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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....Jun 5, 2014
This weeks Reporter- Don Smith

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Guests:   n/a

Fines:   Scott for not having his badge high enough to see.

Announcements:  The Fidlers Green conert is July 16th, NOT Aug 16th. Rascal Flatts will be playing and if we can get at least 35 signed up to go, the price would be about $65 per person with front row seating and parking. Invite your friends or relatives to go, there is still room.

The Instalation Dinner went well and all had a great time.

Tim needs your “volunteer hours” so he can send it in to International.

The club received a “Thank You” note from Ms. Wheelchair Colorado, Melissa Weisser for our donation.

Remember, if you bring in a new member and he stays 6 months, you get Free Dues - per new member for a quarter.


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Sertoman of the Day:  Dick Mason gave an update on his life and a few other tid bits. Dick, a Life Member, was born 11/12/45 in Quincy, Ill. The Mississippi River was next to his hometown. Three High Schools in town and he didn't graduate from any of them, he even tried to go to the all girls school.

After being suspended from high school one too many times, he joined the Marine Corp. While in the Marines, he received his GED. Dick served almost four years and was an E-5 when discharged. He has a trip to Viet Nam and Hawaii on his military resume.

After getting out of the service, Dick married JoAnn 46 years ago, they met in study hall. He worked a little, then went back to Glendale Community College in Phoenix, where he graduated and then got a scholarship to DU. That plus the GI bill and his hard work got him through school by March of '72. Now a CPA (that does not stand for Cleaning, Pressing & Alterations), his firm was acquired and he has moved on to bigger and better things.

The Mason’s have three kids, sons Bryan and Brandi, along with daughter Brandy and there are two grandkids total. Rick Jacobus brought Dick into the club about 22 years ago and he has served in a number of offices and is a Past President and Gold Coat recipient.    Listen to Dick Mason.mp3

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Program:  Jim Perkins introduced Leah Bassoff, co-author of “Lost Girl Found”.

For Poni, life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. Stay in school. Beat up any boy who tries to show attention. Watch out for the dangers in the river. But then the war comes. When soldiers arrive in her village, and bombs begin to rain from the sky, there is only one thing for Poni to do. Run for her life. Though many of the villagers do not escape, she does. An unknown man carries her across the river, and then she is walking & a long, dusty trek across the African countryside with thousands of refugees. Along the way, many die from starvation, land mines, wild animals, and despair, but Poni does not, driven by the sheer will to survive and the hope that she can make it to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, and one day be reunited with her family. Even more than the dramatic events of the story, it is Poni's frank and single-minded personality that carries this novel. In a heartbreaking final twist, she finds her mother just as she is about to leave for the U.S., and must make the hardest decision of all.

Leah Bassoff and Laura Deluca are the authors of Lost Girl Found (Groundwood Books.) Leah Bassoff is currently a middle school English teacher in Denver. She lives with her husband and two children.

Laura DeLuca (my co-author) and I first met at a conference in Denver in 2007. This conference brought together Southern Sudanese women from all over the world. These women were at the conference to share a message that females, not just males, are essential to the government and the future of Southern Sudan.

Laura was a presenter at the conference, while I was attending the conference in order to do research. Drawn in by the question of why so much attention had been given to the Lost Boys while the Lost Girls' stories had, for the most part, gone untold, I was trying to write a book about the women.

In fact, the women I met at the conference did have amazing stories. However, after hearing them, I realized there was a great deal I did not know or understand about the Sudanese culture. After speaking with Laura, I saw an opportunity for a wonderful partnership. I could do the writing, while Laura, who is a professor of anthropology and has so much expertise in African studies, could help me with details of language, culture, and history.

Above copied from Listen to Leah Bassoff.mp3

Upcoming programs and events :
June 12 – Laura Hanson - Assist2Hear, Looping Colorado
June 19 – Bob Bequprez
June 26 – Mark Hardcastle – Painting the Masterpiece of Your Life
August 28 – Mary Stahes – Rosie’s Ranch
Sep 11 – Karen Owen-Lee – Housing options ofr Seniors

List of future programs        Past programs.pdf

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Upcoming SOD list
Jun 12 - Cliff Metsker & BOD
Jun 19 – Dave Miley
June 26 – Don Nelson
(BOD means Board of Dir. meeting)

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If you would like to volunteer or donate to a great cause: 
Project C.U.R.E. International HQ
10377 E. Geddes Avenue, Centennial, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 792-0729 | Fax: (303) 792-0744
99% (Percent of the charity’s budget spent on the programs
and services it delivers)