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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....Sep 6, 2007
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

  Jacobus    Metsker     Miley

Guests:   Bob Johnson was the guest of John Vierthaler. Bob was a program speaker in 1981.

Fines: To Tim for advertising it is his birthday today. To Jacobus for starting the song with tight shorts. Both passed.

Handshake prize: To Tim, a pocket utility knife. Tim: Entertainment books are here, get yours now. Now you can get vouchers for selling books.

Don: Need reporter for next week.

Enslow: Results of the 17th Annual Golf Tournament: Sand Baggers: Ballew 1st, Smith 2nd.
Hdy cap: Stein 1st, Hogge 2nd & Manley 3rd
Gross: Enslow 1st & Bezjak 2nd
Hiss had the longest putt and Manley was Closest to Pin.
No one had a camera so we had a mock award ceremony.
Great time had by all and a big Sertoma Thank You to Enslow, again, for putting together a great match.

BINGO was brought up. There will be an opening at Bingo City for Friday nights. The previous group was getting 120-140 players. Slammers Bingo has an opening next week. More discussion at next weeks Board Meeting.

Dean Hiss: Dean, the Foundation President, announced the names of 3 persons who will received monies for hearing devices. Randy Smith added some information about the 3 persons. They are all good recipient candidates.


Jack Marshell told us about his life which started out April 17, 1957, 2 days before the tax deadline for his dad. Born in Denver, lived in Virginia and Maryland because dad was in Navy, and returned Littleton area and graduated from Littleton High. In 1975, he joined the Air Force as a weapons specialist on a bomber and served in England. When he returned to the state, he got off the plane in Myrtle Beach, SC. and the heat and humidity about knocked him over.

Jack was discharged in 1979 as a Sergeant, and tried being an electrician but got zapped so many times, he decided to change career paths. He went to ACC for architectural technology and ended up with a scholarship to a school in Kansas but bought a house here and started attending CU but didn't graduate. He learned enough from his dad to help him pass the tests.

Jack met his wife, Marcia, who was from NE and they were married in 1987. It was a short courtship and at least 9 months after they were married, his daughter was born. (something about being snowed in was mentioned).

Jack's father and others, such as Bill Parchen, brought him into the club. He figured after 10 years in Kiwanis and 9 of those years in a position of office, Sertoma wouldn't be bad but it didn't take long before he started through the chairs and made it to the top.

Jack said he once was the on bathroom scale at the White House and also mentioned he took the Enslow School of Speed Reading and Speaking.

Program:   Mike Ballew introduced Rick Crandall, who is the program chairman at KEZW 1430 AM. Rick talked about the history of KEZW, which started broadcasting on November 11, 1957 at the Ranger Motel in Aurora. It was the first Rock & Roll station in the Denver area for about 7 months before KIMN came to town. KEZW plays music from the 40's, 50' & 60's, the Great American Song Book.

Time and again America has called on Colorado's sons and daughters to defend the world's freedom. Thousands who answered the call never returned. Rick came to tell us about The Colorado Freedom Memorial, to be built on a 2 acre parcel near Buckley Air Force Base in a new park being built by the City of Aurora. The city has contributed a generous lease for the land as their support for the project. Other in kind donations have come in but they still need money.

The memorial will be constructed of glass that will reflect Colorado's mountains and blue skies. Approximately1 4 feet tall and 125 feet long, the glass panels will be etched with the names of the over 6,000 who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Privates, Generals, MIA's, all wars (back to the Spanish-American War) and branches of service honored in one place. There is no memorial in America like it.

One of the problems with any organization, trying to put a list of names together to be added to the memorial, a lot of the records were destroyed back in the 70's when there was a fire in St. Louis, in the building that housed a lot of military records. Slowly, some names are coming in but the organization needs more help. If you know of fallen Coloradoans, let the group know.

For more information, goto www.cfmf.net

 Tim Pollak  Scott Manley   Rick Campbell

On the calendar .. www.arapahoe-sertoma.org/cal.htm
Sertoma Application form: app.pdf



Sep 11 - Board of Directors meeting - 6 p.m. Elks Club: All members welcome
Sep 13 - Regular Meeting - SOD - Mason
Sep 20 - Regular Meeting - SOD - McKim
Sep 27 - Regular Meeting - SOD - Metsker
Oct 4 -  Regular Meeting - SOD - Miley
Oct 9 -  Board of Directors meeting - 6 p.m. Elks Club: All members welcome
Oct 11 - Regular Meeting - SOD - Morrone

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Black and White (Under age 40? You won't understand.)

You could hardly see for all the snow, Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go. Pull a chair up to the TV set, "Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet."

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in icepack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli .

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about
boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell , and a pager was the school PA

We all took gym, not PE.. and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in
gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I
can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after
school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaicc health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt,
Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like
iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $79 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it
was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and
then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional
family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?


Pass this to someone and remember that life's most simple pleasures are very often the best.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.