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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....May 14, 2009
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Extra: Where is Tom

Quote of the day: Thomas Jefferson: “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the Government form wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them”

Guests:  none

Fines:   Doug fined John Pifer for being seen on TV, he is the longest season ticket holder for the Denver Nuggets, 40 years.

Bingo:  about 70 players and $5025 deposit.

Announcements:    New slate of candidates for next year’s BOD:
CEO – Jim Rees, President – John Vierthaler, Vice President - Scott Manley, Sponsorship, Mabe Downy – Programs, Bob Schlageter -Growth, Treasurer – Will Martinez,
Secretary – Jim Perkins, Ways & Means – Jack Marshall, Attendance & Publicity – Don Smith, Sergeant at Arms – Jim Robertson, Incentives –Dave Miley

Bob Steins son-in-law died in a small plane crash, our thoughts to the family.

Norm took his wife to the hospital and they kept him and his wife. It was asked if they got to share the same room.

Board meeting next Thursday after lunch, will last 45 min. to and hour.

Don’s Arapahoe Sertoma Newsletter won second place, behind Littleton. Jean, Don's wife initally set up the look and feel of the Newsletter.

Jack Marshall gave an update on the Mile High Soap Box Derby on our lemonade stand May 30-31 at Euclid Jr. High. Board also approved the club buying our own stand.

Rick Campbell indicated our Soap Box entry vehicle is complete.

The Annual Bill Parchen Memorial Classic golf tournament will be June 23 at Raccoon Creek with starting time at 12:40pm. More info to follow.


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Joe Geers was born at home to immigrant German parents on Dec. 7th, 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Joe attended Parochial schools and they are still standing but the High school was sold off several years ago. Joe went to the Missouri School of Mines with a degree in petroleum engineering and also a Master of Business Administration degree from St Louis Univ..

Joe had an Army ROTC commission and went to Ft. Belvore, VA where he went to engineering school. Joe received orders to go to Korea but was assigned to the Air Force and served with the Army Corp of Engineers. He bounced around Wyoming, Texas and California but never made it over to Korea.

He started his civilian career with Gulf Oil in 1952 and after the Army, Proctor and Gamble. In 1961 he was employed by Johns Manville. In their employment, he lived in New York and California. They transferred him to Colorado in 1970. He Started a manufacture's rep business in 1980 and retired in 1995. Joe is now on his third kidney, first one in 1986.

Joe has been married to Shirley since 1952. They have 6 daughters, 5 of which live close by and a Son-in-law who just left for Iraq for the third time. They also have about 13 grandkids. Several noteworthy grandchildren are Jim Naida, a budding stage talent at Chatfield High School and Katie Naida, the only female to score points as a big 12 football player. Their father is Dr. Dave Naida on Channel 4 TV. Fred Downs brought Joe into the club 25 years ago.


Program:   John Vierthaler introduced Dan Baum. Dan has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of Citizen Coors: An American Dynasty and Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure. He has written numerous articles for such national magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Wired. While living in New Orleans to research Nine Lives, Dan wrote a daily online column for The New Yorker that can be read here.

All of his work is a collaboration with his wife and writing partner, Margaret Knox, who offers her editing services to other writers. It’s worth reading about their collaboration, here.

When the New Orleans levees collapsed after Hurricane Katrina, I was sent by The New Yorker to cover the disaster. I arrived two days after the city flooded, and remained for about two weeks. After a quick visit home, I returned to New Orleans just in time for Hurricane Rita. Then I was back and forth to New Orleans for most of the following year, to write one long article about how the New Orleans Police Department functioned during the crisis, and another about how the city squandered the year following the storm.

Even writing for a long-form magazine like The New Yorker, I was frustrated by having to focus so much on the disaster and its aftermath. Hurricane Katrina is hardly the most interesting thing about New Orleans. The food, the music, and the architecture of New Orleans are fabulous, but it’s the unusual nature of the city’s people that make New Orleans unlike anyplace else in the United States. Obviously I couldn’t write a book about all the people of New Orleans, so I chose these nine "Nine Lives". Some I met during the crisis; others I met long after. All of them spent many hours telling me their life stories, with nothing to gain but the very New Orleans pleasure in storytelling.


Upcoming programs:

May 21: Alex Davis, Colo. Dept. of Natural Resources on Colorado water demands.
May 28: Tom Ashburn from Xcel Energy on wind and solar energy power growth.
June 18:  Bebe Kleinman "Accessible Care for the Underserved"

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May 21 – Regular Meeting – SOD Phil Grimm
May 28 – Regular Meeting – SOD George Hannes
June 4 - Regular Meeting – SOD Doug Harder

May 21 - E Team
May 28 - A Team
June  4 - B Team

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