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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....January 22, 2009
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote of the Day:  “The tax payer – that’s someone who works for the Federal Government but doesn’t have to take the civil Service examination”. Ronald Reagon

Guests:   Norm introduced Will Martinez but Will has been voted in so Welcome Will. Joe brought his son, Jim. Next week he is bringing his wife.

Fines:   Joe was fined 50 cents for bringing his son and a terrible song rendition. Mike Ballew fined Pat McKim, Randy Smith and Ken Kelly for wearing tie’s at his table. Passed.

Bingo:   Dick Laskey announced the results of B-Team, they had 75 players and a deposit of $4500. C-Team is up tonight.

Announcements:    Bob Hogge has King Soopers cards for sale.

April 18th is the Raffle, looks like it’s going to be April 18th, a Saturday. We need donations and door prizes for the silent Auction.

George mentioned how Stein can sell anything to anyone. Bob sold tickets to a manager of another restaurant. Good work Bob. The Breakfast we are hosting at Applebee’s March 14. Keep selling those tickets. Jim Perkins and Doug Harder are the “Greeters”.

Freedom Week is Feb. 17th. No regular meeting that day week. Sign up, the club pays your way. Guests and wives welcome $20 each. Club pays for members. Contact Rick Jacobus. Chicken or Veggie dinner. The Presidential Receptions is the night before, Feb 16th. The District is having a macaroni and cheese drive. Dry Creek is having a mittens and caps drive for kids.

2009 19th Annual Arapahoe Sertoma Fall Classic Golf Tournament (AASFCGT). Looks like it might be Sept. 1st.


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Bob Stein is a Denver native, is the oldest of five kids and has been up here since 1974, giving his life history. He mentioned that Vierthaler did not put up a defense but instead was just whining when fined earlier. Bob is married, has one daughter, one son-in-law and one grandchild (keeps it simple that way). Gary Castle got him into Sertoma. Bob has been past President (86-86)– Gold Coat, and past District Governor.

Bob decided to enlisted in the Navy instead of finishing college and took training to be a Fire Control Officer (they don’t put out fires, they compute all kinds of things before firing the big guns). About half way through that he got into submarine school. The first part of the training was to learn about every system on the boat. He was able to get duty in Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the third nuclear sub ever built. He then got to go back to school to learn the fire control systems on a new sub in Long Beach. Bob figured out that the more schools he went to, the less time he would be on a ship. He was the junior member of the crew so he was almost an E-5 but still got stuck with mess duty (this was around 1961). This was during the cold war so their duty was to keep an eye on the Russians. The only limit on their duty at sea was how much food they could stuff on board. So he got to go to the North Pole, test weapons, chase Russians, learn to dive, and all other sorts of fun stuff. He didn’t want to leave Hawaii but he eventually did and came back home and started doing new systems for a new sub. He was then stationed in Spain and got to patrol the Mediterranean. He eventually took the test to go to E-8 and passed, but declined the commission and got out of the service.


Program:   Mabe introduced Nick Samolylov, who is from the Ukraine and is now a U.S. Citizen. Nick left the Ukraine in 1999 and went to Germany to work. The inflation rate in the Ukraine jumped 3,000% in one year and there is no future in that country and everyone one is corrupt. With enough money, you can BYE a law to suit your needs. He wanted to leave very badly.

While in Germany, he met an American and decided he wanted to come here but didn’t know where to live. It just so happened the American was from Colorado. The bad thing about that idea is that everyone in the Ukraine knows the word Colorado because of the Colorado Potato Beatle. The little bug does tremendous damage to the crop.

The first thing Nick discovered when arriving was the total lack of controls. He was free to do and go pretty much anything he wanted to do, not like back home. He also has a King Soopers card and very proud of it. One day at the store, he wanted to buy a can opener. The display said “can opener” so he bought it but had a very difficult time trying to open a can. Turns out the “can opener” was a “church key”.

Nick and family hadn’t been here to long when 9-11 happened. He lost his job, cars broke down, he became very depressed. He started communication with people and things started looking up. He said “don’t live with Russians and you have to assimilate into the community” Nick is now a U.S. Citizen and works for the Jeppson Co.

Speaker Bio:    from
With my family of four, we came from the Ukraine in 1999, after living for awhile in Germany and England. I am a scientist by education and first employment, now software engineer by trade, and an entrepreneur in my bones. With my wife Luda, we work for Boeing corporation, where I am a technical lead of a software project that allowed the first time in aviation history to load the data to the cockpit over the internet.

We have two daughters, who graduated already - one from Harvard, and another from Tufts. The first is doing her PhD in philosophy in Brown University, and the second is a "ruthless capitalist shark", working as an analyst in JPMorgan Investment Bank in London.

I am very excited about opportunities for improvement Toastmasters provide. Since I joined Toastmasters in October 2006, my life changed for better in many ways. I found many friends, improved my speaking and listening skills (my wife appreciates it very much), became better leader and, I hope, better person in general. I understand people now much better than in 2006.

All these new skills allowed me to start new business. I help people to achieve their dream through healthy life style and taping into inexhaustible creative potential in each of us.

In my life I tried many things. For several years I was even a mountain guide and rescue team member. I also was among best decathlon athletes in the Ukraine and competitive rock climber. Today my other interests include self-development, hiking, mountain biking, reading and writing. I am finishing my first book about our family history.

To have Nick speak at your function: or 720-280-6662

Upcoming programs:

Jan 29th: Nora Burns; Habitat For Humanities.

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Jan 29 - Regular Meeting - SOD– Gus Szala
Feb 5 - Regular Meeting - SOD – John Vierthaler
Feb 10 - Board meeting, all are welcome
Feb 12 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Mike Ballew
Feb 26 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Bill Benton

Jan 29 – D Team
Feb 5 – E Team
Feb 12 – A Team
Feb 19 – B Team

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Worst Waste of the Year
Posted by: John Campbell at 3:41 PM

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) recently released a report on the “Worst Waste of the Year.” This report details some of the most ridiculous, wasteful, duplicative, and flat out silly instances of spending that comes out of Washington, DC.

Coburn says that “Wasting taxpayer dollars in any year is unacceptable, but the extent to which it occurred in 2008 was a clear demonstration of how Washington politicians often put low-priority items ahead of more important needs.” I could not have said it better myself.

In his report, Coburn spells out a 7 step plan for reducing wasteful Washington spending:

1. Eliminate programs that do not work;
2. Eliminate or consolidate duplicative programs;
3. Eliminate earmarks;
4. Implement stronger transparency measures;
5. Conduct more congressional oversight;
6. End automatic budget increases for federal programs; and
7. Establish independent and enforceable performance measures for every program.

To view Senator Coburn’s report in full Click Here.

Or go here: 2008WorstWasteoftheYear.pdf

(maybe after all that is done, I might think different about Tabor) Don