and know him to be honest, forthright and a gentleman – requisites for a good Rotarian.”

Through the years, Jim has assumed a number of roles on a variety of committees.  He remains an extremely active and engaged member.  Currently Jim is serving on the Denver Rotary Club Foundation Board of Trustees, the Membership Committee and Jim is also active in the weekly happy hour hosted these days by Zoom.

Further, Jim has been an extremely generous Rotarian in terms of both time and money.  Jim serves on the Denver Rotary Club Foundation Board of Trustees, is a DRCF Gold Fellow and Paul Harris Fellow +3, embracing and supporting our two foundations.  He also gives of his time and talents. Just two weeks ago, Jim was one of 8 performers in our club April Fool’s talent show.  His storytelling skills intertwined with his yo-yo and napkin tricks were a fun addition to the evening.

As you look at the pictures of Jim 50 years ago and today, you can easily say that he has not changed much.  The mustache of yesterday is gone but that smile is the same.  So is the generosity, kindness and uniqueness that makes Jim such a special Rotarian to each of us.

Memorial Resolution

Leela H. White
June 15, 1944—March 3—2020
Denver Rotary Club 31 Member – 18 years
“Machine Shops—Sales, Marketing”

Compiled by Carolyn Smith and read by Jim Mack, April 15, 2021

Fellow Rotarians and guests, we have lost a loyal member of the Denver Rotary Club.  We pause today in memory of our friend and fellow Rotarian, Leela Hohmann White.

Lee died after a fall at home on March 3, 2020 with her devoted family gathered around.

Lee was the youngest of four daughters born to Lee and Irene Hohmann in Denver on June 15,1944.  Her father, also Lee, had immigrated from France to become a businessman and restauranteur in Denver.

Lee was a mountain girl.  When she was five, her Dad purchased a cabin on 13 acres in the foothills west of Denver.  So that Lee could get to school and to see her friends, her parents bought her a horse, Prince.  Her parents fostered the independence that characterized her life and created the strong character that we came to know and love.

Lee attended the one room school near her home until Ralston Elementary was completed in 1955.  At aged 10, she rode the three miles to the new school.  Prince was content during the day in the corral built by the school for the horses of many of the young students.  Lee went on to Golden High School and Colorado Women’s College where she studied Business and Business Law.

Lee met Jim White, the man who would become her husband, in the summer of 1959 at a party in the mountains near her home. She was only 14 but, even at that young age, she decided she would be Mrs. Jim White someday.  Sure enough, while still college students, they were married five years later on August 31, 1963.

Jim completed his degree as Engineer at Colorado School of Mines and Lee finished her Associate in Arts Degree at CWC while still newlyweds.  They moved often those first post college years after Jim joined Shell Oil Company and then served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers.  Their twin sons, Scott and Eric, were born at Fort Belvoir, Virginia in 1966.

The family returned to Denver in 1968.  Jim resumed his job with Shell for a couple of years until joining his father in the family businesses: Denver Air Machinery Company and Denver Machine Shop, Inc.  Lee was recruited to help run those businesses as Sales and Marketing VP and eventually became Jim’s business partner and the co-owner of Denver Machine Shop.  I remember the considerable pride Lee displayed when introducing me to the Shop some years ago.  Each of the employees in turn had only praise for her and her importance to the company’s success particularly during the tough times of the 1980s.

Lee kept quiet about the constant severe pain she suffered from scoliosis and the surgeries that were the result.  She had 17 vertebrae fused in five separate operations beginning when she was 30 years old.  Somehow, she continued the annual family tradition to cut down their Christmas tree.  And she loved hiking with friends and family members despite continuous pain.  Typically concerned about others with the same condition rather than herself, she started and continued to lead the support group, “People for Scoliosis”.

Lee was a devoted mother and grandmother.  Their daughter, Tanya, was born in Denver in 1972 on the birthday of her six-year-old twin brothers.  Lee was proud that her three children completed college and were married before she 50 years old.  In her later years, she devoted her love and attention to her six grandchildren: JB, Aleece, Heather Lee, Kevin, April and Victoria.  They loved her in return.  Lee’s happiest moments were when the family was all together.

To say that Lee was a member of Denver Rotary for 18 years is a bit misleading.  She was an active Rotary wife for 30 additional years attending District and International Conventions and joining Jim in his many Rotary fund raising and other Club activities.  I introduced Lee to become a member of Denver Rotary in her own right in March of 2001.  As a member, she continued her mentorship for the High School Scholarship Awards, Denver Kids, and she supported students in Rotary exchange programs.  She was a Denver Rotary Club Foundation Fellow and The Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow +1.

We express deepest sympathy to Jim, Eric and Steph, Scott and Laura, Tanya and Eric and JB, Aleece, Heather Lee, Kevin, April and Victoria.

We miss Lee.  She brought a special spirit to every greeting.  The day was always brighter for each contact with her.

This Resolution was accepted by a standing vote of the members of The Rotary Club of Denver and others at the Warwick Hotel and on Zoom on April 15, 2021.

