little import . . . . .
A Message from Timmy
Hi Guys, If any of you are interested in some
Bronco Playoff tickets, I have 4 pair left. 1
pair are mine, the other 3 pair are friends
that have asked me to sell them. I have
listed all on Craigslist this morning some at
4 times face, some at 5 times, which seems to
be the going price. If any friends would like
them, they would be available for 3 times
face. They are all pairs, side by side. All
tickets are hard copies, not electronic
transfers. Map is below.
--Field level, sec 120,
about the 15-20 yd line (9 rows off of the
field) face $160 each
--Field level, sec 122, row 38, about the
40-45 yard line, face $160 each
--top level, sec 540, row 16SE corner, Face
$75 each (these are on top of the portal, so
like a front row seat, on the aisle,
but nobody will ever stand up in front of
sec 333, row 6 , about on the 5 yard line,
on the aisle, face $160 each. (You get
all of the luxury of Club level, private
stadium entrance with escalator & elevator
right to your seat,
private lounge with fully stocked cash bar &
wonderful fireplace, projection TVs, extra
wide padded seats with extra leg room. I have
never sat in the club level.)
-- Game is Sat. 1/12 2:30 PM against Baltimore
You Should Know:
Meeting coming up! Tuesday, January
8, at the RE/MAX conference room on
5:30 pm ~ Beer and Pizza, as usual.
Ronny Bush recently had two things:
1) Saturday a while back, he participated
in the state championship cyclecross, and
HE FINISHED! He says he came in
500th (out of 500), but HE FINISHED!
WOW! 2) From his research, it seems
that, instead of the world as we know it
ending, we are entering the beginning of
the next ICE AGE. He was hailed as
Our day of Sertoman Christmas giving was started out with Gary Cassell's "Special Christmas Poem" ~
"I'm writing this note to remind you that taxes have taken away,
The things I consider essential ~ My Reindeer, my Workshop, my Sleigh.
I now make my rounds on a donkey, who is old and crippled and slow,
so if you don't see me this Christmas,
I'm out on my ass in the snow!"
Notes and comments from the Chairman of the Board
"Sorry we snorted your sister" (ya' had to be there!)
"All of those whose mothers are living, take one step back. Jones, stay where you are!"
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Bradford (Mr. Sertoma) Burns bragged that he had his FIRST anniversary on December 31st! YAY!!
Paul Reed told us of a recent birthday with a (literal) wad 'o cash in the brag box. Whatta' guy!!
Pat Reed bragged on a birthday HE was about to have, saying he was 39 + 34. Hmmmmmmmm. . . . . . .
Pat, while he was at the box, had a brag for the "foursome of Sertomans" who showed up at Whole Foods on New Years Day, only to find that it WAS CLOSED! They were SO desperate, they dragged themselves to a Starbucks. Yccchhhh!!
Did you get that there is a Board Meeting this Tuesday at 5:30 at ReMax?? Open to ANY Sertoman! Pizza and Beer (Hopefully!)
Greg Anderson had a pretty amazing (TWENTY DOLLAR) brag for his daughter, Sadie: Seems she has made the United States Olympic Team!!!
More news as it comes!
If you have trouble viewing this, or just prefer to see it on a large screen,
UPCOMING PROGRAMS - from Lee Cord, V.P.
Dr Robert Meroney Fluids that Whirl
Jan18 Jerri Howe, Mathews House
Jan 25 Jerry Morris or Jack Graham CSU AD
Feb 1 Diane Jones, City Mgr Office
Feb 8 Susan Baker, Hearing Clinc
Feb 15 Valentine Lunch Ballroom Dancing,
Feb 22 Ed Jakubaskas, Syria
April 19th - We have
been invited to attend an Operation Smile
banquet (instead of lunch at the Aztlan, as
usual). More info as it solidifies.
September 6th - Golf
tournament at Highland Meadows (tentative
The Board decided
tonight that a business meeting would be held
at the first cancellation. It has been
mentioned that some members just do not know
or understand what happens with the money when
we raise it, and why it goes one place or
You can read (just
below) a quick synopsis by Bill Green. A
meeting will be held at first opportunity to
address this and other questions, however.
A Clarification (for
those who wondered)
by Bill Green
The proceeds from Beer
Sales, Flags, and other fundraisers go into our
and allow us to
grant funding to Crossroads, Boys & Girls Club,
Bob Reed Christmas Program etc.
cover the cost of our lunches, Aztlan Center,
and fees to Sertoma International. That is
handled through our
It is important to understand the distinction
between the two accounts, so that the community
does not think that any part of our beer
sales, tips, and flag revenue is spent to
directly benefit all of us "fat cat Sertomans!"
Your job won't
take care of you when you are sick. Your friends
and family will.
Larry Abrahamson (L) Retired, Jan 4th
Well, this is
it. If you get a ticket after today,
you're on your own!
A dozen or so Sertomans turned out last Friday
to help Larry retire. They and a ROOM
FULL of friends, family, law enforcement, and
government-types all gathered together to
recount Larry's exploits and give him a great
Anyone who was anyone was there . . . I mean,
WAS free food and a CASH BAR!
Th' Sheriff IS back in
town, with a new heart valve! A request
his badge has been put out ~ RETURN IT NOW, NO
If you do not, the tracking beacon WILL be
Allerheiligen recently celebrated his "18th
anniversary of his 50th birthday", so he had a
check for $18
Ken Borrett recently bragged
that he got a a GREAT Christmas present!
