Guests: Jerry Wheeler, the Front Range Governor.
Announcements: Don’t forget Board Meeting next Tuesday, Nov. 13th, at 6pm.
Jim Robinson is still in critical condition but is improving slowly. His church has suspended daily updates but will post any changes.. http://www.christlutherandenver.org/prayers.html
Norm Schillo announced his wife, Anne from La Sertoma, is selling poinsettia again this year. A sign-up sheet was passed around but if you weren’t at lunch and want to order some, call him. Delivery is the Nov. 29 th.
Dean read a letter from Linda, a recipient of help from our Foundation, on how appreciative she is for the help and how it has changed her life.
Phil announced the 25 th Annual Charity Raffle is under way and we need donations for door prizes and the silent auction. This gala event will be held April 19 th, 2008 at Pinehurst Country Club.
Jerry Wheeler (I’m proud to be a Sertoman) and Joe Dowdey filled us in on some of the things going on with International and the Foundation.
The 4 Sponsorship and Programs supported by the annual campaign are:
Hard of Hearings Scholarships, a $1,000-per-school-year award for students with a minimum of 40db bilateral hearing loss.
Communicative Disorders Scholarship, a $1,000-per-school-year award for graduate students who are currently accepted into a speech language pathology or audiology program.
Community Service Matching Grants, and Sertoma Programs and Services which supports the members and organizations that make all of this service possible.
Another program they talked about is the Sertoma Foundation Endowment. You can give to the Endowment through Wills and Bequests, Annuities, Life Insurance, Trusts, Donation of Real Property etc. For further information on these programs, contact your club or International.
Bingo Report: E-Team had 121 players and deposited $5100. Team members, be sure to get there on time if not a little early. Be there by 5:45pm.
Program: Bob Coté from Step-13 and Mike Dunafon, the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Glendale, came to tell us about how Step-13 helps those that want another chance but only if they work towards that goal, tell the truth, work hard and stay clean or sober. (Step-13 turns 25 next year)
Bob Coté is a one-man alternative to the welfare state. Take one part Florence Nightingale, add three parts John Wayne, and one part cowboy poet, and you’ve got a 6-foot-3 former Golden Gloves boxer who crashed into an alcoholic gutter in 1983, had an epiphany about his wasted life on Denver’s Skid Row, poured out his vodka bottle, and spent the two decades since running a shelter that turns homeless drunks and junkies into productive citizens—with no help from the federal nanny state he loudly accuses of killing addicts “on the installment plan.”
Step 13 is a non-profit transitional living program founded in 1983 for addicted homeless who show a desire to give up their alcohol, drug, shelter and soup kitchen dependency cycle and become productive members of society. Step 13 is structured so that one size does not fit all. That is why we do not set a time limit of 30 days, 60 days or a year. Some people have skills and just need a helping hand, others have no skills or education and need time to acquire the necessary skills to compete in today's market.
In 1983 our capacity was thirteen people. Today we have a capacity for one hundred-forty people and average ninety people year to year. Since our beginning, we have served over four thousand people. We average fifteen requests per week to enter step 13. Of the fifteen requests, ten will show up and enter the program. Of the ten, six will leave within thirty days for reasons of their own or breaking program rules, failed urine screens, curfew violations or general rule violations. The remaining four will stay from one to three years and complete the program. In 1998 forty people were in the program from six months to two years. The remaining people had been at step 13 from two to six months. We average one hundred residents from year to year. http://www.step13.org/
Mike Dunafon talked a little about the Dunafon Castle. Many residents of the central foothills have heard about a magical, 13,000 square foot, stone castle along Bear Creek, surrounded by Denver Mountain Parks and JeffCo Open Space. The magnificent, 14-room Scottish/English/Irish masterpiece, is built of stone quarried on the property, rests under the steady guard of a gargoyle and dragon. Although it has struggled to survive neglect over the years, thanks to its latest owners, the castle once again sparkles with the enchantment of childhood fairy tales.
To help with the project, Donafon hired men from Step 13, a program to rehabilitate homeless alcoholics and addicts. The men sanded, cleaned, and painted. They took out 20 cubic yards of Canada thistle and knapweed, cut 30 cords of wood from overgrown trees, removed 11 feet of silt from the ponds, and restored a 420-foot tunnel to the turbine house. They removed carpet glued to terrazzo floors, repaired leaks, built cabinet replacements in the kitchen, and carefully sifted through 50 years of mud in the power plant to collect any bolts and parts for restoration. http://www.dunafoncastle.com/
SERTOMAN OF THE DAY: None
Norm Schillo Don Smith ?