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Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting , April 2, 2013
Posted by Charlotte Wytias

Program: Jennifer Anderson, Park Manager
Staunton State Park

Grand-Opening Saturday, May 18, 2013!

Jennifer Anderson is a law-enforcement-trained Park Ranger who previous worked at Chatfied, Golden Gate and Castlewood State Parks before being offered the position at Staunton State Park to head up the development and opening of this newest of the Colorado State Parks. Staunton State Park is located off hwy 285 North at the Shaffer's Crossing exit.

The 1680 acre Staunton Ranch was donated to the State of Colorado in 1986 by Frances Staunton, daughter of two physicians who were migrating to California when they stopped in Colorado and made it their home, starting the Ranch in the early 1900’s. Ms. Staunton stipulated that the Ranch could not be sold, transferred nor other-wise conveyed and that 90% of the property must remain natural.

By 2006, three other properties had been procured via Colorado Lottery funds: the Davis Ranch, Elk Falls and the Chase Ranch, bringing the total land for the Park to 3800 acres. The Ranch was added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places recently.

Over 50 volunteers have given 6,748 hours of time, offering guidance and direction to the planning as well as working to remove trees and weeds, fire-mitigatioon, developing trails, selecting climbing routes (the Park will host the State’s premier rock-climbing), taking down old fencing, designing signage, etc. The Friends of Staunton State Park is looking for volunteers to help with additional programming for the educational components of the Park, help with fund-raising for the remainder of the first phase of development (the Visitors’s Center), and the second phase, which will include water, sewer, electricity, addition road-way and more parking, etc.

The park will offer hiking, mountain-biking, rock-climbing, picnic-areas, camping (second-phase). Bar-B-Q grills are being provided for cooking and to reduce fire-danger. The picnic shelter will be available by reservation and has tables/benches, grills and toilet facilities.

For additional information:;; Staunton State Park 303-816-0912.

The Board meeting this month will be held April 10 at 6 pm. at the Browne's home.

April 23rd Rotary Meeting will have special guests and programming; please plan for a 8:10 ending time.

St. Pat's fund-raiser netted more that $1200 greater profit than last year! The auction was a big part of the reason...thanks to Angela and Kim Collosanti!!

Interact Pie-Eating Contest this Friday at 6pm at MRC. Join the FUN!

The Murder Mystery Dinner, hosted by Interact will be at the end of the month....more to come!

The District Area Assembly, which will bring together the area Rotary Clubs to meet with the District Governor will be held either Sept 17 or 19 at Mt. Vernon Country Club. All members and guests and prospective members are invited. The cost is $10; cash bar. The four Interact Clubs in our District Area will have a separate gathering.

RYLA/Young RYLA applications are available on-line at We have 3 positions for RYLA and 4 for YoungRYLA. Students going into 8th for YoungRYLA; 10th/11th for RYLA are eligible. The Club pays for the week-long venture. Young RYLA will be held at Camp Ponderosa, Larkspur, CO; RYLA is held at the YMCA camp in Estes Park. This is a tremendous opportunity for young people; please think about who you know that should receive this no charge to their families.

Moore Lumber's new facility in Pine Junction is offering not-for-profits the opportunity to sell hot-dogs on the weekends. Conifer Rotary has the tentative date of the first weekend in May. Moore Lumber will provide all the food and means for cooking. All profits go to the Club. More to come. Thanks to Moore!!!:)

Susan Brace needs a face-on photo of a live burro for burro rescue....please send to her:

The 9-Health Fair, Conifer, will need help in setting up Friday, April 19, 5-6:30pm. The Health Fair will be Saturday, April 20, 7a.m.-12noon. Thanks to the Rotarian volunteers; volunteers for the Fair are asked to attend Friday afternoon to get instruction for Saturday a.m. (plan to be at Our Lade of the Pines Saturday morning at 6 a.m.)

Please go to the Golden Back Pack Facebook page and vote---everyday---for that project. If Peggy Halderman gets the votes, the Golden Back Pack Project will receive $20,000 to support feeding kids this summer!

The Club will receive stationery next week to write letters in support of the soldier statue for the Bergen Veterans park.

The Veterans Coalition will soon have it's home within the MRC!!!

THE BIG WEEKEND is coming: May 18, 19:
Mountain Area Garden and Home Show at Conifer High School (our major fund-raising project); May 18,19; volunteers needed

Spring Fling-It: at Conifer High School, Saturday May 18. Clean House!!

Community Veterans Coalition: Saturday May 18 at Beaver Ranch, Conifer Community Park 7-11 a.m. Please promote this event to any veterans you know. Breakfast will be served at no charge to Vets; 9 Health Fair will have free labs (12 hours of fasting!); veterans services will be up from Denver.

50/50 Dan Imming--donated to Fresh Produce Tuesday at MRC Thanks, Dan!

Please visit this link below for more information - please come to our meetings if you're interested in volunteering with us! ... 8361f73483

The Rotary Club of Conifer is a volunteer service organization that identifies and supports causes which improve the quality of life for fellow humans & their environments. Our purpose is to invite business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, to encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to help build goodwill & peace throughout the world.

Breakfast Meetings Tuesday at 7:00 AM, Mountain Resource Center

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