February 9th Meeting

February’s speaker will be Don Moon, a well known local hero who will be portraying Theodore Roosevelt in the Dakota territory.

Theodore Roosevelt arrived in the badlands of North Dakota on September 8, 1883, when he was 24 years old. Roosevelt was determined to get a taste of the American frontier before it was gone forever, to establish himself as a big game hunter, a rancher, and an authentic cowboy, and to overcome both his physical infirmities (principally asthma) and the grief he experienced when both his wife and mother died on Valentine’s Day 1884. He threw himself into badlands life – stopping stampedes, participating in month-long roundups, arresting thieves, punching out a drunken gunslinger in a bar, and helping to organize the region’s first stockmen’s association. In Dakota Territory Roosevelt was transformed from a frail and somewhat snobbish New York “dude” into the more democratic exemplar of the strenuous life who became the 26th President of the United States.

Moon, who grew up in Pueblo, is a decorated Army veteran who served in Vietnam before starting a career as an electrical field engineer for Colorado Springs Utilities, from which he retired in 2000. He’s married, a father of two grown daughters, and a grandfather of three.

Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month, except June, July, August and December, at the Union Depot.

  • A sit-down dinner is served at 6 p.m. ($19)
  • Featured speaker’s presentation begins at 7:10 p.m.

For reservations, call Larry Frank at 561-0619 or email him, by the Friday before the meeting. If you do not have dinner, the presentation is free.