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Let’s have more than three cheers for the Vail Valley’s Rotary clubs

Richard tenBraakVail, CO, Colorado

I hope everyone is enjoying our great summer weather! I recently was in North Carolina for a family reunion. We were at a nice lakeside retreat with boats, swimming and just hanging out with family. It couldn’t have been nicer – except the temperature was hovering just under 100 and the humidity wasn’t much farther behind that. If you are not used to the summer heat and humidity, it can really drain your energy. It made me realize how much we sometimes take for granted our fantastic weather and this great place we call home. If you are not aware, the local Vail, Edwards and Eagle Rotary clubs do a lot for our community. The Vail Rotary club, which I’m proud to say I’m a member of, is an organization comprised of a diverse group of professional leaders working together to address various community and international needs. Rotary members, just like the Vail Chamber & Business Association’s members, are our most important assets. In Rotary, a member strives to achieve the objective of “Service Above Self.” To help accomplish this, there are five main avenues of service: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service and Youth Services. Many of you may have already been touched by the efforts of Rotary and have not even known it. Some of the local programs include a scholarship fund and the third grade dictionary program, in which every third grader in the county receives a dictionary.This weekend, and every Sunday until Sept. 5, Rotary will be at the Vail Farmers Market selling ducks for the annual Duck Race. Stop by and say hello or better yet, adopt a duck for this year’s race! If you would like to find out more about Rotary, visit their website or stop by the weekly meeting at Manor Vail Lodge every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m.The Vail Chamber & Business Association in a way is a lot like Rotary. We are an organization that is comprised of many community and business leaders. Our goal is to help Vail merchants and those who do business in Vail. We do this by working closely with Vail Resorts, the town of Vail and the local business owners and operators. The Chamber promotes a spirit of “Cooperation, Collaboration and Communication.” An example of this is the Premier Impressions program that supports great customer service. If you are not already involved, you should be! To find out more about the Vail Chamber & Business Association and the many programs we are involved in, and the many benefits available to you, stop by our office or visit our website: http://www.vailchamber.org.The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business advocacy group in Vail and is a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber and what it has to offer, please contact us at 970-477-0075 or e-mail info@vailchamber.org. Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center and our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stop in and say hello!Richard tenBraak is Executive Director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association.