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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW .... August 25, 2011
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote:   Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for that ten dollars haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.

Guests:    n/a

Fines:  Yes, there were a couple fines, did I record them……..nope....I forgot.

Announcements:  Rick Jacobus read a mini bio on Dick Mason. Dick was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Born in Quincy, IL, Dick Mason commenced playing softball in the early 70’s which has resulted in his evolution to a coach, mgr, and administrator in men’s and boys team programs. In the mid 90’s he assisted in coaching the USA Olympic Festival Gold Medal team, and followed with assistance to the 1996 U19, and 1998 men’s selection camps.
In 1996 Dick was appointed as ISC Commissioner for the Colo.-Kansas area, advanced to the executive roll of Treasure in 1999, and was elected President of the ISC in 2001, a position he held for 6 years.


The Newsletter Editor announced he will not be able to attend next weeks meeting but his assistant, Jim Perkins, will be doing the honors. Be kind to Jim, will you. It seems Don is having his retirement lunch at work that day, September 1, with his final day of work for the BNSF Railroad on Friday, Sep. 2nd. Thirty years, 3 months is enough, old age is creeping up on him.

Jim Rees thanked all that showed up for the Western Welcome Week (all did) and said we didn’t do to bad, we netted $561. The crowed wasn’t as big as past years plus they closed a key parking lot that would send many potential customers past our Lemonade Stand. Snow cones for the kids were a big seller. Scott Manley complimented Jim on his outstanding job this year.

See the Calendar for when the 21st Annual Arapahoe Sertoma Fall Golf Classic tournament will be held - or just read it here: Tuesday, Sep. 6th at 12 noon. The Meadows Golf Club, 6937 S. Simms $75. See Enslow It was brought up that maybe next year we look into a different venue. The Pinery was one such place as was Foothills.

Jim Rees 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.


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Dean Hiss once again shared his story of life. Born July 25. 1926, on a wheat farm in S. Central Kansas near Kingsdown, KS. Dean was a farm kid, milking cows, slopping hogs gathering eggs etc. His mother was known as the “Chicken Assassin” because of all the chickens she killed and cooked up. She could pluck a chicken faster than anyone else around. As a youth, Dean would drive and tractor with metal wheels in the wheat field going 2 mph. Then he upgraded to a newer tractor with rubber tires and it went 7 mph.


Dean graduated from H.S. in 1945 but before he graduated, while driving a school bus, he managed to flip the bus but luckily it was empty. Dean was in the Navy a short time during WWII until July 1946, never leaving the states, and with the GI Bill, went to Washburn University. After graduating in 1951 with a B.A., he came to Denver to visit during the summer with a couple friends and rented a fully furnished house. At some point in his early working career, he was a Fuller Brush Salesman. He went back to Wichita and worked at Boeing on the swing shift a short time. In 1953 he came back to Denver and got married. He worked for Midland Federal Savings and Loan, also Littleton Federal which has changed its name a couple times over the years. In 1971, Dean went into the appraisal business and retired in 1998.

Dean went back to Kansas a short time back and went through Greensburg where the tornado about whipped the town off the map. He had some pictures of the area, there wasn’t much left to see except a few foundations. This was about 25 miles from Dean’s home town.

Dean has 2 sons, one in Durango and the other in Arvada, and 2 grandsons, about 9 & 5 years old. Dean has been married to Mary since 1954. Steve Bolyard brought him into the club in Oct. 1965.

    Listen to Dean Hiss.mp3

Program:   Things just didn’t work out for getting a program today so it was a toss-up between Peter Pauwels and John Vierthaler…….Peter won out, to the cheers of the crowd. The subject today was the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, located in Commerce City. Peter gave a bit of history of the Arsenal with all the benefits and non-benefits the Arsenal presented the Denver area starting before WWII, through the present. He talked a lot about the abundant wildlife and warm water fishing and he claims to have caught many a dumb fish out there. Dumb because they get caught, released and caught again. One was tagged and logged as being caught 7 times, must have something to do with all the nasty chemicals that were made there years ago.


After more then a Billion dollars of clean-up work over the years, the land and ponds are pretty much clean now. There are still a few spots but hundreds of wells have been dug to monitor any pollutants that might still be in the ground. One way they tried to dispose of some waste was to inject it 10,000 feet underground back in the late 50’s and into the early 60’s. Remember all those little earthquakes we had back then? It turns out the fluids were lubricating the faults so that was stopped in a hurry.
     Listen to Peter Pauwels .mp3

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal was a United States chemical weapons manufacturing center located in the Denver Metropolitan Area in Commerce City, Colorado. The site was operated by the United States Army throughout the later 20th century and was controversial among local residents until its closure in 1992.

According to an Army account of the history of the site, the location was selected due to its relative distance from the coasts (and presumably not likely to be attacked); a sufficient labor force to work at the site; weather that was conducive to outdoor work; and the appropriate soil needed for the project. It was also helpful that the location was close to Stapleton airfield, a major transportation hub.

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In 1942, the U.S. Army acquired 19,915 acres (80.59 km²) of land on which to manufacture weapons in support of World War II military activities at a cost of $62,415,000. Additionally, some of this land was used for a prisoner of war camp (for German combatants) and later transferred to the city of Denver as Stapleton Airport expanded.

Upcoming programs
Sep. 1: Fred Joseph, Department of Justice
Sep. 8: Scot Taylor & Carol Huserik, Disabled Scuba Diving
Sep. 15: Brad Hughes, How Islam and Secular Humanism work together to threaten America.
Index of past programs programs.pdf

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Sep 1 - Regular Meeting – SOD Orian Hunter
Sep 8 - Regular Meeting – BOD & SOD Rick Jacobus
Sep 15 - Regular Meeting – SOD Dick Johnson
Sep 22 - Regular Meeting – SOD Ken Kelley
Sep 29 - Regular Meeting – SOD Dick Laskey

(BOD means Board of Dir. meeting)

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