President of Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs honored |

President of Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs honored

Steve Sehnert, president of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, was selected as District President of the Year for all large clubs at the district conference, which was held in Estes Park on May 4 and 5. District #5440 includes 53 Rotary clubs in Northern Colorado and all of Wyoming.

The award was in recognition of the Sehnert’s leadership, which helped guide the club’s membership increase from 93 to 108 members, a number of service projects completed in Steamboat and Mexico and the club’s sponsorship of several community events including the Community Barbecue and Barn Dance, the Holiday Tubing Party and the new Cornhole Tournament.

“The President of the Year award is the result of service and accomplishments from all the members of our great club,” said Sehnert, who moved to Steamboat five years ago from Rotary Clubs in Denver. “A huge thank you to all the members who helped to achieve this recognition.”

At the district conference, the club also received the Future of Rotary award for its 16-percent increase in membership, the largest percentage of any of district’s large clubs. The Steamboat club also qualified for the District Governor’s Citation and five members — Ellen Kendall, Carol Johnson, Sehnert and Brett and Joanna Allison — received the People of Action Citation.

In addition, Steamboat Rotary member John Holloway and Cornelia Weiss spoke at the conference about “Peacebuilding.”

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs meets at noon every Tuesday at The Steamboat Grand.

Trail maintenance fund to host used gear swap Wednesday, May 16 at 5 p.m.

The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund will host a used gear swap from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at Townies, 1744 Lincoln Ave. The event will also include giveaways from Ski Haus, Point 6, Townies and more. To swap, buy or trade, participants will be asked to donate $5. Guns, knives, hatchets, helmets and motorized equipment will not be allowed. All donations benefit the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund. Find the event on Facebook at or visit

‘Grounded: The Dirt on Public Lands’ set to screen Thursday, May 17

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council present an evening of multimedia storytelling called “Grounded: The Dirt on Public Lands” to honor Colorado Public Lands Day. This is a free community performance at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 in Library Hall, featuring essays, short stories, poems, sketches, photography, music, visual art and more.

Community members will unveil their stories and images related to public lands live before an audience. Featured contributors to this “live magazine” include Hugh “Buzz” Zars, Marianne Capra, Ellen Bonnifield, Karen Vail, Julia Ben-Asher, Carolyn Peters, Peter Hack, Nancy Working, John Spezia, Anthony Tucciarone, Dee Hubbard and Ann Ross.

The program includes humor, vulnerability, education, inspiration, history, activism and a reflection on the Yampa Valley community’s deep emotional response to public lands, both locally and around the world. Visit for more information.

Yampatika’s Wild Edible Feast slated for June 7 at Haymaker

Yampatika’s 19th annual Wild Edible Feast, a nature-to-table fundraising event, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 7 at Haymaker Golf Course.

The event celebrates the bounty of the Yampa Valley and offers an evening of delectable small plates created by Haymaker’s talented chefs using a variety of wild edibles. On the menu this year are elk, goose, trout, pork belly, local eggs and freshly harvested wild plants. Funds raised will stay in Routt County and go towards connecting people to nature by providing environmental education.

In addition to a variety of culinary food stations, the event will feature educational activities and a silent auction including a Hala Gear $500 gift certificate, Old Town Hot Springs adult membership, two unlimited tasting tickets to the 2018 Reds, Whites & Brews, two tickets to the 2019 WinterWonderGrass Festival, wild game dinner for two and a hot air balloon ride. Quality proteins have been contributed by Jerry Fox, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Kris Brannon, Heather Stirling, Charlie Pharris, Charlie Hentzen, Chuck Heltzel and Kyle Kim.

Tickets are $100 per person or $75 for members of the Young Professionals Network. Fundraising proceeds support environmental education in Routt County. Reservations required. Visit or call 970-871-9151.

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