b'A Word of ThanksFrom a Healthcare HeroYMCA of the Rockies has been a special place to my Since 1908, family for many years. My grandparents and my dad firstPEOPLE & PLACES Camp Chief Ouray (CCO) has began going in 1971; the lodge they stayed in then is kept the spirit of camp burning. now the Lula Dorsey Museum! My first time going was CCO is a place where childrenas a baby only a few months old. Every summer I lookedYMCA OF THE ROCKIESand teens are provided theforward to being able to go and enjoy all of the activities opportunity to discoverand outdoor adventures that YMCA of the Rockies hadESTES PARK CENTER to offer. SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCHtheir potential, build lifelongCAMP CHIEF OURAY YMCA of the Rockiesfriendships, and tackle challengesIn December of 2019 I graduated from Boise State that help them gain Universitys nursing program, and began my nursing confidence and resilience. career only a couple of months before COVID-19 surfaced. This made it very challenging and stressful as a new nurse to have to learn the profession amidst Celebrating a Board Membersa global pandemic. It has been an unimaginable time inNew! Outdoor Classroom at 50 Years of Servicehealthcare, with circumstances and conditions that noEstes Park Centerone ever expected. During this past year and a half IThe outdoor classroom welcomes children, families, andA lot happens in half a century, and along the way worked the night shift, and had to frequently stay forgroups to use this space for free-play.many memories and lifelong friends are made.extended hours (up to16 hour shifts), while picking upWilliam E. Sweet III (Bill) is the grandson of William additional shifts on my days off.On the afternoon of July 13, 2021, guests, staff and generous donorsE. Sweet, one of the founders of the YMCA of the There was not much to look forward to due to theattended the dedication ceremony for the new outdoor classroomRockies (Y), and former governor of Colorado. current state of the world. I felt honored to belocated at the Mootz Family Craft and Design Center. The playgroundThis summer, he is celebrated for 50 years recognized by YMCA of the Rockies to receive auses natural materials with creative stations that include water tables,of involvement on the YMCA of the Rockies complimentary 7-night stay with my family, and sofort building with sticks, natural building blocks, musical instrumentsBoard of Directors. He joined the board in excited to be able to enjoy a week at my favorite place and more.November 1971, and was an active board in the world! member for 44 years. Today, he remains I want to thank the donors that made this week possibleA book all generations will enjoy! on the board as a Director Emeritus. for me and my family! It was a wonderful week ofBills grandfather harbored a love relaxation at the Happy Trails cabin. We spent lots ofTales of a Youngfor the Estes Park area, and in 1912 time on the porch soaking in the beautiful view andRider purchased land and built Tyrolerne, a watching all of the wildlife.family summer home that overlooks theJill On July 15, 2021, Snow Mountainpeaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. Ranch hosted author, Patrice It was there, surrounded by historical Engle Spyrka, to talk about herphotos and original stick furniture, that Bill SUSTAINABILITY: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 new book. sat down to talk with us about his 50 years Tales of a Young Rider is based on theon the board. to have electric charging stations installed atadventures of a Leah, a young girl whoBill was born in New York City, and moved to individual cabins.grew up at YMCA of the RockiesSnowDenver in 1945. At that time, his father began This summer, Estes Park Center is planning toMountain Ranch. In her stories Coloradoserving on the Y board of directors. Bills father unveil a new ChargePoint CT4025 charger thathistory, and many of lifes lessons, comepassed away in June 1971 and Bill followed in his will be able to charge up to two electric vehiclesalive from the back of a horse.footsteps, joining the board just five months later. at a time. This charger will be placed in a centralThis is a book that can be enjoyedIt was a role he embraced from the beginning and has location for all property guests with electricby children, their parents andbeen a big part of his life ever since. I moved to Boston vehicles to use. grandparents. It also includes recipes of pioneers and activities tofrom 1973 to 1978, but I never missed a meeting. It was a make the book an adventure for everyone. condition of my employment that I be allowed time to attend Bill Sweet on his horse Apache.Available at the Snow Mountain Ranch gift shop and online. Continued on page 4Your donations support our mission by providing YOU and all of our guests with programs, recreation, and facilities,OUR MISSION: YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilitieswhile also giving families in need the opportunity to participate in and experience a nature-inspired getaway. Please alsoin an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind and body for all.consider YMCA of the Rockies when making your will or estate plans. DONATE TODAY AT: DONATE.YMCAROCKIES.ORG6 | SUMMER 2021 | THE VIEW 888-613-9622 SUMMER 2021 | THE VIEWYMCAROCKIES.ORG | CAMPCHIEFOURAY.ORG | 1'