by: Don Smith

THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....Sept. 21, 2006
This weeks Reporter-Sterling Cain

  Jacobus  Hogge      Duncan


Announcements:    Bingo: 72 attendance, 3700 deposit. 4700 progressive
C team up next week

Tim had a request: need a caller for october 2nd. - Mike Magee volunteered.

Steve Bollard update: none... assume he is ok. He is home. Club took flowers to him.

The District Conference will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 8:00 – 12:00AM
There will be a presentation about Bill Worth.

Fines:   Fine to Sterling for working by Penland. Upon discovering that Sterling was actually taking the minutes the fine was reflected back on Penland. Passed

Directories:   See Tim Pollak. We're on our last case.

King Soopers Coupons:   See Mike Magee.

Handshake - Howard Kelsall - umbrella


Pifer. Native Denver . 1942. 23rd and Lowell . Moved out to Littleton . Went to little red school house that was torn down to make room for Arapahoe community college. Went to Littleton HS in it's first year after construction. Went to DU for degree in management. State Farm agent. Retired last year.

Hobbies - ballgames, symphonies, etc. Finally got the prenups right.

Job history. 5-7 Worked with Dad at first mini-golf in Denver . Broadway and Jewell. age 8 - magic tricks. 10-14 paper route. 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. Did sports in HS. Worked summers with dad as tile setter. Worked as estimator for commercial painter at college. Ron Johnson brought him in Sertoma back when he was working as a banker. Started with State Farm out of college. Worked at that for 40 years. Military service - army reserves in 1967. Didn't go to Vietnam . Was program chair for Sertoma for 4-5 years. Build 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.

Graduated HS in 1960.

Brought a chart for marital history. I'm not even going to go there. He gave an involved presentation. Been married 6 times. Totals up to about 29 years. Didn't have enough space on the list to include girlfriends. Number 6 was the most expensive. Was able to keep his properties. (much laughter). No judge on retainer.

"Real fast and had quick hands" that's what all the girls used to say.

Dropped the football program at DU the year he started. He had a football scholarship.

SOD fiver + prize... last official state farm ice cream scoop. Went to Bob Hogge.

PROGRAM:    Carl Duncan, program director for the day. Sublime presentation complement to Pifer.

Speaker was Page Peary, MS, M.Ed. from NewGenesis. "A transitional community for the homeless." Grew up in Hollywood . Harold Peary was his Dad. Went to Hollywood High in the 50's. Went to Vietnam . Dad had a lot of radio stations all over the country. 1985 to 1992 sold off the radio stations. Came to Colorado to run them. He was recruited to help with the homeless in downtown in central Prespaterian church. Helped to found program to help the homeless.

Will be speaking about the homeless today. We currently deal with homelessness with indifference and by ignoring them. Nobody in the room gives money to panhandlers. Mitch Schneider after Vietnam started the homelessness awareness in the nation. He lied about it to get people to pay attention, but he started to get people to see we had a homeless problem. Instantaneously we went from having "wino’s" to "homeless".

Sees the Denver mayor's efforts to pump money into the homeless "problem" as an attractant to more homeless. Doesn't think Denver has a "homeless" problem. Has a problem with people without homes. Doesn't like the idea of freebies for kids. The average age of people in Denver that are "homeless" are 28. Usually ex-cons just out of the pen. Feels its a bad idea to just stick them in an apartment. Really wants to see a focus on giving these people services.

Organization is "new-genesis". Feels that shelters institutionalize people. No incentive to leave. Same as incarcerating them. His organization likes to get people into apartments as quickly as possible and then get them paying their way. So started charging for their services by charging about $7 a day. Gives them about $500,000 in income a year. (about $210 a month).

Hertower... what about mental institutions? 35 years ago the big institutions were killed. Completely different population. Makes less sense to institutionalize people now when the problem is no longer those folks, but rather 28 year old lazy bums.

Bob with step 13 deals with a narrow population because he deals namely with drunks. Perry deals mostly with folks coming out of institutions that have no sense of a need to work to live. New Genesis focuses on making them work. Also about 80% of folks that are homeless have personality disorders. They are people that are loners and either depressed or angry. NG works on getting them to work with groups.

$42.50 to house someone in salvation army for the night. Samaritan house is $55. NG costs about $9 because they have no security, chefs, janitors because the homeless provide the work themselves. (men?)

Skills? Minimum wage? How do they support themselves?

Did a survey in 1998-99... of the 425 only 2 lacked a high school educations. For the most part they didn't need training, they had just dropped out of the world of work. They were drywallers, carpenters, etc. They had skills, they just weren't using them. They could go to any work center and find work at $10 an hour.

Don't confuse poor with homeless. Working poor is a different problem.

What about families? $250 million dollars available for poor working families in Denver . This is a generous city. The statistics don't support the hype.

Feels that there is poverty industry to some degree that is predicated to an extend on hyping the numbers. Also blend homelessness and poverty together when speaker sees a vast gap between the two.

Thinks the problem is less substance abuse then it is personality disorders. We are a group that likes to meet... go to my shelter and you find 110 loaners that don't want a thing to do with one another. If we lost our money we'd figure something out... we have a support system. These guys don't have that.

Have a program in LV for women.

What about the men in white suits that go out and panhandle at intersections?. They make an industry of it.

Howard Kelsall     Mick McGee     Bob Hogge

          On the calendar ..   

                  Sep 28 - Regular Meeting - SOD Jim Rees
              Program: Lockheed-Martin, Pluto NASA Project
         Oct  5 - Regular Meeting - SOD Jim Robertson
              Program: Fred Joseph, State Securities Commissioner
         Oct  12 - Regular Meeting - SOD Norm Schillo
              Program: David Openheim, Naval Sea Power  
         Oct  19 - Regular Meeting - SOD
              Program: Jim Simmons, Wings over the Rockies
         Oct  26 - Regular Meeting - SOD
              Program: Commander Ken Poncelow, GPS Tracking Sys.   
         Nov 16 - Regular Meeting - SOD
              Program: Sean Raymond, Galaxy hold planets like Earth?
         Dec 14 - Regular Meeting - SOD    
              Program: Joe Epstein, Conflict Resolution Svc.   

Sep 25 - C Team
Oct 2 - D Team
Oct 9 - E Team
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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?? THE YEAR 1906??

The year is 1906. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906 :

The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.
With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.
The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year .
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME .
Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.
Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A. !

Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you and others all over the United States, possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.