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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....July 2, 2009
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote of the Day: “You can't do everythnig at once but you can do something at once ” Calvin Cooliage.

Guests: n/a

Fines:   The new President was fined 25cents but threw in a buck. (I like this new President)
Enslow fined the past President for poor training to Vierthaler; Passed.
Stein fined John for not having any money with him at the Banquet; Passed
Ken fined Phil Grimm for no badge (its automatic) but Phil had to whine so go figure...

Bingo:  58 players with a deposit of $5580

Announcements:   Our new President, John Vierthaler, introduced himself and everything went down hill from there.

Bob Hogge (Rick Campbell) has King Soopers coupons..

Bob Stein gave a recap on the Installation Banquet held last week-end. A Great time was had by all.

Jack Marshall says we are on board to work the Western Welcome Week again this year. Date unknown at this time.

DVD's are available of the slide show presented to Jim Rees last week. Make check out to the Foundation.  DVD's can be had for another week or so. See George Hannes.

Enslow reminded us of the Golf tournament in August and mentioned that I (the editor) should start mentioning it in the Newsletter. I fined Dick for not knowing it has been mentioned in both the Newsletter and on the Calendar.

John V. has Officer and Director Pins, see him if you don't have yours yet.

Englewood Chamber of Commerce sent us a Thank You note for our participation in their golf tournament.


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Program:  Scott Manley introduced Gavin Attwood, an adventurist and Executive Director of The Brain Injury Association of Colorado.

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Gavin has three passions in his life: First is a thirst for adventure, second is dealing with brain injury and the third is his family. Working backwards from my notes, Gavin talked about his 3 kids and wife, Any Attwood, who is a Candidate for City Council Ward 4, Lakewood. 2nd is brain injury. Every 23 seconds, one person in the US sustains a traumatic brain injury 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. An estimated 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from a brain injury. The Brain Injury Association of Colorado touches the lives of thousands of survivors of brain injury every year through education, resources and supportive service. Goto for more information.

Number one passion is ADVENTURE and man does this guy know adventure. He has climbed many mountains in his life but one he failed to make it to the top, bye only about 500 feet, and that is Mt. Everest. Gavin explained some of the procedures one has to go through and the cost of such a climb. Climbing the common, South side can run between $30,000 and $60,000 while the North side (which is the side he climbed) can run up to $30,000. The more you pay, the easier the climbing and carrying gear can be. There is a “trash fee” which can be about $5,000.

Another reason to climb the North side is there are a lot less ice fields and there is a road to the base camp which is at 17,500 ft. After being at base camp a week or so, you move to camp 1 for a few days, back to base camp, back up to camp 1, then camp 2, rotating to get your body used to the high altitude. Camp 3 is at 27,000 ft and your there for a very short time before getting up at 1am and -40 degrees for the final climb to the summit. Your use oxygen but the body and mind still have an extremely difficult time.

You don’t have a lot of time to make it to the summit and if you run across another climber in trouble, you have to decide if you want to try to summit or help the other climber. Many climbers die on the mountain and most of their remains are still up there. Rescuers just don’t have the means to help others and them selves.

Probably the main reason Gavin didn’t make it to the top was his oxygen hose was kinked and frozen. He knew something was wrong and decided to turn back but didn’t get to far when he was in real trouble. Luckily, a Sherpa from another climbing group found him and fixed the oxygen problem, probably saving his life. It took him 20 hours to get back to camp 3.

Would he do it again, of course, as soon as he can. Hardly a day goes by that he doesn’t think about trying again.


Upcoming programs:
July 16th: Reggie Rivers

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July 9 - Regular Meeting – SOD Bob Hogge
July 14 - Board Meeting - All Members Welcome
July 16 - Regular Meeting – SOD Rick Jacobus
July 23 - Regular Meeting – SOD Ken Kelley
July 30 - Regular Meeting – SOD Howie Kelsall

July 9 - B Team
July 16 - C Team
July 23 – D Team
July 30 – E Team

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Let's not forget those that have given their lives trying to get a little bit of what we take for granted, FREEDOM.
Sometimes, FREEDOM comes with a cost.

Neda Agha Soltan was shot to death on 20.06.2009 by security forces during a protest (against Iranian Presidential Election 2009) in IRAN.
Her name quickly became a rallying cry for the opposition who protested against Islamic Dictatorship
Roohash Shaad (peace be upon her)