Memories & Milestones
Bob Lawton wins Kiwanis Ball Race
Bob Lawton was presented a $2,500 check on July 9 for buying the ball that came in first at the Kiwanis Ball Race on the last day of Strawberry Days on June 23. Lawton bought one book of five tickets, as he does every year, to support Kiwanis children’s programs. “I didn’t expect to win. I just like to support Kiwanis for all they do in the community,” Lawton said. A resident of Glenwood Springs for 38 years, Lawton is now retired — from three jobs. He served 33 years with the US Forest service, which transferred him from the Fort Collins area to Glenwood Springs in 1975. He was a medic with the Glenwood Springs Ambulance Service for 21 years. And he taught CPR and First Aid at Colorado Mountain College for 33 years. Lawton is also known for his world travels. He spends two months of each year traveling to different parts of the world. He has seen all the “Stans” (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan), traveled throughout Southeast Asia, and been on every continent except Antarctica. Proceeds from the Ball Race ticket sales support Kiwanis children’s programs, such as scholarships for graduating high school seniors, support for Key Club, Builders Club, and Terrific Kids, programs which help students learn about community service and develop leadership skills. For more information about Kiwanis, contact Deana Hermanson, president-elect, at 970-945-8511.
Carbondale Community United Methodist Church goes on mission trip
Carbondale Community United Methodist Church sent a team of 11 church members on a mission trip to the McCurdy School and Ministries in Española, N.M., June 23-29. The 100-year-old school is located in one of the most economically depressed and drug-ravaged regions in the southwest. A Methodist mission school since its inception, the school just completed its first year as a state charter school, doubling its enrollment to more than 560 students. While there, the CCUMC team did a lot of painting and worked on the school grounds, while also taking in some of the local cultural sights, including the Taos Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument and El Sanctuario. Team members included Sydney Hays, Jim McMillian, Pastor Melanie Dobson Hughes, Rae Ann Hunter, Maureen Nuckols, Jim and Ann Kinney, John and Tami Stroud, and Carbondale Youth Ministry representatives Justice Bouchet and Trevor Stroud.
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