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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....February 1, 2007
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

 Don't ask!    In the round    Pastor Jim

Guests:  Don brought Earl Drennen. They attend the same church and Earl is looking for a job.

Fines:    Tim proposed a fine to table #1 in honor of Bezjak since he wasn’t here to fine them himself. Passed.

Announcements:  Tim Pollack: Ticket for the Charity Raffle at Columbine C.C. on April 28 th are available.

Doug: Sign up for the rush party. We need better response. Also, speaker for next week is an ex-gang member. Should be interesting. Doug also wanted to know if the “prez” learned to speak from Enslow huuuuuuuuum

Bingo: had a $4000 deposit.


Bob “Bucky” Buckland: Born 6/24/32 in Hartford , CT Hospital, 1-1/2 miles from the CT river. He was the 5 th of 6 kids. Bob graduated from Hall High in W. Hartford and the school is still standing. He attended undergraduate school at the Univ. of CT 1950-1956 interrupted by 2 years in the U.S.Navy (51-53). Bob mentioned a time he was stationed in Alaska and on a simulated invasion drill, WE LOST. Thanks Bob.

Bob was a Group Rep for Prudential Insurance Co. 1956-1958. On 11/30/57 Bucky married Betty and they had three children, Mac, Toddie & Freddie, all of them married now. Bob and Betty have 7 grand children.

Bob left Prudential and went to the Univ. of Conn. School of Law 1958-61 and was admitted to the Conn. Bar July 1961. He was an Atty. for Conn. Mutual Live from 1961 to 1964. Bob and Betty then moved to Denver in 1964 to go into sale for Conn. Mutual. He is still associated with it’s successor, Mass. Mutual but is “partly retired”.

(at bottom of newsletter is a letter Bob's grand daughter wrote in school)

Program: We were able to get our bone cruncher, Barney O’Grady, to come to the meeting so he could introduce our program, Todd Hinkley. Todd has been a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Lakewood since 1975. Before that he got his geology degree at Caltech in Pasadena . His work specialty is trace elements and dust, carried and deposited by the atmosphere. Also the composition and chemistry of natural water, including snow and ice. For the past five years he has worked at the National Ice Core Lab (NICL) which looks after cores of ice that have been drilled in Greenland and Antarctica . The purpose of working on those ice cores is to use them to get information on the Earth's past weather and climate, and information on the composition of the Earth's atmosphere, including "greenhouse gasses".

The U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a facility for storing, curating, and studying ice cores recovered from the polar regions of the world. It provides scientists with the capability to conduct examinations and measurements on ice cores, and it preserves the integrity of these ice cores in a long-term repository for current and future investigations.

Ice cores contain an abundance of climate information --more so than any other natural recorder of climate such as tree rings or sediment layers. Although their record is short (in geologic terms), it can be highly detailed. An ice core from the right site can contain an uninterrupted, detailed climate record extending back hundreds of thousands of years. This record can include temperature, precipitation , chemistry and gas composition of the lower atmosphere, volcanic eruptions, solar variability, sea-surface productivity and a variety of other climate indicators. It is the simultaneity of these properties recorded in the ice that makes ice cores such a powerful tool in paleoclimate research.

Acquiring each ice core from a remote region of the world and transporting it back to the National Ice Core Laboratory safely can require several years of planning and execution. Drilling the core is the responsibility of the Ice Coring and Drilling Services. The process of safely transporting ice cores from the drill site back to the National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver requires the diligence and cooperation of several organizations including the National Science Foundation, Raytheon Polar Services and the New York Air National Guard. Responsibility for sample allocation falls under the NICL Science Management Office. Distribution policies are available at http://nicl-smo.unh.edu/access.html

* To provide for the safekeeping of ice cores from all over the world by maintaining them in a controlled environment in a state-of-the-art facility.
* To insure that these cores are easily accessible to the scientific community.
* To provide a focal point for communication among members of the ice-core research community.
* To promote an understanding and appreciation of ice core research through extensive outreach activities.

Contributions to Global Change Research.

Climatology, the study of how the Earth's climate system works, operates under a distinct handicap in comparison to other phenomenological sciences. Other fields of study permit the formation of hypotheses and subsequent testing of these hypotheses by direct experimentation in the laboratory. This is not feasible in climatology, for we live in the only laboratory possible. It is called the Earth.

