As Cienega Rotary celebrates our tenth anniversary, it is time to take a look at where we are and where we are going. Reflection always helps give direction for the future and refreshes some of the core values by which our organization is based. In this instance, our number one objective is “the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.” Here at Cienega Rotary we feel that one of the strongest “acquaintances” developed over the years is the relationship between our organization and the Vail School District. Through the Backpack Program, Rotary helps supply needy students with nutritional meals over the weekend. Although this sounds simplistic in nature, the logistics of this program are unique to say the least. Of course, there is a process for buying and consolidating food into individual containers which culminates in the delivery of meals; however, the buying portion of the process can become an issue and relies on community support. So here we have another opportunity to achieve our prime objective by developing an acquaintance with a community within our community. The community of which I refer largely consists of winter visitors (although there are year-round folks as well) at The Voyager Resort on Kolb road. Over the past few years, these fine people have provided at least one third of the monies needed to make our Backpack Program a success. And it doesn’t stop with the Backpack Program. Each and every fund raiser Cienega Rotary has, the fine folks at Voyager are always ready to help. So from our community to yours, Rotary would like to give a special thanks for the years of support and we look forward to our continued acquaintance.

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