Bringing Speakers to the Gunnison Valley Since 2003
Celebrating 2013 ~ Anticipating 2014
Dear Friends of the Forum,
I would first of all like to thank you for supporting the Forum this past year with your attendance and with your financial support. In 2013 we featured nine different speakers who delivered informative and stimulating presentations on a great array of topics.
We tried a couple of new concepts this past year. We had one Forum at the end of February, Trita Parsi, whose name has been in the news following the nuclear treaty with Iran. It was a great presentation but Dr. Parsi couldn’t get out the next day to get back to DC. The winter weather and travel problems have made us hesitant about booking winter speakers.
We did not charge admission in 2013 and as that was successful there will be no admission charged in 2014.
We have already booked five of the eight speakers for our summer of 2014 series. We start off the season on July 9 with Valerie Plame, the former CIA agent allegedly outed by Dick Cheney. The next two weeks will feature Michael Brune, the head of the Sierra Club and Susan Herman, the head of the ACLU to talk about the Patriot Act. The Board is very excited to bring these speakers to Crested Butte.
While the Forum does not pay any honorariums to the speakers, we do pick up the expenses of travel and accommodations which can be considerable. That is why I am asking that you consider a donation to the Forum this holiday season. Our organization is completely voluntary with no paid staffers. We know there are many very worthy organizations but any gift you may donate our way will be greatly appreciated.
You can send us a check at Public Policy Forum, PO. Box 2256, Crested Butte, Co. 81224 or use PayPal to make a contribution. We are asking for sponsors at the $500 and $1000 level for the presentations but any amount would be greatly appreciated.
In this age of 5 second sound bites, the Forum will continue to stimulate the minds of audience members and our speakers. Please help to keep this organization alive.
Jim Schmidt, President
The Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte
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