Song: Rick Jacobus Pledge: Ed Bezjak
Prayer: Doug Harder
Guests: Jim Perkins introduced Alice, his wife aka Florence: (Florence is a feminine English given name. It is the French version after Saint Florentia, Roman martyr under Diocletian. It comes from Latin florens, florentius “blossoming”, verb floreo, meaning “to flower”, in the sense of a blossom.)
Announcements: If you are interested in the Club’s Financials for last year, see Dick Mason who puts in a lot of work throughout the year. Better yet, come to the Board Meetings once a month to learn what’s going on with the club. It’s open to all members.
Tim’s wife Ruth will be here next week to promote a fund raiser for Second Wind. Also, Tim is looking for people (businesses) to advertise in the Sertoma Directory. If interested, see Tim.
Mike says there are a couple people that need to pay-up for the Installation Dinner.
Put your thinking caps on and come up with ideas for programs. Our Directors are running out of ideas. Also, how about some club events? Miley mentioned one at Top Golf.
Sertoman of the Day: Jim Perkins graced us today as our SOD. Jim was born in Warrior, (Birmingham) Alabama in 1946, 34 years to the day after Sertoma International was founded. Jim has lived in Denver since 1950. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School. It is, of course, still standing.
He is a self-proclaimed sports nut. His 2 best sports were bowling and golf, the problem being for either game, the scores were the same. When he was about a year old, he had Polio so that drove him to get involved in anything he could to overcome the handicap. No matter what he was involved in, he always tried too hard to be the best. It could be sports, board games, boy scouts, bible class or any group activity.
He has been married twice, first to T.E.B., and now married to Alice since 1985. He has two children and one adopted. His son served in Iraq but is now back home, he is scheduled to retire soon. His daughter is Joe Dowdey’s neighbor. Jim has five grandkids.
Jim worked summers at Elitch Gardens Theme Park, until he wrecked their train. He then worked at the Colorado Department of Highways as a data “collector”, which was a bit more along the lines of a data “modifier”. He then went on to work as a cabinet maker.
Jim’s final and main career was for Norgren where he started as a sub assembler. He worked his way up to be the product manager for the Americas and the Pacific Rim. While working at Norgren he was able to finish his degree and went on to complete an MBA. Then, on March 10th, 1993 he fell down icy steps while attending a trade show in Chicago. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, which rendered him paraplegic. He continued to work for Norgren, retiring in 1998.
Jim joined the Arapahoe Sertoma Club in 2003. He was brought into the club by Joe Dowdey and has gone through several chairs and helping whenever and where ever he can. Listen to Jim Perkins.mp3
Program: Clarke Bennett introduced Gary Sears, former Englewood City Manager. Gary talked a little about his time as City Manager but mostly about the history of Cinderella City. He had a power point but due to technical issue, we were unable to see it but you can view a PDF version of it here:..
Sears to retire at end of summer By Peter Jones
Englewood City Manager Gary Sears carried around a version of his retirement letter for a few months before finally deciding the time was right.
“I’ve had the letter for a couple City Council meetings, but issues came up,” he said.
Budgetary matters, a strategic planning process and talks about merging Englewood’s fire department with a neighboring jurisdiction kept Sears’s resignation in his briefcase, but he finally pulled it out on March 3.
“I felt maybe it was time to look at the world from a different lens and move ahead,” said Sears, 66. “The city’s in good shape. I’m working well with the City Council. I’ve got great department directors. But at some point in time with the number of hours required in this job, you want to do a little bit of traveling and maybe do something of a volunteer nature.”
Sears will step down Sept. 1, ending his long tenure as Englewood’s municipal CEO.
The long-serving city manager has seen significant change, having served under six mayors and overseeing some of the most significant change in Englewood’s history.
“I came here when Cinderella City was on its last legs and going through the whole transit-oriented development. That’s been a highlight,” Sears said. “The big thing was going through the downturn economy, the layoffs and freezes. It’s been a challenge, but we survived that without raising taxes – and the level of services continues to be outstanding.”
Perhaps the most outstanding survival has been that of Sears himself. In a governmental industry where a city manager’s average term of service is little more than five to six years, Sears nearly tripled that average, serving in his often politically delicate role for 17 years.
As Englewood’s top appointed leader, Sears has been the intermediary between the elected City Council and Sears’s staff of full-time municipal professionals. The role can be challenging because as a city’s elected leaders change, a new guard often seeks new blood in the city manager position.
Above info from: https://villagerpublishing.com/englewood-city-manager-stepping/
Upcoming programs and events:
Sertoma Area Calendar
Jul 26 – Diane Vaught, African Safari
Aug 2 – Diane DeBose K-9 Diabetic Alert Dog
Dec. 9th Christmas Party at Lone Tree CC
Upcoming SOD list
Jul 19 – Pat McKim
Jul 26 – Dave Miley
Aug 2 – Tim Pollak
Aug 9 – Norm Schillo
Ed Bezjak will fill in if needed.
**If you are not the next up, please be ready to take that spot if that person is not here.**
Click here for a printable version Printdoc_Jul 12_18
Flying Five: Ed Bezjak
Pot of Gold: Dave Miley
Hand Shake: n/a