Flower Power

By Marilynn Huseby, Senior Resource Consultant

Where were you in the ʼ60s and ʼ70s? Did you grow up in this era of “cultural creative change”? Most of us had some passion for cultural change then. We were in schools or communities where we were exploring how we could make a difference. “Flower Power” was a widely used term in those days and is defined by Wikipedia as “non-violent support of an ideology.” Non-violent resistance came forward as idealism first presented by Mahatma Gandhi in his unifying efforts to decolonize India. These same ideals were given much strength in our country’s own Civil Rights movement. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President John F. Kennedy were both assassinated for their idealistic leadership.

Do you remember the impact on you personally when our president was assassinated? Remember the Apollo 11 Program and the worldwide pride we all felt when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon? These were the unifying cultural creative changes we all experienced.

Music was a cultural expression that was changing as well. We all were listing to the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez, and Bob Seeger. Was it because this music was different, or because music could actually sing about our changing world?

The generation that experienced all these changes really is still the group that remains idealistic about what’s going on in our country, the world, and in their own communities. NBC’s Tom Brokaw—in his book, Boom—asks us, “What’s changed? What is the legacy of the ʹ60’s bitterly polarized political dialogues? Of the Civil Rights movement? Of the Vietnam War?“ What will be our legacy? We all ask and look for answers in different ways while decrying the divided nature of our politics.

Personally, what I have found in Montrose is that people open-handedly continue to offer their flowers of good will and desire to find common ground. We all express this idealism of personal and communal responsibility in many ways. Witness the Over 50 volunteers, who have been called the “life blood” of our community. Many volunteer opportunities remain throughout the Montrose area where you can extend that flower.

Volunteer Opportunities, Montrose, CO

All Points Transit…249-0128
Alzheimer’s Association…256-1274
Altrusa International…765-7666
American Cancer Society…303-758-2030
Blind Endeavors…787-5438
CASA (Voices for Children)…249-0337
Center for Interdependence…822-7010
Friends of the Ute Indian Museum…249-3098
Girls on the Run…257-9267
Golden Circle Seniors…901-9914
Montrose Community Foundation…249-3900
Montrose Memorial Hospital volunteers…240-7341
Montrose Regional Library…249-9656
Partners Youth Mentoring Program…249-1116
Sharing Ministries Food Bank…240-8385
Time Bank of the Rockies…209-6886
Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans…765-2210
Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies…464-1138

Montrose Recreation District Activity Guide

Thu February 6. Snowshoe. 9:15am-2pm. Showshoeing. Dave Wood Road. $19

Tue February 11. Ouray. 9am-4pm. The Beaumont Hotel & Spa, The Historic Western Hotel and the Wright Opera House. Ouray. $29

Thu February 20. Winter Hike. 9am-4:30pm.  Devil’s Canyon Loop. $19

Tue March 10. Grand Junction. 10am-3:30pm. Munching Down Main St.-Grand Junction. $30

Thur March 19. Paonia. 9am-4:30pm. Western Slope Conservation Center, Historic Bross Hotel, lunch at The Living Farm Café-Paonia. $25

Thur March 5. Snowshoe or ski. 8:30am-3:00pm. Grand Mesa-Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski. $19

March 24. Italy! 9-day tour of Rome & The Country Roads of Tuscany. Call Cindy for more info, 252-4884.

Thur March 26. Montrose Business Tour. 9am-3:30pm. DTS Fluid Power, Inc., Best Sign Systems, & lunch at Needle Rock Brewing Co. $21

Tues March 31. Walk. 9am-2pm. East Portal Road Walk. $19

Unless otherwise specified, activity does not include lunch, so bring lunch or lunch money.

For more information and/or to register, call MRD at 970-249-7705 •