THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....March 10, 2005

This weeks Reporter- Mike Magee

Song - Just Happened                        Yes, we did it                       Invocation - Doug Harder

Welcome to our guests today. Dan Grote was introduced by Don Smith in Mike Ballew’s absence. Bob Stein introduced Jim Rees who enjoyed his last free meal today. Dick Laskey introduced Barney O’Grady who joined us today and was not introducing a program! Good to see you, Barney. The fines were plentiful and somewhat confusing today. Pollak was speaking for Hannes and attempted to fine Harder(?) What was that all about? Apparently, Bezjak had the same reaction and fined Pollak and Hannes. Passed! McKim also got caught in the Bezjak fine machine and was a buck lighter for some significant reason that I can’t quite remember. Bingo turned in a good night and the progressive jackpot is still alive and almost up to $10,000. That should increase our attendance. The new Lone Tree Sertoma Club in still meeting every Wednesday morning at Mimi’s at 7:00AM and needs more members. Can you invite someone? The Prez announced that David Kelsall had won the regional Service to Mankind Award, and the our own Bob Schlageter had done a great job putting on a magic show for the audience (but was the chicken cooked and did he have money to burn?). Jim Rees was inducted today as sponsor Bob Stein looked on. Bezjak had the customary welcome fine, while Parchen fined Enslow for setting a poor induction example for Joe Dowdey. Welcome aboard, Jim. Handshake prize went to Carl Duncan and POG to John Vierthaler.

 

Sertoman of the Day

SOD- Carl Duncan was today’s SOD. He was born in Alamosa, lived in Oak Creek (near Steamboat Springs) and then Avondale where he attended high school. He entered CU , then the Army and served our country in Germany. After his time in the Army, he entered DU and eventually became a CPA. He is now retired and was brought into the club by Steve Bolyard. He is another of the club’s really good members (both of the others know who they are). Thanks, Carl. His fiver went to Don Marshall.

 

Program

Today’s program was introduced by Bob Stein and was Bruce Abel, who is the Assistant General Manager of the Contracted Services Department for RTD. Bruce shared a few stats with us. The RTD was created in 1969 and combined a few transportation companies into one. It now serves about 2.5 million people in 38 municipalities in 6 counties plus 2 city/county jurisdictions. There are 2,326 square miles in the serviced area which includes 10,237 active bus stops and 66 Park-n-Ride facilities. Bruce’s job is working with the services that are outsourced. Over 51% of RTD’s bus services are operated by private contractors. Contracted services provide cost savings for RTD. Examples of contracted services are about 44% of the fixed routes and all of the Access-a-Ride,Access-a-Cab, and Call-n-Ride programs. Bruce commented on the T-Rex project which is RTD and CDOT’s joint project. T-Rex is on time, on budget, and the entire system should open in December,2006. The FasTracks Rapid Transit Network will be built over the next 12 years. It will include 119 miles of new and expanded rapid transit plus new rapid transit corridors, expanded Park-n-Ride system and other enhancements to the system. Thanks for an interesting program, Bob and Bruce.  

 Next Bingo

 Team Up

A

Mar 16      A
Mar 23      B
Mar 30      C

 SOD's

 On Deck

3/17    Hannes
3/24    D Harder
3/31    Z Harder

 
Calendar at a Glance

Raffle Tickets available...dire need for door prizes..see George

March

 March 15     

Happy Birthday Barney O'Grady

 March 16     

Bingo Team A

 March 17

Regular Meeting -
Mental Health   Association.

March 23

Happy Birthday John Pifer
Bingo Team B

March 24    

Regular Meeting-NTSB               National Transportation Safety
Board

March 25    

Good Friday

March 27       

Easter

March 30     

Happy Birthday  to Dave Espinoza 
                                  & Gus Szala

March 31

Regular Meeting - Jeremy Meyer-   
         Denver Post reporter

Apr 7 

Annual Meeting/Election of Officers

Apr 21 - 23

Regional Convention - Hotel DTC  

Raffle Success in Your Hands!

Our 22nd Annual Charity Raffle is coming closer and needs your help.  This is an important ways & means effort.  We need to be sure that every ticket is sold,  And, the sooner we get this done, the better we can manage the rest of the event.  If you  ‘advertised’ in the program last year, your ad will be repeated unless George Hannes hears from you.  If you have not previously placed an ad, and wish to do, call George.  Your participation helps reduce costs  The Raffle works as follows: We sell only 200 tickets (at $125 each) for a reverse raffle (last ticket out wins).  Prize money is $8000.  Each ticket includes two dinners during a fun evening at Pinehurst Country Club.  We also need donated door prizes, which are distributed throughout the evening.  You can solicit them or donate then yourself.  Along with the raffle, we will have a silent auction for the benefit of the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrig's Disease).  The date is April 23, the place is Pinehurst, the time is 5:30 pm ,  Please participate.

 

We are BANCing on You . . .

Our BANC ( Club Building ) effort continues at 7 am every Wednesday morning. The target area is Highlands Ranch, Park Meadows, Parker, Lone Tree.  The  meetings are held at Mimi’s Restaurant. 9155 Park Meadows Drive (just south of C470 at Yosemite exit). Your help is vital.  Call Dick Laskey for information.    

Convention

The Mountain West Regional Convention will be held at the Hilton Denver South on April 21st through 23rd.  The club will probably pay part of your registration.  Put it on your calendar now and plan on attending this enlightening, educational and fun Sertoma event.  

New York Traffic Jam

A stock broker, on his way home from work in New York City , came to a dead halt in traffic and thought to himself, “Wow, this seems much worse than usual.”  He notices a police officer walking between the lines of stopped cars, so he rolls down his window and asks, “Officer, what’s the holdup?” The officer replies, “Hillary Clinton is depressed, so she stopped her motorcade and is threatening to douse herself in gasoline and set herself on fire. She says her husband has spent all her money and the Democrats told her to forget about running for President in 2008. So we are taking up a collection for her.”