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Peace Corps veteran to speak in Vail

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VAIL — Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Vail local Kim Dixon will present a rare insider's view of the country of Georgia; it was once part of the former Soviet Union and is a current democratic stronghold in Eastern Europe.

Since returning from a 27-month assignment with the Peace Corps, Dixon will offer a personal account and photo presentation of the people, religion, and physical beauty of this ancient civilization on the original silk route. She will speak at the Vail Racquet Club Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.

While in Georgia, Dixon lived and worked in an Internally Displaced Persons settlement with refugees from the 2008 war with Russia. She invested her time supporting displaced persons with new career training, offering youth leadership programs as well as developing business cases and funding for co-op and community farms. She credits the successes of her post to the spirit of these people, who have a long history of adaptation and constantly demonstrate strong community and family values.

Georgia is full of ancient history and rich in culture with renowned cuisine and wine. It boasts the earliest archaeological evidence of wine production. Georgia was first referenced as far back as Greek mythology. Today, the Georgian language is still preserved and provides an example of one of the few original alphabets in the world.

Of particular interest to Coloradoans is the mountainous beauty of Georgia. The Greater Caucasus create the northern border of Georgia and lie between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, with its highest peak, Mt. Ebrus, at 18,500 feet. The Lesser Caucasus create much of the southern border of Georgia. There are several mountain regions within Georgia — each with unique physical attributes, history, peoples and dialects.

With that many mountains, you'd expect skiing. The country's most popular resort provides 4,000 feet of vertical drop with a lift ticket price of roughly $13 per day.

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Prior to the Peace Corps, Dixon was a senior consultant with IBM, which followed from a career in sales, marketing and business development. She credits her sales acumen to her first career, selling real estate in Vail when she first graduated from college.

If you go

What: Peace Corps in the Country of Georgia: A Personal Account.

When: Sept. 13, 6 p.m.

Where: Vail Racquet Club Clubhouse.

Cost: Free.

More Information: Call 970-476-4840.