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With an oompah here and an oompah there, the Rotary Club of Durango’s first Oktoberfest was a fun way to celebrate harvest time.
Money raised will go toward local scholarships and community programs.
The event took pl
Carver Brewing Co. provided the suds that are an integral component of an Oktoberfest celebration, and Zuberfizz Soda’s Root Beer and Vanilla Cream donations made the designated drivers and those who’d had enough liquid
The evening began with a dinner of German fare, including bratwurst, beef hot dogs, sauerkraut, red cabbage, killer warm potato salad and Black Forest cake.
Of course, there were more than a few lederhosen and dirndls in the crowd of partygoers, and everyone got their polka on to the music of the Alpiners. In fact, the group got a polka lesson before the evening started, so everyone knew at least the rudiments of what to do. But it was the "Chicken Dance" that got everyone on the dance floor.
Members of the Rotaract Club of Durango, which is the Rotary program for people from college age to age 30, provided a lot of energy and can-do attitude for the event. One of the great things about both Rotary and Kiwanis is the fact they encourage a culture of community service in both high schools and schools of higher learning. Durango has both programs, and the experience has been that the adults inspire and mentor the young people, and the young people bring energy and enthusiasm to the table, reminding their seniors of why they joined a service club in the first place – to make a real difference in their community.
One of the beneficiaries of the evening was Durango Cares, a program that helps people in their homes stay independent as they age or fight illnesses. I’m a beneficiary of that program, and having heard other people talk about how much it has helped them, I know Rotary’s support is making a difference every day.
aace Sept. 25 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Paulette Church and Chessa Gill led the organizing committee.
Happy Rocktober birthday wishes go out to Margaret Vallejos, Linkin Griego, Dewey Peden, Jeff Huber, Jennifer Jenkins, Matthew Ogier, Emily Ogier, Jeff McEwan, Emily Badgley, Lynn Bell, Brett Englund, Lucas Baken, Cheryl Bauer, Geri Campbell, Darrell Trembly, Lawrence Nass, Shawn Slater, Megan Cooksey, Carroll Groeger, Mary Southworth, Chris Glenn, Kenny Bassett, Bill Volz, Lisa Breed, Linda Schwinghammer, Nick Manning, Sam Rose, Phil Johnson, Katie Stewart, Marilyn Swanson and Richard Nobman.
On Tuesday, I visited Bob Over’s class for folks in the nonprofit sector, which is offered through Continuing Education at Fort Lewis College. I had written about it, and it was interesting to actually see it in action. The class was about marketing, and having been on the receiving end of more than a few mailers and e-mails, it was great to see the thought process that went into creating them.
I talked a bit about how the press, and particularly the
Herald, works, and invited them to keep me posted about what their organizations are doing. They definitely took me up on it – including the folks at the Family Center, who
e-mailed me that evening. Helping keep local nonprofits thriving is one of the great joys of "Neighbors."
The next item is another immediate response that felt like it needed immediate action on my part.
, who handles marketing and development for the Discovery Museum at the Powerhouse, also shared some fun approaches and money
usage that squeezes out every penny. His presentation was as creative as he is., the general manager of the Community Concert Hall at FLC, and his wife, Denise Leslie, who handles marketing for Music in the Mountains, did a good job of showing how to create marketing plans and messages.
It’s becoming more and more stressful to watch the statistics on the economy, particularly the number like the 9.8 percent unemployment rate that was released Friday. That number represents real people, and when you live in a place like this where so many people live paycheck to paycheck
and work three jobs, one just knows that people we see every day are living on the edge of survival here.
The one that most inspired me to immediate action was from new Manna Soup Kitchen Executive Director Sarah Comerford (I’ll have more about her in a future
column), who says she is losing sleep over how to feed the
increased traffic at the soup kitchen and the severe need she is seeing.
The kitchen serves an age range that runs from families with babies to World War II veterans, and the sheer traffic every day is astonishing. Since this time last year, Manna has seen a 23 percent increase in the number of clients served. The demographics have changed, too. They are seeing the bulk of the increase from the working poor and families.
Younger men working low-wage jobs come for breakfast and take a sack lunch for work. Mothers with children come for a hot lunch and take sack lunches home for dinner.
In September alone, Manna served 4,333 meals, and they were full meals, featuring fresh-fruit salads, vegetable salads, cooked vegetable medleys, rice or potatoes and a beef, fish, chicken or turkey. Manna also ensures that no food goes to waste. Most of what they get they use – in July, the kitchen received 12,596 pounds of fresh produce, used 10,376 pounds of it and redistributed the remaining 2,200 pounds plus to other area food-support programs.
Not only are Manna’s clients on the edge of going hungry every day, most have no access to health care. At a recent meal, Comerford asked those with health insurance to raise their hands. Only two WWII veterans out of 150 clients raised their hands.
Clean water, food and shelter are the fundamental basics we need to be sure everyone has. Manna needs our help on the food front. Today.
Donations may be dropped off at Manna at 1100 Avenida del Sol or mailed to P.O. Box 1196, Durango, CO 81302.
For those who are readers of O: The Oprah Magazine, check out the letters from readers in the October issue. (I know, not nearly as entertaining as the Herald’s letters to the editor
but, what can I say, I’m programmed to read pretty much every word.)
The one that first caught my eye was on page 34, where Nina Adams from Dolores wrote about using the colorful ads in the publication to fold cranes in the Japanese origami tradition for a beloved partner who is ill.
Turn to page 36, and naturopathic physician Nancy Utter from Durango has addressed the importance of the magazine’s food and health articles to American health, as she has seen many patients whose diets of processed, refined foods has been the cause of a multitude of health woes.
Two out of nine letters were from Southwest Colorado. Not bad.
I wasn’t the only one who wondered where Judith Reynolds was on Ken Burns’ new documentary "National Parks: America’s Best Idea." When it was time to talk about Southwest Colorado’s own Mesa Verde National Park, historian Duane Smith was front and center, and he did a great job. But Reynolds, with her late husband, David, is Gustaf Nordeski`F6ld’s pre-eminent
biographer, and she wasn’t on camera during the portion that essentially credited Nordenski`F6ld and his shipment of
artifacts to Sweden for making Americans want to save the
archaeological history there.
While Reynolds appreciated the mention, she told me that she and her husband had served as resources for the production, spending an afternoon at the park with one of Burns’ crews. (And having a great time doing so.)
Apparently both Reynoldses’ names are mentioned somewhere in those massive rolling credits, but I didn’t get past the voiceover credits.
So I take back at least part of my initial complaint.
Making the most of beautiful fall days for their anniversaries are Don and Sandra Mapel, Doug and Lori Brouner, Zeke and Glennda Baumgardner, Tim and Debbie Smith, David Ottman and Jen Schoedler, Frank and Karen Anesi, Nancy and Steve Ashburn, John and Mary Shafer, John and Etoile Hening, Rege and Nancy Leach, Gordon and Wanda Greve, Harald and Leanne Jordan, Chris and Lynda Berger and Greg and Shirley Drover.
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