by: Don Smith

THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....Oct. 12, 2006
This weeks Reporter-Sterling Cain

 ?   ?    Rev. Jim

Guests:    None

Fines: Bill Benton proposed a .50 cent fine to the ex-DA, Bob Gallagher, just to make him feel welcome again. Passed.

Announcements: Dave Miley had three stints put in. He is feeling a lot better and feel that he will be well enough to make it back to next Thursday’s meeting

Parchen got an email from Well’s Fargo. It was a phishing e-mail. Please be aware of these messages, they are trying to steal your account information and identity.

Penland wants to remind you that we need five new members this year.

Don Smith is changing the format of the newsletter so that it is not including your email address any longer. He is also changing the website so that we don’t have any personal information showing up. The bingo list will remain up so that it is accessible with our phone numbers.

Bezjak gave the bingo report. E Team was up. 55 were in attendance and we deposited $4700. We did not make money on the night. Part of the problem was that it was a Bronco Monday night.

Tim Pollack still has about 14 entertainment books. Please bring the money in by next week so we can close these out.

Rick will be giving out dues statements.

Bob Hogge announced that lung connection is doing a move on the 28 th of October (Saturday) and they are looking for some volunteers to help with the small stuff.

We got a card from Steve Bollard for the pepper plant that we sent over to him. He’s doing well and appreciates all the support from the club. He is either home or in Hawaii, we are not sure which.



Pastor Jim Robinson.  Jim announced his brother was on the front page of the Denver Post the other day.

North half of the room was Amen, South half was Halleluiah, front table was Uhhh, Huh.

Born in St. Louis Missouri. Was raised Lutheran. Got into the ministry because his uncle was a pastor. Mom and dad were both Navy, he was army (blended family)

Graduated in 1972 from seminary. Served as a chaplain in the Army until 1977. Served all over the world. Retired and came out here. Was the chaplain that blessed the first five bodies off the USS Cole.

Pastor of Christ Lutheran church. Tends after one of the greatest sinners of all time. Doug Harder. Disaster response guru for his area. Helped a lot with the mess in New Orleans.

One sister. Two children. Two grandchildren. Parchen claims credit for arresting Harder the first time, putting him on the road to Deaconship. Doug Harder brought him into the club. Wife is Vicki.

PROGRAM:    Program Chairman John Vierthaler introduced David Openheim, a diving and salvage officer, just recently retired as a captain in the US Navy. David now Specializes in commercial law and teaches bankruptcy law at DU.

David discussed the various special forces. The Army has green berets. 10-16 member units, the Marines have the marine special forces. Otherwise they get all confused. 8-10 member units. They work for the Navy. They do a lot of naval gun fire support. They direct the fire of navy guns from the land.

The Navy has the SEAL’s. They are not necessarily navy divers. Rather they dive just to be able to get to shore. (Sea Air and Land). They jump from very high altitudes and drop to about 2000 feet before opening their shoots. They are responsible for a lot of pinpoint targeting in hostage situations.

The Air force has a group that does low altitude night jumping. They are responsible for making sure all the pools are chlorinated, the greens are trimmed and the beds are made in the hotels, all before sunrise.

He brought a Mark 5 diving helmet that has been used for many years. It was originally developed by the Japanese. Also have Mark 5a and Mark 6 helmets that have re-breathers for helium or mixed gas diving. We breathe about 70% nitrogen and 30% oxygen. The nitrogen is mostly useless. However, around 200 feet of depth the nitrogen becomes reactive and causes you to become euphoric. However, while it is fun to experience, it also becomes very dangerous because it can make you do stupid things, like opening your faceplate at depth. The Mark 5 suit weighs about 190 pounds normally and close to 300 if configured for re-breathing.

