Rotary presents 15 Osborne Trust grants

       Fifteen organizations happily received a total of $127,500 in grants Oct. 20 from the William & Betty Osborne Trust Fund, courtesy of the Garden of the Gods Rotary.

Representatives of agencies receiving 2009 Osborne Trust grants are shown after the annual Gardens of the Gods Rotary luncheon in their honor Oct. 20. Front row (from left): Claudia Kempt and Diana Allen, Community Partnership Family Resource Center; Mary Barrowman, Prospect Home Care and Hospice; Sally Meyer and Amanda Wierzba, Colorado College; Deborah Hagler, Mission Medical Clinic. Middle row (from left): Stephen Brown, Westside Cares; Josie Rodriguez and Barbara Peterson, Pikes Peak Community Action Agency; Erin Phelan, Children's Literacy Center; Lauren Weaver, Boys & Girls Club; Kathy Blough and Chris Bryer, Woodland Park Community Cupboard; Jack Holladay, Mission Medical Clinic; Ann Smith, Westside Cares. Back row (from left): Steve Gaines, Garden of the Gods Rotary president; Ted Borden, Community of Caring-Cripple Creek; David Shaffer and Paul Koch, Silver Key; Carman Andersson and Sandra Grese, Assistance League; Charles Schroeder, Help the Needy; Jason Christensen, Catholic Charities.
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       This is the 25th year of the fund, which is intended to help the needy in a Westside/Teller County area as defined in Rotarian William Osborne's will after he and his wife died in 1985. The Osbornes ran a pharmacy for many years in Old Colorado City, with Bill Osborne also helping start the Garden of the Gods Rotary and Pikes Peak National Bank.
       A new fund recipient this year was Colorado College, on behalf of a non-profit effort to improve the energy efficiency of older houses. Attending the presentation luncheon with program leader Amanda Wierzba, CC environmental sciences instructor Sally Meyer thanked the Rotary for its $7,000 stipend, saying Wierzba was a former student who can now move forward, with the aid of student volunteers, on upgrading several Westside residences.
       “We think this will really benefit the Westside,” said club member Jean Foran, who administers the fund.
       The annual presentations were at the new, northern location of the Mason Jar, where the Westside-based service club currently meets.
       The other grant recipients were also aided by the fund last year. These include three Westside-based organizations: Westside CARES, which provides emergency assistance ($30,000); Silver Key, which helps seniors live independently ($20,000); and the Children's Literacy Center, which tutors youths having trouble reading ($5,000).
       Other recipients were the Assistance League ($5,000), Boys & Girls Club ($3,000), Catholic Charities - Emergency Services ($6,000), Catholic Charities - Soup Kitchen ($5,000), Community of Caring - Cripple Creek ($10,000), Community Partnership Family Resource Center - Divide ($2,500), Help the Needy - Woodland Park ($6,000), Mission Medical Clinic ($3,000), Pikes Peak Community Action Agency ($10,000), Prospect Home Care & Hospice - Woodland Park ($5,000) and Woodland Park Community Cupboard ($10,000).
       Under the terms of the will, the money for the annual stipends comes from interest earned from the trust fund. The total value of this year's stipends reflects a $3,500 drop-off from the 2008 total because of the weak economy, Foran said.
       Past presidents of the Garden of the Gods Rotary decide who to award grants to and in what amounts. Donna Sawaya was the chair of this year's trust fund committee.

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