The Parkinson’s Support Group mission is to educate, provide resources, and support caregivers and their families. For information or to make transportation arrangements, call Cora at 970/252-2996.
College and Financial Aid Night at Wilkinson Library Tuesday
TELLURIDE – The University Centers of the San Miguel and Wilkinson Public Library offer a College Fair and Financial Aid Information Night Tuesday, Jan. 31. Participating schools include Colorado Northwestern Community College, Colorado Mesa University, Fort Lewis College, Western State College, and Prescott College, as well as information on local options through UCSM. School representatives will discuss online and virtual classroom opportunities as well as residential programs.
This event is open to everyone. Booths are open Tuesday, 4-6 p.m., with short presentations from each school beginning at 6 p.m.; at 7 p.m., CNCC Financial Aid Coordinator Merrie Byers will discuss how to pay for school, starting with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application. Computers will be set up to begin that process at the event; a list of documents and other possible sources for scholarships, grants and loans will be available.
For information, call 970/369-5255 or visit www.ucsanmiguel.org.
Register a team for the second annual MSEF Trivia Bowl
RIDGWAY – Dust off your old Trivial Pursuit game and get those dendrites cracking. It’s time to start training for the second annual Mt. Sneffels/ San Miguel Power Trivia Bowl Challenge, coming up on Tuesday, Feb.7 at Ridgway Elementary School.
“Everyone is invited to come on out to cheer on your favorite team, laugh at their creative guessing and marvel as they thrill you with their knowledge of trivia,” said event coordinator Rennie Ross.
This year’s contest will feature all trivia-type questions, rather than a combination of knowledge bowl and trivia questions.
The Trivia Bowl runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and takes place in Conder Hall.
Prior to the event, a soup supper will be served from 5:45-6:30 p.m. at the school cafeteria. Admission for the soup supper is $7 for adults, $5 for children or $20 for a family of four.
Think you know it all? It’s not too late to get in on the action, Ross said. “All you have to do in order to join in the fun is to form a team of one to four people (no age restrictions), fill out an entry form and send it in with your entry fee of $100.”
The event is limited to the first 16 teams to register. Entry deadline is Feb.1, 2012.
“We have several teams from each school that need a sponsor,” Ross noted.
The trivia bowl is one of several MSEF fundraisers taking place through out the year, with the goal of enhancing educational opportunities for Ouray County youth.
For more information or to register your team, visit www.mtsneffels.org or call 970-325-0967.
Gad Named Director of Region 10 Area Agency on Aging
MONTROSE – Michelle Gad has been named the Area Agency on Aging Coordinator at Region 10. Chosen from a field of candidates in interviews conducted by Region 10 Executive Director Paul Gray, members of the AAA Regional Advisory Council and the Region 10 staff, Gad has spent many years serving senior citizens in the region and boasts 25-plus years of finance and business experience.
“I am pleased that Michele will be taking on the leadership role in this important program,” Gray said. “She is highly competent, cares deeply about the population we serve, and has established many relationships with older adults, local/community organizations and the State Unit on Aging.”
“I look forward to taking AAA to the next level of success,” said Gad. “People over age 60 are a vital part of our community – we need to be doing whatever it takes to serve them.”
The Area Agency on Aging receives approximately $1,000,000 in funding annually, and contracts with 11 provider organizations in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties to provide a variety of services for senior citizens, including senior dining, meals on wheels, transportation services, dental services, homemaker services, legal services and more.
Region 10 AAA provides a comprehensive array of services through a coordinated network aimed at enabling older persons in the region to live independently as long as possible. Visit www.region10.net, or call 970/249-2436 for more information.
Sopsic Named Executive Director of Montrose ACT
MONTROSE – The Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism has named Jenni Sopsic executive director. Sopsic, who has served as interim executive director since October and was previously the director of marketing and public relations, will continue to handle the responsibilities of the director of marketing and public relations.
