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Letter: A great year for Snowmass Rotary

A great year for Snowmass Rotary

When I tell people I am the outgoing president of Snowmass Village Rotary, I usually hear something like, “Man, you must be fired up to be done with that!” But the reality is that our Rotary Club is a constant mix of comedy and entertainment, with a cross section of Snowmass characters — striated by age, income, political leaning, local and part-time, new arrivals and old-timers, etc. — that I haven’t found anywhere else. And if you can get yourself to the Viceroy at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays, you are also likely to learn about some really cool people and things going on in our valley. I write to thank our members for an incredible year and share a few highlights:

Hosting a Snowmass Village Heritage Celebration dinner at the Viceroy and raising tens of thousands of dollars for a foundation that supports Snowmass causes. (Thanks, Related and Viceroy Snowmass!)

Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, talking about how we can wean our economy off oil.

A private tour of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport with Director Jim Elwood.

An inside tour of Slopeside Lanes, the new bowling alley in Snowmass.

John Coulter, a local who founded the Borjan Children’s Fund to provide for basic human needs in the Philippines.

A “first tracks” breakfast at Elk Camp Restaurant hosted by Aspen Skiing Co., with a presentation on future ideas for the ski area followed by 8 inches of untracked powder in the Glades..

Scott Tipton, our U.S. congressman, speaking to both our Aspen and Snowmass Rotary clubs.

Richard Rosenfeld, the founder of Two Leaves and a Bud, describing how to build a national business from Basalt.

Launching a new fundraiser — the Mammoth Meltdown — that will happen again next winter.

Volunteering at the Snowmass Rodeo with my 5-year-old and looking over and finding him in a conversation with a Sports Illustrated cover model.

Local Olympic medalist Chris Klug speaking on the importance of organ donation. (You can win an Olympic medal with someone else’s liver!)

Watching our Snowmass Wine Festival grow to well over 1,000 people.

For any talk of what needs to get fixed in Snowmass, our Rotary club is a reminder of what we already have — a community of people committed to helping others who like to have a lot of fun. Please check us out at http://www.snowmassrotary.org.

Andrew Light

President, Snowmass Rotary


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