At Club 20's annual awards banquet on March 30, Kathy Welt of Hotchkiss was presented with the Johnson-Theos Bridge Builder Award. Also receiving the award were Terri Binder of Arvada, Major General Irv Halter, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs, and Lt. Governor Donna Lynne in honor of their commitment to collaborative problem solving.
Welt is the senior environmental engineer at the Mountain Coal Company's West Elk Mine in Somerset. During her career she has worked at several mines and spent five years in the oil and gas industry. She's also served on almost a dozen boards and committees. Most recently she was appointed in January to the Bureau of Land Management's Southwest Resource Advisory Council, representing energy and mineral development.
Because of her vast experience and knowledge of the area's mining history, Welt is often called upon to speak on behalf of her employers and the industry. She serves as liaison to county, state and federal governmental agencies, is often quoted in the media, and gives public presentations.
Club 20's awards banquet provided an opportunity to celebrate longtime members for their service and advocacy on behalf of Club 20 and western Colorado. The banquet, which was also a celebration of Club 20's 65 years of advocacy, was attended by Western Slope community leaders, appointed and elected officials, friends and family of the recipients and attendees of the Club 20 spring conference.
"We are so proud of the individuals who make up this organization," said Club 20 executive director Christian Reece. "These award recipients are as diverse as the Club 20 general membership. Their areas of service are reflective of their interests, professional expertise and personal dedication to ensuring Club 20 remains strong as the 'Voice of the Western Slope.' "