Lions Club thanks high school helpers
For the past 20 years, the Glenwood Springs Lions Club has installed Christmas garland decorations in the downtown area. The number of lamp posts decorated has increased over the years from about 20 to this year’s 180. During the same period, the members have of course grown older and in some cases weaker. Our number of active members has also diminished.
This year we decided to look for some help outside the club, and asked if some Glenwood Springs High School students might like to spend a chilly Saturday morning climbing ladders and hanging the garlands and bows. We were very impressed with the response, as some 17 students gathered at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. They even brought juice and doughnuts! We had some 20 Lions (and a few of their relatives), so the installation was pretty well completed by noon.
Our club wants to thank the students. They were Ivy Arneson, Lindsay Ball, Chris Benson, Cody Brickell, Cheree Carver, Andrea Collier, Ryan Erickson, Carlyn Farquhar, Paul Huttenhower, Jon Jay, Micaela O’Leary, Leon Olson, Aaron Rowland, Lisa Saathoff, Marco Salmen, Scott Straus, and Rachel Zancanella. GSHS teacher Guy Brickell accompanied them.
The red bows and streamer ribbons were once again handmade under the guidance of Lion Frank Thornton and his wife, Nancy, who started the whole program 20 years ago.
Our thanks also go to John Hines and staff from the city Electric Department for cleaning and storing the garlands, and to Cindy Svatos at the Glenwood Springs chamber for coordinating the program.
Dave Merritt, president
Glenwood Springs Lions Club
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Grace Wesseling is an animal lover, a cheerleader of seven years and another soon-to-be graduate of Bridges High School, class of 2021.