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Approximately ten email updates are sent yearly. Below is the October 2017 update.
Rocky Mountain Chapter Sponsors Celtic Concert to Benefit Wounded Warrior
The chapter is sponsoring two Celtic concerts that will benefit Wounded Warrior Project. There’s no cost to attend the concert and the music is highly enjoyable. However, it’s encouraged that concert-goers give a sum of their choosing as a donation for Wounded Warrior at the door. No tickets or RSVPs needed – just show up. Two concerts will be held:
Sunday, October 29
417 W. Magnolia St.
Saturday, November 18
228 E 4th St.
To hear excepts of the 2016 Celtic concert, click here.
The next Trash Bashing (aka Adopt-A-Highway) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, beginning at 9:00 a.m. All trash bashers are to meet at the I-70 and Genesee exit (254), north-side parking lot. This is the last trash bash of the year, so don’t miss your golden opportunity to make a difference in the community. Actual trash collection only takes an hour. Afterwards, the trash bashers visit a nearby eatery for some food, beverages, and good conversation.
Coors Veterans Day Ceremony – Save the Date!
As in past years, Coors Brewery is inviting 10th Mountain Division veterans, active personnel, and descendants to its Veterans Day ceremony scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10. The ceremony includes a program and a lunch at Bills, Coors’ restaurant and pub. An email will be sent outlining more details, including how to RSVP.
Christmas Party – Save the Date!
This year’s Christmas party will be held Saturday, December 30, at Christies of Genessee. More information and a registration form will be forthcoming.
Icelantic 10th Mountain Skis Available
The limited edition of 10th Mountain Division Nomad skis are back! Icelantic donates 15 percent of sales to the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, which resulted in $7 thousand dollars of income for the Foundation last year. Below is the link to order:
Fall Event Recap – Oh What Fun!
Written by Denise Taylor, 10th Mountain Division Descendant
The Rocky Mountain descendants chapter held its annual fall event, September 28-October 1. A grand time was had by all. We had twenty six in attendance, including two WWII Vets, John Tripp 87-L and Clark Wingate 87-L, which made everything that much more special.
The event kicked off Thursday at Masion La Belle Vie, a beautiful French winery in Palisade, Colorado. We tasted great wines and tasty charcuterie trays. John Barbier, the owner, was so excited to have the WWII vets there. Several of us stayed afterwards to enjoy delicious crepes and to spend more time laughing and enjoying our 10th Mountain descendant friends and family.
On Friday, we visited the 157th National Guard-10th Mountain Division facility in Grand Junction. We were hosted by SFC Chuck Johnson, who showed us winter mountain gear and weapons that the Guard trains with along with a tour of the facility. We all enjoyed a nice lunch together afterwards.
Later that day, we met up at a beautiful picnic area at The Colorado National Monument. While there, we visited, went hiking, ate BBQ, and took in the spectacular views around us. The highlight of the afternoon was listening to John Tripp tell stories, recite poetry, and sing songs. He still remembers all the words at 98!!
Saturday, several of us were supposed to go to the air show where the Thunderbirds were to fly. However, it was rained out. No worries though, as the sun came out later and Karin and Kenny Daniels hosted us at their beautiful campsite at the James Robb state campground. Again, more beautiful views, great food, lots of laughs, and to cap off the evening, everyone enjoyed a campfire and roasted marshmallows – very 10th Mountain like. Fun times for sure. A big thank you to Karin and Kenny for a special evening.
As with other chapters, the Rocky Mountain chapter has a great group now including the 157th National Guard. Over the years, we have become like family for which I am very grateful to be a part of.
Tenth Mountain Division Foundation News
The Foundation held its annual meeting July 21, 2017 in Colorado. The president’s note is here and the meeting minutes are here. As outlined in the president’s note, the Foundation is seeking volunteers to help with its many programs. A list of programs and volunteer opportunities are here.
Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame
Written by Dana Mathios, Curator & Director of Collections
The Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame is pleased to report that construction for the new museum is underway. Staff is working hard to finalize plans for their new 10th Mountain Division exhibit, which will include new stories, artifacts, photos, and archival materials.
The 10th story will be told in one of our six exhibits, but the 10th influence on snowsports will be referenced throughout the entire museum. Other stories will include ski history, snowboard history, ski resorts in Colorado, our Hall of Fame, and many more.
This $2.4 million transformation and modernization project will help us continue to communicate and celebrate the wonderful stories of Colorado’s rich snowsports heritage to tens of thousands of visitors each year for generations to come with the latest interactive technology.
We are also pleased to announce that we have currently raised 96% of our capital campaign funding goal. If you would like to support our Transformation, please visit our website skimuseum.net. We hope to be able to host the Grand Reopening celebration just after the first of the year.
WWII Bob Parker Celebration of Life
Written by John Dakin, Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum
On Friday, September 22, hundreds of friends gathered at Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater to celebrate the life of Bob Parker, 10th Mountain Division veteran and one of the founders of Vail. In addition to the numerous speakers, Parker’s son Guy and daughter Katherine shared memories of their father, along with reading several poems that Bob had penned. Parker passed away at the age of 94 on June 29.