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This Weeks Reporter:   Fred Downs 

January 9, 2003

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Randy Smith got the meeting started in two keys--too high and too low.  When everyone found the right notes the song finished close to perfect.  The Pledge followed in good form, led by old patriot Bill Worth.  Rev. Bill added his plea for divine guidance and expressed out gratitude for food.  President Grimm called for introduction of guests and Rick Campbell introduced Jack Arnold, retired Littleton Policeman.  Mabe Downey introduced Bob Schlagetor, friend and fellow magician.  Doug Harder introduced his son, Zach, perennial guest, who actually may be inducted soon and lose his meal ticket.  From guests to announcements there was prolonged rumbling as though the north wall was talking to the President.  Finally, Rick Jacobus announced the opportunity to watch free, live collegiate basketball, at D.U. , between the Pioneers and Middle Tennessee.  Arapahoe Sertoma will be guests of D.U.  for this game.  Rich Carlson announced the Social Committee's annual Country Dinner Playhouse Event---Patsy Cline & Co., Feb 20th.  Announcements were interrupted while Table 1 was fined for trying to hold their own noisy meeting.  Harder fined Parchen for "copyright infringement". Dick Enslow entertained us with news of C- Team's great efforts Wednesday; why the unsullied pickles were handed out; the club's annual golf tournament, Sept. 16th.  D-Team is up next.  Bill Worth presented an historical review of Dick Mason's Sertoma administration complete with dates and awards, inviting Dick to just look on the banner hanging on the wall to find his history.  The history cost Dick a buck.  Parchen fined Mason $.25 ---something about dates. 

Sertoman of the Day
 Took a Day Off
Our guest speaker today was Bruce Lytle, P.E. Vice President of John C. Halepaska & Assoc., Inc.,  Water Resource Consultants of Littleton.  He was introduced by Barney O'Grady.  Mr.  Lytle reviewed a well known concept, The Hydrologic Cycle, rain and melted snow flows via creeks and rivers to reservoirs and/or percolates down into under ground aquifers.  Denver's principal water supply is taken from reservoirs which are replenished annually.  A lesser amount of water is obtained through wells drilled into the Denver Basin which contains several water aquifers 60-70 million years old.  These aquifers are between 2000 and 2900 feet in dept and must be pumped.    This source of water is declining 20 to 30 feet each year and it is not replenished each year.  Last year's drought has caused much concern about water storage to serve Front Range communities.  Increasing population is increasing water consumption and water reservoirs are now at 40 to 50 % of capacity.  Another year of low stream flow will require "draconian" measures.  Perhaps no grass irrigation at all.  
Additional water storage reservoirs have been suggested and politically defeated by environmentalists.  Injection of water surpluses into the Denver Basin may be seriously considered, but it would be very, very expensive.  More trans-mountain  diversions are needed to store Colorado water near its mountain source.  Mr. Lytle is not optimistic that sufficient water will be recovered in 2003 to fill all reservoirs.  The Colorado Legislature may have to make decisions this year that will affect all Colorado residents.  Mr.  Lytle's presentation was very professional, informative, current and well received by our club.  
Jack Arnold, guest of Rick Campbell
Bob Schlageter, guest of Mabe Downeyl
Zach Harder, guest of Doug Harder
Paula Kelly, Office Mgr., John C. Halepaska & Associates
Handshake Award
Bob Stein
Pot-O-Gold Winner
John Pifer
On The Calendar
January 14 Board Meeting - 6:00pm - Elks Club
January 15 Bingo Team D
January 16 Regular Meeting - Jill Wayne - Center for Hearing, Speech & Language
January 22 Bingo Team E
January 23 Regular Meeting - Angela Ricker - "Sense of Security"
January 29 Bingo Team A
February 5 Bingo Team B
February 8 DU Basketball - see Rick Jacobus
February 12 Bingo Team C - Abe Lincoln's Birthday
February 14 Valentine's Day
February 18 Freedom Luncheon - see Joe Dowdey
February 19 Bingo Team D
February 20 Country Dinner Play House - see Rich Carlson
February 26 Bingo Team E
April 5 Charity Raffle
August 2 Cajun Cookout - Bill Parchen
Sept 16 Annual Golf Tournament - See Dick Enslow


Arapahoe Sertoma Club Celebrated Its 50th Year of Service to Mankind December 7th 2002

Thoughts to Ponder

Lessons From Geese

(Transcribed from a speech given by Angeles Arrien at the 1991 Organizational Development Network, based on the work of Milton Olson.)

Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow.  By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Fact 2: When a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone.  It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go.  We are willing to accept their help, and give our help to others.

Fact 3: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies into the point position.

Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership.  As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

Fact 4: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those in front to keep up their speed.

Lesson: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging.  In groups where there is encouragement the production is greater.  The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

Fact 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help or protect it.  They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.  They then launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.