Organized in 1897 to promote Community Service and Philanthropy in Ouray County, Colorado.

Guest Speakers

Uncommon Women, Uncommon Lives

Now in it’s fourth year, and created by Club VP Barb Morss, this unique program features guest speakers who are . . . “uncommon women” and who lead . . . “uncommon lives.”

2012: Jane Bennett (Feb.), Alice Billings (Mar.), Tracy Hill (Oct.), Tamara Knutsen (Nov.).
2013: Penny Henshaw (Feb.), Francie Smiles (Mar.), Jan Einboden (Apr.), Darcy Weimer (May), Susan Long (Oct.), Susan Hale & Ann Mellick (Nov.).
2014: Brenda Miller (Jan.), Melanie Kline (Feb.), Joanne Fagan (Mar.), Liana Schmidt (Apr.), Yvonne Reed (May), Ruth Stewart (Oct.), Lorraine Coyle (Nov.).
2015: Marian Austin (Jan.), UVV Derby Girls (Feb.), Sue Hirshman (Mar.), Connie Hunt (Apr.), Rosemary Litz (May), Beth Goralski (Oct.),
2016: Maureen O’Driscoll (Jan), Colleen Hollenbeck (Feb), Gia Porter (Apr.), Wini Tappan (May).
2017: Julia Vann (Jan.), Sharon Neville (Feb), Erin Stadelman (Mar.) Robyn Cascade (April). Joan Chismire (Oct.), Tammy Stroup (Nov.)
2018: Jen Brock (Jan)

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MarianAustin Marian Austin, Log Hill firefighter. Ouray County. January 20 2015

After retiring from the Army and moving to Log Hill, both Marian and her husband, Tom, became volunteer firefighters.
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Jane Bennett, Storyteller, author. (Formerly) Ouray CO. 2012

Now living in Australia, where she continues her career as a storyteller, entertainer, and musician, Jane’s focus is western history. She is the author of (Tales of the Bachelor Mine and is currently working on a new book contrasting Australian and Colorado mining.
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bio-AliceBillings Alice Billings, the Horse Lady, artist, author, horse trainer. Ridgway, CO. 2012

Combining her life-long interest in art and horses, Alice offers both at her Thunder Heart Haven, with retreats, workshops, art classes, and more. 
Alice is the author of Hooey, featuring her colorful horse portraits. Both Hooey and her artwork are available on per personal website, or through her publisher, San Juan Publishing.

Websites: HorseLady, Thunder Heart Haven • Video. (Have patience – video takes a minute to load.)Book: Hooey,
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Jen Brock, Beekeeper, Ouray CO. January 16, 2018.

Hobbyist Bee Keeper, Jen Brock, currently resides in Ouray, Colo. and keeps two hives in her home state of Texas. She shares stories about honey bees, their habits, industry. history and importance to us as producers of the worlds most stable food.
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LorraineCoyle Lorraine Coyle, Evergreen Crystal, Montrose. November 18, 2014. She designs for clients like Dole Pineapple, Exon, Cabellas, Sea World, and even the Senate and the White House. Click for story.
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Joan Chismire, Board President, Ouray County Ranch History Museum. November 18, 2014.

Chismire discusses the new location for OCRHM, how it came to be and what it offers.

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bio-JanEinboden Jan Einboden, owner Jan’s Auto. Montrose, CO. April 16, 2013

Jan is the owner/operator of Jan’s Auto in Montrose, an unusual occupation for a woman. Her business includes used car auto sales and a complete service and repair facility.

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  Public Works Director, Ridgway CO. March 18, 2014

Joanne oversees Ridgway’s public works department which includes water treatment and distribution and waste water collection and treatment, streets, storm drains and irrigation systems.
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bio-BethGoralski Beth Goralski  Ice climber. Ouray, CO. October 19, 2015

Beth competes in Ouray Icefest, climbed in Iceland with U.S. alpinist for Patagonia, and competed in World Cup at Bozeman Ice Festival, Montana.

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Penny Hanshaw Penny Henshaw. Retired Geologist and Multi-talented Renaissance Woman, Ouray, CO. February 19, 2013

Penny was the fourth presenter of our “Uncommon Women, Uncommon” Lives series.
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Susan Hale & Ann Mellick, CAIC Avalanche Forecasters
Silverton & Ouray CO. ‘Living and Working in Avalanche Country’  November 15, 2013

These women work the Highway 550 and 145 corridors in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to keep the highways safe for winter travelers.
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bio-TracyHill Tracy Hill, 2012 National High School Hall of Fame, Nucla, CO. October 16, 2012

Tracy Hill made Colorado basketball history while playing for Ridgway High School. She was top scorer between 1980 and 1983, setting the record for career points scored She set 21 state marks; 17 still stand. Hill was one of 12 honorees named in 2012.
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bio-Sue-Hirshman  Sue Hirshman, Black Swift Lady of Box Canyon. Ouray CO. March 17, 2015

Nationally acclaimed birder, Sue Hirshman, has observed and photographed the elusive Black Swift in Box Canyon for nearly 20 years. These amazing birds migrate annually nearly 4300 miles to Brazil, then return to breed in Ouray.

