By Jennifer Gamble Herfurt, Blue Spruce Kiwanis Secretary
July 12, 2014 dawned cold and clear at more than 11,000 feet atop Juniper Pass. Most of us in Blue Spruce Kiwanis had driven nearly an hour from Evergreen dodging cyclists to reach the summit. A few hardy members had camped out at the site to awake at 5 a.m and start slicing oranges and bananas, unpacking energy bars, and spreading peanut butter on bagels for riders in the 2014 Triple Bypass. Because of the early hour, some of our crew wore pajamas, bathrobes, and even bunny slippers. Wearing sleeping attire has become our trademark, and contributes to the fun of serving all those cyclists at such an early hour.
For 19 years, Blue Spruce Kiwanis has been greeting the riders of Team Evergreen’s Triple Bypass at the event’s first aid station, just one of our many hands-on service projects. Over the years,working the Triple Bypass aid station has become more than a service of love. As a non profit we now receive a generous donation for our efforts from Team Evergreen. With the help of these funds, we are able to give back to the Evergreen community with many donations and scholarships.
Blue Spruce Kiwanis is about kids. A large portion of what we donate annually goes to help kids in the mountain area, often directly, sometimes as part of a family unit. Some of these projects include Camp Comfort, Project Sanctuary, Bike Safety Day, Art in the Park, and the Freedom Run. We serve kids in our Kiwanis family through Circle K, Key Club, Builders Club, Aktion Club, Key Leader, and Project Eliminate. We give many scholarships annually to mountain area students. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Second Wind, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity are some of the national organizations we support. Locally we partner with Evergreen Parks and Rec, Eagles Nest, Evergreen Arts Council, Mountain Community Pathways, and Conifer High School Robotics Club. The Big Chili, in support of area fire departments, and the Ice Golf Tournament, in support of developmentally disabled adults, comprise our two biggest fundraisers.
Blue Spruce Kiwanis appreciates Evergreen as a superb community in which to operate as a non-profit. Working with other supportive organizations such as Team Evergreen makes our efforts more viable and fun!