Thank you to the many supporters of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership. Our June 30 auction was a success as a result of all the fine donations from individuals and businesses. The value of those donations ran from $30 to $6,000 and we appreciate each one of them. Our success also depended upon the many bidders who went home with some very nice prizes, whether objects or services and we thank them also. The community has made an investment in the GGP and it will pay off to the benefit of the community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado would like to thank Sam and Dave Cordray of Saddle Up Outfitters for their generosity in providing the summer horseback rides for BBBS. They have gone above and beyond in offering three, two-hour rides this summer for kids in our program. So far, six people have participated in the rides and there is one more scheduled for August. Thank you, Sam and Dave, for being kind enough to offer this for the kids in our community.
I would also like to thank the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association and Joan Mieritz, Ray Jones, Ron Sutcliffe and Sheila at the Cabin for allowing BBBS to have our very own Archaeoastronomy Night Sky Program. It was amazing to be at Chimney Rock all by ourselves with experts to interpret what we were seeing. It was a very special experience. Sheila facilitated learning at the cabin at the base of the site and Joan talked about the history and geology of the area, Ray was our astronomer and Ron was the Archaeoastronomer. Together, they shared their knowledge to make the night a wonderous one.
Special thanks to Kevin Khung at the Forest Service for allowing all of this to happen. Without the permission of the Forest Service, none of this would be possible. I would also like to thank the “Bigs” in our program for all that they do every day to positively impact the life of a child.
The Morning and Noon Rotary Clubs of Pagosa Springs would like to thank many people in our community for making the first year of the Feed Our Children program a success. The program provided backpacks filled with child-friendly food every Friday starting in November and continuing throughout the school year. Students returned their backpacks on Mondays and picked them up, refilled, every Friday at school. The generosity of this community provided weekend food to sustain all the children in any family with a third- or fourth-grader who had applied to participate.
In addition to most Rotary members, many people throughout the community made sure that donation boxes were filled with appropriate food for Pagosa’s children. That food helped us to stretch our funds and target necessary purchasing. We also appreciate the Ruby Sisson Library, Archuleta County sheriff and fire departments, Galles Properties, City Market, Pagosa Brewing, PLPOA administration and recreation center and Old Town Market for hosting donation boxes during our food drive.
We have a huge thank you for Harold and Joan Slavinski at Sunetha Property Management for donating storage and workspace. Rotary would also like to thank our elementary and district school administrators, teachers and office staff, Archuleta County Social Services, Barbara Hendricks, the Methodist Food Bank, Don Ford and Doug Neel for their advice and support of the program.
Financial and other material contributors include Sue and Michael Neder, John and Helen Richardson, Janet and Dave Richardson, LaQuita Johnson, Carrie and John Weiss, Bill Storm, Dick and Mary Bond, Bob and Patti Tillerson, Shelly Peterson, Judy Dodd, Jackie Welsh, Ronnie and Fran Lohr, Edward and Mary Alice Stam, Peggy Poma, Mellody Gartley, Carole Shaw, Trinity Anglican Church, Pagosa Women’s Club, Ken Morrison, members of Morning Rotary, Jessie and Bob Formwalt, Barry Wheeless, Mary and Don McKeehan, Chris, Alex, Teal and Blue Bowden and the Galles Properties Community Fund.
We look forward to an even more successful program in the coming school year.
To all the bridge players who played Thursday at the PLPOA Clubhouse: my heartfelt thanks for your donation/fund-raiser for the Archuleta County Ruritan Club.
The funds raised stay within the county, to be used for our residents of this area.
Also, many thanks in memory of my grandmother, Genelle Macht, who loved to play her game of bridge with her friends.
Trump or No Trump, that is the question.
Thank you to the great community that we live in, for the great success that we had in our fourth annual trail ride, potluck and auction; to the local merchants who donated items to the auction, as well as many local and out-of-state great people, the 24 people who enjoyed the ride of a lifetime in our great San Juan Mountains and Blanco Basin; to the residents who so generously allowed us to cross their property for this great event, those who led the ride and to Dennis and Deann Brown for the use of their property for the potluck and auction; to the Hare Ranch, the Hall Ranch and the Cooks Ranch for access of the trail ride; to Michael McKittrick, auctioneer, and the many people who contributed their time and energy and efforts to assist us; to Rocky Mountain Sanitation for keeping us clean; to Pine Valley Rental for keeping us covered; to The Buck Stops Here for the great food; and to the many more who have helped us in helping the students of our community to further their education.
The board of Eddie Oldham Memorial Foundation
Thanks to Zoe Groulx for donating 18 of her unique and gorgeous quilts, plus nine woven rag rugs; to the members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for organizing this local fund-raiser; to Madeline Lyon, owner of the Wild Spirit Gallery, for making her space available for one and a half weeks, ending with a wine and cheese final bidding party on Friday July 6; to the musicians who donated their time and talent for our party — Stephanie Bouchier, Steve Roleg and John Graves; to members of the Pagosa Piecemakers Quilt Guild — Shirley Van Dyken and Judy Jordan — for helping us determine value and beginning bids; to Phil Swearngin for his beautiful advertising poster; and, finally, to all who so generously placed their bids. The money raised will be donated to the Pagosa Outreach Connection (POC) and the Methodist Food Bank.