Jim Clark: Transition to Steamboat offers much to be thankful for
November 19, 2015
Yes, it's that time of year when many of us express thanks for the blessings in our lives. A little more than a year ago, my dream of living and working in Steamboat Springs came true.
Your first year in a new town and a new job is one of discovery, excitement, uncertainty and curiosity. My journey this past year has been wonderful, with a few challenges thrown in along the way. That's fine; I always say nothing worth doing should be easy. But the transition here has been a pleasant one for many reasons. Here's my list of what I'm thankful for:
• The volunteer leaders of the Chamber, especially those who brought me here and guided me along the way. Kerry Shea led the search, and Randy Rudasics served as our board president this past year. I'm grateful to them for their commitment and to the other executive committee and board members led by our new president, Adonna Allen.
• The people of this community are something truly special. My career has taken me a lot of places, but never have we received a warmer reception than here. I'm thankful for the people, the true sense of community, the warm western hospitality and my friends at the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.
• For my physical therapist Finn and Old Town Hot Springs for helping keep this aging body moving so I can enjoy the outdoors. Also, knowing Yampa Valley Medical Center is there when the need arises.
• The many supporters of this great organization. In particular, Christy Sports, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, Rex's Family of Restaurants, Peabody Energy, Yampa Valley Bank, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Northwest Data Services, Yampa Valley Electric Association, Resort Group and Coca-Cola High Country Bottling. I'm also thankful for the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County and the rest of the 835 member businesses. Add to that list the many volunteers on our Economic Development Council and Marketing Committee.
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• We are so thankful for the home we recently purchased. Now, we are truly settled in and have an even greater sense of belonging.
• The visitors who come here, spend money, employ residents and fund our services through their taxes. They are vital to our economy and way of life.
• For alpenglow sunsets, double rainbows and sun dogs; the golden aspens of fall, and the lingering autumn weather in the Yampa Valley. When my daughter visits in the winter, she says "It always looks like Christmas up here!" How true.
• The incredible generosity of this community, supporting the many non-profits that assist those in need, help our youth grow, add cultural offerings and work to better the lives of so many. I'm especially grateful for the staff and volunteer boards of these organizations in their labor of love.
• The faculty and administrators of our schools and Colorado Mountain College. We are blessed with great educational institutions.
• The staff and elected officials of our towns and Routt County. You are often criticized and unappreciated for the work you do and your commitment to your craft.
• An incredible, wonderful, friendly Steamboat Ski Resort.
• Last in the list, but first in my heart, my two families: my wife and two adult children, and my adopted family, the staff of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. They are hardworking, committed and dedicated.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Jim Clark is CEO of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.
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