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Club 20 honors those who serve Western Colorado

Author: Joey Bunch - March 31, 2018 - Updated: April 12, 2018

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State Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, addresses the Club 20 dinner Friday after receiving its Dan Noble Award. (Photo by Joey Bunch/Colorado Politics)


GRAND JUNCTION — Club 20 turns 65 this year as a coalition of civic and business leaders standing up for the counties on the Western side of Colorado at the state and national levels.

Friday night at its annual spring meeting in Grand Junction, Club 20 recognized individuals who have done the same.

Among the honorees was former state Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, and state Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, as well as Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne.

Coram received an award named for the late Dan Noble, the former state Senate majority leader from Grand Junction.

“Dan Noble is known as a leader among leaders,” Coram told the crowd at the Doubletree Hotel. “Just to be talked about in the same sentence about Dan Noble is very humbling, and I hope in my legislative career, they’ll say I did half as well as Dan Noble.”

Brown received the John D. Vanderhoof Award, named for the late former governor from Glenwood Springs.

In his last legislative session in 2016, Brown continued his fight for a reservoir on the South Platte River on the Eastern Plains, because he said it would slow the water drain from the Western Slope.

Brown said leaders shouldn’t give up on water projects just because it’s been too hard to get permission from the federal government.

“I think we have no choice but to look at these water projects over there on the South Platte, not only for over there but for the Western Slope,” he said in his acceptance speech. “Maybe it’s even more important for the Western Slope of Colorado, because they keep sucking more and more water from here over to the Front Range.”

Club 20 executive director Christian Reece said she was proud  of each honoree  lauded Friday night.

“These award recipients are as diverse as the Club 20 general membership,” she said. “Their areas of service are reflective of their interests, professional expertise and personal dedication to ensuring Club 20 remains strong as the voice of the Western Slope.”

The honorees were:

  • The John D. Vanderhoof Award for outstanding service and dedication to Western Colorado.
    Brown and former Colorado Parks and Wildlife regional manager Ron Velarde of Grand Junction.
  • The Preston Walker Award for service and dedication to Club 20:
    Steve Reynolds of Glenwood Springs.
  • The Lyman Thomas Award for length of service to Club 20:
    Jasper Welch of Durango.
  • The Dan Noble Award for outstanding public service to Western Colorado:
  • The Johnson-Theos Bridge Builder Award for their commitment to collaborative problem-solving:
    Lynne and Terri Binder of Arvada, Kathy Welt of Hotchkiss  and Major Gen. Irv Halter of Colorado Springs.
  • New Member of the Year Award for active involvement and engagement:
    Michael Murphy of Lake City.
  • Chairman’s Award for commitment and dedication of Club 20 and the state of Colorado:
    Tom Glass of Denver.
  • Executive Director’s Award for continued support of the Club 20 staff and organization, service to Club 20 and commitment to the Western Slope:
    Karl Paulson of Oak Creek.
  • The Club 20 Emeritus Member for continued service to the Club 20 region and Colorado:
    Marcia Neal of Grand Junction and Rikki Santarelli of Almont.
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Former state Rep. J. Paul Brown addresses the Club 20 dinner in Grand Junction Friday night after receiving the John D. Vanderhoof Award. (Photo by Joey Bunch/Colorado Politics)

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.