Club 20 to visit Craig, invites community to participate

— Club 20 touts itself as the “voice of the Western Slope” and works hard to tackle various community issues such as health care, energy, education, transportation and water, to name a few.

The 501(c)(6) organization turned 60 this year, embarking on a new chapter of helping Coloradans in the western part of the state. Club 20 encompasses a total of 22 counties in Colorado, including Moffat and Routt counties.

The organization was formed in 1953 to help with transportation in the West, which largely had been ignored by the state. Back then, Colorado invested only 10 percent of its transportation money into various counties in the western part of the state.

The goal of the club is to meet and form policies that its members present to state and federal lawmakers each year.

City Council member Ray Beck is the membership chair of the organization and a voting member on the board as a Craig and Moffat County representative.

“I go out and represent the community on a local level,” Beck said. “Everyone has a passion for something in life, and I can say that Club 20 is one of mine.”

Committee and board members meet at different locations throughout western Colorado, and they will meet for various meetings and workshops July 18 and 19 at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.

“I just appreciate what Club 20 does in trying to bring everyone together to talk about common issues in the western part of the state,” said Bonnie Petersen, executive director of Club 20.

Petersen and Beck invite community members in Craig and Moffat County to join them in July to discuss issues including Amendment 64 (concerning recreational marijuana use), Colorado compact and immigration reform, new business spotlight, health care, telecommunications and transportation.

“I’ve attended the workshops,” said Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent. “I think people can voice their concerns, their ideas and give suggestions.”

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.

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