Grand Junction native Sopsic, who graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1996 with a B.A. in Tourism and Resort Management and Marketing, has been with the Montrose ACT for four years; prior to that, she worked at the Inn at Lost Creek and the Peaks Resort in Telluride, and with Hyatt Hotels. Her achievements include being named Assistant Manager of the Year for Hyatt Hotels and Manager of the Year for Wyndham.
“We are thrilled to officially name Jenni as the Executive Director of Montrose ACT,” says Scott Beyer, board president. “We are confident Jenni will continue to build on the momentum she’s gained in the few months she’s been the interim director. In addition to having a huge passion for all things Montrose, Jenni is a wonderful collaborator, an excellent communicator and an outstanding leader. She is the perfect fit for this position.”
In other Montrose ACT news, Stacey Ryan has assumed the newly created position of special events coordinator. “After studying several communities, the board and city council felt that this new position will benefit Montrose by attracting additional visitors, increasing the area’s recognition and, ultimately, increasing the city’s tax base,” said Sopsic, of Ryan’s new position. Jodi Shormann has moved into the role o membership development coordinator, and is responsible for acquiring and marketing to non-member businesses, as well as for membership retention, retailer and merchant liaison, and managing the volunteer program and visitor center.
Telluride Academy Receives $75,000 towards Headquarters Acquisition Campaign
TELLURIDE – The Telluride Academy will receive a $75,000 Special Initiative Grant from the Telluride Foundation to go toward the purchase of a commercial condominium for its year-round administrative office and operational headquarters.
“We are thrilled to receive this Special Initiative Grant,” said Telluride Academy Executive Director Elaine Demas. “These funds, combined with substantial lead donations from our Telluride Academy trustees and board of directors, have provided us with a fantastic place to begin our $300,000 campaign this upcoming spring. The Foundation’s special initiative money will be used as a matching grant throughout our campaign. It’s every nonprofit’s dream to own its own home, and this Special Initiative Grant will help the Academy realize that dream. We are so grateful.”
The Telluride Academy, founded in 1980, takes as its mission the provision of enriching, experiential programs that span the globe to children and teens. From its beginnings as a small backyard day camp 32 years ago, the Academy now serves more than 750 students from over 500 families annually. Its programs are based in the arts, outdoor recreation, sports, education, and exploration. Since its inception, the Academy has based its operations out of a variety of locations, from founder Wendy Brooks’ home to office space in the Telluride High School. Now it will operate out of a 1,118 sq. ft. commercial condominium a short walk from its summer campus at the Telluride High School.
In 2011, the Academy hosted 739 children in 93 enrichment programs, 271 (or 37 percent) from the Telluride region. Academy programming provides critical support to local working families who need care for their children in the summer months, from My First Camp for 5-year-olds to its Outdoor Leadership Challenge, providing life skills and leadership opportunities for teens. “Eliminating our monthly mortgage payment,” said Demas, “will allow us to re-channel much-needed funds directly to other operational expenses as well as our tuition assistance needs. Most importantly, it will ensure the long term strength of the Academy for years to come.”
The Academy maintains a substantial annual tuition assistance program, funded in part through community grants from the Telluride Foundation, as well as private donations, regional grant awards and fundraising events.
Bosom Buddies Donates $1500 to Sock it to Cancer Fundraising Efforts
MONTROSE – Members of the Bosom Buddies breast cancer support group recently donated $1,500 to the San Juan Healthcare Foundation’s Sock it to Cancer fundraising program. Money from the program goes to the Caring Friends Fund, to provide help for patients and their families at Montrose Memorial Hospital and the San Juan Cancer Center with services that extend beyond medical needs, such as massages, gas cards, medication assistance, travel and lodging expenses and more. For more information, or to donate, call 970/252-2814.
FRIENDS OF RIDGWAY STATE PARK SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
RIDGWAY – The Friends of Ridgway State Park, Inc. is offering its two annual $1,000 scholarships to college students who have completed at least one semester of post-secondary education. Applicants must have graduated from high schools in Mesa, Delta, Montrose or Ouray Counties and be enrolled in studies leading to a degree in environmental sciences or equivalent. Applications may be obtained from the Ridgway State Park Office, by calling 970-626-5822 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is April 30, 2012.