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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW .... December 2, 2010
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Guests:    Jack Thompson

Fines:   n/a

Announcements:   Norm pointed out that Phil Grimm made it to lunch today (he didn’t look any the worse for wear). Also, Norm’s wife’s club is NOT selling Poinsettias this year..

Jack Thompson returned again and the board has voted him in.

Orian decided to make it to lunch. Something about grandkids being more important then his fellow Sertoma members, that is why he has been absent.

Tom Fry says if you don’t get your money in to him for the Christmas Party, you will be on Santa’s BAD LIST and will only get hot dogs for dinner. Please get your money to him before the event, Friday, Dec. 10th from 5-9pm. Homewood Suites 7630 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton. $33 per person gets you Leslie’s gourmet of all Gourmets evening!.

Kids Christmas Party will be Dec 23rd, a Thursday, at regular lunch time. No SOD that day. Bob Schlageter has lined up a magician and no need to bring gifts this year.

Young Mr. McKim is working on the 2nd Annual Poker Tournament planned sometime next February or March.

Dick Enslow announced that the 21st Annual Arapahoe Sertoma Fall Golf Classic will be Aug. or Sep. next year. Put it on the calendar.

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.

Dec. 12th: District Social.
Feb 4: Duel District Wine Tasting at the Hyatt Regency DTC. Cost $75.00
Feb 15: Freedom Week. NO CLUB LUNCH on Feb 17th.



Don Nelson, born in 1924 and grew up on a farm in N.W. Iowa. His parents both immigrated from Sweden to the U.S., then met and were married. He went all 12 years to the same school in Aurelia and it is still standing and being used as a school. The family did not have a tractor, they had to use horses, and they also didn’t have electricity until he was in high school when the REA came through and delivered power to all the farms. Don said that was one of the best things to happen for rural America.

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He was working in a VA hospital where he met his wife Jackie. They have been married for 60 years. They moved to Colorado shortly after they were married. Don then enrolled in veterinary school and practiced until he sold his practice in 1983 to another Nelson. He has been retired ever since.

He has three kids. His son is a Lt. colonial in the Air Force and was our speaker. One daughter is retired and the other is a microbiologist. He has six grandkids.

He joinded the Marines 1 April 1944 and was stationed on the USS Colorado during WWII. The ship had 16” guns. They were not so bad if they were firing forward but if they fired to the side it would move the entire ship two feet sideways. Needless to say, it made it hard to sleep.

His biggest fear was the suicide planes. They were hit by one once in the spring of 1945 off of Okinawa. It hit amidships and killed six of his buddies. By shear luck he was down on the deck below his 40 millimeter gun. The gun and the people on it were not so fortunate. He was injured and has little recollection of what happened afterwards. He did receive a purple heart. He also received his campaign ribbons. (According to a search on the internet, this happened at Leyte Gulf - November 27, 1944) The deck down below was severely damaged killing quite a number of other sailors. The ship was able to continue on with its duties but of course it did end up having to be repaired.

He did wind up in the hospital for a year because he caught tuberculosis related to his military service. That did have the fortunate benefit of extending his GI Bill benefits so he ended up having to pay for about a quarter of his college education.

He was briefly in Japan at Yokahama during the signing of the peace treaty. He noted that during the shore leaves on some of the south pacific islands the times were “interesting”… especially with those South Pacific girls. He made it from private to private first class.

Don joined the club in 1965 when they started the Sunset Club with Mabe, Sam Anderson, Steve Bolyard and others.

He went to school on the GI Bill. He feels that the GI Bill is one of the best things that the country did for veterans because it allowed a much lower pool of people to attend college. He went to what is now CSU but then was Colorado A&M and became a veterinarian and retired 27 years ago. In his class over 900 applied and they accepted 67.


Program:  Dave Miley introduced Dennis Reynolds who was a Mayor of Little 1993-1997 and on the City Council 1989-1997.

Elected mayor from 1993 to 1997, businessman Dennis Reynolds has been a Coloradan since his college days at the University of Denver where he majored in accounting. His wife, Sue, works as an artist using acrylic on wood. Their three daughters were raised at their home on Shadycroft Lane, where they attended Littleton High School.

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Dennis was elected the third president of the Centennial Chamber of Commerce when dealing with the construction of C-470. He founded the chamber's Leadership Centennial Program. Later he became president of Combellick, Reynolds and Russell, certified public accountants.

In 1988, the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center became virtually bankrupt, but Reynolds stepped in, assumed the presidency and managed to keep the center open. He negotiated with the City Council for them to pay the utilities, insurance, loan installments, and janitorial services. The cost of these concessions to the residents of Littleton was $133,000/year, but the Town Hall Arts Center was able to continue.

Reynolds also served as president of Arapahoe Community College. He has been a member of the Englewood Sertoma and Englewood Jaycees. As a volunteer, he has served as president of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Council and worked on the finance committee of the Lutheran School of Theology. He also volunteers his accounting services for Republican candidates and Meals on Wheels.

While on the City Council, his special interest was promoting the construction of light rail down Santa Fe Drive.

Audio of Dennis's speech: Dennis Reynolds.mp3

Upcoming programs:
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     Upcoming SOD list

Dec 9 - Regular Meeting & BOD - SOD Barney O’Grady
Dec 16 - Regular Meeting - SOD Peter Pauwels
Dec 23 - Kids Christmas party - NO SOD
Dec 30 - Regular Meeting - SOD Jim Perkins


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