Cynthia BerecekSpecial to the SunSnowmass Village, CO Colorado

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April 17, 2012
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Snowmass Village Rotary Club: On the road

The changing of the seasons in a seasonal town can alter the way some Snowmass organizations conduct their business. The Snowmass Rotary Club celebrates the opportunities to diversify the way they do business, and is always seeking ways to make it special, not to mention fun!The Viceroy Hotel is our usual host of the Snowmass Village Rotary Club's weekly Wednesday morning breakfast meetings. But while the Viceroy will close its doors during the spring offseason, Snowmass Rotarians will embrace the break in continuity and go out and explore. Like kids in a veritable mountain candy store, they have arranged five weeks worth of meaningful and educational field trips in Snowmass and Aspen.Not to be deterred by moving targets, this group of active humanitarians is eager to don hardhats, boots, and their imaginations to learn about the missions of their willing hosts. Add a little club business and some Village Tavern-catered breakfast fare, and it's just like, well, Rotary-on-the-road.Although a lack of snowpack denies a full Krabloonik dog-sledding experience, Rotarians will be taken on a virtual journey of the history and an on-site tour of the operations of this unique Snowmass institution. Aspen Valley Hospital's expansion will get a closer look by Snowmass Rotarians, who will get an up-close and personal tour of the new patient care unit, intensive care unit, and improved operating rooms and physical therapy center. The Westin Hotel's construction manager will lead Rotarians through the just-starting renovation project of Snowmass' newest future hotelier, at the site of the former Silvertree Hotel. Rotarians also will visit Colorado Mountain College's Aspen campus and tour this state-of-the-art educational facility, including its computer and science labs and smart rooms, and hear remarks by CMC President/CEO Dr. Stan Jensen. To add a little levity to the line-up, the Snowmass Village Rotary Club will finish up its spring break with a spring fling at the Artisan, this time a late afternoon social get-together.Many Rotary clubs, of which there are 33,000 worldwide and seven in the Roaring Fork Valley, are not afforded the opportunity that befalls the Snowmass club. Consistency in venue may be preferable to some, but Snowmass Rotarians find that springtime represents growth and renewal, and a way to refresh one's mind and spirit.All Snowmass Rotary meetings are open to interested guests and new members. For information about attending any of these off-site meetings, or in membership opportunities, please visit for contact information.

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