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Chamber honors upstanding citizens

Dennis Webb

Carter and Louise Jackson have committed their lives to community service in Glenwood Springs.Marolyn Cummins has dedicated the last two decades to volunteering for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.Saturday night at its annual ball at the Hotel Colorado, the chamber honored the three, naming the Jacksons Glenwood Springs’ Citizens of the Year and Cummins the chamber’s Volunteer of the Year.The chamber saluted the Jacksons for an exhaustive list of contributions that touch on numerous aspects of community life.”Active is not a strong enough term to describe the Jacksons’ local involvement – Girl Scouts, ranching, business owners, local board involvements, and the list never ends!” Kent Benham, of Holy Cross Energy, said in a prepared statement. Carter Jackson is a 25-year board member of Holy Cross.Carter Jackson grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and served in Europe in the Army during World War II, escaping to Yugoslavia after having been taken prisoner. He met Louise, who is from Philadelphia, when the two worked on a dude ranch owned by Carter’s aunt and uncle, in Wyoming. They have been married for 57 years and have four daughters and seven granddaughters.Jackson worked as a large animal veterinarian for 31 years and served as deputy state veterinarian. He also found time to serve as a United Way president, a founding member of the YouthZone Foundation, an avid supporter of Colorado Mountain College and its veterinary program, and a 22-year director of the Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District.A chamber member for decades, he served as president in 1970. He has been a Kiwanis Club member for 45 years and served as chairman in 1986. He served as president of what is now Sunlight Mountain Resort’s board in 1984, after nearly 20 years on the board, and was a 17-year member of the board of First National Bank.He currently serves on the Valley View Hospital Foundation Board and the board of the Aspen Valley Land Trust.Louise has matched her husband’s community service stride for stride. She was a 4-H volunteer for years, sharing her love of cooking with young people. She has served as treasurer of the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Library for the past nine years, was a board member of what is now YouthZone, and has been a volunteer tutor for Literacy Outreach for 11 years. She helped Mountain Valley Developmental Services with its Independence through Literacy program and was a reading tutor at Glenwood Springs Elementary School.But she’s best known for more than 40 years of service to the Girl Scouts, as a troop leader, board member and vice president of the Chipeta Girl Scout Council.”Louise has exemplified the meaning of Girl Scouting and has inspired countless girls to reach the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service, that they may become happy and resourceful citizens,” said Sue Conry, executive director of the Chipeta Girl Scout Council. Deb Lundin, who was one of Louise’s troop members in the 1970s, remembers when Louise ran day camps at the Jackson ranch south of Glenwood, and how she took her scouts backpacking in area mountains, canoeing for a week in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, and even sightseeing in Mexico and volunteering at an orphanage there.”Can you imagine taking 15 teenage girls to the heart of Mexico in 1975? Fearless leader doesn’t even begin to describe it,” Lundin said in paying tribute to Louise Saturday night.The chamber honor also recognizes the Jacksons for placing their ranch into a conservation trust, forever protecting it from development.”Carter and Louise are that rare breed of altruists who think first of how they can help their community and lastly of how their community can help them,” said Shannon Meyer, associate director for the Aspen Valley Land Trust, in a letter nominating them for the chamber award. “Decades from now, this beautiful ranch might possibly be the only patch of green left along this lower stretch of Highway 82.”Admirers of the Jacksons say they are spare with their words when it comes to talking about themselves and their accomplishments. Carter Jackson lived up to that reputation when he and Louise accepted the award.”This is a really fine honor. Thank you,” was all he said.The chamber honored Cummins for service to the organization that dates back to 1984. She became a charter member of the Chamber Ambassadors program in 1996 and is currently the program’s vice president. She also is vice president of the chamber’s Glenwood Leads group, and chaired the chamber’s Membership Committee for many years. She frequently served on the Strawberry Days and Annual Ball committees and chaired both Strawberry Days and Oktoberfest.In her spare time, Marolyn worked with her husband, Dr. Jim Cummins, in his dental practice. She recently became a Realtor with Bray and Co.”We always know that when something needs to be done, we can count on Marolyn to come through,” said Raelyn Westley, vice president of membership development for the chamber. “She is an asset to any organization; we’re grateful she chose the chamber as her ‘mission.'”In expressing her thanks for the award, Cummins said her grandfather taught her that it was important to give back to the community in which she lived.”That’s just what I’ve done, and boy, it’s paid off,” she said.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com


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