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Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Dozen of the Most Influential People in Tomorrow's Society

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Nederland MSHS Counselor, Aly Shambo
and Mayor Joe Gierlach pass out certificates
as students sign the book.
This week was the Nederland MS/HS National Honor Society dinner and induction ceremony.

Each year, our Town has a tradition of hosting dinner for the inductees, and afterward, I've had the honor of awarding the certificates to students for the past several years. Then, the inductees hand-sign the same book that has been used for decades.

Personally, all I remember about being inducted into the National Honor Society, was seeing my name on a list. I went to a bigger high school than Nederland MS/HS, and I was involved with a lot of other activities. I did not pay much attention to the National Honor Society activities, but I remember making sure my name was on the list. I think I got the pin after basketball practice, and I told my mother about it a week later.

This is the only time in my life, that I can remember making my mother cry. When she realized that I did not invite her to watch me get inducted into the National Honor Society. At the time, I had a lot of other things that were 'more important' in my life.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Nederland Food Pantry is a Life Saver – 5 Reasons to Donate

Location: 750 Colorado 72, Roosevelt National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
The Nederland Food Pantry in the West Wing
of the Nederland Community Center
There's no fancy marketing. No catchy name. It's just the Nederland Food Pantry.

The business plan is simple – They give food to people who need it, along with basic toiletries.

The Nederland Food Pantry is welcoming, and yet it's more discreet than expected. Volunteers prefer to stay 'behind the scenes' with no recognition. They are even reluctant to be in my picture (especially Executive Director Chris Current) often turning their backs, or hiding behind food isles. However, one-on-one, each patron is welcomed, and individually walked-through the pantry by a friendly volunteer.

This special care is important because in most cases, when a person comes to terms with needing food assistance, there is no doubt that they are dealing with bigger issues in their life as well.

I had a chance to meet with the Nederland Food Pantry's Executive Board as they were planning for their "With a Little Help From Our Friends" fundraiser which will be held on Saturday, February 21st at the Community Center. (Scroll to the bottom of this article for all the details of this event.)

Last year, the Nederland Board of Trustees (BOT) reviewed a fee waiver for the event. I strongly encouraged my fellow board members to approve the waiver, which was unanimously approved. This year we will also be reviewing their lease renewal. I came up with five fortuitous reasons why it's important for you to especially donate this year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boulder B-Cycle – Gazillion Reasons Why the Nederland EcoPass is So Cool – Part 5

Location: 3601 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303, USA
B-cycle station at 29th Street
I took the opportunity to try out Boulder B-cycle as part of the "Gazillion Reasons Why the Nederland EcoPass is So Cool" program series.

The Ned RTD EcoPass is Free for any resident in the Greater Nederland Area within Boulder County. [see details here] The "Gazillion Reason" series is my experiment to intentionally increase my personal use of the Nederland EcoPass in order to explore practical tips and tricks. 

As far as the B-cycle goes, at first I thought, "What's the point in using the B-cycle when it basically goes to other places that RTD goes anyway?"

You'll have to read the story all the way through, because I found that the answer has something to do with my progress through earlier phases of the "Gazillion Reasons" experiment. Let's explore the first 4 phases:

Phase I – DIA: From a money-saving standpoint, the easiest use of the Ned EcoPass, is to take the N Bus down to Walnut Station in Boulder, then take the AB Bus to DIA Airport and save the gas, parking fees, etc.

Considering that I was already planning to arrive at the airport two hours before my flight, the process of packing my luggage, and trip planning in general, almost ensured an easy transition to RTD planning. Saving money felt good. Then, I thought, "That was great for me and the planet. What else can I use the Ned EcoPass for?"