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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....October 2, 2014
This weeks Reporter- Don Smith

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Guests:   The Rev. introduced his new LSC, Vicky Oren.

Fines:  Doug fined Tim at Table 5 (where did he come up with that number?) for not wearing a red shirt like the rest of his table mates.

Announcements:  Oct 28 the Chamber is having their luncheon and we WILL NOT have our own lunch that week, Oct 30th. We also need to find someone to be our Sertoman of the Year and present them at the Chamber lunch. Mike Magee will be scratching his head on this one. If you want to nominate someone, contact Mike.

Tim had the new Directories to hand out, see him if you need one.

Birthday’s to Don Nelson who turns 90 today. A few of the members headed over to his house after the meeting to congratulate him and wish him well. Jeannie also announced there will be an open house at Don’s place on Oct 18th from 3 to 5pm.

Bill Benton said Bob Gallagher all busted up but in great spirits. He is busy with rehab during the day so an evening visit or call may be best…..Maybe you should call first, check with Bill on that.

Jim Rees greeted everyone today with his quarterly gift, a bill. Be sure to get paid up as soon as possible, he would appriciate that.

The club received a card from Legacy of Hope, thanking us for our donation.

Remember, if you bring in a new member and he stays 6 months, you get Free Dues - per new member for a quarter.


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Sertoman of the Day:   We caught him just in time; he said he is getting ready to go back to Arizona in a few days. Today’s SOD is Ed Bezjak, who grew up in the Globeville area of Denver and after various grade schools, attended Annunciation High School. As part of the parochial league, Ed and his team mates held their own against rivals such as Regis.

Ed met Margie in 1955 and has been married to her for 59 years. They have 2 daughters and 3 grandkids. All are above average. One of his daughters is deaf and after collage, Ed wanted her to come back to Denver to work for which Ed thought he could get her a job but she stayed back east and has been working for Homeland Security for several years.

In 1992, Ed was inducted into the Colorado Softball Hall of Fame which indicates he had a fair amount of talent in that sport. Ed has been in Sertoma over 40 years and was brought into the club by Doug Harder. Ed was the original captain of bingo and figures he has rode that horse long enough. Listen to Ed Bezjak.mp3

Program:   Randy Smith filled in for John Vierthaler and introduced John Bandimere, son of John Bandimere Sr. who started Bandimere Speedway. John gave us some great history of the speedway and other stories about cars and racing in Colorado and the country.

In 1958, John Bandimere Sr. purchased a parcel of land on the west side of Denver nestled up against the Hogback leading up to the Rocky Mountains. He and his family began the process of constructing a small but efficient drag strip that was to be used to augment their auto parts business. It also was the fulfillment of a dream of John Sr.'s to provide a safe environment for young people to learn about cars and race them off the streets.

Now, over 55 years later, the only thing at Bandimere Speedway that has not changed is the facility's location. Nearly every original building has been replaced including the original spark plug-replica timing tower and the event schedule has grown nearly 10 times its original size to host a variety of specialty events, including the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.

The most significant change to the facility was in 1988 when the Bandimere family made the decision to undergo a much-needed $4 million improvement project which included a year sabbatical on the national event circuit. The many facility improvements allowed for diversity of events, more spectator seating, better pit areas for race vehicles, improved spectator parking and access to all areas of the facility, and an unsurpassed venue for sponsor involvement with improved sign visibility. The ability to host larger spectator events added a tremendous amount of exposure opportunities for the facility and its sponsors. Seating capacity of the grandstands was increased from approximately 8,000 to over 23,500.

"This speedway was the fulfillment of a life-long dream of dad and mom's," relates John Bandimere, Jr., track president. "It gives me great joy to know that through the efforts and support of many dedicated people over the years, we are enjoying over 45 years as a successful full-time racing facility and look forward to many more years in the business."

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Listen to John Bandimere.mp3

Upcoming programs and events :
Oct 9 – Matt Crane – Arapahoe Co. Clerk & Recorder
Oct 16 – Jim Eklund – Chatfield Expansion
Oct 28 – Chamber of Commerce lunch
Dec. 8th: Club Christmas party at DTC Maggiano’s (no lunch that week)
Feb 17 – Freedom Week
List of future programs        Past programs.pdf

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Upcoming SOD list
Oct 9 – Bob Buckland & BOD
Oct 16 – Rick Campbell
Oct 23 – Glenn Combellick
Oct 30 – Carl Duncan
(BOD means Board Of Dir. meeting)

Click here for a printable version PDF             Club's 50yr Proclamation
   Editors notes:     If you want an electronic copy of the Roster,  
  send me an e-mail.
Sertoma Application form: app.pdf       Recruiting Manual     
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Links to the 2013 Christmas Party Photos:
2012 Buell Mansion Photos:

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If you would like to volunteer or donate to a great cause: 
Project C.U.R.E. International HQ
10377 E. Geddes Avenue, Centennial, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 792-0729 | Fax: (303) 792-0744
99% (Percent of the charity’s budget spent on the programs
and services it delivers)