I haven’t been to Col­umbine County Club since the club had extensive remodeling. Sat­urday the club played host to the annual spring luncheon of the Friends of Nurs­ing in their new banquet addition that is open for business and doing an ex­cellent job.


The Villager has been a supporter and admirer of Friends of Nursing for many years. We have multiple longtime friends among the membership like the founder and pres­ident, Greta Pollard, who was celebrating her 91st birthday at the event and LaFawn Biddle, who con­tinues to support so many organizations. The group sang “Happy Birthday” to both ladies.

We’re especially proud of Melanie Wallace, pres­ident-elect of the organi­zation, who is excelling during her presidency. The event on Saturday was magnificently con­ducted presenting over $100,000 worth of schol­arship awards to 30 de­serving nursing students at nine Colorado Schools of Nursing. Radio personal­ity, and longtime nursing supporter, Rick Crandall served as master-of-ceremo­nies and read brief bios of each of the worthy recipients.

The mission of the organiza­tion states, “To advance professional nursing by providing scholarships for quality education in baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nine Colorado Schools of Nurs­ing and to improve the health of Colorado com­munities.”

President-elect Melanie Wallace wel­comed the packed ball­room facility speaking about the spring lun­cheon theme, “HOPE BLOS­SOMS.” She eloquently related, “Hope comes out of the feeling we have when we see flowers blooming, the pretty colors, the green leaves, some­thing is growing and blooming, it is alive. I hope you each feel that hope is blossoming in your soul’s today.” She continued, “These stu­dents are inspirational… loving life, caring about one another, and achieving the goals set before us, that is the good life, La Dolce Vita.”

Following the award presentations two musi­cal solos were performed by soprano Sara Michael and pianist Alicia Rigsby that elevated the roof off the banquet hall with elo­quence.

Friends of Nursing is a 501(c)(3) and dona­tions may be made to the scholarship fund: Mail to Friends of Nursing P.O. Box 735, Englewood, CO. 80151.

The inspiring invoca­tion was given by Rev­erend Bruce Finfrock. It was announced that three life members have passed away, Dr. Mary Krugman, Ann N. Smith, and Pat Schroeder, U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1997. Remem­brances were also extend­ed to members Mary Englund, Thompson “Tom” Tate and Lions Club member, Rod Wicklund.

Congratulations were extended to “Friends” immedi­ate past-president, Lola Fehr, on her honor of receiv­ing the “Lifetime Achievement Award from the CU Nursing Alum­ni Association.