Your Town, May 6, 2012

Thirteen years ago this month I was promoted to a position in the Sentinel’s newsroom and began working alongside and under the tutelage of newsroom secretary Kathy Jordan

I knew Kathy and Teddy Jordan from having worked five years at the Sentinel in the early ‘80s, and I’ll never forget her enthusiasm in showing me the ropes of my new position and helping ease the overwhelming feeling that new job duties can bring. I quickly learned of her dedication to her job, along with her many passions away from her desk.

Known well for her contributions to the Historic Seventh Street District preservation and devotion to the city’s history, few people knew she was also a seasonal personal assistant to Santa Claus.

Yep — the big guy up north.

During the chaotic weeks leading up to Christmas, the Jolly ol’ Elf would call her from the North Pole, seeking assistance in answering the numerous bags of letters he’d received from kids on the Western Slope. Santa supplied her with personally signed stationary and she spent hours hand-writing replies to the boys and girls — naughty or nice.

One year, she was deeply touched by a letter from an elementary school girl whose Christmas list was simple — the young girl’s family was in need and she asked for little, but she believed. Kathy started a collection to assure the young girl’s Christmas letter wishes were met, and she added a little extra, to guarantee a merry Christmas for the entire family.

Kathy had passion and purpose, backed by a strong-will to follow through — for wrongs to be righted and for dreams to be fulfilled. Isn’t that something we should all strive for in life?

I reckon Kathy taught me much more than how to do my new job.

Farewell, K.J.

Rise and shine and treat mom to breakfast on her day.

The 33rd annual Mother’s Day pancake breakfast, hosted by Orchard Mesa Lions Club, is from 7 a.m.–noon May 13 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds Community Building, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.

Tickets are $5 for adults and ages younger than 7 are free.

Save room for another pancake feast this month at the Fruita Lions Club’s annual pancake breakfast, happening from 7–9 a.m. May 19, in the circle next to the IOOF Hall in Fruita, during the Mike the Headless Chicken Days Festival.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and younger are free. Proceeds will benefit Loma, Shelledy and Rimrock elementary schools and the purchase of school supplies.

Call June at 314-5545 for information.

Five 60 Salon will have its fifth annual cut-a-thon from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. May 13, at 560 Colorado Ave.

Stylists will offer $20 haircuts on a first come, first served basis, cutting as many hairs as possible during that time. No appointments will be taken.

All proceeds, including tips, will be donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates and to support child abuse awareness.

Call 263-4551 for information.

The Grand Junction High School class of 1958 will meet for dinner at 5 p.m. May 14 at Famous Dave’s Barbecue, 2440 U.S. Highway 6&50.

All members are invited. Call Jackie Montoya at 242-1270 for more information.

The Insight Low Vision Educational Group presentation will happen from 1–3 p.m. Monday at Fiesta Guadalajara, 710 North Ave.

The program will be lunch and enjoying good companionship. Call Lorene Hassig, group coordinator, at 256-1811 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The International Association of Administration Professionals Book Cliff Chapter will have its officer elections for the 2012-13 year at 5:30 p.m. May 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Drive.

Networking and dinner is from 5:30–6 p.m., followed by chapter business and elections from 6–7 p.m. Cost is $20 for members, $10 for students and no charge to first time guests.

The chapter will have awards and the installation of officers at its June 20 meeting. July and August are the summer break and strategic planning sessions for the 2012-13 year. Members will be contacted regarding dates, times and locations.

To learn more, visit or call 639-0838.

Grand Mesa Jeep Club’s monthly meeting is Monday, at Fiesta Guadalajara, 710 North Ave.

Social hour and no host dinner is 6–7 p.m. and the business meeting is at 7 p.m. Owners of all makes of off-road vehicles are invited to attend.

The club’s annual off-road show, featuring more than 100 off-road vehicles, vendors and more, is scheduled for June 2, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

Visit for information.

Submit your Planner and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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