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“Lucky Ducky Race” Scholarship Fundraiser
Welcomes High Country Bank as Event’s First
2022 Platinum Sponsor
On Sunday, August 28 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, creatively decorated ducks – sponsored by local businesses and individuals – will once again race down the Arkansas River to cheering spectators who are helping to raise money for Salida Sunrise Rotary’s scholarship fund and celebrating the Salida community.

The Lucky Ducky Race, held at Salida’s Riverside Park, is a key component of Salida Sunrise Rotary’s efforts to raise scholarship funds for local students. The top three winning sponsors of the event’s final races will have scholarships granted in their names during the next school year. These range from $1,000 to $2,000.
This year, High Country Bank is setting the bar by becoming the first platinum-level sponsor of the 2022 Lucky Ducky Race and pledging its support for the second year in a row.  “We’re more than happy to be supporting the race again this year,” said Robin NeJame, High Country Bank Community Outreach Director. “At High Country Bank, we’re really invested in supporting our community, and the Lucky Ducky Race gives us a great opportunity to help some of our neighbors continue their education.”
The ducks for this year’s race can be sponsored at three levels -- $450 for platinum, $250 for gold, and $125 for silver. Platinum-level businesses decorate the large rubber ducks to creatively reflect their industries while others simply have fun with artistic flair. And children at the Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County are already busy decorating ducks in preparation for gold-level sponsors. Silver sponsors will be assigned a numbered yellow duck.  “Without the Lucky Ducky Race, our ability to provide area students with much-deserved and much- needed scholarships would be severely limited,” said Jan Schmidt, Chair of this year’s event and Treasurer of Salida Sunrise Rotary. “That’s why we so appreciate every business and every individual who support the race through these sponsorships.”
Those interested in contributing to the Salida Sunrise Rotary’s scholarship fund by sponsoring a duck for this year’s Lucky Ducky Race can find a sponsorship form at or by contacting Jan Schmidt at

Congratulations to the Salida Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Recipients!

On Monday, May 9th seven Salida High School seniors were awarded Salida Sunrise Rotary Scholarships.  Much of the funds raised from the 10th Anniversary Celebration & Lucky Ducky Race provided individual scholarships.  In addition, funds have been raised throughout the year to provide the first annual Sonia Walter Memorial Scholarship.  (The names of each Scholarship are in Italics).  Joining member David Armstrong for this exciting Scholarship Awards evening at the high school are the following recipients of this year's scholarships:
Maya Vallevona.  Maya is the first recipient of the Sonia Walter Memorial Scholarship.  She will be attending Colorado State university with a planned major in International Studies and her planned career is to be a Diplomat.
Kate Adams.  Kate is the recipient of the Cliff Wurster Scholarship.  Kate will be attending Montana State University with a planned major in Mathematics and History and career as a Federal Court Clerk.
Kaya Schwarz,  Kaya is the recipient of the Richardson Family Scholarship.  Kaya will be attending the University of Colorado/Boulder in the Fall and her planned Major is Biochemistry with a career as a Physician's Assistant.
Jessie Rollins.  Jessie is the recipient of the Murdoch's Home & Ranch Scholarship.  Jessie will be attending Columbia University in New York City this Fall.  Her planned major is in History with a planned career in Immigration/Civil Rights Law.
Gwen Ramsey.  Gwen is the recipient of the Adriana De Anda with Pinon Real Estate Group Scholarship.  Gwen will be attending California Polytechnic State University and her planned Major is Sociology with a planned career in Law.
Ethan NeJame Zeiset.  Ethan is the recipient of the Chaffee Printing Center Scholarship.  He too will be attending California Polytechnic State University with a planned Major in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering and a planned career in Engineering.
Araya Rodrigues.  Araya will be attending the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs this Fall.  Her planned Major is in Communications with a planned career in Public Relations.
We wish all of these students success in the exciting years ahead and hope that they will come to our club to visit regularly to share some of their experiences in college!

Another Great Chaffee Home & Garden Show!

The 2022 Chaffee Home & Garden Show is now part of our history, and we would like to thank everyone who came out and supported this year’s Chaffee Home & Garden Show on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 – from all the vendors and visitors to the entire staff at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds who went above and beyond to help our club’s volunteers host an amazing and vibrant show. We especially appreciate the support of our Chaffee County Commissioners who generously partnered with Salida Sunrise Rotary to hold the event at the fairgrounds again after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.

