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Memories & Milestones

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

For the 57th year in a row, the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club provided a hearty, tastebud-tickling breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, milk and juice to the community on Saturday, July 30. More than 1,000 people took advantage of the delightful summer morning to share a meal with family and friends. With grills hot and pancakes and fixin’s sizzling, Kiwanians started feeding people at 6:45 a.m. The crowd finally began to thin about 10:45 a.m., and the annual food fest began to close down. A good time was had by all, and Kiwanis succeeded in raising more than $5,000 for their scholarship and other youth programs for the community.In addition to Terrific Kids, Builders Club, and Key Club for K-12 kids, Kiwanis supports such community projects as the Pediatric Safety Fair (with Valley View Hospital), helmets for bike rodeos, Habitat for Humanity, MS Walk pancake breakfast, Stars of Tomorrow, Youth Zone, and Wind Walkers. The Club has also built Veltus Park and the Community Center Tot Lot. In the 1950s, cooperating with the Forest Service, the Club cleared the trail to and built the stairs, handrails, and the original boardwalk for and around Hanging Lake.

Soo Bahk Do practitioners from Rocky Mountain Martial Arts Cyndi Speedy, Sue Fittanto and Kerry Ach recently attended a national competition in San Diego and were awarded first place in Team Forms (Hyung). The team consists of three to four Dan members, or midnight blue belt holders, which is equivalent to the commonly known black belt. The team members represent Region 8, which includes studios from Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Montana and Idaho. The regional team is selected to demonstrate sparring sequences and the different moves formed from their highest two forms. The goal is to create a dynamic and creative form while still respecting the forms that are incorporated into the overall team form as well as keeping the philosophy of the art of Soo Bahk Do. This unique philosophy is the expression of Shim Gung, Neh Gung and Weh Gung which is focused intent, breathing and physical movement. There were also individual medals awarded to students of Rocky Mountain Martial Arts, Dr. Bruce Bowen (E Dan), first place in sparring and forms, Cyndi Speedy (E Dan), second place in sparring and forms, Kerry Ach (Sam Dan), third place in sparring and forms, Sue Fittanto (Sam Dan), first place in sparring and forms, and Lynn McDermond (Sa Dan), first place in forms. Rocky Mountain Martial Arts has studios in New Castle, Basalt and Aspen. Congratulations to the practitioners from these schools!

Timothy J. Seydel Cashel graduated with high honors from the University of Hawaii with majors in Anthropology and Spanish. Tim is a 2007 Glenwood Springs High School graduate.

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