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Volunteering to make a difference

Kay Vasilakiskay@postindependent.comPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado Betty Mosby cant say enough good things about the Grand River Hospital District. She ought to know, shes volunteered for the hospital district since 2004, and gave 138 hours of volunteerism to the hospital in 2008.Betty and her husband Michael moved to Rulison from Indian Hills, which is located outside Evergreen, ten years ago. Michael wanted to be close to the river, and they found river property in Rulison. Betty didnt mind; she is a country person who grew up on a ranch in Elbert.Betty says Rifle was a little country town when the Mosbys moved here, but now the growth reminds her of life on the front range.We thought we moved away from city life, but the city life moved with us, she said.Betty and Michael are grateful for their Rulison neighbors, who helped them get started with their mini-ranch. We didn’t know anything about farming or life here, said Betty. They taught us so much about how to clear field, plow and when to plant. They taught us about wildlife and the joys of living with nature. They opened their houses, their hearts and tool sheds to us. They showed us how to fix farm equipment and how to make something work when you didn’t have the original parts. They taught us what community means. Betty is a retired radiology technologist and nuclear medicine technologist. She wants to keep her hands in the medical field, and likes to help people out. Grand River Hospital District is a great hospital with wonderful people, she said. They are involved in the community and have great medical care and talented staff.Betty has immersed herself in the hospitals special events, including the 9Health Fair, where she uses her skill at drawing blood, among other things, to help at the fair.We always hope the next person we draw blood from will have good veins, said Betty with a laugh. Betty also helps out doing whatever it takes for the hospitals Volunteer Gala, which will be happening this afternoon at Columbine Restaurant at the Rifle Golf Course, and the hospitals wine tasting and chocolate events. Shes always working, working, working always with a smile on her face, said Grand River Hospital District Manager of Volunteer Services & Meals on Wheels Kaaren Peck. She is just willing to do anything, so whoever needs her for whatever, she is willing to do it.When Betty is not volunteering, she loves playing golf at Battlement Mesa and the Rifle Creek golf courses. The Battlement Mesa course is where she learned to play golf, and her husbands first job after retirement was at the Battlement course. The people are special when you are new to the sport. Its a wonderful place to learn. I belong to the Battlement Ladies Golf Club.Betty is famous for her smile, and She just plain rocks, said Trish Troxel, Grand River Hospital registrar. Betty and her husband have a little place in LaCurvina, Guatemala, which is close to Monte Rico on the Pacific Coast. My husband fell in love with Guatemala two years ago. He loves the people and he likes it very hot in the wintertime. People in the states donate old computers, which Michael takes to the children in Guatemala to help them learn English. We had to install electricity so the old laptop computers can work, Betty said. We have five old computers, which let 20 kids learn. Four to a computer, every old laptop we can add, allows four more children to change their lives. We need more old laptop computers, please!She continued, Our latest achievement has been construction of two bathrooms. Imagine a school with 75 students, four teachers and no facilities!I enjoy helping where I am needed, whether wine or chocolate events, said Betty. The rewards of being a volunteer are when you have someone stop and say thanks for what you do.

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