Club 31 Welcomes New & Returning Members

Jagdish Jaganath
Banking Relationship Manager/VP

Date Joined: 2/16/21
Rotary Sponsor: Transferring Rotarian, Melly Kinnard & Ved Nanda

Jagdish Jaganath (“Jag”) is a Denver native who has a wonderful six-year old daughter named Akshaya.  He is a career long Commercial Banker and Treasury Management professional who is a two-time graduate of the University of Denver (BA, MBA).  Jag spent fifteen years of his life in another country called California and is excited to return to his hometown of Denver!  Jag has one sister and brother-in-law and is a proud uncle to three nephews, he has a very positive poodle named Lulu who never has a bad day, and he is blessed with an amazing mom!

 

Les Volpe
(Retired) President, Edward L. Volpe, P.C.

Date Joined: 2/16/21
Rotary Sponsor: Returning Club 31 Rotarian

Les Volpe is renewing his membership in the Downtown Denver Rotary Club after a brief hiatus.  Prior to that he had been a member of the Club for over 20 years during which time he served on some committees including the Grants Committee.

His career has been in the legal field, primarily in litigation.  Les is a 4th generation Coloradan, and he and his wife, Barbara, have raised their two children and are helping to raise their five grandchildren here in Denver.

He has also spent many years as a funder, teacher, and coach for high school students in Denver and elsewhere in the study of Constitutional Law in a program called “We the People—the Citizen and the Constitution” which is a national contest for Constitutional debate by high school students conducted in all 50 states.  He has worked with East High School students in Denver, and that school has been the National Champion of the competition at least five times.

He looks forward to meeting and working with many of our members including those whom he has known throughout his career here in Denver.

 

For additional information about new members, please log into our membership database at www.dacdb.com.

Denver and Bikaner Rotary Helped India Control CovidID

Fast Action by Rotary Clubs Denver 31, U.S. & Bikaner, India Helped India Control the Covid Crises

Background
In April 2020, the Rotary clubs of Bikaner, India and Denver 31 were about to submit a global Grant request to Rotary International for construction of girls’ toilets in five schools in Bikaner, India, where both sanitation and student privacy were compromised.

Intervention
In early April, it was evident the number of coronavirus cases were accelerating rapidly in Bikaner and the funds for school toilets had a more immediate use in treating the increasing number of Covid cases. The funds were diverted to a new grant, GG2013988, for purchase of respirators and PPE.
The new grant was submitted to RI and approved in May and funded in June. Equipment and supplies were received in the hospital in early August in time to meet peak infections. The equipment and PPE saved numerous lives.

Results
On January 20, 2021, PDG Arun Prakash Gupta, project contact at the Bikaner Rotary Club, reported, “The COVID situation in our area is now at very negligible levels. People are very aware & conscious and are taking preventive steps. The government has started an intensive vaccination program. First, they are giving injections to healthcare professionals, and soon everyone will be immunized with the Indian made vaccine.”

Another example of Rotary responding to crises throughout the world.

Summary of Covid’s spread and control in India

Covid’s Spread
After India detected its first few hundred coronavirus infections in March 2020, Prime Minister Modi imposed a draconian nation-wide lockdown, hoping to break the chain of viral trans-
mission and contain the pathogen. By midyear, infectious disease specialists reported “It is totally overwhelming,” later claiming “November was the worst.”

Covid’s Control
By January 2021, New Delhi doctors were getting an unexpected respite with infections dropping sharply. The trend extended beyond the capital confirming coronavirus infections have fallen precipitously. Rural areas outside the big cities, home to 900 million of India’s 1.3 billion people, saw the same result.
Some doctors and researchers speculate that India’s crowded cities may be approaching ‘herd immunity’ even before a vaccine is widely available.

Rotary’s Role Controlling the Pandemic

Rotary clubs played a very quick & significant role in providing infrastructure, equipment & other material at different levels which has provided a big support to the efforts of Medical personnel. The role of Rotarians in creating awareness for safety measures has also shown effective results to overcome the pandemic. The indigenous manufacturing of medicines has played a vital role too.

COVID-19 & Colorado Wildfire Disaster Relief

The mission of the Denver Rotary Club Foundation is to jointly participate with the Denver Rotary Club and make a positive impact in our community through the grants we make each year.  Our grant funds are made possible through our Club fundraisers such as the peach sale, cash contributions from our Club 31 members, Red Bucket proceeds, Colorado Gives Day donations, earnings from our investment account, and our major fundraiser that we look forward to bring back this year.  Our grants emphasize our commitment to the importance and value of youth and education, disaster relief efforts, and international projects.

In 2020 we had two COVID-19 Disaster Relief initiatives.  The first one was in May 2020 whereby we combined the financial resources of the Denver Rotary Club, District 5450 and cash donations by Club 31 Members.  The result of that first effort was a total of $24,875 going to nonprofit organizations involved in helping people directly affected by the COVID-19 virus.

