Song:  Dick Mason            Pledge:  Dave Miley
Prayer:  Rev. Robinson

Guests:   Jim Perkins introduced Alice, his wife ( aka Aloysius );  Rev. Robinson introduced his LSC Angela;  Tim Pollak introduced his wife Ruth.

Ruth came today tell us about her sorority Beta Sigma Phi Charity fundraiser for Second Wind (Suicide prevention for all school age children).  $10 buys you unlimited pizza, garlic knots and fountain drinks at the Garlic Knots Restaurant August 16th from 5 to 8pm.  If you didn’t get a ticket today, see Tim, I bet he can get you one.

Fines:    To Tim for subjecting his wife to the likes of Arapahoe Sertoma;   Randy for taking Tommy’s seat and the outfit he was wearing;   And to Buckie for having his Tee shirt on backwards.

Announcements: Injury report for the week:  Pat broke his leg dirt bike riding and won’t be to lunch for a couple weeks.  Benton is sporting a soft cast on his bent foot from a mishap he had on his bike, a car turned in front of Bill and hit the car door.

Dave Miley inquired if anyone is interested in going to a fundraiser at Top Golf to benefit Southwest Counseling Associates August 12 from 2 to 5pm.   Here is Dave’s proposal.jpg

Tim is looking for people (businesses) to advertise in the Sertoma Directory.  If interested, see Tim.

Gary made a larger than life image of our Sertoma Logo and it can be put on display when we do functions.

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.

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.

Our New Web link…https://arapahoesertoma.org/  built with the help of Karie Farr, whose business is www.ideashop.com .  The old web address will not exist shortly so bookmark the new one.

Sertoman of the Day:    Today’s SOD is Ed Bezjak, who grew up in the Globeville area of Denver and after various grade schools, attended Annunciation High School.   As part of the parochial league, Ed and his team mates held their own against rivals such as Regis.

Ed met Margie in 1955 and was married to her for 60 years until her death in 2015.  They have 2 daughters and 3 grandkids.  All are above average.  One of his daughters is deaf and after collage, Ed wanted her to come back to Denver to work for which Ed thought he could get her a job but she stayed back east and has been working for Homeland Security for several years.

In 1992, Ed was inducted into the Colorado Softball Hall of Fame which indicates he had a fair amount of talent in that sport.   Ed has been in Sertoma over 40 years and was brought into the club by Doug Harder.  Ed was the original captain of bingo and figures he has rode that horse long enough.  Listen to Ed Bezjak.mp3


Program:
   Gary introduced Clarke Bennett who just can’t get enough of telling us interesting stuff.  Today, Clarke gave a brief history of Jefferson Randolph Smith II but you may remember him as Soapy Smith if you were in Denver back in the late 1880’s.

 

“A gambler is one who teaches and illustrates the folly of avarice; he is a non-ordained preacher on the vagaries of fortune and how to make doubt a certainty.  He is one who, in his amusements, eliminates the element of chance; chance is merely the minister in his workshop of luck; money has no value except to back a good hand.”

– Jefferson R. Smith

One of the most well-known con men of the 1800’s, Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith, II, operated a number of “rackets” in the American West for decades. From Texas, to Colorado, to Alaska, Smith organized groups of bunko men into gangs that operated shell games, crooked gambling, and other scams with the likes of such men as Texas Jack Vermillion, “Big Ed” Burns, and numerous others.

By 1879, Soapy and his gang had moved to Denver, Colorado where he expanded his operations from not only “short-cons,” but, also into large scams including fake stock exchanges and lottery offices. But, he and his men continued their smaller games, as well, as Denver had a wide-open policy towards gambling, making for the perfect setting for their deceitful games. As the money continued to roll in for Soapy, he began to organize many of the men operating in Denver into such a stronghold that he proclaimed himself to be the boss of Denver’s underworld crime empire.

Born November 2, 1860, in Newnan, Georgia, Smith belonged to a well-educated, wealthy family. His great-grandfather owned one of the finest plantations in the area and his father was a lawyer. But, like many southern families, their prosperity came to an end after the Civil War.

Alias Soapy Smith history:  http://www.soapysmith.net/id17.html


Upcoming programs and events
:
Sertoma Area Calendar

Arapahoe Calendar:
Jul 26 – Diane Vaught, African Safari
Aug 2 – Diane DeBose K-9 Diabetic Alert Dog
Dec. 9th  Christmas Party at Lone Tree CC

Future Programs:      Past programs:   Club history

Upcoming SOD list
Jul 26 – Dave Miley
Aug  2 – Tim Pollak
Aug 9 – Norm Schillo
Pat McKim 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.**

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Flying Five:  John Laudermilk
Pot of Gold:   Ruth Pollak
Hand Shake:  n/a