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Also addressed: Kjell Mitchell, Hot Springs Lodge & Pool; Dennis Bader, President Sunrise Rotary Club (dinner); Board Members Glenwood Springs Rotary Club (dinner); Steve & Jeannie Beckley, Glenwood Caverns; Chuck Bawden, Ramada Inn & Sunrise Rotarian (breakfasts, rooms); Sunlight Mountain Resort Management and StaffOn behalf of the 21 exchange students most generously hosted and entertained the first weekend in April by these local businesses and service clubs, I thank you. Rotary Youth Exchange program is one of the finest programs that Rotary sponsors around the world. These young people are now dear friends of the USA, of Colorado, of Glenwood Springs, of Ski Sunlight, the Pool, the Caverns, and of one another. They will return this June to their homes in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Australia, Thailand, India, Taiwan, Japan, France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Romania, Poland, Hungary and Turkey with stories of our wonderful city’s people, hospitality, generosity, and warm welcome. I have participated for many years in this aspect of Rotary’s impact on world peace and fellowship. It means a great deal to me personally. Most of us cannot influence national foreign policy or international affairs in our troubled world, but we can support young people, our future leaders, to grow in their understanding that people are good and kind, and worth knowing around the globe. Each of these businesses are doing the same good work promoting future peace and goodwill when they generously offered to host these students a mighty fine investment in our planet’s future, I believe.On behalf of the district committee and all of the Rotarians involved in Youth Exchange in our district and in the 16 foreign country districts these exchange students come from, thank you so much for your support of a wonderful last reunion weekend before they return to their home countries.Trish Kramer, president, Glenwood Springs Rotary ClubDistrict 5470 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee

During a time like this, we realize how much our friends and family really mean to us. A joy shared with us was twice a joy, a sorrow shared was half a sorrow. We sincerely appreciate all expressions of sympathy shown to us. Beverly Allec, Judy Speaker and Elaine Langstaff Roaring Fork Valley

Thanks to the generosity of parents and area businesses, the students of Glenwood had a wonderful After Prom Extravaganza (APE) and made it home safely with lots of great memories. We would like to thank some of the key players who made it all happen.The decorations committee was headed up by the creative duo of Mary Gould and Terry Hailey. They put together a beautiful red-carpet runway, complete with marquee and balloon arches. Hollywood couldn’t have done it any better! Next, we had chefs Christina Page, Beth Ullom and Pam Brewer orchestrating what could only be referred to as a veritable feast. Thanks to the countless volunteers, the kids were able to enjoy everything from chocolate fountains to gourmet sausage balls, all served with a Hollywood flourish. A big thank-you goes to Bonnie Whitman and Barb Brown for coordinating chaperones, set-up and clean-up committees. The game committee headed up by Amy Treese and Rose Shepard did a phenomenal job of orchestrating the many games such as laser tag, sumo wrestling and the photo booth.The event couldn’t have happened without Paul Carlsons calm assurance everything would work out great despite our late start, along with his help on just about everything. Kacy Beckler handled a multitude of tasks wherever needed, and saved the day with her creative flair on our donations thank-yous. Thanks to Officer Ryan for providing the security for the evening. Shirley Fockler and Lisa Orosz did a great job covering the door. Mary Ann Bracklow kept us organized from her computer, as well as by helping to cover the door until the bitter end.Thanks goes to Terese Juhl for managing money at the school, and Gayla Rowe for overseeing the event. We realize there were many more players behind the scenes, and we would like to say thank you to all of you. Fun was had by all, and as usual the Glenwood community supported our kids. Thank you, everyone, for making this town a great place to raise kids!Mary Rippy and Lisa Sobke, co-chairs of APEGlenwood Springs

The week of May 4-9 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. I do not want this appreciation week to go by without publicly acknowledging my heartfelt thanks to the staff of Kathryn Senor Elementary in New Castle for the dedication they show to our students every day. They are always there guiding, educating and nurturing our children.I feel privileged that my children attend Kathryn Senor Elementary. I know the KSE teachers give our children every opportunity to learn. The KSE principal cares deeply about not only the students education but their overall well-being.As a parent, I am always welcome at the school, and I know my input is welcomed and considered. Thank you to the KSE family for giving our children a world-class education.Elyse HutchinsonKSE Parent Teacher Advisory Committee President

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Thank you to the people and businesses who helped make Math Awareness Week so successful at Colorado Mountain College! Jason Vargas of the CMC Mathematics Department organized a fun week of activities and events which included over $1,000 in prizes. Many thanks to our participants and these donors: Texas Instruments, Mountain Sports Outlet, Hewlett Packard, Moes Southwest Grill, CMC Book Store, Great Clips, Target, Beau Jos, Chilis, Zhengs and Starbucks Coffee. Merne Dragonette, professor of mathematicsColorado Mountain College

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