The bubble theory, you have to get all the air out of the suit to sink. Otherwise you are a big bubble. - When you are on the surface you have one atmosphere of pressure. Every 32 feet you gain another atmosphere of pressure. That bubble is decreasing in size by half every 32 feet. As you go down in the water column the air molecules in your body are also decreasing in size. At 160 feet there is 5 or 6 more times air in your body then at the surface. If you come up in a hurry the air in your body will expand and form bubbles throughout your circulatory system. The longer you stay down the more of these compressed air molecules saturate you system and the longer it takes for you to decompress on the way back up. The problem with the mark 5 suit is that it is like a balloon. The deeper you go the more it wants to inflate. If you screw up and misadjust the suit you can blow up the suit and surface rapidly. You will then literally “blow up”. Gross.

They released a smaller helmet, which was hard to repair and replace because it was for the Navy only. They then came out with the most recent helmet, which attaches at the neck

They dove the Mark 5 until 1980, then the Mark 12 until 1989, then the 21 until today, when they now have the Mark 22 which is a slight upgrade on the 21.

In the Mark 5 you push your nose against the faceplate to pop your ears. He’s blown his years 4 or 5 times.

He thinks scuba is dangerous because you are not connected to anyone and you aren’t talking to anyone. It’s also dangerous because you do not have a good understanding of the dive tables.

Helmet divers do a lot of wreckage recovery, ship repair, experimental diving, etc. Navy divers have to do both scuba and air attached diving. 190 is the maximum depth on air. You can go to 2000 on mixed air (record) in a special hard suit.

  Jack Marshall        Bob Buckland    Don Masias

          On the calendar ..  
         Oct  19 - Regular Meeting - SOD Bob Schlageter
              Program: Jim Simmons, Wings over the Rockies
         Oct  26 - Regular Meeting - SOD Don Smith
              Program: Commander Ken Poncelow,
                                GPS Tracking Sys.   
         Nov 2 - Regular Meeting - SOD Guz Szala
         Nov 9 - Regular Meeting - SOD John Vierthaler
         Nov 16 - Regular Meeting - SOD
              Program: Sean Raymond, Galaxy hold planets
                                like Earth?
         Dec 14 - Regular Meeting - SOD    
              Program: Joe Epstein, Conflict Resolution Svc.   

Oct 16 - A Team
Oct 23 - B Team
Oct 30 - C Team
Nov 6 - D Team
Nov 13 - E Team
Nov 20 - A Team
Nov 27 - B Team
Dec 4 - C Team
Dec 11 - D Team
Dec 18 - E Team

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 A police officer pulls a guy over for speeding and has the following exchange:

Officer: May I see your driver's license?

Driver: I don't have one. I had it suspended when I got my 5th DUI.

Officer: May I see the owner's card for this vehicle?

Driver: It's not my car. I stole it.

Officer: The car is stolen?

Driver: That's right. But come to think of it, I think I saw the owner's card in the glove box when I was putting my gun in there.

Officer: There's a gun in the glove box?

Driver: Yes sir. That's where I put it after I shot and killed the woman who owns this car and stuffed her in the trunk.

Officer: There's a BODY in the TRUNK?!?!?

Driver: Yes, sir.

Hearing this, the officer immediately called his captain.

The car was quickly surrounded by police, and the captain approached the driver to handle the tense situation:

Captain: Sir, can I see your license?

Driver: Sure. Here it is.   (It was valid)

Captain: Who's car is this?

Driver: It's mine, officer. Here's the owner' card.   (The driver owned the car)

Captain: Could you slowly open your glove box so I can see if there's a gun in it?

Driver: Yes, sir, but there's no gun in it.   (Sure enough, there was nothing in the glove box)

Captain: Would you mind opening your trunk? I was told you said there's a body in it.

Driver: No problem.   (Trunk is opened; no body)

Captain: I don't understand it. The officer who stopped you said you told him you didn't have a license, stole the car, had a gun in the glovebox, and that there was a dead body in the trunk.

Driver: Yeah, I'll bet the liar told you I was speeding, too