Mr. Hogge Mr. Dowdey
Rev. Jim Robinson
Guests: Nick Morrone brought Terry Andersen. Doug Harder brought Dave Penland.
Fines: Fine to John Pifer for absconding with the name tags for the pot of gold.
Fines to several people for name tags not in Pot of Gold (seems last week John Pifer walked away with not only the POG but also his nametag).
Announcements: Nick Morrone and Joe Dowdey were both back to lunch after a few weeks off to repair thier bodies.
Bob Hogge: Still need some help with the Soapbox derby, email went out to everyone. Park Hill Sertoma is looking for support for their soapbox derby person. (See info near bottom of page)
Marshall: Mexican brunch will be on June 10th starting at 11:30 on Sunday. 6098 S. Lakeview Street. Bring bathing suits. Signup sheet was passed. Talk to Jack Marshall for more information.
Sponsorship report: July 9th the SW Sertoma will be having their gold tournament. Sheet was passed last week. Foursome was determined by lottery. If you were selected then you need to get a check for $75 to Dick Enslow. There is another gold tournament being held by Friends of Man on August 10th. Signup was passed. There is a third sign-up for the First Annual Bill Parchen Memorial Golf Scramble. It will be held sometime in June at the Raccoon Creek Golf Club and the cost will be approximately $55.00.
We will be having our installation banquet at the Red Rocks Country Club on Friday, June 29th. Cocktails start at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM. Cost will be $21 per head.
Planning is already underway for next year's charity raffle. Renee Campbell has already reserved Pinehurst C.C. for April 19th of 2008.
Here is info on the upcoming LoDo Field of Dreams Baseball and Soccer Camps. They are looking for people who can be "signers' and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate in the camps. Contact Kathy Matlack for more info. 970-217-1943
Bingo: Bingo did terrible. 79 in attendance and we lost nearly $1400. Again we need to look at shutting bingo down. Team "A" is up on Monday. Please be there at 5:30 . We should have a crowd because of memorial day. Much discussion ensued on the viability of the bingo program. Most of it negative.
Mr. Joe Geers was born in St. Louis in 1930 on the banks of the Mississippi river. High school is still standing but was sold off about 2 years ago. Joe went to the Missouri school of mines with a degree in petroleum engineering. He later received an MBA. 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. Bounced around to Wyoming, Texas and California but never made it over to Korea.
Started a manufacture's rep business in 1980. Retired in 1995.
Six daughters, five are married. 13 grandkids. Son-in-law just left for Iraq for the second time.
Fred brought him into the club 25 years ago.
Program: (courtesy of Carl Duncan, introduced by Doug Harder) Our speaker is Tammy Mulligan. She is the Executive Director of Denver urban ministries (DENUM). It was started in 1981 by the United Methodist Church to help the inner city churches. That didn't work as well as intended. So in the mid-90's they turned it into a service provider for the poorest people in Denver.
They have two foci. The first is outreach services to provide what people need to make it through the day. Specifically rent, utilities and food. For help with food and hunger they provide case management to help families figure out what they need to do to eat. Other services they provide is the distribution of fresh produce to the elderly on fixed incomes that live in the area of their offices.
The second focus is to provide job placement for people coming out of the prison system. The reason is that we KNOW what they will do if they do not get a job. Specifically they help them with computer skills, voice mailboxes, transportation, resume's, interview skills and hygiene. They track their placements for 6 months and their success rate is quite high (I missed the exact number).
Lastly they work with Churches and youth groups to talk about why places like DENUM exist, what they do, and why they do it. It is called their "Urban Education Program".
Q: What is your source of funding? A: It all comes from Pittsburg. (You can guess who asked the question). But seriously they get a lot of money from charitable foundations and the local Methodist Churches. Very little funding (4-6%) comes from state, federal and local government.
Q: How many people do you see a day? A: We saw 50,000 people in 2006 which comes to about 200 a day (or 40 families a day for food).
Q: Why aren't you seeing people of color in the construction business? A: Most people who are ex-cons are not being hired for the construction business because they do not have a lot of work history. Our guys are getting hired by restaurants, concessions and day labor jobs. Q: What about the unions? A: They are not pursuing our guys. Another point is that we are not raising our children to want those service or trade type of jobs like bricklayer or carpenter.
Q: Sounds like you are a lot like interfaith.... A: We are similar. Interfaith is twice as large and they do a lot more for housing. We do a lot more for employment. Interfaith and DENUM are friends and we all work closely together.
DENUM has a web page at: www.denum.org or call 303 350-5066