Good-bye to one of the ‘good guys’
It’s always difficult to say good-bye to a friend.It’s even harder, though, when the friend is more than a pal – when he not only gives of himself to those whom he knows, but also gives selflessly to his community. Loren Gifford is such a person.
Loren and Judy Gifford, along with their children, Erica and Nick, moved to the valley in 1993 to run the hardware store, Ace Hardware, in West Vail, of which they are part owners. Just months after moving here, Loren joined the Vail Rotary Club, where he was an officer and eventually served as president.”I researched all the local clubs, and learned that the Rotary Club was the strongest in service to the community,” Gifford said.Recently, the clubs from the Vail Valley threw a going away party for the Gifford’s to say thank you for all Loren has done for Rotary and for the community.”I researched all the local clubs, and learned that the Rotary Club was the strongest in service to the community,” Gifford said.
Recently, the clubs from the Vail Valley threw a going away party for the Gifford’s to say thank you for all Loren has done for Rotary and for the community.”Loren exemplifies the Rotary motto, ‘Service Above Self,'” said long time friend and Rotary member Beverly DeMoss. “He gives of himself professionally and personally to his community, friends and family. It’s rare to hear him say ‘no.'”Rotary is an organization comprised of a diverse group of professional leaders working to address various communities and international service needs. Through community service and other means, Rotary Club members help promote peace and understanding throughout the world.
Locally, Rotary gives away many scholarships to high school students and promotes international exchange programs as well as giving generously to virtually every local charity in town.Two years ago, Gifford and a few others started the Downvalley Rotary Club in Edwards. “With the growth heading west, the need was there,” he said.
Currently, Loren serves as president of the Edwards Rotary Club. He will be resigning today, the day he and Judy hop in their VW bug and head east to Menomonie, Wisc., where they will run a bed and breakfast. The couple built a house many years ago down the street from the B&B they will run, so going back to Wisconsin isn’t entering unfamiliar territory. It’ll be a change for everyone in town not seeing their friendly and helpful faces when searching for items at Ace.
Steve Pope, who has been involved with Rotary for several years and known Loren for the duration, summed it up.”He’s one of the good guys. We’re going to miss him.”
I was amused to find out that one upstanding foundation member, whose initials are B.W., is an Aerosmith groupie. Yep, she followed the band around in a bus for a month or so, just to get a photo op with Steven Tyler. Personally, I’m more of a Led Zeppelin gal, myself.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado