|| The Eisenhower Project
COMMUNITY ROTARIANS UNITE TO
PAY TRIBUTE TO
Amidst the serene beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado lies the third most endangered river in the United States: the 40-mile-long Fraser River. This river is the first tributary to the famous Colorado River and is one of the primary potable water sources for the folks who reside in the small communities there. The Fraser River is also a perfect habitat for several distinct types of fish since it provides them with a clean water environment – a luxury found in too few localities around the globe.
Five of the six Pacific Salmon species spawn in the Fraser River and its tributaries. This includes rainbow trout, ocean-going steelhead trout, and the official Colorado State Fish (and endangered species) cutthroat trout. Sturgeon abound in the waters as well, and thanks to recent catch and release regulations, these prehistoric monsters are now being preserved for future generations. Yes, the Fraser River is a first-class angler's destination. It has attracted people from all over the world, most notably, the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
President Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas and raised in Abilene, Kansas. He graduated from West Point in 1915 and married Mamie Doud of Denver, Colorado in 1916. He rose to the rank of Five Star General and was the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II. He became the Commander in Chief of NATO Forces in 1950.General Eisenhower was so popular and well-respected that both the Democratic and Republican parties courted him to be their Presidential candidate. He accepted the Republican nomination and was elected President of the United States in 1952
The people of the small mountain community accepted and adored him, but were sure to give him his privacy while he was there. From time to time, other famous individuals joined the President on the stream as well, including Richard Nixon, General Lucius Clay, and James Hagerty. During one notable trip to the Fraser Valley in 1954, President Eisenhower signed the bill that established the United States Air Force Academy. Very few communities can lay claim to having been a favorite vacation home to the “Leader of the Free World”. He is by far the Fraser River Valley’s most famous fly-fisherman!
Given this remote locale’s remarkable facts, the Rotarians of Grand County, Colorado have united to fund a project that will highlight the importance of clean water, not just in the Fraser River Valley but throughout the world. Most of us are fortunate to have grown up with drinkable water readily available in our own homes, but there are still many communities in the world where potable water is scarce or even non-existent.
The proposed project will raise funds to construct a memorial at a prominent site alongside the Fraser River. The tribute will consist of an eight-foot bronze monument in President Eisenhower’s likeness with commemorative bricks flowing up and around it in resemblance of the stream. The finished monument will be located near the bank of the Fraser River in Fraser, Colorado where it will be accessible to the public for reverence and educational purposes.
Many other giving categories are available as well. They are as follows:
Up to $99 Thank you card plus “I Like Ike” button
$100 - $249 Engraved brick on river bank
$250 - $499 Engraved brick on river border
$500 - $999 Engraved brick (darker color creating the stream)
$1000 - $2400 Name on plaque that accompanies the sculpture
$2500 and up Engraved boulder in streamAdditionally, donations can be designated as you wish:
50% Monument and 50% Potable Water For The World
100% Potable Water For The World
We welcome your help in completing this project. Donations of all sizes will be greatly appreciated.
Please send to:
Checks should be written out to “Eisenhower Project”.
Other groups and individuals are encouraged to join us in our endeavors to promote this cause. For more information, please email us at: Info@WPFV-Rotary.org.
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