Medallions made in Palisade

Sue Parker of Parker Pottery in Palisade creates one of the porcelain festival medallions for the Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club. Sales of the $15 medallions are the club’s fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the community.

Keep it local.

The Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club uses this slogan to promote their efforts within the boundaries of the Western Slope. The club’s 2013 festival medallion is locally produced this year and highlights Palisade’s agricultural industry.

Sue Parker, of Parker Pottery, designed and fired the porcelain pieces of art for the Rotary club. In past years, the medallions have been metal and mass-produced elsewhere.

Vicki Felmlee, a member of the group, said the Rotary club felt it was important to keep production local this time around.

Costs to make the festival medallion are also lower because of its porcelain material.

“We felt porcelain is more appealing for our buyers, who are mostly women. We also had more options with color,” Felmlee said.

Felmlee and club President Mark Liff said the club’s third year in producing the medallion was aimed at keeping the production local, and said Parker Pottery allowed them to keep it within the confines of Palisade.

The medallions can be purchased for $15 from Rotary club members, the Palisade Chamber of Commerce or at upcoming summer festivals like the Palisade Peach Festival and Colorado Mountain Winefest.

Only 750 medallions will be fired. Liff said once a medallion is purchased, the piece will pay for itself because of the number of potential discounts. The festival medallions have served as the fundraiser for the Rotary — all of the club’s projects benefit the community.

“We’ve given away more than $20,000 in less than four years as a club. Our goal is to do even more. With the coins, we know we’ll do more,” said Juliann Adams, who is also a member of the club.

The Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club hopes to attract more retailers, too.

Sixteen vendors participate, but the club will continue to take retailers until November. The coins are good for discounts until the end of the year.

“The grapes and peaches (on the medallion) are certainly Palisade’s branding,” Felmlee said.

Businesses interested in participating in the discount program should contact Felmlee at 245-8484 or info@


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