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ColleenHollenbeck Colleen Hollenbeck, Ouray County Coroner. March 15, 2016

Now in her second term, Colleen Hollenbeck needs compassion, curiosity and courage to manage her job as Ouray County Coroner.
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bio-Connie-Hunt Connie Hunt, Ouray County Administrator, Ouray CO. April 21, 2015

Connie Hunt wears many hats. She handles finance, budgeting, grant writing, policy administration, long-range planning, and supervision of nine different departments.

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bio-MelanieKline Melanie Kline, Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans, Montrose CO. February 18, 2014

Melanie is the founder of this organization and the Warrior Resource Center, helping local area veterans.

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bio-TamaraKnuston Tamara Knutsen, Ouray County Building Inspector, Ridgway CO. November 18, 2012

Ouray’s female building inspector has a background in construction and building. She owned her own company, Knutson Log Homes and later served as a licensed appraiser.

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bio-Rosemary-Litz Rosemary Litz, ‘All About Lavender,’ Grand Junction CO. May 19, 2015

Charter member of the Lavender Association of Western Colorado, Litz is a grower and entrepreneur creating and selling hand-crafted lavender products.

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 bio-long Susan Long, Ouray County Fairgrounds and Event Center Manager, Ridgway CO. October 15, 2014

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bio-Brenda Brenda Miller, Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue, Grand Junction CO. Januray 21,2014

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  Sharon Neville, From chimps to celebrities—a lotta fun on adventurous road, Ouray CO. February 21,2017

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MaureenODriscoll-bio Maureen O’Driscoll Ouray Public Library, New technologies. January 19, 2016

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 Gia_porter-crop Gia Porter, Ironman Triathlete. Montrose CO. April 19, 2016

Porter compete in numerous ‘fun’ competitions, like the Warrior Dash, as well as the famous Ironman, in which she participates with her brother, who has done over 16 Ironman Events. During her presentation, Porter will display her gear, including a ‘tri-ike.’
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YvonneReed Yvonne C. Reed, ‘Babies of the Bush’Conserving African wildlife through art.  Colorado/Arizona/South Africa. May 20, 2014

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LianaSchmidt Linda Schmidt, architect. “Building for Success’ Ridgway CO. April 15, 2014.

Liana is an architect with a unique sense of design for high mountain country.
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bio-FrancieSmiles Francie Smiles, San Juan Cancer Center Resource Coordinator for the San Juan Cancer Center. Montrose CO. March 19, 2013

President of Bosom Buddies and a motivational speaker and fundraiser for “Boobs to Bellylafs.”

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Erin Stadelman, Asst, Mgr, Ouray County Fairgrounds, OUray CO. March 21, 2017

Erin went from a California beach kid to living in the mountains and married to a cowboy on Ralph Lauren’s famous Double RL Ranch. “Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for!”  Click for story.

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RuthStewart-gear Ruth Stewart, Ouray County EMS and Mountain Rescue. Ridgway, CO. October 21, 2014

She is a Paramedic with Ouray County Emergency Medical Services and a member of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team. Whatever you call her, whenever you call her, Ruth Stewart is definitely the woman you want when you have an emergency.
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Tammy Stroup, Ridgway Marshall. November 15, 2017

Respect and compassion.  Those are this marshall’s watchwords. Tammy is a compassionate woman—which makes her particularly effective in law enforcement.
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bio-Wini-Tappan Winifred Tappan, author. May 17, 2016

A late-bloomer, Wini earned her bachelor’s degree at 50, Master’s Degree at 55, and began authoring books at 87.  Written at age 89, ‘A Pilot’s View of World War II’ is her third book. Montrose CO.

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bio-juliavann Julia Vann, Young ‘Uncommon Woman.’ Ouray CO, January 17, 2017

Headed for a career in math and Quantitative Public Health and Biomath after graduating from Ouray H.S. with over a million dollars in scholarshps. Ouray CO.
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bio-UVV-derby U Valley Vixens, Montrose Roller Derby Team. Montrose CO, February 17, 2015

Founded April 2014, the UVV consists of 20 women. Roller Derby is an international contact sport dominated by all-female amateur teams. Worldwide, there are 301 leagues. Montrose CO.
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bio-DarcyWiemer Darcy Weimer. San Miguel Power Line’wo’man,  May 21, 2013

Darcy is the first – and only – female lineman for San Miguel Power. Established in 1938 as a rural cooperative, the association provides power to all or parts of seven counties in southwestern Colorado including Ouray.

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