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Editor, Paul Rosenberger

Editor: Paul Rosenberger



AUGUST 29, 2014



Will Sudduth introduced former member Dave Freyling to give us a presentation on multiple veteran’s organizations in Macon County. He first touted the Macon County Honor Guard that reorganized in 1995 by the VFW and American Legion to provide a flag ceremony and 21-gun salute at memorial services at gravesites for deceased veterans. Some weeks they may participate in up to seven burials. The funeral homes in Macon County immediately donated funds to provide uniforms and vans and the DAV matched their donations.

One of Dave’s passions is flag flying etiquette. He handed out a brochure “Our Flag” that contained flag history, tradition and proper display. He told of a problem he had convincing St. Mary’s to properly display three flags on in line poles - either the American flag should be on the left when observed from in front of the building or on the center pole if it is the highest pole.

Dave described the services provided by the Veteran’s Commission office in the County Building where two employees or volunteers help veterans obtain military records to allow access to VA services, especially medical services. Volunteers drive patients each week to the Danville VA Hospital leaving at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Dave feels that a few veterans try to ‘work the system’ and I reported that my daughter, Jill, who works in a consulting position in the VA, recently confirmed that the recent flap about delayed appointments exists in some VA hospitals and that hospital authorities in a few have falsified records. She helped a team in D.C. develop a better reporting system. But Dave is against privatizing VA services.

Dave ended his talk by discussing the WW2 monument at the Civic Center that has a solid granite centerpiece of the world. He told us that unthinking people sometimes desecrate the monument by leaving trash on it, especially during the Decatur Celebration. Recently they discovered that the world had cracked; the original manufacturer has agreed to replace it at no cost. There are a few heroes left in this world. Thanks for sharing this review of just one more Decatur Advantage, Dave.




September 2 – Board meeting at 6:50 a.m. at Perkin’s

September 4-5-6 – Great Lakes Regional Convention in Chicago


September 5 – Regular meeting at 7:00 a.m. at Scovill Golf Course Banquet Facility


September ? – Elephant Ear Trailer cleanup at 9:00 a.m. at Mark Kennedy’s storage building

October ? – Fall hot dog roast at Steve and Pam wentworth’s





VP Hugh Rowden reported that he’ll soon set the date for our annual October hot-dog roast at Steve and Pam Wentworth’s country farm home.




VP Lance Gauble was hoping to welcome Jim Watson today.  BRING MORE GUESTS. 

AUGUST 29, 2014


  18 members but no guests today came for our end-of-month social meeting. During introductions I learned that Norm Jensen’s friend from Millikin, Jim Watson, turned in an application for membership last Friday – the board will presumably act favorably on that at next Tuesday’s board meeting. Chuck Shonkwiler presided and repeated his and Sid’s plans for a trip to Michigan, followed immediately by their trip to Greece in early September to see their daughter and son-in-law. President-elect Tom Smith warned Chuck that he may completely reorganize the club meetings before he and Sid return on September 24. Verlyn and I drove to Asheville, NC last weekend to visit my brother and his wife, who is under hospice care; I can state that they were both doing better than we anticipated. I saw many club members at Norm and Lori Jensen’s new home when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 16.





  VP Will Sudduth announced that next Friday, August 22, Dave Shields has invited RN Ann Scott, to speak about organ donations. On August 29 we’ll socialize. Here are September assignments: 5 – Norm Jensen; 12 – Mick Hoehne; 19 – Stu Hawbaker; 26 – Social meeting.







Sheriff Stu Hawbaker first observed that more members have been wearing their Sertoma pins. Then he asked an interesting trivia question: “How many calendars have to be designed to cover all perpetual calendars?” The deliberately-final person asked, Will Sudduth, correctly answered 14, then explained that it required including the seven days of the week that start on January 1 and the seven leap-year-interrupted calendars. Stu didn’t put all the badges of our absentees in the bag before he began a draw-down, thus ensuring we had a winner. Alex Prather’s badge was then pulled as the winner of the 50/50 badge roll-over prize.





VP Norm Jensen announced that when only three were available last Saturday to help him clean the trailer, he post-poned the clean-up. He reported that Tom Smith is working with some approved hearing aids recipients.



                         FUTURE PROGRAMS


VP Will Sudduth announced that next Friday, September 5, Norm Jensen is planning to bring a speaker. Other September program assignments: 12 – Mick Hoehne; 19 – Stu Hawbaker; 26 – Social meeting.



Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age.  As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.


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Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.

The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.

Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.
A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them..

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.

Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed.

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.

Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.

What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.

The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally put gin in the steam iron.

His finest hour lasted a minute and a half.

Old age is when the liver spots show through your gloves.

My photographs don't do me justice - they just look like me.

I admit I have a tremendous sex drive. My boyfriend lives forty miles away.

Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle - keep away from children.

I asked the waiter, 'Is this milk fresh?'  He said, 'Lady, three hours ago it was grass.'

The reason the golf pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing..

You know you're old if they have discontinued your blood type.



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