by: Don Smith

THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....June 15, 2006
This weeks Reporter-Carl Duncan

Mason    Miley    Duncan

GUESTS: Jill Wayne and Margot Newman from the Center for Hearing, Speech, and Language joined us for lunch.  The purpose of their visit was to collect the club's check for $5,000 from the raffle and a matching grant  from Sertoma International for $1,665.   Jim Rees, who did a fantastic job of organizing the raffle, presented the checks.   Joe Dowdey and Carol Worth prepared the grant application to International and Margot Newman was effusive in her description of how much pleasure the ladies had working with Joe Dowdey.  One of the members at my table was going to fine Joe for giving so much pleasure to these ladies; but on further consideration such a fine would surely be misconstrued and would detract from the high moral ground this event deserved and thus was never proposed.

DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS: A tour of Mile Hi stadium is scheduled for Sunday June 11. District leadership conference will be held at the E Orchard campus of Regis Univ on Sat June 17.  Newly elected officers are expected to attend.  See below for a list of the slate of new officers.  Plan ahead for the Fall district conference on Sep 23. (more details at end of newsletter, along with a downloadable registration form).

            NEW OFFICERS::
Board of Directors Chairman: Jack Marshall
Club President: Bob Hogge
Vice presidents: Carl Duncan, Jim Rees, George Hannes
1 year Director: Jim Perkins, Dave Penland
2 year Director: Nick Morrone, Don Smith, Tim Pollak
Bingo: Dick Enslow
Secretary: Sterling Cain
Treasurer: Rick Campbell

ANNOUNCEMENTS: C Team serviced 120 players and deposited $5,200.   It was a GOOD night.    But it was also a nervous night for substitute captain Dick Laskey.  The team members showed up in time but later than they should and Dick had to scrounge around for a caller at the last minute.

Pat McKim, captain of D team, said he would not tolerate that next Monday, so team members better be their by 5:00 or 5:30  or Pat just might not be there.   As a club we chose to continue bingo, so SUPPORT YOUR TEAM.

Other activities include GOLF SCRAMBLE at noon  on Tuesday June 27 and the INSTALLATION  BANQUET  AT 6:00 pm  on Friday JUNE 23rd.   I repeat  FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD.  IT WILL NOT BE ON A SATURDAY AND IT WILL NOT BE IN JULY.   Give another week and I will get that date right.

Because the counter is higher than the table, placing the beverage containers on the counter instead of on the table creates problems of libation identification for short people.   As a result of mislabeling, Doug Harder got lemonade instead of tea and Don Smith was identified as the person who put the wrong juice in the improper container.  His "short person" defense was inadequate and he the paid the fine.

HANDSHAKE PRIZE: For no good reason,  Glenn Combellick was awarded three white golf balls.   Since he could not use them,  he  passed them on to somebody who could.


After a very short absence from the podium, Mike Magee took the microphone in hand and informed us he was born in Houston TX in 1939.  He attended schools in an area north of Chicago.   A teen age ski trip to Colorado encouraged him to attend the Univ of Colorado in Boulder but he went back to Chicago afterward and became a traveling  manager of retail stores for Florscheim  Shoes.   In 1972 he entered the real estate business concentrating on commercial sales for the last 12 years.   He has been married to Barbara for 18 years and his two and her two live close to the Denver area and are busy creating grandchildren.  Your capable and deserving Don Smith won the "flying five".

PROGRAM:   Tom Keller, military historian and member of numerous organizations returned to continue his discussion of NICOLA TESLA.    Tesla was blessed with a fantastic IQ which he used to obtain PHD's in physics, electrical engineering, mathematics and mechanical engineering.   He is included  among 100 of the most important people who have lived in the last 1000 years.

A detail list of his inventions can be found in a biography entitled "Man Out of Time" by Margaret Cheney.    The Tesla coil and the use of AC current for the practical use of electricity  are widely used today.   He worked 20 hours a day and slept only 4.   This put a crimp on his social life but did not eliminate it all together.   Sarah Bernhardt and a daughter of J P Morgan were among his conquests.

