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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....Feburary 26, 2009
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote of the Day:   “Giving money and power to the government is like giving whisky and car keys to teenage boys” P.J. O’Rourke

Guests:   Charter member Bill Smyth. Bill brought some of his Limited Editions. or call him at 303 985-1901
He is also looking for musicians for the Colorado State VFW Band.

Fines:   none

Bingo:   There were 82 players with a deposit of $5500. We will also have a double session March 6th; at 7:30 and 10:30pm. Need volunteers either or both shifts.

Announcements:    Good job Rick Jacobus and crew for the hard work they did on getting things done for Freedom Week.

Bob Hogge has King Soopers cards for sale.

March 13th, Central Colorado/Front Range Combined Dist. Spring Awards Banquet. Red Lion Hotel at Parker Rd. and I-225. See Jim for registration.

The Breakfast we are hosting at Applebee’s March 14th, see George for tickets. Looks like there will be a few who pay but wont be showing up. Bring checks, not cash please. This is also the Combined Dist. Awards date with Bob Cote’ as the winner.

Black Hawk trip Friday, March 20th. See Bill Benton for details

March 22, The Chatfield Sertoma Club is having a fund raiser at Bowl-ero Lanes. Contact Becky Taylor at 303 948-5586 for RSVP by Mar. 16th.

April 18th is the Charity Car Raffle, a Saturday. No Silent Auction but still need nice door prizes. Jim Rees has tickets.

Regional Convention will be about the end of April 30-May 2.

2009 19th Annual Arapahoe Sertoma Fall Classic Golf Tournament (AASFCGT) looks like it is Aug 25th.


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Today’s SOD was our esteemed ex-governor Mike Ballew. Mike was born in Gainesville, Texas in the year 1948. He said that he kept getting bored and added another job to his load. He ran the family drilling business, bought a truck dealership, bought a dairy farm. At 13, working for the family business, his job was to fill the trucks with gas and diesel fuel. On the dairy farm, he said it wasn’t too bad feeding the 250 cows, it was the cleaning up after them that was the fun part.

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(Mike is holding the Club's 50Yr. Proclamation)

Mike didn’t have any military, his number was 260 something and didn’t get selected.

He went to law school in Oklahoma City and then moved to Durango to practice law and there met and married Pat, they married in 1986. They moved to Denver in 1987 where he practiced and taught law. This qualified him for his next job of selling Mountain Man Nuts and Candies (he claims he had the hottest and best nuts in town). He then went to work with Lending Tree and then into real estate with ReMax where he is now (I think, I lost track of keeping track of all his jobs). Mike has no kids but Pat ha a grown son. Pat retired a couple years ago.

In Sertoma, he has held about every position, including a Gold Coat President, Sertoman of the year twice and a 2yr Front Range Governor. Dick Laskey and Barney O’Grady brought him into the club 8-31-89


Program:   Barney introduced Bob Vitt and Chris Henry who went to Indonesia to see how relief money was being used.

Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Group visited Indonesia in January, 2009, to visit several programs which have been implemented following numerous catastrophic disasters in the area; the earthquake and tsunami at the end of December 2004 in Aceh, the earthquake in March 2005 in Nias and the earthquake in May 2006 in Yogyakarta.

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Church World Service receives up to 75 percent of the proceeds from CROP Hunger Walks in some 2,000 communities across the country and uses the money to support a broad range of poverty and hunger-fighting projects in developing nations worldwide, including the programs of CWS Indonesia. Permanent housing, livelihood recovery and health & risk reduction education are only a few of the programs that CWS Indonesia has in place throughout the region.

The purpose of the January visit was to provide the Rocky Mountain Group an opportunity to visit CWS Indonesia work sites and see first-hand where the funds have been allocated. CWS raised more than 71 million dollars in the 2007-2008 fiscal year, of which more than 95% went directly to their humanitarian programs.
For more info, contact Chris at:


Upcoming programs:


Dave Miley-March 5th
Judy Brown-March 12th-Faces in the Rock
Mike Magee-March 19th
Open-March 26th-possibilities include CNI-Dr. Kelsall and Jim Perkins (guest)
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Mar  5 - Regular Meeting – SOD – Bill Benton
Mar 10 - Board Meeting, all welcom
Mar 12 - Regular Meeting – SOD – Ed Bezjak
Mar 19 - Regular Meeting – SOD – Bob Buckland
Mar 26 - Regular Meeting – SOD –  Rick Campbell
Apr   2  - Regular Meeting – SOD – Joe Dowdey

Mar  5 – D Team
Mar 6 - Extra night
Mar 12 – E Team
Mar 19 - A Team
Mar 26 - B Team

Click here for a printable version PDF             Club's 50yr Proclamation
   Editors notes:     If you want an electronic copy of the Roster,  
  send me an e-mail.

Sertoma Application form: app.pdf       Recruiting Manual

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A Cold Winter . . .

It was late fall and the Indians on a remote reservation in South Dakota asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.

Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the winter was going to be like..

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared.

But, being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, 'Is the coming winter going to be cold ?'

'It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,' the meteorologist at the weather service responded.

So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.

A week later, he called the National Weather Service again. 'Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?'

'Yes,' the man at National Weather Service again replied, 'it's going to be a very cold winter.'

The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.

Two weeks later, the chief called the National Weather Service again. 'Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?'

'Absolutely,' the man replied. 'It's looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters we've ever seen.'

'How can you be so sure?' the chief asked.

The weatherman replied, 'The Indians are collecting firewood like crazy.'

Always remember this whenever you get advice from a government official!