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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....October 16, 2008
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote of the Day:   George Carlin - "Don’t sweat the PETTY things and don’t PET the sweaty things."

Guests:    None

Fines:  A fine was proposed for how bad the song was sung but there was no consensus as to whom to fine.

Announcements:   Click here for the latest Recruiting Manual from Sertoma

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

Doug has the new Entertainment books for $25.

Columbine Sertoma is celebrating their 55th year at the Red Lion Hotel SE on October 18th. Social time is at 5:30-6:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm. $20, Reservations due by Oct. 10th. Contact 303 991-0681W or 303 752-2088H.

Dry Creek Sertoma is holding a wine tasting for $25 to be held Oct 25th from 6-8 M - see Jim Rees for details. Santa letters for $5.00 each.

Fall District Conference is Oct 25th , 7:30AM to 12:30PM

Still need someone to be the club Historian.

Possible BINGO opportunity. More discussion to follow.


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Don Nelson, born in 1924 and grew up on a farm in N.W. Iowa. He went all 12 years to the same school and it is still standing and being used as a school. The family did not have a tractor, and they had to use horses, they also didn't have electricity until he was in high school when the REA came through and delivered power to all the farms. Don said that was one of the best things to happen for rural America.


He was working in a VA hospital where he met his wife Jackie. They have been married for 60 years.   They moved to Colorado shortly after they were married. Don then enrolled in veterinary school and practiced until he sold his practice in 1983 to another Nelson. He has been retired ever since.

He has three kids. His son is a colonial in the Air Force and was our speaker only a few months back. One daughter is retired and the other is a microbiologist. He has six grandkids.

He has served in the marines and was stationed on the USS Colorado during WWII. The ship had 16” guns. They were not so bad if they were firing forward but if they fired to the side it would move the entire ship two feet sideways. Needless to say, it made it hard to sleep.

His biggest fear was the suicide planes. They were hit by one once in the spring of 1945 off of Okinawa. It hit amidships and killed six of his buddies. By shear luck he was down on the deck below his 40 millimeter gun. The gun and the people on it were not so fortunate. He was injured and has little recollection of what happened afterwards. He did receive a purple heart. He also received his campaign ribbons. (According to a search on the internet, this happened at Leyte Gulf - November 27, 1944) The deck down below was severely damaged killing quite a number of other sailors. The ship was able to continue on with its duties but of course it did end up having to be repaired.

He did wind up in the hospital for a year because he caught tuberculosis related to his military service. That did have the fortunate benefit of extending his GI Bill benefits so he ended up having to pay for about a quarter of his college education.

He was briefly in Japan at Yokahama during the signing of the peace treaty. He noted that during the shore leaves on some of the south pacific islands the times were “interesting”… especially with those South Pacific girls. He made it from private to private first class.

Don joined the club in 1965 when they started the Sunset Club with Mabe, Sam Anderson, Steve Bolyard and others.

He went to school on the GI Bill. He feels that the GI Bill is one of the best things that the country did for veterans because it allowed a much lower pool of people to attend college. He went to what is now CSU but then was Colorado A&M. In his class over 900 applied and they accepted 67.

To read more about the history of the U.S.S COLORADO, click this:


Program:   Tim Pollak introduced Len Skovira, a Community Relations Manager for Erickson Retirement Communities.

The company’s core business is developing and managing retirement communities. For middle-income people, the Erickson lifestyle offers unparalleled opportunities and is the best financial and health decision people can make.

The Erickson network currently comprises 23 campuses. Twenty-three campuses in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia, are home to more than 21,000 people and employ more than 12,000. The company is currently developing new communities in the Denver area, Kansas City area, and in Ashburn, Virginia. It is also pursuing land acquisition opportunities across the U.S.

The company’s annual overall growth in 2006 was 14.6%. A total of 2,431 people across the country moved to Erickson campuses last year, and the company added a total of 1,100 new employees nationwide in 2006.

Erickson pioneered the 100% Refundable Entrance Deposit,* which protects residents' equity, and a fee-for-service schedule that ensures residents only pay for services they want and/or need, making the full range of housing and health services available to middle- and moderate-income America.

Upcoming programs:
October 23rd-John Burghardt-The Amazing World of Bats
October 30-Open 
November 6th- Grey La Certe-Identity Theft
November 13-Frank Novachek-Hydrogen as a Automotive Fuel
November 20-Dean Cottington-God Bless America
November 27-Thanksgiving
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Oct 23 - Regular Meeting - SOD– Barney O’Grady
Oct 30 - Regular Meeting - SOD– Jim Perkins
Nov 6  - Regular Meeting - SOD – John Pifer
Nov 13 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Tim Pollak
Nov 20 - Regular Meeting - SOD – Jim Rees
Nov 27 - Thanksgiving day.


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Cleaning Chickens

'Late again,' the third-grade teacher said to little Sammy.

'It ain't my fault,' Miss Crabtree. 'You can blame this on my Daddy.  The reason I'm three hours late is Daddy sleeps naked!'

Now Miss Crabtree had taught grammar school for thirty-some-odd years. So she asked little Sammy what he meant by that, despite her mounting fears. Full of grins and mischief, and in the flower of his youth, little Sammy and trouble were old friends, but he always told the truth.

'You see, Miss Crabtree, at the ranch we got this here lowdown coyote. The last Few nights he done et six hens and killed Ma's best milk goat.  And last night, when Daddy heard a noise out in the chicken pen, he grabbed his gun and said to Ma, 'That coyote's back again, I'm a gonna git him!''

'Stay back, he yelled to all us kids!'

He was naked as a jaybird, no boots, no pants, no shirt!  To the hen house he crawled, just like an Injun on the snoop. Then he stuck that double barrel through the window of the coop. As he stared into the darkness, with coyotes on his mind, our old hound dog Zeke had done woke up and come a sneakin' up behind Daddy. Then we all looked on plumb helpless old Zeke stuck that cold nose in Daddy's crack!

'Miss Crabtree, we been cleanin' chickens since three o'clock this mornin'!



Subject: Involuntary Muscular Contractions

A professor was giving a lecture on 'Involuntary Muscular Contractions' to his first year medical students.

Realizing that this was not the most riveting subject, the Professor decided to lighten the mood slightly. He pointed to a young woman in the front row and said, 'Do you know what your ass hole is doing while you're having an orgasm?'

She replied, 'Probably deer hunting with his buddies.'

The professor laughed so hard he could not continue with the class.