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Meeting 10-12-16

Our District Governor Larry Vaughn was our speaker this week and he says we are in the same boat as other civic clubs trying to get new members as some of the older members are either moving into nursing homes or going to heaven. He put most of the work onto our younger members as this is the age group we are looking for. Jacob Tippens is a great example as he brought a friend this week, if we could clone Jacob we would have the problem fixed in a couple of months.  Larry has been in Sertoma for 40 years and says the thing that inspired him was his opportunity to help other people; there is so much we can do as a group that an individual just does not have the funds or time to tackle. He brought a handout of Generational Differences in the Workplace that is most interesting.
Larry also brought with him a plaque for our own Dr. Carl Asp as he was selected as Sertoman of the Year for the district!  You just can’t keep a good man down! We are fortunate to have him with us!

Next week:  We will have the Ice Bears! Well, not all of them but we will have their general manager Mike Murray and their coach Mike Craigen. They are being brought to us by our own Chris Hoosier.

Announcements:  Terrell Kerr announced a Block Party on Oct. 20 at Northgate Terrace from 4:30 to 7:00pm. This is a fund-raiser for the Manor at Northgate Terrace. Cost is $10. And you get to eat, shop and play games.
The board meeting is postponed for next week and moved to the 25th.
We have raffle tickets for sale to attend a UT game but I failed to write down who we are playing but I bet we’ll have an opportunity to find out. I do remember they are only selling 300 tickets so your chances are good and the seats are in a good location. Check back next week for more details.
Marianne has scheduled the Madrigal Singers from South Doyle High School for December 14th. This is always a great time to bring guest.

Housekeeping: Bob Rentenbach prayed, Ron Grimm led the pledge and we didn’t have a grid pick winner as our “picker” was out of town!



Meeting October 6th

Our Wednesday meeting featured Col David Beck brought to us by Terrell Kerr. He was one of those people you would like to sit down with a cup of coffee and talk to for a couple of hours.  Joined the Marines actually before graduating from college (UT) and said he always wanted to fly. They taught him how which gave him the opportunity to fly in combat missions. He eventually decided to further his education and went back to school and obtained a law degree. Evidently he was quite good at being a lawyer and was picked to defend or prosecute several high profile cases. He says he always falls back on what his father taught him; do the right thing and you know what that is. He stated he was also taught to seek first the kingdom of God. If he is willing I think it’s safe to say we would have him back again.

We met at the Southern Railway location, Marianne has done a great job with the building and for us persons growing up in Knoxville it’s a trip down memory lane. Next door to Marianne is a winery, didn’t know that, I need to get out more!


Next Week: Larry Vaugh will be here to tell us what is happening with Sertoma nationally, and how bright is our future. I believe he is the governor now and should have most of the answers.

On October 19 Chris Hoosier is bringing someone from the Ice Bears. I understand there are people who think of hockey the same way most of you men view football. Should be different and interesting.

On October 26 Mike McKinney is bringing the new clinical director at UT. Don’t have a name.


Record keeping:  Andy Schoerner prayed, Brett Grimm led the pledge, with a 2-way tie on grid pick  that the other person didn’t put their name on the slip  Ron Grimm got the money.


Meeting September 28th 2016

Senator Becky Massey

According to Senator Massey the state of Tennessee is doing well and she is in a position to know. We have a state budget of 34 billion dollars (that’s way too many zeros for me) and they are required to balance the budget. We rank 8th for the strongest state, 2nd for roads (Texas ranked best). All is not good, we still have health problems, drug addiction, homeless and people on welfare but on a lighter note the Sertoma Center is doing well and continuing to grow with 31 residential locations and more being planned.

We had a brief pause to install our newest member Bert West. He is retired, lives across the street from Jerry Faerber, married to the same woman since ’77 and has three grown children. I think it’s safe to say he will be an asset to the club.

We also presented Dr. Carl Asp with the plaque that went along with his being chosen Sertoman of the Year.

Next week: We will have Col. Dave Beck brought to us by Terrell Kerr – we will be meeting at the Southern Railway.

The Kiwanis are again selling Christmas wreaths and would like to get your order. If he told the cost I missed it.

Oktoberfest is just 1 week away! Get those brown bag items in and get ready for a fun evening. Just think, you could go home with $5000 in your pocket and regardless you’ll go home with something!

Record keeping: Jason prayed, Becky led the pledge and Jim Thompson won the grid pick.




Meeting 9-21-16

Habitat for Humanity’s Kelle Shultz

Jacob introduced Kelle Shultz who is a Knoxville native and an English major from UT. She has been with Habitat for 22 years and evidently loves her job. Last December Habitat celebrated building their 500th house. It takes sixteen months for a person to go through the program to actually get a house (and they get to help build it also); during the wait they have programs for them to attend on building, landscaping, etc. Once the house is completed they purchase the house at no interest. If the house comes back to Habitat (the homeowner moves to a bigger house or leave the city/state) Habitat is now selling these houses to veterans. She went on to say they have five families from the Sertoma Center living in Habitat houses. They also have a thrift store and are looking for donations in good conditions, if you have a yard sale and it doesn’t sell there, they probably don’t want it either. However, if you’re looking for a bargain come over and check them out.

Mike reported on the board meeting that the biggest discussion was on Oktoberfest. It is two and a half weeks away, we have six different beer distributors, we do not have to purchase additional insurance to cover the alcohol consumption due to MaryAnn’s will cover this event. Saved us big bucks. On Friday, Oct. 7 the Foundry will open at 9 am to start the process of setting up, everyone is welcome to help. We still need brown bag items and silent auction items, gift cards, jewelry, wine etc.

Mike also announced the annual meeting next year will be in Kansas City, MO and you should start now planning to attend. They are working on reducing the cost to get better attendance.

NEXT WEEK: “If the creek don’t rise”, we will have Senator Becky Massey to tell us what is going on in Washington brought to us by Rusty Farrell.

Record keeping: Marianne Greene prayed, Sierra Tippens led the pledge and Jacob Tippens won the grid pick.