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Time to look within …

Don Rogers

The potluck was at one of the prettiest spots anywhere, Sylvan Lake State Park. Minds were elsewhere, though, mainly on the Gulf Coast.That’s not surprising, considering the company. This was a gathering of local Rotary Club members with regional leaders. The people in Rotary, a community service group, do tend to be mindful of opportunities to help others.A club in Grand Junction passed the hat one day and wound up with $30,000, a pot that’s growing. Another on the Western Slope worked with its community to fill a big rig with supplies. Rotary, through its system of matching grants and international resources, like similar community service groups such as Kiwanis and the Lions, will be a powerful force for good in the stricken region.A Rotary member and pastor at the potluck is helping to put together a local contingent to go to the Gulf Coast this Thanksgiving and help rebuild.Funny, politics and blame for all too human errors in leadership in the face of the catastrophe didn’t come up at all. Now there’s a model for this moment. Instead of jockeying for position in the next election, maybe we all could focus for now on how we each might be able to help.The tide of giving is massive, and growing. This is the tsunami that the world – and our own valley – can use more of.It’s also quintessential America: slow to react but when she does, look out. There are no more generous citizens than here.Vail, Colorado