A seniors Q&A
Name: Judy BuiltemanAge: 62Place of birth: Born and raised in Nebraska.How long have you lived in Rifle? 23 yearsOccupation: Pharmacy technician at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Rifle.Membership to organizations: President and founder of the Rifle Historical Society which was formed in 2005. I spent a lot of years on the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce board and then on the Rifle City Council from 1997-2005.Why did you start the Rifle Historical Society? I’ve watched the growth of the city and how it started to expand and I was concerned about Rifle’s history being washed away. I was also involved in planning our city’s Centennial celebration in 2005.What are the goals or projects of the Rifle Historical Society? One of the major projects we’re working on is to put together a book of Rifle’s history. We have a museum and we’ve accumulated so much history and information. Another goal is to build a web page to get the history and story of Rifle out to the public. How is the Rifle Historical Society funded? We’re a 501c(3) non-profit organization, which took me a while to get, and we get our funding through grants and private donations. But a lot of the money comes out of my pocket. Right now, I’m trying to get us a computer.Where is the Rifle Historical Society office located? We just rented an office at the old Colorado Mountain College building on Railroad Avenue. We’re renting it from the city at no charge. The Rifle Historical Museum is located at 337 East Avenue, which is open from May to October.What are the most pressing needs right now of the historical society? Our biggest need is volunteers to staff the office and answer the phone. That would be fantastic.How would someone go about volunteering or making a donation to the Rifle Historical Society? Right now, anyone who wants to volunteer should talk to me and they can call at 625-9533. Donations can be sent to the Rifle Historical Society, P.O. Box 1882, Rifle, CO 81650.
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