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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....Nov 29, 2007
This weeks Reporter-Sterling Cain
 

 Dave Miley      Joe Dowdy?   Stump

Guests:    Norm brought his wife Ann.

Announcements:  Fine to table one for exposing Ann to this motley crew. Fine to table one having a guest when they swore they never would. Passed

George Hannes needs a copy of the DVD for the Katrina Animal rescue.

Have three more entertainment books that need to be sold.

Start identifying people that would like to purchase charity auction tickets, we would like to have them sold by the end of February.

Pastor Robinson is home, but he is going to face many months of rehab. He can speak and he can walk, but he does have some short term memory loss. He is still incapacitated to say the least but he is on the mend. Under Dr.’s orders he still cannot accept visitors.

Nick Morrone had a light stroke last week. He was lucky to get to the hospital rapidly and had good treatment. He has suffered some memory loss but had no physical problems.

The Club ‘Xmas party will be held on Tuesday, December 18 th at 6PM. Signup sheet was passed.

The Children’s ‘Xmas party will be held on Thursday, December 27 th at 12 Noon. Signup sheet was passed.


Bingo Report:  Team B had 114 people and deposited $5200 on the week before Thanksgiving.
Team C had 83 people and deposited $4300 on the day after Thanksgiving.
Team D is up tomorrow night (McKim’s group). Please show up early so that we can get set up.
Holy Bingo Batman! Vierthaler promised to show up tomorrow night for bingo.


SERTOMAN OF THE DAY:   

John Pifer, a native of Denver, was born 1942. He lived at 23rd and Lowell. And moved out to Littleton. John went to a little red school house that was torn down to make room for Arapahoe community college. Later, he went to Littleton HS in it's first year after construction. After graduating H.S. in 1960, he went to DU for a degree in management. He had a football scholarship but they dropped the football program the year he started.

Hobbies include ballgames, symphonies, and used to enjoy walking down the isle, 6 times.

Job history. At age 5-7 worked with dad at first mini-golf in Denver at Broadway and Jewell. Age 8 - magic tricks. 10-14 paper route with 640 customers. Mom and two kids were helping to fold papers. They worked cheap! Did have to slip dad $10 to drive truck on Sundays. John did sports in HS, worked summers with dad as a tile setter and worked as an estimator for a commercial painter at college. Ron Johnson brought him in Sertoma back when he was working as a banker. He with State Farm out of college and worked at that for 40 years and retired in 2005.

Military service - Army reserves in 1967. Didn't go to Vietnam. Was program chair for Sertoma for 4-5 years. Built a few clubs with Harder and others. Bollard is the only one that brought in more new members. Never did bingo... until now... Enslow recruited him.

John brought a chart of his marital history but this time, on the back, he showed a chart of how all the streams and rivers flowed around the area until they reached the South Platte.


Program:   Program Director Cliff Metsker introduced Captain Jon Barba of the Colorado State Patrol, Immigration Enforcement Unit. (his wife, Sarah, was a speaker last August 23rd, talking about the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL))

Some of the topics Jon talked about are:

  • SCOPE OF THE HUMAN SMUGGLING/TRAFFICKING PROBLEM
  • WHY DID THE COLORADO STATE PATROL CREATE THE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT UNIT?
  • HOW DOES IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT TIE INTO THE PATROL’S STRATEGIC GOALS?
  • DEPLOYMENT OF RESOURCES
  • CSP/ICE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA)
  • 287(g) PROGRAM
  • HOW IS THE PATROL UTILIZING ITS 287(g) AUTHORITY?

HUMAN SMUGGLING AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Human trafficking and smugling are world wide issues. Estimates of people trafficked into the US range from 14,500 to 17,5000 per year.

Since 2003, ICE investigations into human smugling and trafficking organizations have resulted in more the 5,400 criminal arrests. in 2005, ICE seized nearly $27 million in assets from human smugling and trafficking organizations.

According to the FBI, human trafficking generates an estimated $9.5 billion in annual revenue for the traffickers and is closely connected with other criminal activity, including human smugling.

Human smugling and trafficking cases are currently being investigated at the state level in Colorado.

SENATE BILL 225

  • Senate bill 225 (SB 225) was enacted on July 1, 2006.
  • SB 225 mandated that the Chief of the Colorado State Patrol create a division within the Patrol to address the issues of human smuglin and human trafficking on Colorado highways.

WHAT IS THE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT UNIT DOING?
SUPPORTING THE CSP TRAFFIC SAFETY GOALS
by:

Strict enforcement of Colorado's traffic laws.

INTERDICTING CRIMINAL ACTVITIY by:
1. Interdicting human smuggling and human trafficking on Colorado highways through traffic enforcement.

2. Identifying, arresting and processing criminal aliens; including aggravated felons identified during normal trooper duties.

ENHANCING HOMELAND SECURITY by:
1. Timely distribution of sensitive information to the Colorado State Patrol Homeland Security Section.

2. Arresting and processing aliens suspected of being in the US in violation of immigration laws discovered during daily trooper activities.

I-25, I-70, I-76 and Hwy. 160 are main routes for smuggling and human trafficking. The problem is compounded by the fact the bad guys don’t care about the safety and well being of their cargo (illegals). Vans built for 12 are carrying 20 or more passengers with the vehicle modified for the weight. Jon can be contacted for this and other programs at: jon.barba@cdps.state.co.us


  Jack Marshall    Jim Perkins   Mabe Downey

 

       On the calendar .. www.arapahoe-sertoma.org/cal.htm

Sertoma Application form: app.pdf

 

BINGO

Dec 7 - Bingo Team E
Dec 14 - Bingo Team A
Dec 21 - Bingo Team B
Dec 28 - Bingo Team C
Jan 4 - Bingo Team D
Jan 11 - Bingo Team E
Jan 18 - Bingo Team A
Jan 25 - Bingo Team B
Feb 1 - Bingo Team C
Feb 8 - Bingo Team D
Feb 15 – Bingo Team E
Feb 22 – Bingo Team A

 

 

Dec 6 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Rees
Dec 13 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Schillo
Dec 20 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Schlageter
Dec 27 - Xmas for kids - SOD – n/a
Jan 3 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Smith D.
Jan 10 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Smith R.
Jan 17 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Stein
Jan 21 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Szala
Jan 28 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Vierthaler
Feb 7 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Ballew
Feb 14 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Benton
Feb 21 - Regular Meeting - SOD –


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:Editorial opinion by Don Smith

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table...everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And other birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

Bird Poop:

After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be...quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now let's see..... our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, and free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child's 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English.

Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to 'press one' to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than 'Old Glory' are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder. If you agree, pass it on; if not, continue cleaning up the poop!