Wanted: Rotary Club stories
This month the Rotary Club of Aspen is celebrating its 40th anniversary. In the spirit of service, and with a heartfelt commitment to service, Jim Grinnell charted the club with fellow business and professional leaders in the community. Founding members still active in the club on our 40th anniversary are Kurt Bresnitz, Craton Burkholder, Ralph Melville, George Madsen, Tony Scheer and Brig Young.
The first event held by the club was to lead the traditional community “Fall Colors Jeep Tour.” This community trip into the backcountry to see the leaves change and enjoy a picnic as a community continues with Rotarians meeting at the Senior Center and organizing a outing for the residents.
The first service project of the club was the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf, founded by member Reed Lewis. Rotarians helped organize early fundraisers, headlined by John Denver, as well as performing hands on service days at the camp in the spring and the fall.
If you have memories of these events, or early service projects of the Aspen Rotary Club, please take a moment to log into the website of this newspaper and submit a letter telling the community your story.
President, Aspen Rotary Club
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