Rotary honors Osborne Trust recipients

       A luncheon meeting of the Garden of the Gods Rotary Club Oct. 31 honored the 13 agencies that received grants this year from the William and Betty Osborne Trust Fund.
       In all for 2006, the Rotary distributed a total of $132,900 to social-service groups on the Westside, up Ute Pass and in Teller County. The fund uses the interest from a bequest by Bill Osborne, a former Old Colorado City drug store owner, Rotarian and Westside leader. He and his wife Betty both died in 1985.
       The way Osborne drew up the fund, distributions are determined by a board consisting of the past 10 presidents of the Garden of the Gods Rotary. Jim Kearney, who has chaired the board for the past three years, said the first criterion in prioritizing agency applications for the money is how directly they address “basic human needs, particularly for children.”
       This is the 22nd year of the fund's existence, but only the first time that the recipients have been asked to appear at a Rotary meeting to be recognized, according to Carla Vauthrin, current club president. “Meeting with Osborne Trust grant recipients and hearing about the good works they do puts a face on the agencies for our Rotary members,” she said. “I think the non-profit groups also become more aware of Rotary and the work we do locally and internationally.”
       Representatives of 11 of the 13 agencies attended the meeting as guests. All expressed gratitude for the assistance, topped perhaps by Mary Bielz of the Community of Caring Foundation of Cripple Creek, who happily noted that the $3,000 grant was the first ever for the agency. “It was, like, wow,” she enthused.

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