Sertoma Foundation
                             January 9, 2004 ~
                          December 31, 2004 ~ $24, 089.63
December 31, 2005 ~ $35,308.09
                         December 31, 2006 ~ $47,696.52
                        June 29, 2007 ~ $50, 911.02

                        July, 2008 ~ $53,134
January, 2009 ~ $40,654
January 2010 ~ 55,394
 July 2010 ~ $51,573
                    January, 2011 ~ $62,345

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Steve Lyttle is our SOW.  I'm sure we'll see him again, one day.  Come back Steve, all is forgiven!

(been working on this for a while, I think)
The Definition of Acceleration
Read this thru slowly and try to comprehend the amount of force produced in just under 4 seconds!
There are no rockets or airplanes built by any government in the world that can accelerate from a standing start as
fast as a Top Fuel Dragster or Funny Car!


One top fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than
the first 4 rows of stock cars at the Daytona 500.
It takes just 15/100ths of a second for all 6,000+ horsepower of an NHRA Top Fuel dragster engine
to reach the rear wheels.
Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1-1/2 gallons of nitro methane per second; a fully loaded
747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.
A stock Dodge Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster's supercharger.
With 3,000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is
compressed into a near-solid form before ignition.
Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.
At the stoichiometric (stoichiometry: methodology and technology by which quantities of reactants
and products in chemical reactions are determined) 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture of nitro methane,
the flame front temperature measures 7,050 deg F.
Nitro methane burns yellow.... The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing exhaust gases.
Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.
Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. A after halfway, the engine is dieseling from compression,
plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1,400 deg F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting the fuel flow.
If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinders and then explodes with sufficient force to blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half..
In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds, dragsters must accelerate an average of over 4G's.
In order to reach 200 mph (well before half-track), the launch acceleration approaches 8G's.

Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before you have completed reading this sentence.
Top fuel engines turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light! Including the burnout,
the engine must only survive 900 revolutions under load.
The redline is actually quite high at 9,500 rpm.
A assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP,
each run costs an estimate $1,000.00 per second.
The current top fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.428 seconds for the quarter mile (11/12/06,
Tony Schumacher, at Pomona , CA ). The top speed record is 336.15 mph as measured over the
last 66' of the run (05/25/05 Tony Schumacher, at Hebron , OH ).
Putting all of this into perspective:
You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter 'twin-turbo' powered Corvette Z06. Over a mile up the
road, a top fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a quarter mile strip as you pass. You have
the advantage of a flying start. You run the 'Vette hard up through the gears and blast across the starting
line and pass the dragster at an honest 200 mph. The 'tree' goes green for both of you at that moment.
The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down hard, but you hear an incredibly
brutal whine that sears your eardrums and within 3 seconds, the dragster catches and passes you.
He beats you to the finish line, a quarter mile away from where you just passed him.
Think about it, from a standing start, the dragster had spotted you 200 mph and not only caught,
but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1,320 foot long race course.
...... and that my friend, is



Ron Young and Tim Miller were recently acknowledged by Sertoma International for bringing in new members!


Th' Beave STRIKES again!

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Just a great quote

"And, I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed, sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holly Shit! Where's the Tylenol?"
                                                                                       ~ Clark Griswold, in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation





Our esteemed Treasurer, Bobbo (The Enforcer) Kopplin suggests using Bill Pay to pay your dues

Sertoma address is:

Fort Collins Sertoma Club
P. O. Box 1083
Fort Collins, CO  80522

OR, hand him (or Tim Miller) your check (BEST way!)


Mail a check (see above address)

But DO it promptly, even before you're billed.  Our cash flow problem is much better, but with on-time (or in-advance payments, we can more easily avoid a dues increase!! 

We received a nice thank you from Tracy at the Education and Life Training Center for our
money and help.

Despite the cold cold morning, The Boys and Girls Club or Larimer County had
approximately 550 guests in attendance.  
Right now the net total raised from the breakfast is a little over $50,000.
Maria Swall, Development Director says "Thank you for all you did to help make that happen!"

Wanna' see if you have any felons in your neighborhood???

Just type in a street name at the top of the form & your whole neighborhood map will pop up.

Every place you see a red balloon or thumb tack is the home of a convicted felon.

Just place your mouse over an icon & not only will the name come up,
but also the crime they were convicted of.

Share with your friends . . . Safety first.    


Don Shannon told us a story recently about going skiing and trying out Demo skis from different manufacturers . . . the kid there asked Don how old he was, and, when told, said "Oh shit, the
schedule for weight and height doesn't even go that high!"  Don told him just put "50 Plus".  And
that's what his brag (and check for the Foundation) was for . . . . 50 plus!  Happy Birthday December 17th.  (yeah, yeah, I'm a little behind)

 Shawn Dunnigan had a 2 part brag:  1) After many years of trying to work his way into teaching at CSU, the Dean of the Fitness, Finance, and Real Estate division called and asked if he'd like to teach an investments course at CSU . . . . Shawn said, "Of course I would".  and 2) He just celebrated his one year anniversary of his new firm, Colorado Financial Partners, and he no longer has an obligation to "Those Fuckers at Wells Fargo".  Congratulations!


Bob Keiss bragged on US a while back . . . seems he gave his "mule program" to EIGHT other service clubs in town.  He says that out of the eight, none of the other clubs come even close to ours!  But, WE knew that, didn't we!??!

