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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....May 27, 2010
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote:   “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat”. Alex Levine

Guests:   Larry Parberry from Littleton Sertoma and Mike Fitzpatrick, guess of Buckland.

Fines: Bob Buckland for phone; Table One for a guest (fail) and the Pres. for bad hearing (passed)..

Announcements:   Slate of Officers for the upcoming year:
COB: John Vierthaler                         VP Sponsorship: Ken Kelley
President: Jim Perkins                         VP Membership: Doug Harder
Secretary: Scott Manley                      VP Programs: Randy Smith
Tres. Will Martinez                              Social: Gus Szala ?
Ways & Means: ?                               Attend/Publicity: Don Smith
Sgt. @ Arms: Geoff Strohn                  Incentives: D. Miley & J. Geers
Sponsorship/Finance: D. Enslow & P. Pauwels
There are a couple positions open for Chairman of Committees.

By a vote of 29 to 6, the club will stay male only.

The Poker tournament was a success, even though we didn’t sell out but did have some players show up that night. Pat McKim did a great job, along with the people at The Listen foundation who co-sponsored the event. For our first attempt at such a venture, we grossed $11,200 and netted $9,350. The club will end up with around $4,600 after all expenses. There were about 105 players and the big news of the evening was: Pat did not win, after all that bragging he subjected us to, but he did beat Enslow. The winner was Kenin Kenenke (sp?) who sports a couple cocular implants gets to spend a couple nights at the condo. Many thanks to Leslie for the prizes and players she brought, Ken and Geoff for the big screen TV they donated and to Bruce Elsey who bought a corporate table. Thanks to all that helped out and played.

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June 1st at 6:30pm, Bacco Trattoria will be having A Classic Wine Dinner with 5 courses. $58 per person plus tax & gratuity. Call 303 979-2665 for reservations. Lets support them. From the looks of the menu, you better go hungry.

Soap Box Derby coming soon. We will have the Lemonade stand set up so we need some hands squishing Lemons June 5 and 6. Jack is seeking volunteers so lets sign-up.

Greater Englewood golf tournament, Jun 11. See Scott

ATTENTION: The annual Bill Parchen Tournament will be June 22 this year at Raccoon Creek.

Installation Banquet is set for Friday, June 25th at Red Rocks CC. $25 per person and club will make up the difference. 6pm with dinner at 7pm.

S.W. Sertoma golf tournament July 12. See Scott

Get it on your calendar; the 2012 Convention will be in KC, MO.

Will Martinez has King Soopers coupons. The club receives 5% but only 4 people regularly use the service. The card is like a debit card so it’s easy to use.



Joe Dowdey put together a movie presentation of his life. He born in Hawarden, Iowa. Hawarden is North of Sioux City, South of Sioux Falls, West of Sioux Center, and East of the Big Sioux River. Joe is married to Carol, who he met at Sioux College and has a son Jim, and a daughter Jessica. They moved to Colorado in 1981. Joe and Carol have three grand kids. Joe said that while he was in college, the school had the worst football teams but now they are doing pretty well. Joe said all his schools are still standing.

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Joe was in the Scouts as a young man but had no military service. His father was a Scout leader as Joe was. Not much else to do in Sioux City so most of the boys join the Scouts.

Joe is a financial advisor, having gone into business for him self over 2 years ago, Joe Dowdey Financial Strategies (303) 933-2885 . Joe grew up in a family owned furniture business atmosphere dating back to his grandfather who made their own furniture. When Joe failed to grasp the difference between a crosscut and a rip saw, the lineage stopped and the business failed.

Joe was brought into the club by John Pifer and has held virtually every office in the club and chaired numerous committees.


Program:  In lieu of a program, we heard form Larry Parberry who came to pitch The Sertoma Club of Littleton’s 18th Annual Golf Tournament, June 15th at Bear Dance. 12pm registration and 1:30pm shot-gun start. Bear Dance is rated #1 public golf course in Colorado and is located west of I-25 at the Tomah Rd. exit which is just south of Castle Rock. Bear Dance requires “proper attire” (collared shirts, no jeans and no short-shorts). Contact Merritt Sherer at 303 757-2134.

Upcoming programs:

In June: Gayle Norton (not at the same time)


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                       Upcoming SOD list
June 3 - Regular Meeting – SOD Dick Enslow
June 10 - Regular Meeting and BODSOD Tom Fry
June 17 - Regular Meeting – SOD Joe Geers
June 24 - Regular Meeting – SOD Phil Grimm

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

General John A. Logan
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-B8172- 6403 DLC (b&w film neg.)]

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states.

The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day."

On January 19, 1999 Senator Inouye introduced bill S 189 to the Senate which proposes to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30th instead of "the last Monday in May". On April 19, 1999 Representative Gibbons introduced the bill to the House (H.R. 1474). The bills were referred the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Government Reform.

To date, there has been no further developments on the bill. Please write your Representative and your Senators, urging them to support these bills. You can also contact Mr. Inouye to let him know of your support.

Visit our Help Restore the Traditional Day of Observance page for more information on this issue, and for more ways you can help.

To see what day Memorial Day falls on for the next 10 years, visit the Memorial Day Calendar page.