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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW .... April 4, 2013
This weeks Reporter- Don Smith

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Guests:  Jack Marshall is returning to the club. Welcome back Jack.
Rev. Robinson also introduced Bryn Boyer. Randy Smith introduced David Patron

Fines:   Table 1 for NOT having a guest:
Dick Mason for “attitude” at the Past Pres. Meeting.
Rev. Robinson for leaning on the counter during the invocation instead of leaning on the Lord. (Orian was shocked and amazed but was encouraged by the fact that he was leaning to the LEFT.  Several comments about "doubling the fine were heard").

Announcements:  Pat McKim informs us that there will be another Casino Night Fund raising event but it won’t be until Aug. or Sep. Start saving your pennies.

Dick Enslow says the next Charity Golf Meeting will be at Pine Hurst next Thur. @ 5pm.

Remember, if you bring in a new member and he stays 6 months, you get Free Dues - per new member for a quarter.


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Sertoman of the Day:   It was a dark and stormy night (or day) on November 18, 1934, at Porters Hospital, when Phil Grimm decided to come into the world, backwards. The Dr’s at that time weren’t real sure how to deal with this kind of birth so they needed some help. Phil attended Lincoln Elementary, Grant Jr. High and Englewood Sr. High, graduating in 1952. He then took Pre-Dental at DU for one year and participated in Air Force ROTC and dated a WAC.

At about this time, he met Marlys (who had Cheerleader legs), a Dental Assistant for Phil’s Uncle and in the l1953, they were married. They have 3 kids and 4 grand kids. He was brought into the club by Bill Anderson and Bill Parchen. In 2002/2003, Phil was the club President after going through most of the chairs.

Phil started his working career doing summer jobs like building a house, shoveling up to 20 tons of manure a day and buffing cars. In 1957 he went into the sign business and retired from it in 2001. Now he plays tennis, golf and cards to stay busy.   Listen to PhilGrimm.mp3

Program:   Peter Pauwels introduced Sgt. John “Jack” Thurman, a surviving U.S. Marine who fought on the island of Iwo Jima in 1945. Jack wrote a book about his experience (with the help of his daughter, Navy Cmdr. Karen Thurman (Ret.) who did the typing) and she assisted her father today, running the computer and projector, showing some of the photos taken during the war.

After signing up for the Marines at age 18, Thurman -- a "farm kid" from Mitchell, S.D. -- was assigned to the fifth Marine division, 27th regiment, and was aboard the first landing crafts ashore on Iwo Jima on the morning of Feb. 19, 1945. His unit expected to seize the island within three or four days.
They were there until March 26.

Mid-morning on Feb. 23, the fourth day of fighting, Thurman witnessed the first American flag to fly on the island. Marines tied the flag to the top of a long piece of pipe and raised the flag on the island's Mount Suribachi.

"To see that flag go up, I tell you, that was an inspiration," Thurman said. "It got up there and the flag unfurled there in the breeze, the ocean breeze. It was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. It gave us the inspiration that we were gonna take that island one way or another."

Later that day, as a second, larger flag was raised by six Marines and a Navy Corpsman, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the scene in his iconic photograph "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima," which later won a Pulitzer Prize.

Another photo Rosenthal shot that day was of a group of 19 Marines huddled around the base of the raised flag. All of the men, expect for one, were identified. On the far left, next to Navajo codetalker Cpl. Ira Hayes, was an unknown Marine with a smile on his face, raising his helmet in the air. That man is Thurman. He was identified after James Bradley's "Flags of Our Fathers" book was published in 2000.
The joy in the photo doesn't reflect Thurman's experience on Iwo Jima.

Iwo Jima, which means Sulfur Island, was strategically important as an air base for fighter escorts supporting long-range bombing missions against mainland Japan. Because of the distance between mainland Japan and U.S. bases in the Mariana Islands, the capture of Iwo Jima would provide an emergency landing strip for crippled B-29s returning from bombing runs. The seizure of Iwo would allow for sea and air blockades, the ability to conduct intensive air bombardment and to destroy the enemy's air and naval capabilities.
The seizure of Iwo Jima was deemed necessary, but the prize would not come easy. The fighting that took place during the 36-day assault would be immortalized in the words of Commander, Pacific Fleet/Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who said, "Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

To the Japanese leadership, the capture of Iwo Jima meant the battle for Okinawa, and the invasion of Japan itself, was not far off.

Sgt. Thurman’s book “We Were In The First Waves Of Steel Amtracs Who Landed on Iwo Jima” can be previewed at:


Listen to Jack Thurman.mp3  (audio didn't come through very well)

Photos shown during presentation:   Iwo Jima ppt April 2013.pdf

Upcoming programs:
Apr 11 - Jean Flynn Ray - Inter-Faith Task Force
Apr 18 – Mike Magee – De-Icing at DIA
Apr 25 – Terry Chase – 7 Things I Learned in Spinal Rehab
May 2 – Kirk Mitchell, Denver Post Cold Case Reporting
May 9 – Steve Smith – Sports Writer

List of future programs        Past programs.pdf

Upcoming events:
July 15: S.W. & Arapahoe Sertoma’s Charity Golf Tournament at Pine Hurst
Aug 27th, Tues @ Foothills Golf Course, the 23rd Annual Arapahoe Sertoma Fall Golf Classic
Dec. 13th: Christmas party @ Buell Mansion
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Upcoming SOD list
Apr 11 – Doug Harder &  BOD
Apr 18 – James Helmick
Apr 25 – Orian Hunter

(BOD means Board of Dir. meeting)

Click here for a printable version PDF             Club's 50yr Proclamation
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Sertoma Application form: app.pdf       Recruiting Manual     
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