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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....December 7, 2006
This weeks Reporter-Sterling Cain

?    ?     Rev Jim

Guests:  Norm S. brought his wife Ann. Sold $8200 worth of poinsettias this year

Fines:   Table 1 has been forever saying that they will never have guests at their table. But because they have a guest a proposal of 2 bits to all at table 1. An additional two bits to Norm for exposing his wife to this motley crew.

Announcements:  George Hannes - don't use the neighbor's driveway... it's an ice sheet. Don't park at the yellow cone or sawhorse, they are reserved spaces. Careful of the gutters, they are icy.

Nick Morrone - Last chance to sign up is right now at the meeting. Still have some time to

57 to the club Christmas party and 85 for the kids party.

Stump - Dick Green has been transferred to Cherlyn home and is not happy about it.

Enslow - C team was Monday night. 101 people - Deposited just under $5000. Next week is D bingo.

Enslow - Did some research and talked to Alex. New things that are happening by law in the State of Colorado. First is that the progressive no longer has a "must sell" after 30 sessions. Now there is a $15,000 cap. Some of the fees are changing for next year. Also the maximum that you can give out is up from $1500 to $2000. Six halls have closed in the Denver metro area in the last year. It was in a decline but now Alex thinks that it has plateaued. Our current hall hasn't the high income clients that our old hall had. Pickles is never going to be what it was before. Dick and Alex feel that we should go through at least January, monitoring carefully and then making a final judgment at that time. Alex feels that bingo city will have a strong first quarter this year. We netted about $2000 in 2006. We had good May, June and July and then suffered badly in September, October, and November. Dick feels that we should give away the progressive around $10,000

Questions: Norm: where is the place up north? Up in Arvada. But it has no slots available. Slammers had a Wednesday slot available, but it has since filled.

What is the break even amount? Break even amount is around $4600. 4000 draw, 330 rent, 100 for security, 60-80 for TEDs and supplies, which varies.

Gus needs a substitute for E Team. Bill Benton will trade with him.

Handshake prize of some shells for Mike Magee since we're sure he is thinking about sailing his boat.


John Vierthaler. Inducted in October of 1980. Born in 1941 of Immigrants. Father is from Austria and fought in WWI for the Kaiser. His mother was from the Austria-Hungarian empire. They both emigrated to Pittsburgh independently and met while they lived there. John was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Grew up on the Ohio River.

John to Grove City College in Grove City Pennsylvania. Private college founded by the heirs of the Sun Oil Company. Very independent college. Went to Aspen Wall HS in Aspen Wall PA. Tore the high school down about 10 years after he graduated.

He was in Air Force ROTC because they had mandatory military service in 1963. Paid $30 a month. Graduated with a commission as a 2nd Lt. Spent 3 years in Atlanta, "defending our nation". Went to Law School in Emery University in Atlanta at night. Got out of the military and transferred all his credits to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and graduated a year later. Worked for Alcoa as a corporate attorney. Later went to work for his father-in-law. By this time he was up to three kids. Used to come up to Colorado to ski. After four years of trips, Brenda, his wife, convinced John to move to Colorado. Moved out with two adults, three kids, two dogs, and two cats. (They lost one of their cats in Russell, Kansas).

Bill Malone inducted him to the club. Opened his own office after leaving Bill's firm. He has been in the same office at the corner of Wadsworth and Bowles for the past 22 years. Does estates and trusts, real estate, small business and civil law.

Wife passed away about 8 years ago. Still single. Farms for a hobby. Rents dry land and raises horses. Chases coyotes on horseback for fun. Name of the farm is Four Valley farm because in Austrian his name translates into "four valleys".

Program Director of the day: Bill Foerster introduced Dr. Jim Muffly. Jim's father was Bill's wife's doctor. He does Knee and Hip Replacements. Practices out of Porter and Swedish.

Talked about causes of hip pain. Also talked about anti-inflammatories that can help with the pain but do not cure the arthritis. If you cannot manage the pain, then you can go into surgery.

Five Elements to be a candidate for surgery:
1) hard to get on or off the toilet seat.
2) Getting up stairs,
3) getting in or out of vehicles,
4) hard to do your shopping
5) and finally when it is hard to walk the length of your driveway to your mailbox.

Size of the incisions is dependent on the skill of the doctor and the size of the patient.

To install the hip they have to machine the inside of your femur bone to fit the ball. They use a variety of rasps, drills and other tools to fit the prosthesis. The best part of hip replacements is that it totally does away with the bone on bone contact. They now use advanced ceramics that replace both the ball and the socket of the hip with very minimal wear.

Replacements work well about 95% of the time. You are in the hospitable about 3 or 4 days. There are some restrictions on how far you can bend because of the risk of dislocation. You can still ski, surf or weight train with replacement hips.

Knee replacements are also largely driven by pain caused by arthritis. The knees wear away over time, causing bone on bone contact and ulcerations and a lot of pain. Once pain management has reached it's limit it is time to look into a replacement.

There is a lot of work to get better from a knee replacement. The physical therapy is much harder then the therapy required for hip replacements. The prosthesis uses metal and plastic to replace both the upper and lower contact areas. They also resurface the internal face of the kneecap.

After the surgery you are placed into a robotic device that constantly flexes the knee. Then you have to go through intense therapy to get the full range of motion back. Full recovery, to the point of playing golf, takes about 12 weeks. Side effects can be nasty, including bleeding, nerve damage, change in leg length, etc. Luckily, side effects are rare.

Questions: how long do the replacements last? Newer hip replacements last up to 20 years. Knee replacements last about 15 years.

Do you have rejections? Exceptionally rarely. You will be tested if you have had reactions to jewelry in the past.

What is the difference between "big ball" and "small ball" hip replacements. Had a friend that had trouble had the smaller prosthesis. Answer: the bigger balls are usually better because they tend to displace less. It is also dependent on the space available in the patient.

Half a knee replacements? They are rather rare. The patient has to have one side of the knee that is in pristine condition.

Can you do anything preventative? Not really. It has a lot to do with genetics, your activity levels and past injuries.

Popping hips back in yourself is hard. The pain and muscle spasms that occur after dislocation usually force the ball and socket apart from one another.

  Mike Magee   Joe Dowdy   Don Nelson


       On the calendar ..


Dec 11 - D Team
Dec 18 - E Team
Dec 25 - no bingo
Jan 1 - Special team



         Dec 12 - Board of Directors meeting 6 p.m
         Dec 14 - Regular Meeting - SOD  Mike Ballew
              Program: Joe Epstein, Conflict Resolution Svc.  

       Dec 21 - Kids Christmas party 12 noon
       Dec 28 - Regular Meeting SOD
       Jan 4 - Regular Meeting SOD
       Feb 19 – Freedom Week at the Sheraton
       Mar 9 - Spring awards banquet
       May 3 rd - 5 th Regional in Colorado Springs.

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   Editors notes:    
If you want an electronic copy of the Roster,    send me an e-mail.     donny46@comcast.net

Movie review: Must see Flags of our Father.

Lets not forget what day this is.


Corporate Lesson 3:
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out.
The Genie says, "I'll give each of you just one wish." "Me first! Me first!" says the admin. clerk.
"I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world." Poof! She's gone.
"Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina
Coladas and the love of my life." Poof! He's gone.
"OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager.
The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."

Moral of the story:
Always let your boss have the first say.

Corporate Lesson 4:
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?"
The crow answered: "Sure, why not."
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.