Your Town, Jan. 8, 2012

Hopefully part of your club or organizations’ plans for this year is to keep the public informed about what you do.

This column is the perfect venue for getting the word out. Are you planning something special this year or celebrating a milestone year as a club? Working on a goal or hoping to double your membership? Is there a fundraising project on the horizon?

I invite you to submit club and organization news or updates for the Weekly Planner and to be considered for inclusion in an up coming Your Town.

To send items, refer to the submission information at the end of this column.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. It’s going to be a great year.

The Mt. Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Jan. 14, at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

The agenda includes the annual Good Citizens and Community Service Awards, as well as a report by Josephine Dickey concerning the groups donation to the renovation of the Handy Chapel.

The three students to be honored as Good Citizens are Davin McAlister, Palisade High School; Jonathan Hill, Plateau Valley High School; and Asa P. Graf, Fruita Monument High School. The students participated in a scholarship competition and the winner, whose entry will advance to a statewide competition, will be announced at the meeting.

The Community Service Award will be given to Lawrence R. Henderson, who is recognized for his efforts in organizing, training and serving in the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard. The guard performs veteran funeral honors, participates in parades and “welcome home” ceremonies and Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities and the Wreaths Across America Memorial Service.

Call 242-7074 for information.


The Pro Second Amendment Committee has announced its 22nd annual essay contest for high school, middle and elementary school students.

The high school student question is: “Does restricting the right to bear arms make our communities safe? Why or why not?”

The middle school students will explore the topic: “Investigate and offer analysis of a historical mass human extermination and the role general gun confiscation played.”

Elementary school students will answer the question: “What is the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Why is it important?”

First place prizes will total $250 in cash, gift certificates and merchandise for high school; $200 for middle school; and $150 for elementary school.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 29.

Visit or call Sharon Armstrong at 464-5177 for information.


January is recognized as National Blood Donor month and the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction is launching a drive to donate 75 pints of blood, in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the local chapter of Kiwanis International.

During its noon meeting Jan. 12, Kiwanis of Grand Junction will kick off a year-long effort to support the local blood bank with the appearance of the St. Mary’s bloodmobile, at Two Rivers Convention Center, for member to donate.

People who donate at the St. Mary’s Blood Center can mention Kiwanis Club to work toward the 75 pint goal.

Call Vikki Bell, Kiwanis Club president at 260-7711 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also call Jill Breman at the St. Mary’s Hospital Blood Donor Center, 298-2273.


Several young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout recently.

Eagle Scouts from Grand Junction are Dylan Barney, Crew 383, Sept. 8; Jordan Jones, Crew 388, Oct. 6; Sean Smock, Troop 318, Oct. 20; Nicholas Hill, Troop 357, Oct. 26; Taylor Smock, Troop 318, Nov. 22; and Cameron Leavitt, Crew 389, Dec. 7.

Others are Abraham Almond of Loma, Troop 323, Oct. 3 and Christopher Klene, of Fruita, Troop 303, Nov. 22.


Are you a 1982 graduate of Montrose High School?

Organizers of the classes’ 30th reunion are looking for fellow classmates to add to the routing list. Specific details of a reunion are still in the works, and classmates are encouraged email Janice Fiola (Seevers) at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information and to be added to the list.

A Facebook page has also been created.


Sunset Slope Quilters will host a lecture and trunk show on hand embroidery, presented by Ronene Wilkinson of “Oh My Bloomin’ Threads.”

The event is at 9 a.m. Jan. 11, at the American Lutheran Church, 631 26 1/2 Road. A workshop on hand embroidery will be later that afternoon from 1—4.

Call Laura Pedge 241-1057 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 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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