June 24, 2017

Service Dog Memorial Unveiled at Foothills Animal Shelter

Although I couldn’t attend the event, I’m very happy to be able to write about it … last month Foothills Animal Shelter unveiled a new sculpture celebrating the contributions that service dogs make in the community. Even cooler: the project was itself a service project by a local 15-year old as part of fulfilling the requirements to become an Eagle Scout.

The Columbine Courier has a nice story on the event, as did Examiner.com (I don’t know how that happened, but it’s a nice story as well).

As is often the case in Golden, the Rotary Club of Golden played a major role in funding and supporting the project, so hats off to them (and First Bank of Colorado, which also provided some important financial support).

(Photo by Carrie Dow/Examiner.com)

E-Days and Other Upcoming Events

The ore cart pull ... all the way from Golden to the State Capitol.

March 29-31, Colorado School of Mines E-Days
You’ll find details about the ore cart pull and all of the other E-Day events on CSM’s website, but the fireworks show has been cancelled because of the fire ban and may get rescheduled for later in the year.

April 5, City Council Study Session
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda tentatively includes interviews for openings on the GURA board, a discussion about works plans for the Historic Preservation Board and the Economic Development Commission, and a discussion of the tobacco sales ordinance.

April 12, Ethics in Business Luncheon
It’s at the Denver Marriott West from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You’ll find more info about the event on the Rotary Club of Golden website.

April 12, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda tentatively includes awarding the utilities replacement bid, several proclamations and an award for the city’s Public Works Department, an ordinance on sidewalk seating, landscaping requirements for commercial and multifamily properties, and awarding this round of i-Neighborhood Matching Grants.

April 14, Coffee With a Councilor
You’ll find City Councilors from District 1 (South Golden), including Saoirse Charis-Graves and maybe others as well at Read, Write and Brew starting at 9 a.m. It’s a great informal opportunity to chat with your City Council representatives about the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 6, the South Neighborhoods Plan, or whatever else is on your mind.

April 18, One Book One Golden Event
One Book One Golden: An event with Craig Barnes, the author of “Growing Up True.” 7 p.m. at Foss Auditorium (American Mountaineering Center).

Entire Golden Community Honored for Backpack Program

Last week I had the exciting privilege of accepting a District Rotary Club award on behalf of the entire Golden community for our exceptional Backpack Program.  The Backpack Program tackles head on a rarely discussed but critical problem: if kids are hungry or undernourished, they aren’t likely to perform as well in school.  My view on this is pretty simple: every kid ought to have a fair shake at success in school and in life.  What they do with that opportunity is up to them, but as a community we should work to make sure they all have a fair shot.  It turns out that hundreds of kids in Golden area schools live in homes with low enough incomes that they aren’t able to get enough – or nutritious enough – food.  Enter Peggy Halderman and many of her Golden Rotary colleagues, who catalyzed the program now providing 250 Golden area kids with supplemental food.  Peggy received a Mayor’s Award for Excellence last December for her incredible work building the Backpack Program and organizing such a broad community response, which now includes support from dozens of volunteers, the Golden Family of Churches Health Ministry, and others.

At our City Council meeting on Thursday night, we’ll take a few minutes to formally recognize this new award and for City Council to formally accept it.

Ethics in Business Awards: Meyer Hardware and Jeffco Action Center

Meyer Hardware and Jeffco Action Center were the recipients of this year’s “Ethics in Business Awards” presented by the Golden Rotary Club and the Golden Chamber of Commerce. Jeffco Action Center does amazing work supporting folks in need and helping them get back on their feet. Both organizations deserve a hearty congratulations for their contributions to Golden.

Golden's Backpack Program: Helping Kids in Need

One of the great joys of living in Golden is the remarkable way in which, at every turn, you stumble on yet another individual, or another group, doing something amazing to improve their neighborhood or our entire community.  The Backpack Program is one of many, many examples.  Peggy Halderman discovered – much to her dismay – that there as many as 500 kids in Golden area schools that qualify for supplemental food on the weekends during the school year.  She did something about it.  Modeling her effort after Backpack Program efforts all over the country, Peggy and the Golden Rotary Club worked with Bell Middle School and the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center to launch a pilot last fall and served an average of 45 kids in need every week this school year.  At the end of every week, the program provides qualified kids – those who are likely experiencing persistent hunger issues at home, often because of very limited family incomes – with sacks of food to help keep the kids healthy and well-fed through the weekend.  Peggy and her partners are now collaborating with the Golden Family of Churches Health Ministry to expand the program to help hungry kids at Pleasant View and Welchester Elementary Schools.  Kudos to Peggy, the Rotary Club, and everyone else working on this very worthwhile project.

Golden’s Backpack Program: Helping Kids in Need

One of the great joys of living in Golden is the remarkable way in which, at every turn, you stumble on yet another individual, or another group, doing something amazing to improve their neighborhood or our entire community.  The Backpack Program is one of many, many examples.  Peggy Halderman discovered – much to her dismay – that there as many as 500 kids in Golden area schools that qualify for supplemental food on the weekends during the school year.  She did something about it.  Modeling her effort after Backpack Program efforts all over the country, Peggy and the Golden Rotary Club worked with Bell Middle School and the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center to launch a pilot last fall and served an average of 45 kids in need every week this school year.  At the end of every week, the program provides qualified kids – those who are likely experiencing persistent hunger issues at home, often because of very limited family incomes – with sacks of food to help keep the kids healthy and well-fed through the weekend.  Peggy and her partners are now collaborating with the Golden Family of Churches Health Ministry to expand the program to help hungry kids at Pleasant View and Welchester Elementary Schools.  Kudos to Peggy, the Rotary Club, and everyone else working on this very worthwhile project.