T. Wright Dickinson receives John D. Vanderhoof Award

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Courtesy of Jeff Comstock

T. Wright Dickinson, center, stands with his mother, Polly, and father, Wright Dickinson, holding the John D. Vanderhoof Award. Dickinson was given the award March 22 by Club 20.

— T. Wright Dickinson, a lifelong resident of Western Colorado, has spent his life working, promoting and defending the agricultural industry in Colorado.

As a result, Dickinson recently was given the John D. Vanderhoof Award for his service and dedication to Western Colorado. The award was presented during Club 20’s Awards and Recognition Banquet on March 22 at Colorado Mesa University.

“I’m totally humbled and very flattered,” Dickinson said, adding that the award has special meaning because Vanderhoof is a long-time family friend. “Just the fact that I’m associated with something Johnny Van does — that holds deep meaning for me.”

Vanderhoof was governor of Colorado from 1973 to 1975 and has been a steadfast advocate of Western Colorado interests.

Dickinson helped to design and initiate the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Councils in Colorado and was appointed by both Democratic and Republican governors to serve on the Northwest Council.

Taking on several roles within Club 20, Dickinson has been on numerous task forces, is the past chair of the agriculture and public lands committees, served a six-year commitment as Club 20 chairman-elect, chairman and immediate past chairman.

Dickinson formed the C20 Health Care Committee and the Johnson Theos Bridge Builder Award.

Dickinson said he became part of Club 20 after a friend and fellow rancher took him to a meeting.

“I found it to be a very strong voice for Western Slope interests,” Dickinson said. “When Club 20 takes a stand there’s an understanding it’s not just one entity talking. It’s all of them with one voice.”

Aside from Club 20, Dickinson has been involved with the Colorado Cattleman’s Association, for which he is currently president.

He has served in various water-related roles, including as a governor’s appointment to the State Inter-basin Compact Committee.

Dickinson also served as a Moffat County commissioner and was term-limited after serving two terms.

Dickinson is just as busy making a living ranching as he is in the political realm. He makes his living as part of the fourth-generation Vermillion Rnch in Browns Park. He works with his parents, Wright and Polly, sisters Jean and Dee Dee, and brother Marc and family.

“My family is the only reason I’ve been able to do what I have in my life and work for the people in Western Colorado,” Dickinson said. “I want to say thank you to my family.”

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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