Steamboat briefs: Registration ends today for Steamboat ensemble

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— Registration closes today for the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble for intermediate and advanced violin, viola, cello and bass players. Teen and adult players are welcome. Participants will train with Teresa Steffen Greenlee, the orchestra’s principal violinist, for five weeks and with Conductor Ernest Richardson for two weeks. Registration is available at www.steamboatorchestra.org/youth.html, or call 970-870-3223.

Routt County Republicans to elect officers Wednesday

The Routt County Repub­lican Central Committee will elect officers at its regular monthly meeting is at noon Wednesday in the Commissioners Hearing Room in the Routt County Courthouse. Call Chairman Jack Taylor at 970-879-1880 for more information.

Steamboat Rotarians help Australian flood victims

Members of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and the Ski Town Rotary Club have joined fellow Rotarians in Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Nebraska in the past several days to support the flood relief efforts of Rotary clubs in Australia’s Queensland area. The combined efforts of Steamboat’s two Rotary Clubs have raised $1,000 for their international funds and another $1,450 in direct contributions with additional fundraising to come in support of the Australian flood relief efforts.

The Steamboat Springs clubs are two of 52 in the four-state area that comprises the Rotary district led by District Governor Bryan Cooke. Cooke kicked off the flood relief campaign Jan. 20 with $10,000 from Rotary district funds earmarked for community service grants.

The objective of the Rotary Flood Appeal in southern Queensland is to be the conduit to best match local requirements with the wide-ranging resources available through Rotary clubs and the community, said Scott Stanford, president of the Ski Town Rotary Club and general manager of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

“Our contributions will be dispersed through Rotary clubs in Queensland that are on the ground and in tune with local communities devastated by the floods,” Stanford said.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Casper Rotary Foundation. Checks, written to the Casper Rotary Foundation, can mailed to Joni Kumor, Rotary District 5440 treasurer, 135 N. Ash, Casper, WY 82601. For more information about local relief efforts, call Randy Rudasics at 970-819-2016.

Last January, Rotarians in the district raised more than $165,000 to purchase “shelter boxes” that were distributed immediately following the earthquake in Haiti. Members of the two Rotary clubs in Steamboat contributed $8,100 to the effort.

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