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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....Feb 4, 2010
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote:  “You told some woman who’s husband had lost all interest in sex to send him to a doctor. Well, my husband lost all interest in sex and he is a doctor, now what do I do?” From Dear Abby.

Guests:   Howie Kelsall joined us after a few weeks off and Mike Ballew returned to keep his “once a month” lunch date (unless he comes again before the end of the month, then that messes that statistic up)

Fines:  The pres and another fine was levied.

Bingo:   77 players with a deposit of $5,639. There is $6,061 taken in on pickles and $5,092 given out.

Announcements:   Bob Stein drove him self to St. Joseph Hospital only to be kept there for surgery. The operation went well and he is fine.

Pat gave us a little more information on a poker night.

International President will be at the Red Lion Hotel Feb 15th. Reception 7-9pm.
Freedom Week lunch Feb 16th, Red Lion Hotel 3200 S. Parker Rd, I-225 & Parker Rd. There will not be a regular lunch that week, the 18th.

A Mardi Gras Casino Night benefit for angel eyes is being held February 13 at 7:00:M Crystal Rose, Littleton, CO. 303 320-7771 or online at:
Rick Campbell will be the go to man again this year for the Soap Box Derby. See Rick for details.

Applebee's Breakfast April 24th: Tickets were handed out so be sure to sell them to someone that isn’t going to be there.

Will Martinez has King Soopers coupons.



Don Smith was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1946. His parents were both Colorado natives and were transferred back to the Denver area six months later.

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Don was a paperboy for the Rocky Mountain News, starting at age 12. He spent one year at East High in Denver, then the family moved to Littleton. He went to Littleton High for a year and a half before getting kicked out, and then went into the Navy. He served for 3 ½ years, in before 18, out before 21. “Kiddy cruiser.” His ship was home based in San Diego and it was the USS Iwo Jima LPH-2, a landing platform for helicopters. It was the ship that later picked up the astronauts from Apollo 13. Don did set foot on Vietnam soil, for a one day beach party. He was a radioman and a teletype machine operator. He went to Vietnam twice and on the third trip over, he was discharged. The object of the helicopters was to carry the Marines behind enemy lines.
After the Navy tour, Don went to work in Southern California as an assembly line worker for a company that made metal desks, then Orange County Communications and then for a rock, sand and gravel company. Due to back pain from an automobile accident 3 years earlier, he packed up the family and moved to NE were he did land leveling for a couple years before going to tech school to learn electronics. After school, he worked for King Radio in KS.
Don started working for the railroads in 1980 when he hired in with the ATSF in Emporia, KS. In 1984, he transferred to Pueblo and worked there until his job was abolished. He ended up quitting the Santa Fe and worked briefly at CFI Steel Mill in Pueblo, then with the D&RGW RR. In 1993, he was laid off and 4 months later, was hired by the BN (BNSF) in Denver and has been there ever since..
Mike Ballew brought him into the club about 11 years ago.


Program:  Doug Harder introduced Jaceil Hissen (after he gave details about a new great grandson just being born). Jaceil has been on 11 short term and 2 long term medical missions to countries such as Thailand, Sudan, India (mostly 3rd world countries). A lot of the visits are to refuge camps or small villages that don’t any medical facilities near by. She had a slide show so we could see that conditions and the people she has helped treat. Malnutrition, disease, filthy water, insects and anything else that can contribute to poor health or death are some of the things Jaceil and her colleagues help treat but sometimes it’s just holding or showing you care for the patient. Dentists are also needed very badly. In some countries, the people eat the sugarcane for the energy but does the job on there teeth. Even getting supplies to the people can be an impossible task with their governments not letting the supplies in.

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She explained the conditions she and the other care givers have to endure. There isn’t any clean, running water and showers or a nice, soft bed, let alone a dry roof over your head. It is mostly outside toilet facilities, a oil drum with water in it which acts as a shower, grass or thatch roofs that can leak or even catch fire. The bugs and spiders are everywhere and even the mosquito nets over your bed don’t always protect you from Malaria. Jaceil says everyone usually get sick with something, maybe Malaria, Guardia, Scorpion bites. You name it and its there.

A couple pictures from her slide show.


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