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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW .... January 12, 2012
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Announcements:  Peter gave us an update on Rev. Robinson, he had a little setback this week so he is still in Littleton Adventist Hospital. He can have visitors and may be able to leave in a few days. (303) 730-8900 is the number for the hospital.

Tim Pollak passed out the belated Directories. They are still good for a couple more months before we start that process again.

Rick Jacobus reported the date for Freedom Week this year. Feb. 21st, a Tuesday at Pinehurst CC. 10:30-11:15 registration. Signup sheet was passed around again for attending the event.

Dick Enslow made it official, the 22nd Annual Arapahoe Sertoma Fall Golf Classic will be held at Foothills Golf course on Tue., Aug 28th. Stay tuned.

Jim Rees 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


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Don Nelson, born in 1924 and grew up on a farm in N.W. Iowa. He went all 12 years to the same school and it is still standing and being used as a school. The family did not have a tractor, they had to use horses, and they also didn’t have electricity until he was in high school when the REA came through and delivered power to all the farms. Don said that was one of the best things to happen for rural America.


He was working in a VA hospital where he met his wife Jackie. They have been married for 60 years. They moved to Colorado shortly after they were married. Don then enrolled in veterinary school and practiced until he sold his practice in 1983 to another Nelson. He has been retired ever since.

He has three kids. His son is a colonial in the Air Force and was our speaker only a few months back. One daughter is retired and the other is a microbiologist. He has six grandkids.

He has served in the marines and was stationed on the USS Colorado BB-45 during WWII. The ship had 16” guns. They were not so bad if they were firing forward but if they fired to the side it would move the entire ship two feet sideways. Needless to say, it made it hard to sleep.

His biggest fear was the suicide planes. They were hit by one once in the spring of 1945 off of Okinawa. It hit amidships and killed six of his buddies. By shear luck he was down on the deck below his 40 millimeter gun. The gun and the people on it were not so fortunate. He was injured and has little recollection of what happened afterwards. He did receive a purple heart. He also received his campaign ribbons. (According to a search on the internet, this happened at Leyte Gulf - November 27, 1944) The deck down below was severely damaged killing quite a number of other sailors. The ship was able to continue on with its duties but of course it did end up having to be repaired.

He did wind up in the hospital for a year because he caught tuberculosis related to his military service. That did have the fortunate benefit of extending his GI Bill benefits so he ended up having to pay for about a quarter of his college education.

He was briefly in Japan at Yokahama during the signing of the peace treaty. He noted that during the shore leaves on some of the south pacific islands the times were “interesting”… especially with those South Pacific girls. He made it from private to private first class.

Don joined the club in 1965 when they started the Sunset Club with Mabe, Sam Anderson, Steve Bolyard and others.

He went to school on the GI Bill. He feels that the GI Bill is one of the best things that the country did for veterans because it allowed a much lower pool of people to attend college. He went to what is now CSU but then was Colorado A&M. In his class over 900 applied and they accepted 67.

Listen to DonNelson.mp3

Program:   Peter Pauwels introduced Randy Furst, a Program Engineer with CDOT. Randy returned today to fill us in on a lot of the road projects around the Metro area of Region 6 for which he covers.

Randy had a Powerpoint Presentation with a lot of information. Who can see it by clicking here:
CDOT sertoma club presentation.ppt


If you have any questions you would like to ask Randy, contact him at: or call him as: (303) 757-9253
Listen to the presentation: RandyFurst.mp3      


Upcoming programs:
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Jan 19– Regular Meeting – SOD & Barney O'Grady
Jan 26 - Regular Meeting – SOD Peter Pauwels

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