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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW .... March 22, 2012
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Guests:    Carol Worth returned to pass out what she had taken orders for a couple weeks ago (World’s Finest Chocolate). Dry Creek is also having another Fund Raiser planned to meet John Fielder, the photographer, Apr 22nd.

Fines:  The good Reverend got caught with his hat on while HE was leading the prayer.

Announcements: Mike Magee asked for volunteers to fill in for Joe Dowdy on the Foundation and Carl jumped at the opportunity, thanks Carl.

Dick Enslow announced there will be a meeting at 1:45pm with S.W. Sertoma on the upcoming charity golf tournament. Everyone welcome to attend.

Doug Harder couldn’t resist sharing an e-mail he had received about the government looking for a generic name for Viagra…If you want a copy, contact Doug.

Jim Rees has King Soopers coupons. The club receives 5% but only 4 people regularly use the service. There is a new program now, you start by purchasing a card from Jim for a minimum $25, then you can add to that card, up to $500, at a store, using your credit/debit cards. That way, you can gain the rewards for using your charge card and the club still gets the 5%. SEE JIM NOW.


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Sertoman of the Day:    Always wanting to do things just a bit different, Don started off by drawing a name for the Flying Fiver which went to Bruce. That should encourage Bruce to show up more often.

Suffering from some kind of bug AGAIN, Don Smith gave a somewhat shorter run down on his life. He 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, and 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 the 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 (BNSF) in Denver and has been there until his retirement Sep. 2nd, 2012. 2 months later he turned 65 so is now both retired and on the governments health plan (Medicare). Don married #3 (Jean) in 1996, she gets credit for the look and feel of our web page and newsletter.

Some activities he is involved in are hunting, dirt bike riding, volunteering to drive trains at Tiny Town, count sheep and goats with the Div. of Wildlife and driving for Project C.U.R.E.
Mike Ballew brought him into the club about 12 years ago. Listen to DonSmith.mp3

Program:   Peter Pauwels didn’t have an outside program lined up so he wanted to share some information on using our Newsletter and how to add information to the Upcoming Program spread sheet that anyone can make changes to (the link is shown below under Upcoming programs). If anyone comes up with a program, they can enter the date, name and subject and there is a list of the program chairmen and their contact details if you want to suggest something to them. While Peter was talking, Don had his laptop and project set up displaying what the Newsletter, Web page and Program schedule sites look like and how to maneuver around them. One trick to making any changes stick in the Upcoming Program list is once the data is typed in, hit enter or move your cursor into another cell and click your mouse button. Once that is done, you can close out of that program and your changes are saved.

Every now and then someone will ask a question about using our web or newsletter and they are surprised as to what they can do or the information that is there. When you have a few minutes to blow, get on our web page and click around the different tabs or buttons or the links that are normally colored blue. If something is wrong or not working correctly, tell Don and he will investigate. The Web page is ours and if you have any ideas or suggestions, let Don know.

One thing Don mentioned is the little graphic image that is in the upper right hand corner of the Newsletter. He has been changing that image to reflect either a current holiday or national event, the subject of the program or something to do with that days SOD. Don also records the audio of the program and the SOD and displays a link for you to click to listen to their presentation. For the most part, the audio comes through pretty good.    Listen to Peter and Don.mp3

Now, on a simular note, An ordinary — and patient — user attempted to find his way back to the Windows 8 tiles while his techie son videoed the effort. Microsoft Windows 8 evangelists might want to take a look at what happens in this first meeting of a mere mortal with Microsoft’s big new bet.

Play the video


Upcoming programs:
Index of past programs programs.pdf

 pot2.gif Glenn Combellick  dollars.gifBruce Elsey

Upcoming SOD list

Mar 29 - Regular Meeting – SOD Randy Smith
Apr 5 - Regular Meeting – SOD Bob Stein
Apr 12 - Regular Meeting – SOD & BOD Jack Thompson
Apr 19 - Regular Meeting – SOD John Vierthaler
Apr 26 - Regular Meeting – SOD Mike Ballew

(BOD means Board of Dir. meeting)

Soapbox Derby Jun 2nd & 3rd
Pancake breakfast: July 21st
22 Annual Arapahoe Sertoma Fall Golf Classic Aug. 28th

Click here for a printable version PDF             Club's 50yr Proclamation
   Editors notes:     If you want an electronic copy of the Roster,  
  send me an e-mail.

Sertoma Application form: app.pdf       Recruiting Manual     
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New club photo page:

If you have an old vehicle you want to donate, checkout Cars for C.U.R.E.
Goto or call (720) 490-4009

You may recall Pat Diesing telling us to be sure to go see Red tails at our Freedom week roundtable meeting. I went to see it this afternoon and wanted everyone to know it is now showing at the Elvis Cinema at Kipling and Bowles. It's a film about the famous Tuskegee airmen during world war 2. Our dear departed Sertoma friend Omar Blair was a captain in this group of brave pilots.
I went to the 4 PM viewing, saw the film and had a small popcorn for $5.00. Good film and definitely a good price.
Will you please send this to your large mailing list?