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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW .... April 14, 2011
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Guests:  Jim Giordano is a guest of Carl Duncan and is the second time here.

Fines: Dicks table for not fining Table-1. Doug Harder for not doing his own fining. Jim Perkins for the picking of the song starter (or lack of picking)

Quote:  Love is grand – it’s divorce that runs a couple hundred grand.

Announcements:   Geoff Strohn was the lucky guesser on the Trivia question which netted him $4.

It was reported at the Board Meeting the Elmer Olinger has submitted an application to join so this is his “first” publishing.

Dick Enslow presented Mike Magee a $1,000 check for the Arapahoe Foundation to be used for the Student Ambassador student.

2 Thank-You letters received: The Listen Foundation and Sertoma HQ for a grant to The Center for Hearing, Speech & Language.

Board approved 3 donations: The Southwest Counseling Associates, Center for Hearing, Speech, and Language and The Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation.

Will Martinez has King Soopers coupons. The club receives 5% but only 4 people regularly use the service. The card is like a debit card so it’s easy to use.

  • Invesco Field tour April 22nd at 2:00 pm
  • Platte Canyon Sertoma is hosting a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (all you can eat)
  • Applebee’s Restaurant, University Blvd & County Line Road in Centennial…April 30th 7:30am to 9:30am $7.00.
  • Win a trip to Cozumel for two….Craig Hospital Foundation along with A-1 Scuba and Travel are selling chances for the trip. Contact Carol Huserik at 303-789-8588 or . Drawing Sunday, May 23 at 3:00p.m.
  • 5th Annual Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby race: Super kids race & trial run – June 4, 2011
    Race day – June 5,
  • June 6 Omni Interlocken Golf Tournament



Today’s SOD was our esteemed ex-governor Mike Ballew. Mike was born in Gainesville, Texas in the year 1948. He said that he kept getting bored and added another job to his load. He ran the family drilling business, bought a truck dealership, bought a dairy farm. At 13, working for the family business, his job was to fill the trucks with gas and diesel fuel. On the dairy farm, he said it wasn’t too bad feeding the 250 cows, it was the cleaning up after them that was the fun part.


Mike didn’t have any military, his number was 260 something and didn’t get selected.

He went to law school in Oklahoma City and then moved to Durango to practice law and there met and married Pat, they married in 1986. They moved to Denver in 1987 where he practiced and taught law. This qualified him for his next job of selling Mountain Man Nuts and Candies (he claims he had the hottest and best nuts in town). He then went to work with Lending Tree and then into real estate with ReMax where he is now (I think, I lost track of keeping track of all his jobs). Mike has no kids but Pat ha a grown son. Pat retired a couple years ago.

In Sertoma, he has held about every position, including a Gold Coat President, Sertoman of the year twice and a 2yr Front Range Governor. Dick Laskey and Barney O’Grady brought him into the club 8-31-89

       Listen to MikeBallew.mp3

Program:  John Vierthaler introduced Dr. Steven Brown, Chemical Sciences Div. NOAA.
Dr. Brown received a Ph. D. in chemical physics with Professor Fleming Crim at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. at Dartmouth College. He came to NOAA in 1997 as an NRC post-doctoral fellow working with Dr. A. R. Ravishankara, was a Research Scientist with CIRES at the University of Colorado from 2000 - 2005, and has served as a federal Research Chemist since then. His major research theme at NOAA has been the chemistry and impacts of nitrogen oxides in the Earth's atmosphere. His initial research was on laboratory studies of stratospheric nitrogen oxide kinetics; more recently his focus has been on field measurements of tropospheric nitrogen oxides, particularly those that occur in the dark ("nighttime chemistry"). His other main research interest has been the development of high sensitivity optical instrumentation for laboratory and field studies of atmospheric trace gases and aerosols.

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A new scientific study packs a double surprise about the chemistry happening in the atmosphere around us: chlorine is more abundant than expected in the air at sites far from the ocean's sea spray sources. And, it interacts with manmade pollution at night – a time period that's not so sleepy for the atmosphere – in ways that might ultimately affect air quality and climate.

Chloride gets kicked up into the air naturally by sea spray, but the high levels of chlorine-containing gases discovered by the researchers in the middle of the continental U.S. confirm that human activities such as coal burning, biomass burning, and roadway deicing are now kicking in too.

Lisetn to StevenBrown.mp3

Index of past programs programs.pdf

Upcoming programs:
Apr 21: George Pond, Vice Pres. Planning & Capital Projects Denver Zoo
Apr 28: Tony Arnoldy-Englewood police depart. safety co-ordinator

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     Upcoming SOD list
Apr 21 - Regular Meeting – SOD Bill Benton
Apr 28 - Regular Meeting – SOD Ed Bezjak

May 5 - Regular Meeting – SOD Jim Britton
May 12 - Regular Meeting – SOD & BOD Bob Buckland
May 19 - Regular Meeting – SOD Rick Campbell
26 - Regular Meeting – SOD Glenn Combellick


Click here for a printable version PDF             Club's 50yr Proclamation
   Editors notes:     If you want an electronic copy of the Roster,  
  send me an e-mail.

Sertoma Application form: app.pdf       Recruiting Manual     
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Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby

Newsletter April 7, 2011


Please share with all interested in the Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby.

Also, there is more information at the web site.




***   Now is the TIME FOR  REGISTRATION   ***


Forms are located on our website

Please return form and fee by mail.

Save on Registration if mailed before May 1,2011

No Registration After Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Stock Division, Super Stock Division and Super Kids will compete this year.


We tested 3 Super Kids in one of the new Super Kids Cars last Saturday and everything went just great.




The lanes on the track will be reduced to 10 feet in width to make them exactly like Akron.

Pits will be at the bottom of the track.

***  Super Kids Race will be Saturday, June 4, 2011  ***


We would like info about soap box derby driver, family or friend, story, present, past, funny or fact (short) to print in our newsletter.




 ATTENTION :   If you register prior to May 1, 2011, the cost is $35 for the first racer and $30 for each additional racer the same immediate family.  Thereafter, the cost is $45 and $40 respectively.


Saturday, April 30:   Car Building Clinic will be held  at 9:00 a.m. at Jerry Stander's Collision Works, 3900 Norwood Drive, Littleton, CO 80125.  We will cover basic assembly of soap box derby cars, provide recommendations on how to improve your car performance and driver performance.


Wednesday May 18, 2011: last day of registration.     


Saturday, May 21:   Pre-race Inspections 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Jerry Stander's Collision Works, 3900 Norwood Drive, Littleton, CO 80125.  It is MANDITORY to have your car inspected on this date.


Saturday, June 4:  From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., drivers will present their cars for inspections (see website for details), weigh in, and test runs.  Please arrive early.  After you have completed your test runs, and passed the final inspection, your car will be impounded.


Saturday, June 4:      Super Kids Race Day   Beginning at 10:30 a.m.   This race will have priority over the test / practice runs. This is different from past years, when the Super Kids races were interspersed with the Stock and Super Stock division races. 


Sunday, June 5: Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby   Stock and Super Stock Race day!


Drivers and parents need to arrive at the track by 7 a.m. to retrieve their cars from impound and place them in the pits.

MANDITORY  Driver meeting at 7:30 a.m.

Driver parade at 8:00 a.m.

First race at 8:30 a.m.

This is a double elimination race.


Volunteers are needed!  This wonderful event is run entirely by volunteers.

Please contact Merritt Sherer at (303-757-2134) to sign up to volunteer.



Jerry Stander
Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby