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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW .... December 30, 2010
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Guests:   Rick Campbell introduced Mike Porreca; Bob Buckland introduced Doug McPherson

Quote:  Get well cards have become so humorous that if you don’t get one, your missing out on all the fun”. Flip Wilson

Fines:   Bob Buckland for not having a name tag for his guest; Bell Benton for his Jimmy Durante impersonation; Tom Fry for verbiage and Table One for having a guest.

Announcements:   Bob Buckland still needs items for to Step 13. The list of items are: toiletries (razors, shaving cream, soap, towels, wash cloths, tooth paste and brushes), underwear, t-shirts, sweaters, gloves, hats, canned food, dried food, sun glasses, socks, alarm clocks, rain gear…..or anything else you thinks a person without much could use.

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.

Norm thanked the organizers and all that put together the Kids Christmas Party. He says he had a lot of his little ones there.



Jim Perkins graced us today as our SOD. Jim was born in Warrior, (Birmingham) Alabama in 1946, 34 years to the day after Sertoma International was founded.
Jim has lived in Denver since 1950. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School. It is, of course, still standing.

(I think Jim started celebrating the New Year a bit early)

He is a self proclaimed sports nut. His 2 best sports were bowling and golf, the problem being for either game, the scores were the same. When he was about a year old, he had Polio so that drove him to get involved in anything he could to overcome the handicap. No matter what he was involved in, he always tried too hard to be the best. It could be sports, board games, boy scouts, bible class or any group activity.

He has been married twice, first to T.E.B., and now married to Alice in 1985. He has two children and one adopted. His son served in Iraq but is now back home, he is scheduled to retire soon. His daughter is Joe Dowdey's neighbor. Jim has eight grandkids.
Jim worked summers at Elitch, until he wrecked their train. He then worked at the Colorado Department of Highways as a data “collector”, which was a bit more along the lines of a data “modifier”. He then went on to work as a cabinet maker.

Jim’s final and main career was for Norgren where he started as a sub assembler. He worked his way up to be the product manager for the Americas and the Pacific Rim. While working at Norgren he was able to finish his degree and went on to complete an MBA. Then, on March 10th, 1993 he fell down icy steps while attending a trade show in Chicago. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, which rendered him paraplegic. He continued to work for Norgren, retiring in 1998.

Jim joined the Arapahoe Sertoma Club in 2003. He was brought into the club by Joe Dowdey.

Program:   Pat McKim introduced Gary Reed, Poker Players Alliance.

The State of Poker in Colorado

The Poker Players Alliance, on behalf of the Paralyzed Veteran’s Association is trying to host a poker tournament during the Democratic National Convention in Denver. It is anticipated that this event could raise up to $150,000.00 for that organization if we could hold it as advertised and as such tournaments should be held. Notables and celebrities such as Ben Affleck and Barry Greenstein were/are to play and it could/should/might be one of the best events surrounding the Convention.

Enter the State of Colorado and the City of Denver. Poker, with a few provisions, is illegal in Colorado with the exception of the games played in Central City, Blackhawk and Cripple Creek. Playing in such a game is illegal and can land you either in jail or holding a summons for illegal gambling. Bet a lot of you didn’t know that did you? Games abound, players play and to a greater or lesser degree cash games and tournaments are played all over the state and no one is the wiser.

I can’t count the number of times that as I’ve tried to recruit members into the PPA, people have responded to me that “poker is legal in Colorado isn’t it?” No it’s not. If you have a “bona fide” association outside of poker and if those present in the game are all included in that association (a group of friends having a Friday night game for example) then your game is legal. What constitutes bona fide? No one can tell you but various attorneys and judges have their own opinions. Apparently being a member of the PPA or a participant at the DNC isn’t such an association. I became aware of this last week when in conversation with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation I found out that they were actively reviewing our proposed tournament with an eye towards “intervening”, CBI code for raiding the game.

Now to allow the tournament to go forward, we have to make the poker part of the evening totally without reward and give out the prizes (that were to go to the four top finishers) by lot to anyone who shows up. A drawing in other words. Really makes you want to play doesn’t it?

That, dear friends, is the sorry state of poker in Colorado. A game of skill, not unlike chess, bridge or darts, all played for money in this state by the way and games that are never raided by the CBI or local authorities; a game that has it’s roots in the West and is really America’s Game. It is the goal of the Colorado Chapter of the PPA to change this. To make poker what it should be and what it is in so many other states. Regulated – of necessity; legal – by right; and part of what we believe is only fair. I played last night in my normal Friday night game, with friends (this for the CBI) and had a hard time concentrating on the cards and players. My thoughts kept returning to the injustice of how our game is treated by the State and City authorities. This to our members is a call to action. We have to lobby our legislators to change our antiquated and discriminatory laws. With crack dealers and pushers working openly in our parks and nearby schools, our law enforcement officers need to focus their efforts somewhere else. POKER IS NOT A CRIME.  Gary Reed
don’t play poker on-line for money but do play free sites.
You can hear Gary’s talk here: Gary Reed.mp3

(are they bluffing each other or waiting for the next hand?)

Upcoming programs:
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Jan 6 - Regular Meeting - SOD John Pifer
Jan 13 - Regular Meeting & BODSOD Tim Pollak
Jan 20 - Regular Meeting - SOD Jim Rees
Jan 27 - Regular Meeting - SOD James Robinson


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