Linda D’Aquila: Ornament sales ended
For more than 65 years, the Kiwanis Club, one of Steamboat’s oldest continually active service clubs, has focused its attention on Routt County’s children and senior citizens.
The club received its charter Feb. 22, 1948, and has forged partnerships with local organizations to serve the Steamboat Springs and Routt County community through special events, scholarships, youth programs and support of the elderly, as well as many clean-up and construction projects. Whenever and wherever volunteers are needed, you usually will find a Kiwanian or two in the mix.
In 1982, to support its many community projects, the Kiwanis Club established a locally beloved Christmas tradition — the Kiwanis annual commemorative Christmas ornament sale. Each year, Kiwanis designed an ornament that recognized and celebrated our community’s history, landmarks, activities and noteworthy individuals. Throughout the past 32 years, the ornament sale generated $100,000 to meet the needs of vulnerable members of our community.
Through the years, times and tastes change. Christmas trees now often are decorated according to a specific theme. Candy canes, popcorn garlands, tinsel and round bulb ornaments have given way to cascading ribbons, twinkle lights and ornaments that reflect family outings, sports, hobbies, pets, food — I once saw a bacon-themed tree.
Although it is bittersweet to see a local tradition fade away, it is always exciting to accept change and a challenge. The Kiwanis Club has decided to let the commemorative Christmas ornaments become a thing of the past. We look forward to developing new ways to raise funds in support of the growing needs of our community.
One of the things Kiwanians do best is “march with the times,” and we plan to march on with purpose. Theo Dexter, club president, said the Kiwanis Club has new energy and focus. “We have recruited a few younger members, and it has changed our club perspective,” he said. “Our mission remains community service, and we are looking for new ways to make an impact.”
The Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs wishes to thank everyone who has purchased ornaments throughout the years. Dexter notes, “Those ornament purchases were an investment in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.”
To the Kiwanis Club’s knowledge, only a handful of complete sets of the 32 commemorative ornaments are in existence. If you have a complete set, let us know. If you have an almost-complete set, we might still have the one or two ornaments you need.
We welcome our neighbors and visitors to join us for lunch and presentations on matters of local, state and national interest from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. To learn more about serving your community or the availability of remaining commemorative ornaments, give Theo Dexter a call at 970-879-4889.
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