Cynthia Berecek
Special to the Sun
Snowmass Village, CO, Colorado

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May 15, 2012
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Rotary column: Hardhats and construction dust

As promised, Snowmass Rotarians are on the hoof. So, like a college student on a travel binge, the excitement of being on the road causes us to write a journal of our offseason journeys.

One can never know just how much there is to learn from being on site to touch and feel the "program." We Rotarians get together weekly for a variety of reasons - socializing, patriotism, philanthropy, meeting needs of those less fortunate and perhaps filling a need within ourselves. And then, there's the "program." This means that we are treated to a myriad of talented speakers who come to us with an important message. They educate, inspire and entertain us. They tell us things that make us say "hmmm..." Fortunately, our valley is rich in suitable orators who want to get their meaningful message before us.

But now, we get to go before the message - and touch and feel the program, as well as the construction dust.

Along our offseason journey, hardhat tours of two important local businesses took us to Aspen Valley Hospital and the Westin hotel, both currently under construction. The hospital certainly will be on the map as a world-class medical facility, as the new changes will allow for more advanced technologies, updated and more private patient rooms, and on-location offices for doctors and surgeons who are now spread throughout the valley.

The Westin hotel will supplant itself in the former Silvertree location in Snowmass and provide a revitalized and redesigned super-chic venue for lodging, imbibing and conventioning, all slopeside. The Snowmass Convention Center expects to open June 1, but the other projects will not be far behind. Both the hospital and the Westin hotel anticipate cutting their ribbons sometime this fall.

For more information on these projects, visit and

The Snowmass Rotary Club is part of a network of 33,000 clubs, claiming 1.2 million members worldwide. Our club of 42 includes members from ages 26 to 80, all of whom are actively involved in making a difference in our community. We will be hosting an open meeting at the Artisan restaurant from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 24 to provide a forum for potential new members. For information, please visit

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The Aspen Times Updated May 15, 2012 05:37PM Published May 15, 2012 05:35PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.