Unison Bill Benton
Fines: Two-bit fine to Vierthaler for proposing he knows where the Bingo Hall is. Passed. An additional dime for lateness.
Two-bit fine to Campbell for advertising for Vierthaler.
Announcements: Bingo is starting up on October 5 th. We are using the same teams. We are using the same format as before. The crowd averages 110 people. We are at the same place, Bingo City. We are starting with “A” team.
Fall District Conference 7:30 to 12:00 on October 13 th.
Sertoman of the Week (Week! What?): Pat McKim.
First he insults our hair. Pat was born in York, Penn in 1968 (Grim remarked that he has hemorrhoids that old) the last of 4 kids. He went to Littleton public schools. Rick Jacobus and Sam Anderson got him into the club. Pat has known Rick a long time. He went to CU Denver for his degree as a certified financial planner for the past 16 years. Pat has served every position in the club except secretary and a bingo captain for 8 or 10 years. He is single, has never been married and has no kids. His hobbies include everything that takes him where the ladies are, riding dirt bikes and mountains bikes. He has no military service. He grew up on the Platt River and his High School, Heritage High, is still standing.
Program:John Vierthaler, director.
Our speaker is Paul Mott. Paul is a native of Kansas, but was raised in Colorado Springs. He has a master’s degree in educational administration. He went to Uganda in 1968, about the same time that Idi Amin came to power. If any of you have seen the movie “The Last King of Scotland” then he will be talking about the events of that time. Paul is now president of Thomas Moore School here in Denver.
He was there two years before Amin came into power. He was the administrator of a girl’s boarding school. The school has 10,000 openings and over 100,000 applicants. Conditions were different because of the aggressiveness of the local parasites. All clothes had to be ironed to kill fly eggs, meat had to be cooked well done and all vegetables had to be cooked or peeled. The country had two dry seasons and two wet seasons. It had a beautiful climate and was a great place to live.
When Amin took over everything went downhill. As you may remember exactly what you were doing when Kennedy was shot, he knows exactly what he was doing when Amin came into power. Paul was supposed to be going into the capital city, 120 miles to the south, to ask the government for money for the continued operation of the school. He was feeling ill that day and luckily missed being in the capital city when the coup occurred. The borders were closed so he arranged to get passage through a convent, that straddled the border, to get to a bank and make a call out to the U.S. to inform them of his status.
They left one year after the coup. By the time Amin came out of power eight years later, he has exterminated 150,000 of the members of the opposing tribes in the country. Lots of people disappeared during that period. Speaking out about Amin was a guaranteed death sentence.
Paul actually has pictures of him with Amin that were taken at the school when he came for a visit. Paul remembers that he was a very big man and that he was just a different kind of man. He had a real knack for terrifying people. He also instituted very effective mob rule. Mobs would beat you to death for any infraction but they also were at their core nice people.
At the time he was there the average income was $82.00 a year and the unemployment rates were around 85%.
Uganda was a former British colony and Amin had a great amount of animosity for the British Empire. The name of the movie came from his great admiration for the way the Scottish broke away from the British Empire.
Idi Amin was never tried for his crimes. He escaped the country to Saudi Arabia where he lived until he died about 3 years ago. He was also a Muslim.
Edi kicked out all the whites and the Asians by the end of the first year. The Asians had come over in the 1940 to help build the roads and by the time Idi Amin took over they controlled all of the finances in the country.
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