Churchill feels community is family |

Churchill feels community is family

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

RIFLE, Colo. ” Everyone wants to be part of a great community. The whole valley from Aspen to Parachute is made up of many communities. The valley is Ted Churchill’s community and he took it upon himself to make his it a better place.

Churchill, according to his name tag, is the “Ogre in Charge” at the Glenwood Springs Village Inn. Looking at him wouldn’t conjure words like Ogre to the forefront of one’s mind, but it would give you a good glimpse into his personality.

Pies should come to mind. That’s right, pies. And lots of them.

This particular Ogre has a thing with pies. Giving them away that is.

When organizations started coming around asking for donations he couldn’t very well just give money to each and every one. But, knowing that he wanted to help, he said that he wanted to give something of value and not just contribute money. So he declared that if anyone came looking for donations, he wouldn’t say no.

“It’s not just pies,” he said. He’s donated pancake batter and anything else that the restaurant can provide. And he’s donated to every charity and organized event in Glenwood Springs since the early ’90s that’s come knocking on his door. Too many to count he said. It was just something that made sense to him.

“I’m just really interested in my community,” he said. “I love it here and I did not want to move around.”

You could say that when he finds something that he likes, he hangs onto it.

He’s worked for the Glenwood Springs Village Inn for 19 years. Nine of which he’s been the Manager/Ogre in Charge. He’s lived in the valley most of his life starting in Aspen when he was an infant. His mother moved to Redstone in 1977 when he was 7. From there he moved with his wife Lynn to Carbondale to start a family. He and his wife have been married for twenty years now.

“Behind every good man is a great women,” he said.

And her influence contributes to his philanthropic ways. In 2005, his actions were awarded and the Village Inn was recognized by the City as the Glenwood Springs Philanthropic Large Business of the Year for it’s contributions.

“I didn’t realize that it was such a big deal,” he said. “It was pretty cool.”

His passion for his work and philanthropy is only overshadowed by his passion for his family.

“As dedicated as I am to my work,” he said. “It is my second priority.”

The philanthropic torch is being passed down to his four kids as well. Ted and Lynn’s four kids, son Michael 19, daughter Jordon and son Landon 17 are twins, and daughter Taylor 14, all help out at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. And all of whom are very talented dancers. They all teach and help out the center with productions. His wife contributes her time to a club she started called the Pizzazz Players in Rifle which their kids are all a part of too. Not to mention that all of his kids work with him at Village Inn.

“I love it, I enjoy working with my kids,” he said. “How much better can it be?”

For him, community and family are one in the same.

“I was raised by the community,” he said in his mild manner. “The old saying ‘It takes a village,’ that’s me.”

When he was a kid growing up in Redstone his mother owned the Redstone Inn and spent much of her time operating the restaurant. That left him with a lot of free time. Free time he spent getting to know his community. The people, he said, raised him along with his mother.

Still he insists that Lynn is the reason behind his success.

“Not every man is blessed with a woman who has got a good plan,” he said. “Honestly, I think I’m just lucky.”

Pretty humble for an Ogre.

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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