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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....November 20, 2008
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote of the Day:    “If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation” George Carlin

Guests:    Carl had Norman Kincadide; Jim Rees had John Hagon; Glenn had is son, Rod Combellick; Cliff had Ken Martin; George had Daughter Cindy, son David and wife Jean.

Fines:  None

Announcements:    Bob Hogge has King Soopers cards for sale. The club gets 5% return.

Doug has the new Entertainment books for $25. Only a few left, must get them within the next week or two.

Christmas (adult) party here at the Elks club Dec 19th a Friday, $20/head. Kids here Dec 23rd, a Tuesday.

Norm has the Poinsettias, get with him ASAP.

Cliff read a Thank You card from Bob Cote’ and Step 13.

George Hannes was awarded the Sertoman of the Year Award for the Arapahoe club.
Joe Geers read off a list of activities inside and outside of Sertoma that George has been involved with: Served on the Board 15 of 21 years in various capacities. Had responsibility for our Raffle Fund Raiser for 3 years and helped in other areas for 15 years. Served on the Board for the Center for Speech Hearing & Language as Arapahoe’s representative for 6 years. Served on the Board for Meals on Wheels as Arapahoe’s representative for 3 years. Coordinated activity with the Salvation Army for Christmas activities. Has worked bingo and many other fund raisers each year. Produced the Club Scrapbook that won the International Award. Served on the Board of the Arapahoe Foundation and produced 4 DVD’s as fund raisers. Placed information about Arapahoe Sertoma Club in local newspapers.

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George also has volunteered at Swedish Hospital, Salvation Army, Susan B. Komen Foundation, Humane Society, Denver Co. Cultural Council, and others. (let’s put it this way, George is very busy and an outstanding citizen of the community that Arapahoe Sertoma is proud to recognize George as its Sertoman of the Year).


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Jim Rees, born 14 Jun 1933 in Springfield, IL. But was raised in Bloomington. He went to the Univ. of Illinois for 4-1/2 years and in 1956, got a draft notice so he joined the Air Force ROTC program. Graduated and in May of 1956, started pilot training in Arizona. After half way through, they closed the base. In July 1957, Jim married Jo and then there was another base closure in Ft. Worth. In San Francisco, he flew RC-121 radar planes.


He left the service in July 1960 and went to work for Underwood Olivetti and in 1962, moved to Denver for 6 months, then to Colorado Springs as a branch manager. They closed that office and he made another move. After moving around a little more, he came back to Denver and got into real estate with a couple former co-workers, then went out on his own and has been since 1975.

Jim has 2 children, a son and daughter and was brought into the club my Bob Stein on Feb. 2005. Jim and Jo have been married almost 50 years.


Program:   Dave Miley introduced Dean Coddington and Richard L. Chapman, co-authors of God Bless America, a book about the Christian influence in the founding of the United States of America.

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Synopsis: "Carefully reviewing events from 1500 AD to 1830 AD, Coddington and Chapman provide a persuasive list of examples of how they believe God favorably intervened in the establishment of the United States. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with their arguments, you will be amazed at the number of times the margin between victory and defeat was determined by factors totally outside human control."
-C. Craig Williford, PhD, president, Denver Seminary

With the deep division in the United States today over religion and politics, the question of religion's decisive role in shaping America's founding and heritage remains a pivotal one. Dean Coddington and Richard Chapman bring a unique and highly informative contribution to this ongoing dialogue by examining religion's influence on early American history through such tools as probability analysis.

Their book can be ordered through Barnes & Noble stores and any other fine bookstores.

Upcoming programs:
November 27-Thanksgiving
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Nov 27 - Thanksgiving day. NO MEETING
Dec   4 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Barney O’Grady
Dec   9 - Board Meeting
Dec 11 - Regular Meeting - SOD –Jim Robinson
Dec 18 - Regular Meeting - SOD –Norm Schillo


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Sertoma Application form: app.pdf       Recruiting Manual

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Avoid scams—give to reputable charities

It’s the season for giving. You’re probably still working your way through that Christmas list. Perhaps your giving will extend beyond friends and family. The holidays are a popular time to give to charities.

Unfortunately, not every organization claiming to be a charity is legitimate. Fraudulent charities will grab your money and run. They'll even steal your identity, if they can.

These con artists know you want to help the less fortunate. Their organizations often look legitimate. They have professional-looking forms or fliers. They might employ telemarketers. They may even pick a name similar to a well-known charity.

Our old friend, spam

Many try to obtain contributions through e-mail. Much of this e-mail is unsolicited. In other words, it's spam. I never open that stuff, much less respond with a contribution. If you simply delete spam, you'll really reduce your chances of being taken.

I’m not trying to scare you away from giving. Your money can do great things, when given to a reputable charity. So give wisely, by checking out the charities you choose.

You can also check charities against reliable online databases. Several sites collect information on charities. If you don’t see a charity there, think about donating elsewhere.

These databases can be used for more than checking scam artists. They can help you maximize the effect of your donations. They contain great information on how specific charities use donations.

Charities have expenses, too

Rarely do 100 percent of donations go to a charity’s programs. Even charities have expenses. Fund-raising costs money. And non-volunteer staff has to be paid. But some charities make better use of your money than others.

Charity Navigator is a great resource. It rates the financial efficiency of thousands of charities. You can search by interest or geographic area. You’ll see the organizations' good points, as well as their problems.

It has a simple four-star rating system. You’ll also see a helpful pie-chart breakdown of a charity’s expenses. It will show you how much money goes to the charity’s programs. It also features helpful Top-10 and Bottom-10 lists.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance also dispenses charity information. It doesn’t rate and compare charities. Instead, it lists charities that meet accountability standards. The Alliance has detailed information on hundreds of organizations.

Network for Good

Or, check out Network for Good, which was founded by Cisco Systems, Yahoo! and AOL. It maintains details on hundreds of charities.

You can also donate to charities directly from Network for Good's site. In addition, it lists other good charity sites. And it offers tips to donors—for instance, how much to give and the tax aspects of giving.

Finally, let me give you a bit of advice. Spreading small donations among a bunch of charities isn’t very effective. It’s better to carefully choose a few solid organizations you identify with. Then, give to them in larger amounts.
More on giving:

* Don’t forget out troops
* Donate used cell phones
* Donate your old computer



CEO --Chief Embezzlement Officer.

CFO-- Corporate Fraud Officer.

BULL MARKET -- A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

BEAR MARKET -- A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

VALUE INVESTING -- The art of buying low and selling lower.

P/E RATIO -- The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.

BROKER -- What my broker has made me.

STANDARD & POOR -- Your life in a nutshell.

STOCK ANALYST -- Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

STOCK SPLIT -- When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves.

FINANCIAL PLANNER -- A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

MARKET CORRECTION -- The-20-day period after you buy stocks.

CASH FLOW-- The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

YAHOO -- What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per share.

WINDOWS -- What you jump out of when you're the sucker who bought Yahoo @ $240 per share.

INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR -- Past year investor who's now locked up in a nuthouse.

PROFIT -- An archaic word no longer in use.