Letter - Thanks for symposium


I just finished reading your story about the Senior Safety Symposium in Englewood on Sept. 21. It was a very well written article partially explaining why the Rocky Mountain Railroad Heritage Society joined with the City of Englewood, Parks, Recreation and Library to create the symposium.

Our railroad society feels we need to be involved with any community we are in, regardless if it is railroad-oriented or not. The symposium has proved popular in Englewood as the attendance has increased and we have had a lot of positive feedback. It is our hope that this event will be a continuous occurrence for many years to come. We also hope to see this expand to other towns in Colorado.

I would like to give credit to those whose help ensured the success of the program. First, Cheryl Adamson who worked tirelessly for both of the years of the symposiums. She was the guiding influence for the quality of the speakers and the topics presented. Sadly she moved on to another job a week prior to the symposium. We wish her the very best in the future and know she will be a great success.

Shelly Fitz-Pelley did a yeoman’s job of filling the void left with Cheryl’s departure. If it wasn’t for Shelly the way the presentations were presented would not have been half as interesting as they were. Filling in for the vacancy created by Cheryl’s departure would have been a difficult task at best for anyone, but Shelly did a credible and noteworthy job of overseeing the presentations.

The volunteers who helped answer questions and assist the patrons made the symposium a friendly and welcoming event. Allison Boyd, Michelle Smith, Sheri Crabtree, Ida May Nicholl and Bonnie Gehringer deserve a lot of the credit for the casual and relaxed atmosphere.

Allison Boyd is to be thanked for allowing the city’s participation for these last few years. Without her assistance the Senior Safety Symposium might not have happened.

A thank you to all the merchants who supported the symposium with door prizes. Hopefully there will be another one next year. For senior safety is the main reason for these symposiums.

Jim Jordan. President, Rocky Mountain Railroad Heritage Society



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