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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW .... January 20, 2011
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Guests:   John Vierthaler introduced Tom Hanson and Mike Magee introduced Dick Johnson.

Quote:   “If you watch a game – it’s called fun. If you participate in the game – it’s called recreation. But if you work hard at the game – it’s called golf”. Bob Hope

Fines:   Other then a couple of “late arrivals” (McKim and Vierthaler), it was a quite day EXCEPT that they failed to retrieve their badges upon entering the meeting.

Announcements:   Gus is on a SLOW recovery.  GET WELL SOON Gus.

Mr. McKim has Poker tickets to hand out for donations…..$65/per ticket There will be about a $5,000 prize pool and may be higher. Cash or checks made out to Arapahoe Sertoma.

A suggestion on activities the club can do is a tour of Invesco Field.

Will Martinez 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.

Feb 4: Duel District Wine Tasting at the Hyatt Regency DTC. Cost $75.00
Feb 21: President Reception, Hyatt Regency DTC
Feb 22: Freedom Week. NO CLUB LUNCH on Feb 24th. The event is at Pine Hurst C.C.
    The guest speaker will be Jack R. Van Ens. Jack R. Van Ens serves as Executive Director
    of CREATIVE GROWTH INC. Since 1976 Van Ens has portrayed Thomas Jefferson for
    schools, religious organizations, libraries and public service groups.
Feb 22: Round Table meeting with International President



Tim Pollak, with a PhD on the wall, brought us up to date on his life story. Tim was born Sep. 6, 1945 on the south side of Chicago. Probably while still in the hospital, their apartment caught on fire and the family moved to the Rogers Park area of Chicago. When in first grade, they moved to Evanston and he went through all grades there. The high school was so large, he went to “East Hall” high school in Evanston.

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At 15, he was active in youth groups, debating life. They decided there was no universal purpose to human life. Because of that, he decided to go into clinical psychology. He attended Antioch College and their “cooperative plan of education (classes for one quarter then work in the field for a quarter). He worked in Phoenix, AZ; Boston, MA; Skokie, IL and San Jose, CA to name a few.

Tim was a “consciences objector” at the time of the Viet Nam war and worked in several hospitals instead of fighting. He was accepted to DU in Social Work but wondered why he never heard from the U. of TN. After a phone call and an interview, he was accepted. He graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psych. from the Univ. in 1979.

Tim married the first time in 1981, divorced in 1982, met Ruth in 1983 and married her in 1984. (He didn’t mention what happened in 1985 but it had to be good). Tim and Ruth have their own counseling service called ReLeaf Counseling (303 972-0714). He was introduced to the club in 1989 by Barney O’Grady with Dean Hiss’s help. Tim was club President in 2003/04 and has been very active in the club over the years and was our Sertoman of the Year in 2006.

Program:   The King (Orian) introduced Marc P. and Jayme K. from the Dumb Friends League. Marc is a volunteer and had with him Orka, a 2 year old dog that was a stray and is available for adoption. Jayme has worked for the League for over 20 years.

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Who We Are: Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is a national leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned animals, rescuing sick, injured and abused animals, adopting pets to new homes, helping pets stay in homes, and educating pet owners and the public about the needs of companion animals.

The Dumb Friends League is the largest animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, welcoming tens of thousands animals to our two shelters. We turn no animals away.

At our main shelter in southeast Denver and our Buddy Center in Castle Rock, dogs, cats, rabbits and other small pets enjoy the comfort of a nurturing environment in state-of-the-art facilities.

Why we're called the Dumb Friends League: When our organization was founded in 1910, it was named after a London, England, animal shelter called Our Dumb Friends League. In those days, the term "dumb" was often used to refer to those who were unable to speak.

Although the term "dumb" is not generally used with that meaning today, we've kept our name, because it has significant recognition among Colorado residents.

The mission statement of the Dumb Friends League includes these words: "speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves," meaning our companion animal friends.

We are a private, nonprofit organization, and thanks to the support of many individual, foundation and corporate donors, we continue to make a big difference for the people and animals in our community and beyond.

We are an open-admission shelter: The Dumb Friends League welcomes every animal in need. We turn no animals away. We are defined as an “open admission” shelter.

There are other organizations that call themselves “no kill” shelters, but we find the term misleading. These organizations are more accurately defined as “limited admission” shelters, because, generally speaking, they have to restrict the number of animals they take in. They may turn away those that aren’t healthy or behaviorally sound. To operate successfully, they have to limit their intake to animals that can be adopted quickly.

As an open-admission shelter, we take in ill and injured animals and those that are not immediate candidates for adoption. We receive pets that are no longer wanted, pets from people who can no longer care for them, as well as stray animals.

We work hard to give second chances to every healthy or rehabilitatable animal, and we do a very good job.

There is no set time limit for how long an animal can remain in our Adoptions program. As long as an animal maintains general good health, a sound temperament and we have space, we'll keep a pet for weeks, sometimes months. We may put a healthy but overlooked animal in temporary foster care and return it to the Adoptions program at a later time. We move sick animals into foster care or into our TLC Center for treatment, where they remain available for adoption. And we work with our placement partners (breed groups and other organizations), who find homes for some harder-to-place animals. We do everything we can to avoid euthanasia of healthy or rehabilitatable animals.

But more keep coming—an average of about 83 every day—and the reality is that there is not enough space and money to accommodate all of them. We humanely euthanize those animals—primarily cats—that are not chosen by new families. We also euthanize aggressive animals—primarily dogs—that are determined to be a potential threat to the community and those sick or injured animals that are unrehabilitatable given our resource limitations.

Our goal is to save the lives of all healthy and rehabilitatable cats and dogs in our community. To reach the goal, we are working locally with our animal welfare partners in the Metro Denver Shelter Alliance and nationally with organizations like The Humane Society of the United States to make the community problem of surplus animals a thing of the past. Here’s our action plan.

We are: Stepping up efforts to promote spaying and neutering, Increasing the number of shelter animals adopted to new homes, Encouraging responsible pet ownership through expanded public awareness and humane education, Supporting pet owners through dog training classes, behavior counseling and Web sites Involving ourselves proactively in humane issues through legislative processes, Learn more about the Dumb Friends League by reading our publications.    Hear their talk; Dumb Friends.mp3
2080 South Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80231-3204
(303) 751-5772
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Upcoming programs:

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     Upcoming SOD list

Jan 27 - Regular Meeting - SOD James Robinson
Feb 3 - Regular Meeting - SOD Norm Schillo
Feb 10 - Regular Meeting & BOD - SOD Bob Schlageter
Feb 17 - Regular Meeting - SOD Don Smith
Feb 22 – Freedom Week….No lunch this week


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