Thank you to Sid Brooks our Vice President and President Elect of the Denver Rotary Club Foundation for introducing the idea for a second COVID-19 relief effort.  The result of this idea was that your Denver Rotary Club Foundation Trustees recently approved $5,000 in a combined Disaster Relief Funding program whereby $2,500 was allocated to COVID-19 relief and $2,500 went to District 5450 to help with the aftermath of the devastation caused by the Colorado Wildfires that we experienced over the summer and fall last year. 

We are pleased to report that the recipients of these grant funds are:

Food Bank of the Rockies    $825
Project C.U.R.E.    $825
CU Foundation – Health Care Worker Emergency Fund    $850
District 5450 Colorado Wildfire Disaster Relief $2,500

One of the goals of Club President Debbie is to increase our Club’s participation with District 5450 and this helps to accomplish that goal through the Wildfire Disaster Relief funding.  It’s also important to add that we are aware of one Club 31 member who, in December 2020, personally donated $1,000 to some of our COVID-19 recipients.  This is all made possible by the generosity of our members who support the Denver Rotary Club Foundation and our mission. We continue to make a positive impact in the lives of people.  Thank you, Denver Club 31 Rotarians for your continued support to those in our community.  

A big thank you also goes to your DRCF President Carter Sales who not only lead our Disaster Relief efforts from our 2019-20 Rotary year – where we granted nearly $25,000 for immediate COVID-19 relief to 10 worthy organizations – but he also stepped up once again to lead our second relief effort this year.  Thank you, Carter for your dedication and service to our Foundation and those in our community.

A Spoon Full of Sugar!

Remember the song “A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Medicine Go Down” from Mary Poppins?  Did you ever in a million years associate that with the “magic sugar cubes” that were used to administer the first oral polio vaccine.  Check out this story…guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

The odd connection between vaccination and ‘Mary Poppins’

By Harmeet Kaur, CNN

Updated 5:57 PM ET, Thu December 10, 2020

The song “A Spoonful of Sugar” from the film Mary Poppins was actually inspired by the polio vaccine.

The iconic song lyric from the 1964 Disney film “Mary Poppins” is a lesson in making otherwise mundane or daunting tasks more enjoyable.

But the idea for the tune actually came from a conversation the songwriter had with his young son about the polio vaccine — and the son of that songwriter is using that nugget of film music history to emphasize the importance of trusting medical professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jeff Sherman, whose father Robert Sherman is one half of famed songwriting duo the Sherman Brothers, told the story behind “A Spoonful of Sugar” in a recent Facebook post that has since been widely shared.

Richard Sherman (left) and Robert Sherman (right) with Julie Andrews (center) hold their Oscar statues in 1965 for their work on the film Mary Poppins.

Sherman told CNN that as a child, he was afraid of getting shots and would often try to run away from the nurses who tried to administer them. So when he told his father one afternoon that he had received the oral polio vaccine at school that day, his father was surprised.

He recalled receiving the oral polio vaccine at school as a child. When he came home that afternoon, he told his father about his day.

“Didn’t it hurt?” Robert Sherman asked his son.

“I told him they put it on a sugar cube and you just ate it,” Sherman wrote. “He stared at me, then went to the phone and called my uncle Dick.”

Unbeknownst to Sherman at the time, his father and his uncle Richard Sherman were in the process of composing music for the film “Mary Poppins” — and had been struggling to come up with a new song. A song they wrote called “Through the Eyes of Love” had been rejected, and Walt Disney had asked the duo to give him something snappier.

Robert Sherman’s conversation with his son finally gave him the catchy slogan that he and his brother needed: A Spoonful of Sugar (Helps the Medicine Go Down).

Children receive the polio vaccine on a sugar cube in the early 1960s.

And the song now beloved by generations of children was born.

Robert Sherman has written about the same moment in his autobiography “Moose: Chapters from My Life.”

The oral polio vaccine that Jeff Sherman received was made commercially available in 1961. It largely replaced an earlier injectable version that required multiple injections and because of poor oversight caused cases of paralysis in some instances.

His anecdote illustrates how widespread the campaigns to administer polio vaccinations were in the 1960s — and how those vaccines helped eradicate the disease by 1979.

Sherman said he was watching CNN recently when he heard a health expert discussing how some people are hesitant to take Covid-19 vaccine.

The segment reminded him of the story from his childhood, so he took to social media to urge people to trust medical experts during this current pandemic.

“For anyone I know here on FB, trust the doctors,” he wrote in the post. “When the vaccine for Covid comes out, get it. We are all codependent on each other in this pandemic. Trust science and doctors and epidemiologists.”

He continued, “We are a small world and we will beat this enemy if we listen to those who know. Be safe. Wear a mask. Be kind and thoughtful and considerate to your fellow man and woman. We will beat this.”

Since sharing his story, Sherman said he’s received numerous messages from medical professionals thanking him for helping to build trust in the vaccine.

“I’ve gotten so many thank yous from doctors and nurses who are just so grateful that somebody said to trust them,” he told CNN. “That means everything to me.”