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Leaving her mark

Dear Editor:

Germaine Dietsch tells a wonderful story about a woman who finds a valuable stone as she’s crossing a river and then gives it away without hesitation to a man she has just met who obviously needs it more than she. Each time I hear or recall this tale, the woman in my mind is Germaine.

At a time in Germaine’s life when she had come to a wide, raging river of her own, she uncovered an amazing treasure that she knew she had to share. And so Spellbinders was formed. For more than 15 years now, Germaine has made it her mission to share her pocket full of gems wherever she goes.

Scholars have identified storytelling as the vehicle which has given us our common identity, built human connections, been the foundation of literacy and taught us about humanity since the time of the caveman. With ever increasing competition from all types of media, Germaine recognized how much could be lost and how quickly without a strong effort to hold tightly to our oral tradition. The word is spreading. Chapters have multiplied and everyone who knows Spellbinders story knows what is possible because of this woman’s vision and commitment to her art.

Germaine has not only successfully grown Spellbinders into an international organization, after solidly rooting it here in our valley schools, she is a gifted storyteller who rejoices in each opportunity to be with her many children. Whether it’s in a classroom or on the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain, you can find Germaine happily telling stories in her gentle way, quietly igniting their imaginations, infusing their days with moral questions and solutions to ponder, and fueling their desire for more.

And the world is a better, more beautiful place because of Germaine Dietsch.

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Donnie Ryan

Spellbinders board of directors, Aspen