All (or none) Nick Morrone Dave Miley
Fines: Bob Buckland spent a small fortune as his cell phone rang several times.
: Thank you Jim for volunteering to be the REPORTER this week. Fine job.
Raffle - still need more door prize/silent auction items. Phil Grimm and Jim Rees advised us to let everybody know that the drinks (although high) do include the tip. So tell your guest not to tip. Still need to sell a few more tickets. Also confirm with your guest their plans to attend and your own attendance. Report any changes to Jim Rees as the club can adjust the food count and save $55 a ticket.
Doug Harder read the list of persons nominated to serve as club officers next fiscal year. Indications were we still need a volunteer to be secretary.
John Pifer has a deal to get some Rockies tickets and wants to know who would want some. These are for May 24 th, start time 1:55p.m. Let him know soon.
2008 International Convention in Denver July 17-19. Platte Canyon is the hosting club and there is a need for some helpers.
Bingo Report: Bingo had a deposit of about $4200. This amount was held down because pickles paid out $800 more than they brought in. This means the E team should do well on the 11th.
SERTOMAN OF THE DAY:
Fred Downs did his best program impersonation.
Fred was born in Rochelle Louisiana on 10-7-1929, hence he experienced part of the Great Depression. In 1937 his family moved to Tyler Texas. Subsequent moves included stops in Jeimerville Texas, Back to Rochelle, LA., then to Magnolia, LA. in 1944. Fred admitted they did a soft shoe shuffle involving a few moves between the towns of Rochelle and Magnolia.
Fred indicated with all his families moves it took him 3 years to complete the1st grade. He did graduate from High School in 1947, completed 2 years at Magnolia A & M in 1949, graduated from The Univ. of Arkansas in 1952 earning a degree in geology and joined the Navy, attended OCS, earned a commission and became a civilian again in 1956 and began a career as a geologist.
He worked for a number of different oil companies and can remember when a barrel of oil cost less than a barrel of water. In 1956 it was still only $2.40/barrel. In 1958 he became one of 5,000 unemployed geologists as the economy took a dip. In 1960 he married Sybil and moved to Colorado where wanderlust again struck as he worked in Co, Wy, Ut, Id, and Nev.
From 1981-1987 Fred worked for 3 different technology companies, two of them are Gulf Oil and Sun Oil. He was involved in the exploration for hydrocarbons in the book cliffs area near Grand Junction. He also was employed by Johns Manville until 1982.
Fred joined Sertoma in 1979, was the principal editor of this bulletin for many years and is still going strong.
Program: John Vierthaler provided the introduction of our program, Claudia Kuhns.
Claudia is the Executive Director of a team of research legislators overseeing public integrity. The primary focus was a discussion of the problems inherent with current voting procedures. She indicated that elections are not audited and that vote counting methods tend to be rather pathetic. Studies have shown there is a high error rate and that very little security is provided for voting machines. The real question is "How accurate are the results?" She indicated voting machines crash at a greater rate than do our own home computers. Another concern is the integrity of the persons working at your polling place or assigned to tabulate results.
Claudia's position is she would favor paper ballots over electronic machines because they are safer. Her "Gold Standard" would be to use paper and double count every ballot. The bottom line is each of us wants our vote to count and to be registered in a fair election. If Claudia can clean up this system we may send her to Washington D C to do the same.
Jim Rees ? ?