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Great balls of fire

Carbondale Rotary held their annual fund-raiser June 4 at the Carbondale Firehouse. The event drew 450 people and raised $50,000 which the club is dividing between four local nonprofits. While the elegant event asked partygoers to wear 50s clothes, Anita Witt drove her favorite piece of memorabilia – a 1930 Model T named Norma Jean. “My friends named her that because she was so beautiful.” She bought it ten years ago. “I decided I wanted to have fun again.” She said. “My daddy bought me a Model T; he paid $165 for it,” she said. That was in 1956, around the same time the U.S. experienced the worst Polio outbreaks in history.Since 1988, Rotary International, which celebrates its centennial this year, has partnered with the World Health Organization and other agencies to reach a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide and are on the verge of eliminating the virus.Polio is a virus that invades the nervous system, and can cause full paralysis in a short period of time and generally affects children under five years of age in poor countries that have meager sanitation and hygiene. While there is no cure, it can be prevented with a vaccine which will protect a child for life.While local clubs contribute financially to Rotary International and support the clubs global vision to develop peace, the Carbondale chapter makes the same effort locally. Were trying to reach all aspects of the community, said Rotarian Mark Cook.In 2002 The Carbondale club started the states first Latin Rotary Club in Glenwood which focuses on the education of Latino Youth.Over the years Carbondale Rotary has given $143,000 to 26 local organizations, charities and individuals. “We see a need, we jump in and make it happen,” said Rotarian Lynn Kirchner.Vickie Falcone, program director at YouthZone, which is one of this years beneficiaries, views Rotarys work as a positive ripple effect throughout the community.”We are really getting businesses to understand how the things we do at YouthZone affect their bottom line,” she said.”A better community is better business.”

From left, Rosie McSwain, of Basalt; Ted Borchelt, of Carbondale, works at the Roaring Fork Club; and Annatje Borchelt, of Carbondale, is the mother of triplets.

From left, Ron Robertson, of Carbondale, is an architect; Peggy DeVilbiss, of Carbondale, is a mortgage broker; Bob Moore, of Carbondale, is president of Carbondale Rotary; Wendy Moore, of Carbondale, is president-elect of Rotary; and Lynn Kirchner, of Carbondale, owns Amor Realty.

From left, Terrie Geddes, of Carbondale, is a nurse; Sue Hess, of Carbondale, is a realtor; and Charlotte Vanderhurst, of Carbondale, works for Mountain BOCES and is a Rotarian.

From left, Levi Rozga, of Basalt, works for Wells Fargo; Danielle Harchelroad, of Basalt, works for Work Force Center; and Christina and Eric Montemayor, of Carbondale, work for Wells Fargo.

From left, Debra Winston, of Carbondale, is a school designer for Expeditionary Learning; Jenny Lindsay and Janet Earley, both of Carbondale of the Roaring Fork Family Resource Center, one of this years beneficiaries.

From left, Barbara Courtney works for the Timbers Co.; Mark Courtney owns Courtney Construction; Hans Raaflaub, of Carbondale, owns B&H Contractors; and Gayla Raaflaub is a volunteer.

From left, Joanne and Dick Howard, of Carbondale, are retired; Paula Fothergill, of Eagle, works in insurance; and Jody Ensign, of Carbondale, owns Basalt Gallery.

From left, Anita Witt, of Carbondale, is a cowgirl and David Clark, of Carbondale, is a business owner.

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