Fines: 25¢ to Vierthaler for advertising. Enslow tried to fine Hogge for pour training of our new pres. But that didn’t go far. For one thing, Hogge is the SOD and Rick was already fined last week. Tim scolded Enslow for not standing.
Our friendly “cat Dr.” had an automatic fine for not turning off his cell phone ringer. Perkins didn’t learn a thing, his went off later.
Announcements: Jack Marshall and Barney O’Grady are still out with medical issues and we hope both have a speedy recovery. We here Jack may be home at this time but no word on how Barney is doing.
Enslow mentioned he was gone last week (many cheers). He also mentioned the Golf tournament coming up on Sept. 4 th.
Tim: Welcome Week, Lemonade stand needs a couple more volunteers to help get equipment.
Aug 23 meeting at 11a.m. for Ways & Means committee to talk about next years raffle. Also need some ideas for fund raising.
Rees: Need a few members to help on Growth committee.
Pres: Need a secretarial assistant to help Sterling who is busy with his job. Good time to learn the inner workings of the club.
Pifer has a reserved area for the Western Welcome parade.
SERTOMAN OF THE DAY:
Bob Hogge, born 1956 in Ogden, Utah. Lived in Ogden about 5 years, moved to San Francisco, CA area and was in school same time as Susan Summers and some ball player accused of using drugs. Moved back to Ogden and graduated Cappuccino, H.S. Joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to “do tanks”. The Weber River runs through Ogden.
During his 3-1/2 yrs, he spent a lot of time as a secretary but then as an E-5, was back on tanks. He mentioned his team was known for their great targeting abilities by shooting one of our own tanks. Thank goodness the ammo was only practice rounds.
After the service, Bob attended the U. of Utah to learn banking and in “84”, he moved to Denver (after his first divorce) and has been in the banking business ever since, the last 17 years at Colorado Buisness Bank.
Bob, along with is wife Denise, have a son and a daughter and 2 grandkids. His brother, John, brought him into the club about 5 years ago but John couldn’t stand it any further and quit the club a couple years ago. (he is always welcome back). Bob likes to golf, hunt fish and boating.
Program: Program chair Cliff Metsker, presented Rev. Jim Robinson to bring us up to date on how his church and members have been helping out on the Katrina, Greensburg and Clovis NM disasters.
Jim is director of disaster relief of his Lutheran Church and gets a lot of help from Doug Harder. There were 52 churches lost in Katrina area and some are gone forever. A number of evacuees came to Denver and about 38% have not gone back. When the first C-130 brought some of the people here, one of the first things they asked was “where are we?”. Some of the families were so torn apart, one father and son where here, the mother and a daughter in another area and a second daughter in a third location. In New Orleans, over 100 law enforcement people have committed suicide.
In the disaster areas, it’s the churches that stay for the long haul to help. FEMA, the Red Cross and other agencies are only around for a couple months. Jim says it will probably take 10 years and more mucking out houses (that’s cleaning them up so they can be occupied).
The homes and businesses can be rebuilt in a short time compared to the emotional scares that most victims will suffer. In the case of tornadoes, the victims are reminded every time they hear loud noises, the wind or rain. They will have sleep disorders, wake up screaming. Many times these symptoms don’t appear for 40 to 70 days after the event and may last many years, if not for the rest of their lives.
These storms can cause damage in one area and not in others. In the case of the tornado in Greensburg, KS., the tornado was 2 miles wide and on the ground for 84 miles. A church was blown apart but the pastors desk was left intact with a folder on the chair and a stapler on the desk while other debris was found 2 to 4 miles away. The pastor was in another town with his daughter at the time and now feels guilt for being away. Luckily, the town had about 20 minutes notice and most found shelter.
Some other facts: About 4 weeks ago, 2 bodies were found in the Katrina debris. One body was found a couple weeks ago in the Greensburg area. There is no closure for the families until all the loved ones are found. The first responders also have to heal. We can prevent rapes and murders but we have no control over mother nature. Thanks Jim.