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Important Members Meeting - May 16
BV Library, 11:30-1:00 

What should we study? Who should be our speakers?
What issues are important to you?

Come help plan the programs for next year.
Suggestions so far:

  • The new county voting system-County Clerk Lori Mitchel 

  • Smart Growth Planning

  • Services available for Chaffee County Veterans

Bring your ideas and a guest. 



May 4 - Geranium Pick- Up
BV - BV Library, 1:00-5:00
Salida - Fringe,  2:00-5:00

Thank you Marilyn Box and volunteers, for coordinating and making this a successful fund raiser. Thank you for those who bought and/or 



Upcoming Events

9 - Leadership Team Board Meeting – Bank of the West, Salida 1:00-3:00
The new team elected April 18 are Marilyn Bouldin, Barb Brady, Gail Brooks, Libby Fay, 
Marjie Gray,
 Scott Hartman,
Nancy Hudelson,
 Rose Mirich, and Jan Scar
. Members welcome. 
16 - Members Meeting -Planning programs and topics for next year.  
BV Library, 11:30-1:00

4 - Parades
29-30 - LWVCO Leadership Recharge 

15 - Annual picnic in Salida: We need Salida volunteers to help coordinate this.



Making Democracy Work Awards

At the annual dinner, Monday, April 18, the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County recognized sisters Katy Grether and Donna Rhoads for their service to the area and presented them with the bi-annual Making Democracy Work Award. The Making Democracy Committee presented the awards. Cheryl Brown-Kovacic submitted the text, Diane Lively presented a bouquet of flowers to each and Karen Robinson presented them with a framed tile inscribed with Making Democracy Work Award and a year membership in the local league. Previous recipients are Charles Forster, Susan Bristol, Pete Palmer, Tom Massey, Gail Schwartz and Joe Cogan.  

Donna and Katy have done a lot for Chaffee County. We are proud to recognize them.
Early in their lives Chaffee County became a special place for them and eventually their parents moved here in 1992. Three adult siblings followed, including their brother Earle Kittleman.
Donna arrive from CU in 1988 and worked for Dr. Hutchinson, a friend of her father’s. She became the Salida Hot Springs Pool supervisor in the 90’s and after leaving that position formed Salida-area Parks Open-space & Trails (SPOT). Katy left her position as an administrator at the University of California at Berkeley in 1999 and arrived in Salida in time to be part of the SPOT Board when it was formed. Together they have worked on the planning, connectivity and funding for trails throughout the county, restoration of vegetation along trails, and historic preservation projects. Under Donna’s leadership SPOT first put in the Monarch Spur Trail, received GOCO and CDOT grants for the CR 120, 140  and 160 trails, and Fishing is Fun grants for upgrades around county Sands and Frantz Lakes.  SPOT also gained funding for many park amenities, (disc golf, playground equipment and soccer fields), the new River Trail along the Arkansas in Salida and assisted Salida Mountain Trails as it started by serving as its non-profit authority. Over the years, SPOT has established over twelve miles of a trail system in Salida and the county. Now Katy, Donna and the SPOT Board are moving forward with the restoration of the Valley View School, one of the last remaining one-room school houses in the county.

Historic preservation was Katy’s real love, and for ten years she wrote grants, managed funds, and guided the restoration of the Hutchinson Homestead under the SPOT umbrella. She worked closely with the History Colorado State Historic Fund staff and private foundations to save the buildings on the homestead and to spread the interpretative message showing the significant role of early ranching in Chaffee County. The future of that facility has now been passed to Guidestone with Katy as a member of that board. She also was a founding board member of Historic Salida, Inc. and continues as their president today. She was an early member of the Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board, which manages the scenic byway and related economic development, as well as advises and sponsors projects to preserve county heritage.

Katy and Donna are registered with different parties but both of these women have always taken their civic responsibilities seriously. Katy worked for four years on the County Roundtable, providing citizen input to develop the initial draft of the current version of the county land use code. Both Donna and Katy have served on campaign committees, with Donna acting as an election judge and campaign manager chair. They have done canvassing, telephoning, letter writing and other related activities to actively support the candidate of their choice in local, state, and national elections.
They have each had their individual special interests as well. Katy is an active supporter of Starpoint, ensuring quality services for their clients and operating an employment training program at her store, the Mixing Bowl. Fourteen clients and two coaches currently participate to promote independence and self-fulfillment for Starpoint clients. Donna has focused her energies on FIBArk, joining the Board in the 90’s to be the race director. She was Commodore in 1997 and re-joined the board from 2008 until 2012.  She is currently assisting as the FIBArk historian. 

Their love of Chaffee County is reflected in their achievements and the gift of their talents as they continue to invest themselves in the area. As grant writers they have brought in around a million and a half dollars to the county, but most importantly they are active citizens and models for how individuals can contribute and make a difference. 


We Had a Good Year and Accomplishments

Thank you Volunteers. 
May 2015
Gail Brooks and Deborah Lively were delegates to LWVCO Convention in Boulder. LWVCC members planned year’s programs. Beautiful Mt. Princeton geraniums were sold.
Rose Mirish and Melissa Smith attended the Leadership Recharge conference in Frisco.
Members marched in 4th of July Parade with signs reminding people to register to vote using and Vote 411. 
Annual Picnic: 50 members & guests heard CO Senator Kerry Donovan and CO HD 60 Jim Wilson speak about the past legislative session.
Speakers: Bi-annual Meet the Mayors with Joel Benson, Buena Vista and Jim Dickson, Salida,
3 Candidate forums: Salida School Board, Salida Mayor, BV School Board.
Speaker on Area Council on Aging 
Finished consensus study on Behavioral Health, adding mental and substituent abuse.
Jan 2016
Speakers: County commissioners spoke on state of the county.
Celebrated 96 years of the LWV with members meeting.
Speaker: Issues on running a retail and medical marijuana business.
2 Forums – Poncha Springs Town Trustees & a Pro-Con issues Forum on whether BV should allow retail marijuana
HRRMC candidates forum. Making Democracy Work & Annual dinner, business meeting and election of 2016-2017 Leadership Team. Sold beautiful Mt. Princeton Geraniums.


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Join the LWVCC. Membership is Sept. 1 to Sept. 1 annually.  Bring a check Nov. 16, send a check to Marilyn Box, 33890 Vista Verde, Buena Vista CO 81211 or pay with a credit card on our website:   

Your membership helps support the work of the 95+ year old LWVUS and LWVCO. We need you and want you. 
$55.00 per single and $82.50 per household.

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