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September 30, 2013
The 50 Year Club Career Achievement Award recognizes an alumna/us who has brought honor to CSU through outstanding work in their field. The Public Service Award recognizes an outstanding CSU alumna/us who has contributed works of public service in his or her community.
On Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at the Hilton Fort Collins, Jim Coleman of Saguache, Colo. and Bill Erickson of Eaton, Colo. will receive the 50 Year Club Career Achievement Award from the Colorado State University Alumni Association and the 50 Year Club.
Coleman will receive the award at the 79th annual 50 Year Club Luncheon, held in conjunction with Colorado State University’s Homecoming & Family Weekend. The 50 Year Club Luncheon is for graduates of 50 or more years ago and their guests.
Reservations for the luncheon can be made at www.homecoming.colostate.edu
(50 Year Club Registration link) or by calling (800) 286-2586.
After graduation from CSU, Jim Coleman served in the U.S. Army (1956-59) and married Frances Kruse (deceased) in 1960. They have two children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Coleman and his late brother, Mel, formed Coleman Natural Meats, which pioneered the present-day antibiotic-free and chemical-free meats, found in your local grocery store. Mr. Coleman spent his career studying and improving cattle production through artificial insemination and pregnancy testing, while also improving water management, conservation, and land sustainability. He also has worked with the U.S. Forest Service to improve grazing techniques and range management.
Coleman Ranches was the first ranch along the Saguache Creek drainage to be put under a conservation easement with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. Mr. Coleman’s conservation efforts led to the establishment of the Saguache Creek Corridor Conservation Initiative, which has permanently protected more than 13,000 contiguous acres of viable agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and scenic views along Colorado Highway 114 between Saguache and Gunnison. Because of this stewardship achievement, Mr. Coleman has received five conservationist awards and several other awards, including the Leopold Conservation Award and the Outstanding Cattleman – San Louis Valley. His motto is: If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you.
Mr. Coleman has been a member of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association, Saguache Creek Water Users Association, BLM Front Range Advisory Council, and U.S. Dept. of Interior Canon City District Grazing Advisory Board. He is a member of Masonic Lodge #32, and in actively involved in school, community, and family events.
Bill Erickson has a long history in Weld County. His family has lived in Weld County since 1861. He grew up in Galeton, Colo. and married his late wife, Clara, between junior and senior year at Colorado A&M. They have two children, Geenine and Jon. After graduation, Mr. Erickson returned home to form a partnership with his father that included a small dairy and 320 acres. Over the years, he acquired additional farms and 560 acres, which became the Lucky Quarter Dairy in Eaton, Colo.
Erickson has served as president of both the Weld County and Colorado State 4-H Leader Councils, the Galeton Community Church Board, Colorado Select Sires, Weld County Ag Council, and Friends of International Students at the University of Northern Colorado. Besides being a leader for many organizations, he sits on the boards of Weld County Farm Bureau, Weld County Undesirable Plant Board, Northern Colorado Hay Days, and Greeley Weld Chamber of Commerce Ag Council.
Erickson is entering his 61st year of support for 4-H and he has received numerous awards through the years for his dedication to the 4-H program. At this year's State 4-H Conference he received the Raleigh Brooks Outstanding Adult Leader Award. He was instrumental in creating the free breakfast for exhibitors and families of the Weld County Fair, and last year, more than 1,000 pancake and sausage breakfasts were served.
Erickson was released from active duty in 1951 as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He participated in the Honor Flight of Northern Colorado, a trip to Washington, D.C. for veterans, in September 2012.
Contact: Beth Etter
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