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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Roaring Fork Rotary/Club Rotario wishes to thank supporters of our eighth annual Festival of the Americas, held Sunday, Aug. 29, at Sopris Park in Carbondale. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., families dined on exotic cuisine and shopped for folkloric crafts as they enjoyed our children’s area, beer garden, and live music from Ballet Folklorico “Herencia Mexicana,” Banda La Revuelta, Grupo Alba, Los Lunaticos, and Novillos Musical.

Despite a slow start, by 5 p.m. many were dancing, beer and food sales were going strong, and ultimately an estimated 2,500 valley residents attended. Sponsors included Alpine Bank and Wells Fargo Bank (Platinum), U.S. Bank and the Town of Carbondale (Silver) and Karp Neu Hanlon P.C. (Bronze). For the first time we fenced the park, and the $5 entry fee for ages 13 and up helped gross more than $12,000. Revenues will go to CMC scholarships for next May’s local Class of 2011 and to Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate the global scourge of polio.

Club Rotario was also proud to award the 2010 Jackie Morales Distinguished Awards for Community Service to Peter Westcott (educator), Junior Ortega (student), Jennifer Smith (professional) and Jim Coombs (volunteer). Each leader has given many hours to bring bicultural harmony and integration to the Roaring Fork Valley, and we salute their efforts.


Gabriela Berdeja, president

Roaring Fork Rotary/Club Rotario

The United Way of Garfield County benefited from the third annual Community Yard Sale, held at Community Banks of Colorado. Aside from monetary rewards, the United Way gained awareness as we kicked off the fall campaign. As a community we worked as a team, recycled a lot of items that would otherwise be in the landfill and made fun and funny memories. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Thank you, fellow board members, for showing up with enthusiasm, and thanks to my co-worker Helen for not only showing up and working the entire sale, but also delivering the futon to New Castle. Many thanks to Dale Shrull, at the Post Independent, for placing our event throughout the week. This was truly a community project.


Michele Diamond

United Way of Garfield County board member

Our sincere thanks go to Glenwood Springs Ford for helping the Glenwood Springs Percussion Ensemble raise more than $3,000 on Saturday, Sept. 11. The Ford Drive One 4UR School put 128 drivers behind the wheel of a new Ford. After each test drive returned to the Glenwood Springs High School, Ford donated $20 to the Percussion Ensemble for a total of $2,560. The rest was made by ensemble members washing cars for donations.

Glenwood Springs Ford staff, including owner Jeff Carlson, General Manager Steve Nilsson and Used Car Manager Lowell Bushart, took turns riding shotgun and answering questions throughout the day with a smile. We truly appreciate the beautiful late summer day they spent on our behalf of our community’s student musicians.

Ford has been a generous supporter of the local percussion ensemble of middle school and high school musicians. Three years of Ford Drive One 4UR School events have help the ensemble meet expenses of buying and maintaining instruments, hiring a well-qualified director and competing in state and national events. Last year the ensemble finished sixth in the WGI “Worlds” competition in Dayton, Ohio.

And at the Glenwood Springs High School Homecoming football game, for the first time in many years, a battery of percussionists marched on the field for a halftime show.

The Glenwood Springs Percussion Ensemble’s success could not happen without the support of Glenwood Springs Ford and many other local businesses, families and individuals. The ensemble members, staff and parents are grateful for our community’s support.

Frank Martin and The Glenwood Springs Percussion Ensemble

Glenwood Springs

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