Denver Reunion: "Best Ever"
by Sarah Rambeau, Suellen Ehrmann, Mike Harris, Vern Nelson, Gordon Koblitz, and Don Marske
Nostalgia filled the atmosphere as nearly 100 CH2M HILL retirees, emeritus members, spouses, and guests gathered for the 2013 Retiree & Emeritus Retreat. Attendees enjoyed four busy days of renewing acquaintances with colleagues and friends, partaking in interesting recreational outings, attending informational programs and enjoying the beautiful autumn Rocky Mountain climate.
Activities included tours of Spruce Mountain Ranch; Garden of the Gods; and the U.S. Air Force Academy, where CH2M HILL maintains and operates one of the nation’s three major military academies for the Air Force. Read More...
The Reunion planning committee organized technical sessions, inviting 15 current CH2M HILL project leaders to speak about assorted projects and innovations across the firm’s markets. Read More...
The committee also planned retirement-specific sessions to review health insurance questions and financial concerns and to discuss the overall well-being of retirees. Read More...
But the most impactful connections were made during the evening reception and dinner events when everyone was focused on the history and beginnings of CH2M HILL and how the company has evolved. Read More... Watch the Sid and Harlan Video.
Employees who were interviewed by one of the four founders and spent their whole careers developing and expanding the firm shared stories of small staff sizes, challenges of opening an office in a new location, and developing projects across the world. A highlight was when employee 11, Sid Lasswell, gave a comical presentation with Harlan Moyer, giving first-hand insight into our rich history.
Planning Committee Chair Mike Kennedy spoke highly of the Reunion. “The 2013 Reunion provided a great opportunity to renew old friendships and relive fond memories of the earlier days of the firm. We were blessed to have Jacque Hinman join us both Monday and Tuesday evenings, and Jacque’s presentation of the current state of affairs for CH2M HILL and the plans for the future was the hit of the reunion. The attendees rated this reunion as ‘one of the best ever!’"
The last day of the Reunion began with breakfast where Mike Kennedy hosted a wrap-up that included an evaluation of the reunion. The major suggestion that came out for 2015 was to rename the event a Reunion. Nancy Tuor has agreed to Chair the Planning Committee for the 2015 Reunion, and Mike Jury has agreed to replace Mike Harris as the Program Chair. Our thanks also go out to the new and returning volunteers who agreed to help with the 2015 Retiree Reunion: Mike Harris, Les and Myrna Wierson, Gordon Koblitz, Don Marske, Bob Chapman, Arlen Borgen, Mike Anglea, Ken Williams, Vern and Carol Nelson, Mike Kennedy, and Pat Klampe. Anyone else interested in helping out, please get in touch with Nancy Tuor at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Planning has already started for the 2015 Reunion; don’t miss it!
The biannual reunion in Denver was an event to remember! A BIG thanks goes out to everyone who helped make it happen - it was truly a cooperative effort that could not have happened without everyone's effort and input. On behalf of the Planning Committee, we want to especially thank the firm's Event Planners for their indispensable assistance.
A big shout out goes to Emily Walker, Cari Strouse, and pictured here from left to right, Gina Aiello, Kyle McKinney, and Sarah Rambeau. And, thanks to the folks who shared their photos and memories for this feature… Judy Lasswell, Mary and Gordon Koblitz, Jerry Boyle, and Don Marske.