A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
of People Building Friendships
While Serving the Needs of the
Deer Mountain/Copper Gulch Community
in Fremont County, Colorado
Mailing / Physical Address
Deer Mountain Community Organization
2995 County Road 27A
Cotopaxi, CO 81223
Chairman Rob Adams: 719 -942-3278
Treasurer Sandi Specht: 719-942-4430
Secretary and Grant Writer Elaine Foster: 719-942-3344
DMCO’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Event – Community Yard Sale
DMCO will host their next yard sale on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
Booth space is FREE because DMCO puts on these yard sales as a community service. Sellers usually start appearing between 7:30 and 8:00 AM.
Please set up your booth or tailgate at least 10 feet back from the driveway in order to give shoppers a place to park and walk safely.
And please don’t block the driveway that leads to the grills next to the Clubhouse so that we can drive in and out to deliver lunches.
If you have large items for sale, such as cars or trailers, feel free to drive them onto the grass and into the field.
Also, any advertising you do will help bring in shoppers to see your stuff. (Facebook, Neighborhood Digest, emails, bulletin boards, etc.) Handing out flyers about your items at the event also helps.
Coffee will be available from early morning for 50 cents a cup. Homemade baked goods will be there, too.
Hot Lunches from the Grill
We fire up the grill and serve hot lunches from 10:45 to noon.
Hot Dog Meal $4.00
Hamburger Meal $5.00
Cheeseburger Meal $5.00
Brat Meal $6.00
All meals include meat in a bun, chips, drink, pickles.
Drink choices will be a variety of sodas (regular and diet), ice water or coffee.
We are cooking lunches from about 10:45 to 12:00.
The sale of these lunches helps DMCO pay the insurance so that we can continue to sponsor these community yard sales.
DMCO Accepts Donations
If you have things that don’t sell and you don’t want to take them back home, DMCO MAY take them off your hands. Please speak to Rob, Sandi or Elaine about leaving donated goods for the DMCO organization.
We can’t take stuffed furniture, mattresses, clothes or broken items.
We are recycling aluminum cans and aluminum foil. You can bring them in a bag to DMCO anytime, including on the day of the yard sale.
DMCO Currently Has These Items for Sale:
Puzzles, $1 each
Weight Press Bench $180.
Many baby items and toys
Professional blind stitch machine in table, $199.
58” Wooden table and 6 matching chairs, $50.
Large Mirror in a wooden frame, excellent condition, $20.
Original paintings $25 each
DMCO Cookbooks, $10 each
Many other things in the Warehouse, too.
We hope to see you on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
We will be holding these community yard sales every 1st and 3rd Saturday throughout the 2021 summer.
Mission and Purpose
The Deer Mountain Community Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Fremont County, Colorado. The residents of this area and surrounding areas united for the purpose of instituting programs and activities of interest and needs of the community, such as constructing and maintaining a Community Center, conducting senior and non-senior programs, providing meaningful volunteer opportunities, conducting food co-op programs, promoting local businesses and generally working together to reach advantageous goals for the people of the community.
Most of our members live within this circle, but membership is open to anyone.
The Deer Mountain and neighboring communities have about 3,000 residents. These neighborhoods include Deer Mountain, Copper Gulch, Cody Park, Westcliffe, Texas Creek, Cotopaxi, and beyond. There are no geographic restrictions for membership. Membership is open to anyone of any age.
A person does not have to be a member to participate in any of our activities, attend our meetings, or serve on a committee. Many of our activities serve the community at large.
Having survived 2020 lockdowns, the members and guests are holding regular monthly meetings every SECOND Saturday.
You do not have to be a member to attend any of our meetings or events. Everyone is welcome.
During the cold winter months, October to April, the monthly meetings start at 1:00 PM, with lunch.
During the warmer months, May to September, the monthly meetings start at 9:00 AM, with breakfast.
We start each monthly meeting with a pot lunch meal. Bring something to share if you can. It is not required.
Suggested donation is $5 but this, too, is optional.
Got questions? Call the treasurer at 942-4430
We usually have a 50/50 raffle at each meeting. The winner of the drawing wins 50% of the money taken in from the sale of the raffle tickets.
Tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5.
The winning ticket is drawn at the end of each meeting. Winners do not have to be present to win. (If you can’t stay for the entire meeting, the games manager will see that you are notified about your winnings.)
The Deer Mountain Community Organization is governed by the nonprofit section of Title 7 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, the organization’s bylaws, policies and procedures, and its guidelines.
We operate on the principle of one-member-one-vote. Every member has an equal say in motions put forth for the group to decide on. Any member can make a motion for the group to vote on. A member must be present at a meeting to hear the discussion in order to vote on a motion.
Board members are elected by the other voting members and have one vote on all motions, equal to all other voting members who are present.
