Bringing Speakers to the Gunnison Valley Since 2003
~ SEASON 2013 ~
Dear Friends of the Forum,
I want to thank all those who attended the Public Policy Forum’s speaker presentations and our Board of Directors for an extremely successful season this past summer. Most of all, I’d like to thank our nine speakers who were informed, eloquent, and displayed what must be called a charismatic presence in the delivery of their messages. The diverse topics from Afghanistan to China, from health care to drones, from nuclear nightmares to threats to our national forests inspired many of our attendees to comment on the consistently high level of speakers we present every year.
I need to commend our audiences for their knowledgeable, concise questions that again impressed me with how educated and informed our local citizens and visitors have always been. We even had a few surprise audience members such as a former governor of Colorado, a former U.S. Senator, former Mayors from around the state, and the CEO of the largest health organization in Israel.
2014 will be our twelfth year and we already have four of the eight speakers lined up including former CIA agent Valerie Plame and the head of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune. To continue to reach as many people as possible, we will again not be charging admission. Though we pay no honorariums to our speakers, our expenses (travel mostly) continue to rise. We’ve appreciated your donations in the past and ask that you consider sponsoring a speaker at the $1000 or $500 level.
If you ever have a speaker or topic in mind, please feel free to contact me, (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any of our board members.
We look forward to seeing you next summer and hope your year goes well with no more government shutdowns or fiscal cliffs to fall off.
Jim Schmidt, President
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