Rotary Club will help break down cultural walls |

Rotary Club will help break down cultural walls

Webster’s Dictionary defines community as: “any group living in the same area or having interests, work, etc. in common.”

All too often, however, the Latino community is separated out from the rest of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Some estimates put the Latino population as high as 50 percent in parts of the Roaring Fork Valley. Despite the fact that Latinos have become a vital part of our community, they long have been under-represented and, at times, separated out because of language and cultural barriers.

The formation of El Club Rotario Roaring Fork, Colorado’s first Spanish-speaking Rotary Club, is a step toward breaking down those barriers.

Rotario Roaring Fork plans to give back to this community and others through scholarships, fund-raising and support of worthwhile programs.

Rotario Roaring Fork’s legacy, however, may be what it can build for the future generations of the Latino population ” and the Roaring Fork Valley community.

The Rotario Roaring Fork not only provides what charter member Diana Sanchez describes as “a link” for Latino business owners to give back to the community, but it also gives the Latinos a voice and sense of inclusion and ownership.

With ownership comes investment, and that’s something from which everyone will benefit.

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