Because we would be ill-advised to experiment on our only laboratory, we are left to construct computer models of how we believe the climate system of our planet works. If we understand the climate system correctly and have constructed our model appropriately, then the behavior of our model climate system should mimic the behavior of the Earth's climate system. One of the best ways to test our model is to see if it can reproduce the changes in climate which have happened throughout the long history of the Earth. Thus, acquiring detailed climate records extending back many hundreds of thousands of years has become a research priority in the study of global change.

The study of ice cores is an indispensable part of this process. Over the past decade, research on the climate record frozen in ice cores from the polar regions has changed our basic understanding of how the climate system works. Changes in temperature and precipitation which previously we believed would require many thousands of years to happen were revealed, through the study of ice cores, to have happened in fewer than twenty years. These discoveries have challenged our beliefs about how the climate system works. We have been required to search for new, faster mechanisms for climate change and we have begun to consider the interaction between industrial man and climate in light of these newly revealed mechanisms.

If you are interested in arranging a tour either for an individual or for a group, your first point of contact is the NICL Curator. He can be reached at 303-202-4830 or nicl@usgs.gov or http://nicl.usgs.gov/index.html There is a lot of info at this site. Tim Pollak mentioned his dad designed the drill bit used for ice cores when at SIPRE (Snow, Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment) of the United States Army Corp of Engineers

  ?   Jim Rees?   Disk Laskey?


       On the calendar ..




Feb 5 - E Team
Feb 12 - A Team
Feb 19 - B Team
Feb 26 - C Team
Mar 5 - D Team
Mar 12 - E Team




       Feb 2 - Growth Party - Bring Guest
       Feb 8 - Regular Meeting - SOD Cain
       Feb 15 - Regular Meeting - SOD Cambell
       Feb 17-18 Soap Box Derby, need volunteers.
       Feb 19 - International President's reception
       Feb 20 - Freedom Week at the Sheraton (No regular meeting this week)
       Mar 1 - Regular Meeting - SOD Combellick
       Mar 8 - Regular Meeting - SOD Dowdey
       Mar 9 - Spring awards banquet at Wyndham Hotel
       Mar 15 - Regular Meeting - SOD
       Mar 24 - Texas Hold'em
       May 3 - 5 Regional in Colorado Springs.

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Movie review:

The Guardian


Bob's Grand daugher wrote the following:

I sat staring blankly at my computer, trying to remember a particular picture that stood out to me today in class. I could not pin point a single one that did, and especially not one that could write 500 words about. I started to think about all of the pictures that people brought in, and the personal meaning behind all of them. I had no place guessing what stories these pictures told or what meaning was behind them. This made me realize that the only photo that truly stuck in my head was my own. My picture was of my grand parents, Bob and Betty Buckland. It was a picture taken of them with my grandma sitting on my grandpa's lap.

As the yellow post-its surrounded my grandparents' photograph, read what people saw in this picture. They were filled with comments like, "You can tell these two are in love," or "aww. I want to grow old with someone. People were right on track with these comments. My grandparents are nearly 75 years old and have been in love since college. They have always been the annoyingly cute couple, which everyone envies. The old couple walking hand in hand at the super market. They are the type of lovers who take the attention away from the bride and groom at weddings. When people look at this picture they see the epitome of a happy old couple.

However when see this picture, see my grandpa sitting me on his lap and teaching me the state capitals before I was old enough to read. I see my grandma feeding me lucky charms with sugar on top and a glass of Orange Crush. I see me arguing with my grandpa about who loved each other more. I see my grandma teaching me the Cha-cha and the electric slide. I see my grandpa whale rolling into the waves in Mexico. And I see my grandma with her high heels and hot pink lipstick. While these are the childhood memories that rush into my head, another thing that most people cannot see when they look at this picture is that both of my grandparents were diagnosed with cancer in the past year.

It is sad that sometimes it takes the thought of losing someone for people to realize how much these certain people mean to them and have touched their lives. My grandparents have helped to shape the girl am and the woman am to become. I will never lose the knowledge and love that my grandparents give me. In many cases it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, when it comes to loved ones, this is not true because no words can describe the bond of a family and true friends. No words could describe the bond between me, my Nonnie, and my Bucky.