It was so exhilarating to see the 1,800+ folks from our region who visited the show and our 50+ vendors. We were also happy to offer a host of children’s activities in the South Building, where members from the Girl Scouts volunteered to help out. And with support from the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), recycling containers were available for the first time at the show, helping to make it a more environmentally friendly event.  For some fun photos of the event, take a look at the Chaffee Home & Garden Show 2022 Photo Album on the lefthand side of this website.

We’d also like to thank all the local businesses who sponsored the show, including Platinum Sponsors: American Overhead Door, Brady’s West, High Country Bank, and Pelino, Inc., as well as Silver Sponsor: The Mountain Mail. We also had several Friends of Show who helped make this year’s show such a success: Alpine Culligan Water, Altamont Landscaping, Bear Country Cabinets, Coffee by Topo, Complete Tree Care, Clutterless Concepts, Cutco, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp., High Rockies Home Inspection, Kate Woolman State Farm, Peak Solar Designs, Renewable Energy Outfitters, and Valley to Valley Senior Care Center.

Most of the vendors submitted a survey, and many have indicated they will be returning again next year.  Some have even asked for larger booths next year! 
We truly appreciate the community's support – and look forward to seeing everyone again next year at an even bigger and better Chaffee Home & Garden Show!
Salida Sunrise Rotary & Junior Achievement 2022

Special thanks go out to High Country Bank (HCB) for their ongoing support.   Left to right: (front) Mike Verderaime, Jodi Baldwin (HCB), Niki Stotler (HCB), Sylvia Veltri (HCB), Deb Payton (coordinator), (back) Jodi Post, Cecil Rhodes, John Roberts and Linda Brown

Salida Sunrise Rotary sponsors and coordinates Junior Achievement in the fourth grade classrooms of the Salida School District.  With COVID restrictions lifting, volunteers were able to teach within the classroom on March 16th.  These volunteers worked diligently to prepare for the lessons and brought their vast knowledge and energy to the students throughout the day.
JA Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and upper elementary grade social studies learning objectives, including regions, resources, supply chains, and problem solving. The learning experience provides students with a practical approach to starting a business while preparing them to be entrepreneurial in their thinking to meet the requirements of a demanding and ever-changing workforce.
Following participation in the learning experience, students will be able to:
  • Understand the traits common to entrepreneurs.
  • Discover how entrepreneurs use resources to offer products and services in a region.
  • Learn about the fundamental tasks performed by business owners.
2021 Year in Review
In March of 2021, the Salida Sunrise and Buena Vista Rotary Clubs celebrated 6 years of sponsoring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Chaffee County.  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.
This program 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, we have mailed nearly 25,000 books to over 930 children in the Salida School District!  Across Chaffee County, over 39,000 books have been mailed to over 1,400 children.
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.
It’s a Wrap! 
The 10th Anniversary Celebration
&  Lucky Ducky Races were a Success!
What a fun afternoon we had on Sunday, August 29th at Riverside Park!  The 10th Anniversary Celebration of our Salida Sunrise Rotary Club was truly a celebration of service to our wonderful community!  The kids had a great time racing small ducks in gutters and painting rocks and small ducks.  Everyone enjoyed the fabulous live music, the amazing performance by the Salida Circus, and meeting with many local non-profit organizations.  And of course, we had the Lucky Ducky races in the Arkansas River!   
Congratulations to our Lucky Ducky Race winners!  At all three levels, the prizes are a scholarship in the business/organization's choice of name during the next school year.  First place is a $1500 scholarship, 2nd place is a $1250 scholarship, and 3rd place is a $1000 scholarship.
Silver Sponsors:         1st place – Julie Richardson
                                       2nd place – Chaffee Printing Center
                                       3rd place – Murdoch’s Ranch & Home
Gold Sponsors:             1st place – American Overhead Door
                                         2nd place – Cliff Wurster
    3rd place – Mount Princeton Hot Springs
Platinum Sponsors:    1st place – Monarch Manufacturing
                                         2nd place – Adriana De Anda with Pinon Real Estate Group
                                         3rd place – Kate Woolman State Farm
Best Decorated Platinum Duck (determined by a public vote):  KW Construction & Restoration
Favorite Youth-Decorated Gold Duck (determined by a panel of judges):
                                       1st place – Mackenzie  from Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County
                                       2nd place – A duck decorated by the team of Scarlett, Tegan, and Curtis from the 4th grade class at Longfellow
A huge thank you goes to everyone who sponsored a duck and to those who helped make this event happen.  We met our goals and generated $19,000, and the Salida Sunrise Rotary Charitable Fund will use the proceeds for scholarships and non-profit grants.
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