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Mike Vanover
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The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is a diverse group of engaged individuals participating through friendship and camaraderie in opportunities to serve our community and other communities around the world.
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Country Thunder Performing at the Jewels & Jeans Barn Dance
 
If you love country music, the Two-Step and line dancing, then you won't want to miss Pagosa Springs Rotary's fifth annual Jeans and Jewels Barn Dance.
 
Country Thunder, headed up by Clay Campbell, is known to turn the shyest wallflower into a crowd pleasing line dancer. To say nothing of a Two-Stepping fool. Ya got to love get-down, home-town country to relate to any of this. Most in Pagosa do.
 
Speaking of Clay Campbell, everyone knows him to be a gifted musician, playing around Pagosa for decades but few know the man.
 
Clay's fascination with Pagosa began as a boy when his grandparents bought a small cabin in the Blanco Basin. Moving here in 1978, Clay obtained an B.A. in Industrial Education and went on to do all jobs necessary to be able to live in the little mountain town he loved. Carpentry became his trick of the trade, with wilderness guiding and outfitting thrown in for good measure.
 
Clay has been performing for about 35 years, beginning his career in Bluegrass music. He would be, back in the day, playing the upright bass at Frankie's (aka Alley House) with Randall Davis and the Left Hand Band. All members had serious day jobs but their passion was music. Music. The fabric within us. Part of our inhale/exhale we don't even notice. A mood changer.
 
About five years ago, country music came a-callin and he joined the group, Country Thunder. Made up of four local musicians,  they are a familiar band playing at various local venues and sought after for private functions. Like many in their audience, they are the shy, humble types, not wanting to talk about themselves, just show up and play. And play they will at the Jeans and Jewels Barn Dance, held October 19, at the County Fairgrounds, from 7:00 to 10:00. Doors open at 5:30.
 
Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, the Chokecherry Tree or from any of your friendly Rotarians. Prices are $20 or $25 at the door. Better hurry. There are only so many tickets available and once they are sold, there goes your chance to tell those stories about an autumn night in October, dancing the night away in the County Extension Building, to the music of Country Thunder.
Along with the music, there will be a silent auction with serious items you will want to bid on like ski passes, gift certificates to Pagosa's finest dining establishments, art work and jewelry plus food trucks and libations for purchase. In general, a memorable night at the County Extension Building you can regale stories to your grandchildren with. Today's times will soon become days of yore. Not big city tales. Small town extension building stuff. Walking to school barefoot in the snow stuff. 
 
The purpose of all this you ask? Surely, like everything in Pagosa there is a justified reason for doing what we do. No trick ponies here . All proceeds go toward the Pagosa Springs Rotary's Scholarship Fund. Since 1983, Rotary has granted higher education scholarships to 174 graduates, to a tune of almost $450,000. A driven purpose to elevate our youth. To give them a step up to be what they dream to be. College or trade school, it doesn't matter. Rotary is that behind the curtain mentor that speaks for the voice of all Pagosans that say, "Go be what you are meant to be. We're behind you".
 
Rotary, being Pagosa's largest service, non-profit club, is dedicated to bettering our community, our nation and our world. Locally, they direct the Feed the Children backpack program, annually gift almost $1,800 of fabulous color dictionaries to all third grade students, house foreign exchange students from all over the world plus send our local outbound students to other countries, help the town manage the largest attended event in Pagosa, the 4th of July Parade, support out of area clubs with time, talent and monies, give funds to third world countries for cleaner water, medical facilities and education and are part of the world wide club endeavor to eradicate polio. Yes, polio still exists.
 
Rotarians are givers of their time and talents, mentors, teachers, financial backers. Rotarians are volunteers whose motto is "Service Above Self". In Pagosa, it shows big time.
So Pagosa, here is a chance to dance a little, socialize a lot and give to our youth, knowing that you will be a part in making a difference in someone's life. Makes you want to learn that "Boot Scootin' Boogie"  just thinking about it. Can't make it? Buy a ticket or two for someone else. Think "Service Above Self".
 
Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, the Chokecherry Tree or from any of your friendly Rotarians. Prices are $20 or $25 at the door. Better hurry. There are only so many tickets available and once they are sold, there goes your chance to tell those stories about an autumn night in October, dancing the night away in the County Extension Building, to the music of Country Thunder.
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Get Trashed on Putt Hill
 
Join us THIS YEAR!  Our fearless leader, Jann C, Pitcher, will be at the Elementary School parking lot around 9:00 am. on October 12th.    Meet us there and bring good gloves, sturdy shoes, and the spirit to keep our community clean!  Rotarians have been performing this service....for a long time.  
 
Please do watch for orange /green vested folks out there along the road side.  They are serving the community in a most humble fashion and we certainly don't want anyone to be hurt!
World Polio Day in Pagosa Springs
 
Join us at City Market on October 23, 2019 from 10:00 to 6:00!  Help us celebrate the progress that has been made, and help us keep up the fight to eradicate Polio from planet earth!  Rotarians will be there, with the famous red kettle, collecting funds that will be matched by Bill & Melinda Gates, $2 for every $1 collected!
 

Where are we in the fight to end polio? What bold steps are we taking to get there? Visit the Rotary International Facebook page to RSVP to the Online Global Update. Endpolio.org

No child should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. Help us make an impact on World Polio Day. Endpolio.org

Smallpox is the only human disease ever eradicated. Let’s make polio the second. Join the fight on World Polio Day. Endpolio.org

How can you triple your impact? Thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made to Rotary to end polio will be tripled. Donate today. endpolio.org/donate

 
 

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