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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....Jan 3, 2008
This weeks Reporter-Sterling Cain

  Joe Dowdey        Unison       Dave Miley

Guests: None

Fines: The president forgot to turn off his cell phone which is an automatic fine.
He also tried to be a nice guy and it came back to bite him.  25cents for thinking only 2 people shook Jim's hand  (it was more like 4).

Announcements: Orian Hunter showed up for his inaugural visit for 2008. He says he plans on showing up at least twice this year. (More on him below).

Ways and means will be meeting after the meeting. If you are interested in helping out on the raffle please contact Tim Pollak, all help is appriciated.

Handshakes: A calendar for Rick Campbell. Tommy Fry got a tee shirt.

Board Meeting is next Tuesday, the 8 th, at 6pm. All members are welcome.

Bingo Report : Bingo Report by Dick Enslow: C - Team. 137 players. $5811 deposit. $437 added to progressive. D Team is next week. It will be looking thin, so we need volunteers.


Don Smith, not wanting to be outdone with charts and fancy dancy shirts, displayed his history on construction paper and used a high-tech, handy dandy tape measure, with built in laser pointer to point out the dates, locations, schools, jobs and wives he has had. Althouh the Iowa Caucus was today, he didn't come to ask for votes, this time.

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

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, 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 this 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 in Denver and has been there ever since..

Hobbies are dirt bike riding, hunting, golf, and computers. Don has a son and granddaughter and a couple step daughters and step grandkids and step great grandkids.

Mike Ballew brought him into the club about 11 years ago.

(since there was no official program, I tried to stretch this out as much as possible)

Program: The program didn’t make it so Orian (The King) Hunter did his duty and gave us a run down on his new job in Keensburg.

The last time he was here was last summer. During that time, for the fun of it he applied for a job in the Weld county school system as a secondary guidance counselor in Keensburg. The good news is that he is now working in Keensburg. It’s a much shorter commute then he was having up to Sterling and it’s a great change of pace. He’s a happy man and is the guidance counselor to the stars for a good size country school (about 800 students).

It has turned out good for Orian, he is able to commute every day instead of staying away for the week. Now his wife is trying to figure out what to do with him every evening. (I’m sure she can find something for him). Glad you’re back in town Orian.

   Campbell & Fry   Jim Rees   Jack Marshall

      On the calendar .. www.arapahoe-sertoma.org/cal.htm

Sertoma Application form: app.pdf


Jan 11 - Bingo Team E
Jan 18 - Bingo Team A
Jan 25 - Bingo Team B
Feb 1 - Bingo Team C
Feb 8 - Bingo Team D
Feb 15 – Bingo Team E
Feb 22 – Bingo Team A



Jan 8 - Board of Directors meeting - 6 p.m.
Jan 10 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Smith R.
Jan 17 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Stein
Jan 21 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Szala
Jan 28 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Vierthaler
Feb 7 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Ballew
Feb 14 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Benton
Feb 21 - Regular Meeting - SOD

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   Editors notes:    
If you want an electronic copy of the Roster,    send me an e-mail.     donny46@comcast.net

Movie review:



If you are 30 or older, you will think this is hilarious!!!! If not, send it to your parents! They'll think it's funny!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning ...uphill BOTH ways .. yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in heck I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that...

I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a dang Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids
today you don't know how good you've got it!

1. When I was a kid, we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the dang library and look it up ourselves... in the card catalog!! (Do you even know what a card catalog is? Didn't think

2. There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter... with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

3. There were no MP3's or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the dang record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk
over the beginning and mess it all up!

4. We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it!

5. And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you
just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

6. We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "asteroids" and the graphics were horrible! Your guy was a
little square! You actually had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and
faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

7. When you went to the movie theater there no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy or some old broad with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just screwed!

8. Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!

And there was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!

9. And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove or go build a fire ... imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid JiffyPop thing or a pan with HOT oil and Real
popcorn kernels and shake it all over the stove forever like an idiot.

10. When we were on the phone with our friends and our parents walked-in, we were stuck to the wall with a cord, a 7 foot cord that ran to the phone - not the phone base, the actual phone. We barely had enough length to sit on the floor and still be able to twirl the phone cord in our fingers. If you suddenly had to go to the bathroom - guess what we had to do..... hang up and talk to them later.

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled!!

You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980!

The over 30 Crowd