Seems he won a trip to Edinburgh,
Scotland, and has to play a golf course
where the 24th Reiter Cup is being played.
(Maybe that's Ryder??) Son, Jack, also
won, so he gets to go too, apparently.
Don't take yourself so
seriously. No one else does..
Heart warming Christmas Fable
When four of
Santa's elves got sick, the
trainee elves did not produce
toys as fast as the regular
ones, and Santa began to feel
the Pre -Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her
Mother was coming to visit,
which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the
reindeer, he found that three of
them were about to give birth
and two others had jumped the
fence and were out,
Heaven knows where. Then when he
began to load the sleigh, one of
the floorboards cracked, the toy
bag fell to the ground and all
the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the
house for a cup of apple cider
and a shot of rum. When he
went to the cupboard, he
discovered the elves had drunk
all the cider and hidden the
liquor. In his frustration, he
accidentally dropped the cider
and it broke into hundreds of
little glass pieces all over the
He went to get
the broom and found the mice had
eaten all the straw off the end
of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and
an irritated Santa marched to
the door, yanked it open, and
there stood a little angel with
a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully,
'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't
this a lovely day? I have a
beautiful tree for you. Where
would you like me to stick it?'
And thus began the tradition of
the little angel on top of the
Not a lot of people know this.
Have ya' got a spare 2
minutes?? Watch this:
. . . . you won't be sorry!
We presented Alysse, our lunchtime
server with The Rainbow, a Christmas
"Thank You" in the amount of $250.
She said the guy who used to set our
lunch up was still with Rainbow, so
she was planning to share with him.
presenting a check to Alysse
Remember, our Tuesday morning coffee
group is currently meeting at Whole
Foods, still at 7:30 a.m. !
Santa Bernecker told us that Cliff Bergren
had ANOTHER new knee put in seven days ago
and "he's doing great", and
Tom Bryan was in attendance as well,
hoping to score some medicinal scotch, I'm
Somewhere, I have a GREAT pic of
Stoner (who ended up with it) and
this bottle of scotch. It will
show up when I least expect it, and
I'll stick it in a newsletter
Bill began to share, and, with
nothing but SERTOMANS sitting around
him, it wasn't long before the
bottle was something
less than full!
In spite (or maybe BECAUSE OF)
neither Santa Glass NOR
Santa Rob showing up, we still had a
really fun Christmas party!
Santa Bernecker and his merry elf,
Jimmy (Manning) ran a pretty tight
ship, and got the job done nicely.
Again, pictures (hopefully) will
show up some day.
SOW (Sertoman of
Over 50 years old
Born in a red elction State (Dallas, TX)
Bridge is a favorite pasttime
"Bend, but not break" is unlike his name
IT could be called "Wiley Coyote" (spanish
he was at the U. of New Mexico
Our previous SOW, Gary Ross
(L), hands the trophy to our newest SOW,
Larry Glass, SOW
Ken Reiter recently read the following to us, purportedly from a Lance
Corporal James M. Smith to "Reverend Peckerhead".
I'm not sure of the exact provenance, but I
thought it worth printing.
'Twas The Night Before Christmas
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE,
MADE OF PLASTER AND
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
'SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS.'
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD EVENINGS'S CHILL.
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
HE WHISPERED, 'CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.'
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
'MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,!
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.'
This poem was written by a Marine.
poem, recited to Santa Bernecker:
"You drink too much, you
cuss too much, and you have questionable morals.
You're everything I've ever wanted in a friend."
is not sponsored this week.
Yeah, we still
have a few guys show up!
YOU have been invited (to represent Fort
Collins Sertoma Club) to attend a Community
Intensive Luncheon on Tuesday,
January 22 from 11:30 - 1 p.m. This
event will "give all concerned community
members a chance to learn about how mentoring
programs are meeting the needs of children and
young people in our own towns".
It will be held at The Community Life Center
at 220 N. Grant Avenue in Fort Collins.
That is North of LaPorte Avenue, between Grant
Guest panelists will include Matthews House,
Larimer County's OASIS Program, Heart and
Horses, CASA of Larimer County, Boltz Middle
School's ASPIRE Program, Boys and Girls Club,
and Partners Mentoring Youth.
RSVP with Carrie
Olenich no later than Monday, January 14th if
you'd like to attend! Email:
Past President/ Past Governor
Marvin (Marv) Fries
||Charter Member, Past President, SOY
Gen. Bill Mauer
||9/15/34 - 4/15/ 2005
||11/2/36 ~ 8/23/2005
||3/29/32 / ~ 12/18/05
||4/30/41 ~ 2/16/06
||11/4/58 ~ 12/19/06
||8/23/39 ~ 2/10/08
||5/17/39 - 5/22/2007
||Past Pres. & SOY
||6/23/41 ~ 6/10/09
||1/9/46 ~ 12/11/09
||5/14/31 ~ 12/11/10
||2/21/1948 ~ 3/1/2011
||2/8/1931~ 6/4, 2011
||Operation Santa Claus
||9/5/1932 ~ 10/5/2011
||Charter Member / Sgt. at Arms/ Ski Trip
||8/29/31 ~ 2/12/2012
|David Lee Thomas
||8/6, 1930 - 1/16, 2013