The Arapahoe Sertoman   


This Weeks Reporter:            Tim Pollak 

  January 30, 2003

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  This Week In Review

The meeting began right on time with an absolutely hideous rendition of the Sertoma Song, but no one seemed to mind much, since no fine was proposed. After a very nice lunch, of self-served salad, enchilada pie, rice and cookies, Pat McKim, made a motion that the newly designated “Table A,” of young studs (not to be confused with the old farts of “table one”) receive a $1.00 credit toward future fines. This did not pass. A fine of $.50  to each member of Table A was proposed by Tim Pollak , to make them feel welcome,  and did pass. D. Harder passed the coveted Pink Poodle award to “its rightful owner,”  Pat McKim. Zach Hader introduced his guest, Norm Selby, and was promptly fined $.25  for not giving much information about him. Bob Gallagher was introduced as a guest by Dean Hiss, who should have known better, but I guess it’s become a tradition given how seldom we see the man with deep pockets. Rick Jacobus distributed more tickets for the Feb. 8th D.U. basketball game and will have maps for $2 parking next meeting. Rich Carlson sent around the 2/20 Country Dinner Playhouse sign-up sheet again, and announced that there is a Veterans Business Expo. On 2/6 in Castle Rock presented by the Elks—it’s free. Joe Dowdey promoted the Freedom Week Luncheon and reminded everyone to sign up for their selection of entrée.  Dick Laskey reminded all B team members that their turn is up next week and they need to make up for a $500 loss last night. Phil Grimm announced that Don Masias has Charity Raffle Tickets, and will be distributing them next week. Call him if you have preferences for specific numbers to sell.  Tim Pollak gave his usual announcement of King Soopers and Tony’s Meats coupons for sale, and also announced for Promotions Sertoma Club, that St. Patrick’s Day Parade walkers were needed and boxes for used hearing aid collections will be available next meeting.

  Sertoman of the Day
Chairman Du Jour, Mabe Downey, introduced Barney O’Grady’s man from the Federal Correctional Institution at Englewood , Mr. Al Smith. After graduating from Concord College in Psychology, Mr. Smith joined the Department of Prisons and came to Englewood . In the last 10 to 15 years there have been dramatic changes in the prison population with greatly increased violence among prisoners and much faster recidivism when they are released. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is the fastest growing agency in the Federal Government. Colorado is very important in the BOP, especially since the new Max in Florence is slated to receive Al Queda detainees from Guantanamo in Cuba . The Englewood facility is faced with local challenges of being ordered to build a Prairie Dog habitat and move their front entrance to suit new neighbors. Some prisoners see their incarceration as “three hots and a cot,” and return quickly. Other prisoners are more violent, and with drug money behind them bribery amounts have increased dramatically. With 50-80 different gangs the BOP monitors they certainly have their hands full. It costs $22,174 to house an inmate for a year, but the return to us citizens in the form of a safer society is clearly worth it. Thank you, Mr. Smith for your years of dedication to a difficult job, and for an excellent update on our neighbor to the west.

Z. Harder introduced us to his guest, Norm Selby, who is a Mortgage Broker.

Bob Gallagher was introduced as a guest by Dean Hiss even though he’s a member. No fine? I guess that’s because he buys such expensive lunches.

Second Publication for Membership:  Douglas Graham - Littleton,  Colorado.
  Handshake Award
  Pot-O-Gold Winner
Fred Downs
  On The Calendar   
February 5 Bingo Team B
February 6 Regular Meeting -Caren Swales- U.S. Department of Interior
February 8 DU Basketball - see Rick Jacobus
February 12 Bingo Team C - Abe Lincoln's Birthday
February 13 Regular Meeting -Dr. Barbara Jenkins. Tehuacan Hearing Project
February 14  
February 17 President's Reception- Eagle Bend C.C.
February 18 Freedom Luncheon - see Joe Dowdey Shrine Center
February 19 Bingo Team D
February 20 No Regular Meeting
February 20 Country Dinner Play House - "Patsy Cline" see Rich Carlson
February 26 Bingo Team E
February 27 Regular Meeting - Dr. Waverly Persons- USGS Earthquake Center
March 6  Black Hawk Trip - The Lodge- See Parchen
April 5 Charity Raffle
August 2 Cajun Cookout - Bill Parchen
Sept 16 Annual Golf Tournament - See Dick Enslow


  • Make your Reservations for an evening at the Country Dinner Play House February 20th.  Patsy Cline & Company.  A really enjoyable event.  See Mr. Carlson

  • Mark your calendars...Don't forget!  The Freedom Week Luncheon Feb. 18
    El Jebel Shrine Building 4625 W. 50th Ave.


Thoughts to Ponder

 Great Quotes from Great Leaders
-Ray Kroc
  • "The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves."
  • "When you're green, you're growing; and when you're ripe, you start to rot."
  • "What we have created is a business organization dedicated to rigid principles."

  • "It's easy to have principles when you're rich.  The important thing is to have principles when you're poor."

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
 - Thomas Jefferson

Solomon (900s BCE):
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted." [from Ecclesiastes 3:1-2]
-George W. Bush- President of the United States - 2/1/2003

"In the skies today we saw destruction and tragedy.
Yet farther than we can see there is comfort and hope.
 In the words of the prophet Isaiah , 
"Lift your eyes and look to the heavens.
Who created all these?
 He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls them each by name."
Because of His great power and mighty strength,
 not one of them is missing.
The same creator who names the stars also knows 
the names of the seven souls we mourn today. 
The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth;
 yet we can pray that all are safely home."