Tim Miller had a $10 brag on his wife Dani.  He tells us how, with the help of three different attorneys and a TON of money, AT&T STILL owed them (Cellular Junction) a "substantial amount of money." 
Well, one day, Dani grabbed all the paperwork involved, flew to California, met with AT& T's attorneys by herself, and returned with a good settlement!  All this without pullin' a piece!

Larry Glass bragged that his wife, after being diagnosed with cancer and given a 20% chance to live
3 - 5 years, was still alive after 23 YEARS!  It was also their 35th wedding anniversary, and they traveled to San Diego to celebrate a long weekend.

Ink Cartridges are still being recycled.  I haven't found a place yet that pays well - our last place
was giving us .25 - .35 per cartridge; hardly worth the effort.  If anyone knows of anyone paying good CASH for inkjets, let me know.  412-9645

John K was thanked for a timely letter to the AD at CSU, and keeping us in their thoughts when it comes to next year's beer sales.  We recently received a "nice letter" back from Paul Kowalczyk, thanking John for his good work over the years, and saying he hoped to have 6 games this year.  He did not commit to us, but he IS thinking of us.  Nice work, John!

Don Nelson had a brag (and a check) for $78 with a birthday recently.  Happy Birthday!

Dick Ziporlin bragged that he has an 80th BIRTHDAY COMING UP! 

Norm was recognized (again!) and thanked for his recent update to the Directory.  Great Work!



Okey Reese (L), receives new membership packet from our Membership V.P., Josh Benedict
Josh recognized a new member recently, Okey Reese.  Since Okey  just comes once a quarter, we've gotta' be quick to catch him!


Last Friday, we had the best Valentine's Day program that we've had since I've been in this club.  (At least, that could be attended by wives!)  Over 80 members and wives attended.  A floral arrangement program was presented by "Sherry", with Palmer Flowers, and several lucky wife's names were drawn at the end to receive the arrangements.  We had a sit-down dinner served by The Rainbow, who lived up to their usual standards. 
If you missed this program, you should cry a little!

Click on the thumbnails to see a larger picture, then use your "backspace" key on your keyboard
to return to the newsletter.

Even Dorothy came!


Gary Ross promised a check next week (thank you Wimpy!) for a brag today . . . . seems he and
his better half  have been married for 49 years! 

Ron mentioned that we seem to have a serious problem with our SOW . . . the fines are stacking up, and when he returns, it's been suggested that maybe a new endowment program could be started!  (Just kidding, Steve . . . . we've gone MUCH long than this without a SOW!)

Three old guys are out walking. 
First one says, 'Windy, isn't it?'
Second one says, 'No, it's Thursday!'
Third one says, 'So am I. Let's go get a beer..'

CLICK HERE to see minutes from December Board Meeting

You are driving in a car at a constant speed. On your right side is a 'drop off' (The ground is 18-20 inches below the level you are traveling on), and on your left side is a fire engine traveling at the same speed as you. In front of you is a galloping horse which is the same size as your car and you cannot overtake it. Behind you is another galloping horse Both horses are traveling at the same speed as you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation?

For the answer click and drag your mouse from star to star.
Get your drunk ass off the merry-go-round. *



Another reason to recycle.
 We need to think about this one...
If you had purchased $1,000 of
shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of
shares in AIG one year ago, you would have $33 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of
shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have $0 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the
beer and then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling, you would have
received $214.
Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily &
recycle. It's called the 401-Keg.
A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study
found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons ofalcohol a year.
That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon!

 Makes you proud to be an American,
doesn't it!??!

OK . . . . who is this gnarly dude, defending our country???
(Hint:  It was a few years ago!)

Important Dates

 Plan to attend!!

4.  Candlelight Dinner Theater ~ March 2011
5.  Shakespeare Festival in Estes Park - July
6.  Rockies Game with bus, & beer  April/May 2011
7.  Bas Bleu Theater Date Night - Maybe March
8.  Family Picnic - Chili Cook off


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Sertoman Accomplishments Birth/Death
Ed Hull      
Stan Shalla    
David James    
Don Sendgraf    
Dick Manges Past President  
Bill Banks Past President/ Past Governor  
Marvin (Marv) Fries  Charter Member  
Harv Nesbitt    
Jim Nichols Charter Member, Past President, SOY 10/5/29 ~
Gen. Bill Mauer    
Jim Hoeven Charter Member  
Pete Montagriff   9/15/34 - 4/15/ 2005
Jim Waltz   11/2/36 ~ 8/23/2005
Ron Kresl   3/29/32 / ~ 12/18/05
Bob Leinart   4/30/41 ~ 2/16/06
Larry Chaussee   11/4/58 ~ 12/19/06
John McLean   8/23/39 ~ 2/10/08
Chuck Blazek   5/17/39 - 5/22/2007
Denny Farnsworth Past Pres. & SOY 6/23/41 ~ 6/10/09
Russell Butler   1/9/46 ~ 12/11/09
Paul McCoy   5/14/31 ~ 12/11/10
Jerry Bender   2/21/1948 ~ 3/1/2011
Dick Ziporlin   2/8/1931~ 6/4, 2011
Bob Reed Operation Santa Claus 9/5/1932 ~ 10/5/2011
John Drescher Charter Member / Sgt. at Arms/ Ski Trip 8/29/31 ~ 2/12/2012
David Lee Thomas   8/6, 1930 - 1/16, 2013

The Sertoma Board of Directors
usually meets EVERY SECOND Tuesday  at
ReMax, 4703 Boardwalk, 
AT 5:30 p.m.  







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