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For the month of November, real estate activity in Garfield County posted increases over 2009 in both dollars and transactions. For the month, dollar volume totaled $19.2 million, up nearly 47 percent from November 2009’s total of $13.1 million. The transaction total of 58 was an increase of 26 percent from November 2009’s total of 46.

Through November, things are trending ahead of 2009 for the county with a total of $211,138,100 in dollar volume. This is an increase of 4.6 percent. Transaction totals through November are at 618, an increase of 9.8 percent.

The Roaring Fork Young Professionals would like to congratulate its award recipients and acknowledge the service provided by the following members:

Rookie of the Year: April McGill, Hotel Colorado

Ambassador of the Year: Derron Cloud, AspenGlen

Philanthropist of the Year: Melissa Dutton, Division of Water Resources

Young Professional of the Year: Chad Lee, Balcomb and Green, P.C.

The RFYP meets the second Monday of each month. For more information, contact any of the officers or visit the website:

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association has named Lorie Beattie Courier as coordinator of its new volunteer guest services program.

The program will utilize “Volunteer Travel Counselors” to serve as Glenwood Springs’ front line ambassadors. Volunteers will work with chamber staff at the chamber’s 1102 Grand Ave. Visitor Center to assist guests with maps and directions, hotel, restaurant and activity selection and making hotel accommodations.

More than 50,000 people visit the Glenwood Springs chamber visitor center annually. Courier explains, “who better to welcome them than community residents who are enthusiastic about all Glenwood Springs has to offer?”

Courier, a recently retired music educator, is well-known locally as she has taught thousands of students (primarily in Glenwood Springs) during her 36-year career.

She explains that the chamber will partner with local business providers to train volunteers in all Glenwood Springs has to offer. By virtue of this training, the volunteer travel counselors will get to experience Glenwood Springs’ attractions and offerings just as visitors do.

Courier says, “I’m organizing site tours and coordinating day passes so that volunteers can experience the restaurants, hotels, activities and attractions that make Glenwood Springs a popular vacation destination.”

She added, “Not only will this be fun for volunteers, but it is a way for businesses to educate front line travel counselors about what makes them unique.”

Modeled after volunteer travel counselor programs from tourism destinations as varied as Everett, Wash., and Darien, Conn., as well as the state of Colorado Welcome Centers, Courier envisions that Glenwood Springs’ program will include incentives like appreciation lunches and group outings.

Those working a qualifying number of hours will be invited on an annual volunteer exchange trip to another destination resort. Charter members of the program will receive special recognition and are encouraged to sign up soon, as an initial orientation has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Chamber offices.

Volunteer opportunities are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round and different weekend hours from Memorial to Labor Day.

For more information or to sign up, contact Courier at (970) 948-3827 or e-mail

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