Memories & Milestones
John Pettit named Elks Citizen of the Year
The Citizen of the Year award was presented to veteran John Pettit by Tom Regan, the Exalted Ruler of BPOE Elks Lodge 2286 in Glenwood Springs, at a lodge meeting on March 21. Upon presenting the award, Tom remarked, “John is a very deserving recipient of this annual award. He is a great asset to our community.”
Pettit is a Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran who played a leading role in establishing the Western Slope Veterans Coalition, which began as an idea to help veterans in the Roaring Fork Valley after the suicides of veterans Jesse Beckius and Casey Owens. Thanks to Pettit’s efforts, the organization now serves 7,200 veterans in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties. He volunteered for years supporting the annual DAV Winter Sports Clinic that brings disabled veterans to the area to enjoy winter activities. Pettit has helped a number of disabled vets enjoy skiing. He teaches adaptive skiing to young adults with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental problems.
Pettit invites every veteran he meets, whether they served as a Marine, Navy, Army, Air Force or Coast Guard GI, to join other vets every Thursday morning at the Garfield County Veteran Services Office at 803 Colorado Ave. in Glenwood Springs for free donuts and coffee and good conversation.
YouthZone dance team third in competition
The YouthZone Ascent Showcase Dance Team performed the weekend of March 17 at Showstoppers Dance Competition in Denver. The team’s self-choreographed dance piece, “The Village,” earned a platinum, third-place overall score. This routine brings awareness to suicide prevention in teens. The team thanks YouthZone for the continued support.
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