Upon his death in 1943, his papers were confiscated by the FBI.   He had made it known that he had created a "death ray" powerful enough to obliterate object 300 miles away.   Even if the blue prints for this device were among his papers,  it may have been and may still be too complicated for any body  to pursue.


Glenn Combellick   John Pifer   Don Smith

          On the calendar ..   
         June 22 - Regular Meeting - SOD Don Marshal


June 19 - D Team
June 26 - E Team


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SERTOMA District Leadership Conference

(Download Registration Form)

The Combined Central Colorado and Front Range District's Leadership Conference will be held Sat., June 17, 2006, from 8:00am to 12:00 noon (registration, coffee, and rolls 8:00 to 8:30).

The conference will be held in the Harlequin Bldg. at the Regis University Tech Center campus which is at 7600 E. Orchard, just west of I-25 on the south side of Orchard. After entering, go down one floor (main entrance on 2nd floor) and go to Room #89.

All members of the District's Clubs are invited and encouraged to attend with emphasis on members who will be in Leadership positions (Officers, Board members, committee chairs, etc.) for the upcoming FY 2006-2007.

Details will follow with the agenda and other information.

For questions, please call Jerry Wheeler at 303-741-5378; Marty Morgan at 303-752-2088, or Merritt Sherer at 303-757-2134.

Subject: Sertoma Baseball Camp Info

LODO Field of Dreams June 22-24, 2006. We are also holding a 2-hour soccer camp with the Colorado Rapids on the afternoon of July 26 in Westminster. I'll have more info on that a little later.
Thank you.
Kathy Matlack


An advisory bulletin for consumers from the District Attorney for the 18 th Judicial District, Carol Chambers
Issued June 1, 2006

The mortgage lending industry has been very busy the last few years funding new home sales and refinancing many existing homes. The exceptionally low interest rates enabled many buyers to purchase their first home or their “dream” home. And the competitive market created many new mortgage options. Unfortunately some of those options which looked good then, are creating problems now. Colorado had the highest foreclosure rate in the nation for both March and April. Adjustable rate mortgages are becoming unmanageable for many as interest rates rise. And some bought more house than they could afford. People facing foreclosure or having difficulty making mortgage payments are looking for a way out, and the options they choose may make their situation worse, not better. We are seeing an increasing number of homeowners who have chosen an alternative financing option without fully understanding the consequences. For that reason we want to remind everyone to follow a few simple safeguards when buying or refinancing your home:

1. Insist that you have copies of the final closing documents for your mortgage at least 3-5 days prior to the closing. Tell the lender and mortgage broker that the documents presented at the closing must be identical to the documents you are given prior to closing.

2. Take those copies to an attorney or someone knowledgeable in lending and/or contracts for review prior to signing.

3. Take your time at the closing and be sure that you understand every document before you sign. A closing does not have to be done in 30 minutes. You are making a long term commitment involving tens of thousands of dollars in interest alone. Take as long as you need to make sure you are getting the right deal.

If you have questions or complaints, call the District Attorney’s Consumer Assistance Line: 720-874-8547.

Issued by District Attorney Carol Chambers
June 7, 2006


We have just received a copy of an e-mail supposedly issued by the U.S. Department of Education. The e-mail was sent to the parents of a college student who had applied for financial aid. The e-mail directed the parents to update their financial aid application by clicking on a web address imbedded in the e-mail.


We have checked with the Inspector Generals Office in the U.S. Department of Education. They do NOT communicate with students or parents by e-mail. All correspondence relating to financial aid is done through the postal service. This is what is called a “phishing” scam – an attempt to get you to provide your personal information by pretending to be someone else (in this case the Department of Education).

To Protect Yourself:

1. Never click on a link that takes you to another site where you are supposed to enter personal information.

2. Never give personal information to anyone who contacts you. Only provide information when you have initiated the contact using information that you know to be legitimate. And even then, be cautious with what you share.

Need help? Call the Fraud Assistance Line 720-874.8547