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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....Mar 18, 2010
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote:   “My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breath”. Jimmy Durante

Guests:   Ken Kelley brought Geoff Strohn back and Geoff wants to join.

Fines: Will Martinez for “snickering” during the pledge, additional fine to the Press. For not being here to hear it.

Bingo:   84players and a deposit of $4,400

Announcements:   The club received a nice thank-you card from the two ladies that were 2 weeks ago from The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and invited us to go down to the Springs and visit them.

Click here for a copy of the Mile_High_Soap_Box_Derby_volunteer_info_sheet.doc

The Jeffco Department of Health Services is organizing volunteers to help with hearing screening during March and April.  Training is Monday the 22nd, 2-4pm at 809 Quail St., Conference room A. RSVP to Judy Manzanares at 303 982-7255

John Vierthaler with his girl friend and Jim Rees with his wife Jo attended the Awards banquet.

Bill Benton is looking at the prospect of putting together a trip to Black Hawk. I think he will have a sign up sheet next week. We need 40 people at $12.50 each.

Jack Marshall wants ideas on when we can use the Lemonade Stand. If used in Denver, we need a Denver permit. Would be nice if we could use it at least once a Quarter and use the Bingo teams to

Applebee's Breakfast April 24th: Tickets were handed out so be sure to sell them to someone that isn’t going to be there.

Pat McKim will have some handouts for the upcoming Poker Night on May 18th. Figure about 200 players, buy-in about $65. There will be beginner and experienced tables. Partner with Listen Up.

Will Martinez has King Soopers coupons.



John Vierthaler was born in 1941, the son of Immigrants. His Father is from Austria and fought in WWI for the Kaiser. His mother was from the Austria-Hungarian Empire. They both immigrated to Pittsburgh, PA independently and met while they lived there. John was born in Pittsburgh and grew up on the Ohio River.
John went to Aspen Wall HS in Aspen Wall, PA. it was torn down about 10 years after he graduated. John went on to Grove City College in Grove City, PA., a private college founded by the heirs of the Sun Oil Company. It is a very independent college..

In 1963, he was in Air Force ROTC because they had mandatory military service and paid $30 a month. Graduated with a commission as a 2nd Lt. Spent 3 years in Atlanta, "defending our nation". Went to Law School at Emery University in Atlanta, GA at night. Got out of the military and transferred all his credits to the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law and graduated a year later. Worked for Alcoa as a corporate attorney. Later went to work for his father-in-law. By this time he was up to three kids. The family used to come up to Colorado to ski. After four years of trips, Brenda, his wife, convinced John to move to Colorado. He moved out with two adults, three kids, two dogs, and two cats. (They lost one of their cats in Russell, Kansas).

John worked for Bill Malone who inducted him to the club in October of 1980. He opened his own office after leaving Bill's firm. He has been in the same office at the corner of Wadsworth and Bowles for the past 22 years. John does estates and trusts, real estate, small business and civil law.

Brenda passed away about 8 years ago and he is still single. He farms for a hobby, tents dry land and raises horses and chases coyotes on horseback for fun. Name of the farm is “Four Valley Farm” because in Austrian his name translates into "four valleys".


Program:  Randy Smith introduced Amy Becktell who received bilateral cochlear implants recently and she is here today to tell us about the procedure and what it has meant to her.

Amy had pretty much normal hearing until the age of 12 when a loss was first detected. Her father, uncle and 2 sisters also had hearing loss so it was a genetic condition. The loss was progressive over the years and by the age of 19 she had her first set of hearing aids. By age 35, the loss was profound and she continued to be fitted with more powerful aids until her last set was purchased in 2007. Her condition is called progressive, bi-lateral, hereditary, sensorineural hearing loss.

Amy’s background includes beginning to play the violin in fifth grade, a college degree in music education, teaching school for two years and returning to college for degrees in business. She had difficulty with phones, meetings and noisy locations. By her 40’s she became more open about the hearing loss and experienced some feelings of isolation and depression.

Amy’s loss was so great that hearing aids couldn’t help anymore and the Cochlear Implants were highly recommended by our own Randy Smith and the operations were performed by Dr. David Kelsall, son to our Dr. Howie Kelsall. Randy wanted to watch the procedure and was allowed to watch one side be done but didn’t have time for both sides.

Since the implants, Amy has almost normal hearing and in some cases better. She is still having mapping sessions and the adaptive process can take years but she says is will be a great journey.

Amy had a couple pamplets that she didn't have time to pass out. Here they are.
Hearing Loss Assoc.pdf    and Walk 4 Hearing.jpg

For a copy of Amy's complete power point presentation, like here: Amys CI Presentation.ppt

Upcoming programs:
March 25 Ralph Morgan of Evergreen Apothecary on Medical Marijuana
May 6th: Dr. Patrick Ryan
May 20th: Joe Rice, State Representative Colorado State House District 38
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                       Upcoming SOD list
Mar 25 – Regular Meeting - SOD Mike Ballew
Apr 1 – Regular Meeting - SOD Bill Benton
Apr 8 – Regular Meeting & BOD - SOD Ed Bezjak
Apr 1 – Regular Meeting - SOD Bob Buckland
Apr 1 – Regular Meeting - SOD Rick Campbell

Mar 25– A Team
Apr 1– B Team
Ends Apr 8th - C Team

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