by: Don Smith

THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....March 9, 2006
This weeks Reporter-Carl Duncan

Mason?   Metsker     Rev. Robinson


GUESTS: No guests again today. Doug Harder reviewed the various teams that were established by Dave Penland, Growth Committee Chairman, the purpose of which is to promote gaining members. So far the club has not embraced the competitive spirit of these various teams. Since July, only 5 guests and one new member have resulted from this competition. That new member, E W "Bill" Foerster, was recognized today by Dave Miley when he was awarded the HANDSHAKE PRIZE.


ANNOUNCEMENTS: There will be a Board of Directors meeting at 6PM on Tuesday, March 14. Although we have lost our present bingo hall, Enslow encouraged us to maintain the momentum and find another location. It is hard to beat bingo as a fund raiser, and we already have experienced teams able to start up immediately in a new location.

Bill Parchen made it home and is doing well. It is expected he will be at the next luncheon.


SERTOMAN OF THE DAY: 

Dick Enslow was born in Aurora Il in 1942. He attended East Aurora High School (which is still standing) and obtained a bachelors degree in industrial engineering. He came to Colorado in 1973 and sold storage and handling equipment. He is currently involved in the mortgage and re-finance craze. He has been married to Carol for 40 years.
They have a son and a daughter, both graduates of UNC, and a new grand-daughter. Dick was a "Gold Coat President" in 1997. He likes to play golf, hunt and fish. Doug Harder won the flying five.


PROGRAM: Dr Ka Chun Yu from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science presented a slide show covering some of the recent discoveries and controversies in the area of astronomy. The development of technology used to monitor Russia's nuclear experiments resulted in the discovery of a phenomenon know as Gamma Ray Bursts of GRB. These GRB's occur sporadically throughout the universe and release fantastic amounts of energy from exploding stars. However, this energy is sent out in opposing beams rather than being dissipated like an expanding balloon as in a super nova.

Another recent discovery is a giant star surrounded by a dust ring. This might provided some insight into the evolution of solar systems and could indicate that solar systems are not uncommon in the universe.

Is Pluto really a planet? It has 3 moons and revolves around the sun and that should prove it. However, a new chunk of ice has been discovered that is larger than Pluto, that has a moon (Gabrielle) and also revolves around the sun. In fact there is a large "Ice Field" out beyond our solar system that may have many such chunks of ice. So the controversy rages on.


The wonders of this reality in which we exist are awesome.


Country Dinner Playhouse:
March 23rd Check with Tom Fry, chairman, if any openings.

                                   "Raffle" 2006 Tickets are still available:
This year's RAFFLE is being held at Columbine Country Club on Saturday Aril 22nd. The festivities start at 5:30 PM with cocktails (Cash Bar). Also, at 5:30 is a Silent Auction put on by The American Red Cross for the benefit of the Red Cross and it will run to 7:00 or 7:15. Dinner will be served at 7:00 with your choice of either Prime Rib or Salmon. The Raffle auction will begin at 8:00. There will be door prizes in addition to the GRAND PRIZE of $8,000 or part thereof. Ticket price is $125.00 which gets you a one chance in 200 for the $8,000 and also includes dinner for two.

Bill Foerster
Bob Stein

           On the calendar .....    
             
    Mar 16 - Regular Meeting - SOD
Tom Fry
    Mar 23 - Regular Meeting - SOD Joe Geers
    Mar 30 - Regular Meeting - SOD Phil Grimm







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Notes from Mike Ballew, Governor, Front Range:

Here is information from Linda Holloway regarding upcoming events and activities for Rainbow Bridge. If you are familiar with this organization, you are familiar with the fine work they do; if you are not, then you need to be.

Please contact Linda directly regarding your individual and club participation in these events. If you did not attend the Idols performance last year, you missed a real treat and will want to be there this year.

Club officers, please make note of the sponsorship opportunities on the enclosed flyer, as many clubs have been substantial contributors to Rainbow Bridge in the past.
Let me know if you have questions, Mike


You are cordially invited to a Wine Tasting/Hors d'oeuvres/Gift Gathering Party for Rainbow Bridge*
Monday, March 13, 2006
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Kevin & Mary McNicholas Estate
4150 S. University Blvd., Cherry Hills

Please bring a gift, certificate, or bottle of wine for the silent auction held in conjunction with The Intergenerational Idols to be held on April 27th at the Teikyo Loretto Heights Theatre

*Rainbow Bridge enhances the quality of life for nursing home/assisted living elders by training and working with youth and adult volunteers.

Please RSVP msmcnich@msn.com or orionsbeltw@aol.com