Community News & Notes
The next District 5470 Rotary GSE exchange will be with District 1680 Alsace, France. Our outbound team will depart March 26, 2011, and return April 23, 2011. Local Rotary clubs are now soliciting applications for four non-Rotary team members. Qualified team members can be men or women, ages 25 to 40, who are actively employed in a vocation or profession, who are active in our community and who wish to learn about France and their vocation’s French counterparts, as well as represent our state, our country and our culture as an ambassador of good will. Other than personal shopping, Rotary covers all expenses of the exchange. The host district provides housing, cultural and educational opportunities, tours of the region and social activities. It will be an incredible way to experience France, to develop friendships, and to share Colorado with the people of the Alsace region. Applications can be downloaded from the district website at http://www.Rotary5470.org. Click on Group Study Exchange on the lower left. Team member interviews are Oct. 23-24, 2010, in Salida. Submit your application to any local Rotarian by Aug. 31. Local clubs will interview applicants in early September, and if selected, forward the application to the district by the Sept. 15 deadline. Contact any local Rotarian for more information. Additional GSE program information can be found on http://www.rotary.org. Please consider applying for this great program. Even better, dear owners and managers of local businesses, government, and organizations, please consider encouraging one of your own young staff members to apply. Your organization will benefit from their professional enrichment.
Four local government associations, Colorado Municipal League (CML), Special District Association of Colorado (SDA), Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI), and Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), will host regional forums in August to discuss the potential impact of three November ballot initiatives. On Aug. 18, there will be a forum in Glenwood Springs at the Roaring Fork School District Office Board Room, 1405 Grand Ave. from 5:30-7:30 p.m.Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 place all aspects of local government at a financial crossroads. Local elected officials and key local government staff are invited to attend these forums to learn how their communities could be affected and to discuss strategies for public awareness.
The 24th Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials are set for Sept. 8-12, at grounds just west of Meeker, which is approximately 41 miles from Rifle, on State Highway 13. Feisty range sheep provide the challenge for 125 top international teams of a handler and his/her dog, all vying for a purse of $25,000 and other prizes. The classic also features an art contest and auction; a display of the American Humane Association Rescue Rig; along with dog handling, saddle making and other demonstrations. There will be a petting farm, pancake breakfasts and barbecues, a bluegrass concert and more. Entry fees are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 8-16 and 65 and older, and free for those under 8.
The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is recruiting break dancing crews for its first-ever, statewide 3 vs 3 Break Battle, “Floor Science.”Floor Science will take place Sept. 18 at Glenwood Springs High School. Crews are encouraged to call and sign up.
The Roaring Fork chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will host its annual potluck picnic at the south shelter at Veltus Park on Monday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in archaeology is welcome to attend. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided by the chapter. Please bring a side dish to share and your own drinks. Atlatl target practice will follow the meal. Access the park via the 27th Street bridge and Midland Avenue. For information, call Cynthia at 524-7981.
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