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 Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

2023 Year in Review!

In March of 2024, the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in Chaffee County will celebrate 9 years supporting our local young children.  This outstanding program mails a free age-appropriate book to every registered child each month.  All children in Chaffee County are eligible from birth until they turn 5 years old.  The program began with a partnership between the Salida Sunrise Rotary and Buena Vista Rotary Clubs, and it is now sponsored by Salida Sunrise Rotary.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library promotes and encourages a love of reading among children and helps ensure that children enter kindergarten with a strong ability to read and an eagerness to learn.  It also promotes parent-child interaction and bonding.  If a child is registered at birth and remains in the program until he or she turns five, the child will accumulate 60 high quality books.
This program has been very successful in our community.  Since our launch in March of 2015, and as of December 31, 2023, over 52,225 books have been mailed to over 1,820 children.  In addition, over 960 children have turned five and graduated from the program.
It's Time for
The Chaffee Home & Garden Show Again!
April 6 & 7th, 2024
Chaffee County Fairgrounds


The Chaffee Home & Garden Show returns for the 10th time at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7, 2023.

More than 60 companies from the Chaffee County area – and from across Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah – will showcase the latest in landscaping, gardening, energy-efficient products, window treatments, flooring, lighting, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, patio furniture, storage systems, greenhouses, decks, spas and more.

This show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local home professionals.

Salida Sunrise Rotary Helps with Trail Clean Up!

On June 23rd, members of the Salida Sunrise Rotary Club worked together for a trail cleanup of the spur recreation trail. The project started near the Holman parking area and went toward Milk Run.  Our club will be adopting this section for two years to help in the maintenance of the trail in coordination with SPOT (Salida Parks, Open-space and Trails).
Weeding was our focus during this event. Everyone is encouraged to work together or independently to help in monitoring and cleaning our section.
Thank you to all our volunteers along with Donna Rhoads from SPOT and Jessica from Envision Rec Adopter.

Junior Achievement Economics for Success


Salida Sunrise Rotary was pleased to sponsor, coordinate and present Junior Achievement Economics for Success at Crest Academy on March 16th, 2023.  

As a pilot program for the school system, “JA Economics for Success reveals the heart of a successful economic life: choosing the right career and managing money properly.”  Through this program, the students learned the importance of education and expertise in job fields. Taking set salaries, they then learned how to budget their money.  Financially, they explored the difference between a debit and credit cards, how to invest their savings, write checks and use a register to properly track their expenses.

Thanks to the support of Nichole Imm and Amy Drengler of High Country Bank and Jami Smith, Alexia Gillespie and Amanda Wilson of Collegiate Peaks Bank as well as Mike Harris and Deb Payton as instructors, this program was made possible.

Thanks also to the teachers, Deb Bass-O’Brien, Samantha Bahn and Courtney Miller, at Crest Academy who opened their doors to ensure the programs success.  Samantha Bahn did a wonderful job coordinating the students and making sure that the audio-visual support was on board.

Our hope is to bring this or a similar program district wide.

With much appreciation,
Deb Payton
Salida Sunrise Rotary Junior Achievement coordinator

Chaffee County Celebrates Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

200 Millionth Book Milestone

"Dolly’s gifting a special bookmark to seven children in her Imagination Library program as part of “200 Million Reasons to Celebrate”
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is turning over a new chapter in The Imagination Library legacy - celebrating 200 million books gifted globally since inception in 1995.  The early childhood book-gifting program mails a high-quality, free book each month to children from birth to age five. Salida Sunrise Rotary’s program in Chaffee County is excited to celebrate with every child/family enrolled locally. The Chaffee County program launched in March of 2015, and there are currently 566 children enrolled.
If you are interested in joining the Salida Sunrise Rotary Club, please feel free to contact any one of the members of the board of directors.  These individuals will gladly answer any questions you may have.  A complete list may be found on the home page of this website in the left-hand column.  You may also like to download our Member Information form and the Application form found under the New Member Documents tab on this website.
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President Elect
President Nominee
Board Member - International & R. I. Foundation
Immediate Past President
Salida Sunrise Rotary Charitable Fund Chairman
Imagination Library
Director (2 yrs)
Director (2 yrs)
Chaffee Home & Garden Show
Club Administration
Web Master
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8046 US Highway 50
Salida, CO 81201
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Cindy Merchant
Feb 28, 2024 7:30 AM
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