DMCO has operated on this principle from the start and find that it works very well for our community organization.
More information about DMCO can be found on the the Documents Page and the Minutes Page.
DMCO Mailing List
To get on the DMCO mailing list to be notified of meetings and events, send you request to the secretary at email@example.com
DMCO Yard Sales:
During the summer months, DMCO holds yard sales with hot-off-the-grill BBQ lunches and DMCO bake sales. In 2021, these will be held on the FIRST and THIRD Saturday of the summer months, with the Bake Sales only on the FIRST Saturday.
Lunches sold from the grill at all the yard sales are made to order. Included with the hot dogs, hamburgers or brats sandwiches are soda, chips, and pickles.
Yard sale booth space for you is free, as a service to you and our community. You do not have to be a DMCO member to set up a booth. Everyone is welcome.
Although we usually advertise the event in the Shopper, we encourage participants to advertise their own stuff in the Shopper or with flyers or by using any media outlet they prefer.
Times of the yard sales: 7:30 AM to 1:00.
DMCO has items for sale in its warehouse. Donations of salable goods are welcome. If some of your items don’t sell, DMCO will take them off your hands, as long as we have space for them.
The items sold from the warehouse, lunch and bake sale concessions help DMCO pay for the insurance needed to put on these types of community events.
History and Background
The Deer Mountain Community Organization was incorporated in 2012 by residents with a vision to build the first community center for the approximately 3,000 people who live in the Deer Mountain/Copper Gulch Road area of rural Fremont County, Colorado.
An excellent 5-acre piece of commercial property was offered for sale by a local businessman and friend, Richard Kelly, who knew he was not long for this world. It was his understanding that the land would someday house a community center for the benefit of all.
Several DMCO founding families raised the money for the down payment on the land and a loan for the balance was secured from High Country Bank. An out-building where members can hold monthly meetings was fixed up and is being used as a temporary meeting place until sufficient funds can be raised to construct the permanent Deer Mountain Community Center.
Building friendships and learning to work together toward common goals have been an integral part of this organization since the day it was founded.
A wide variety of activities are conducted by the organization, both on and off the premises. Although raising the money for the community center is the main goal, meeting current needs within the community is also a priority.
To apply for grant money to build a community center at 2995 Copper Gulch Road:
Current Board of Directors (3)
Rob Adams is a founding DMCO member and has been on the board of directors off and on since May 2014.
Rob was raised in a construction family and has been doing construction work since the early 1960’s. He became a journeyman carpenter in 1973, working in high rise commercial construction and residential building. Some housing tracts in California were up to 3500 homes. He became a general contractor in 1990 and started his own business. He has built custom homes in Palo Alto, California that sold for 7-8 million dollars. He has helped teach others how to build homes on mission trips to Mexico.
His hobbies include cooking and traveling. He also belongs to the Outdoor Buddy Organization and serves as a able bodied guide to the disabled. He and his wife have volunteered at Vineyard Christian Church cooking and barbecuing. He has also done some remodeling for the youth center.
Rob has lived in the Deer Mountain area with his wife, LeeAnn, for 17 years.
Sandi Specht is a founding DMCO member and has been on the board of directors as treasurer since February 2012. She has many years of experience with volunteer agencies. She has an excellent grasp of Quick Books and Microsoft Word and Excel programs. She and her husband owned and operated their own small business in Boulder, Colorado, for 30 years. She has completed technical education in accounting.
Sandi has provided over 20 years of volunteer treasurer and secretarial duties to various youth organizations, including youth baseball organizations, youth volleyball organizations, school PTAs and school improvement teams. She served as a volunteer dispatcher for the Deer Mountain Fire Protection District and was a member of the Finance Committee for Glen Vista Property Owners Association.
Sandi has lived in the Deer Mountain area with her husband, Mike, for 16 years.
Elaine Foster is a founding DMCO member. She is a faithful volunteer on fundraisers and the building committee. She is also the chairman of DMCO’s grant writing committee.
She has many computer and internet skills, which is a great help to the organization. As a grant writer/fundraiser, she has raised in over $1 million for various non-profit organizations and has overseen the proper spending of the grant funds.
In the past, she was a member of Ark River EMS as an EMT/ambulance driver, also serving as a board member there for two years. She currently focuses all her volunteer hours toward moving DMCO closer to building the DMCO Community Center.
Elaine has lived in the Deer Mountain area with her husband, Chip, for 26 years.
Items for Sale in our Warehouse:
Many Baby items and toys
Weight Press Bench $180
Professional blind stitch machine in table, $199
58” Wooden table and 6 matching chairs, $50
Large Mirror, $25
Original paintings $25 each
DMCO Cookbooks, $10 each
Charcoal starter, $5
There are many other things in the Warehouse, too. Come to our meetings to view what we have for sale.