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Role of Volunteers
Board of Directors
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
Deer Mountain Community Organization
2995 Copper Gulch Road
Cotopaxi, CO 81223
Phone (Chairman): 719­ -942-3423
Time: 9:00 a.m. (Summer hours)
Steering Meeting Day:
Second Friday of Every Month
Time: 9:00 a.m. (Summer hours)
General Meeting day:
Third Saturday of Every Month
The Deer Mountain Community Organization is a nonprofit organization of residents of Fremont County, Colorado, and surrounding areas united for the purpose of securing whatever benefits the membership may choose, such as instituting programs and activities of interest, collective bargaining, food co-op projects, promoting local businesses, conducting senior programs, providing meaningful volunteer opportunities, securing and maintaining a community center, and generally working together to reach advantageous goals for the community.
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 erect a permanent community center.
Building friendships and learning to work together toward common goals have been an intregal part of this organization since the day it was founded.
Meeting in People's Homes to Establish the Organization
A wide variety of activities are conducted by the organization, both on and off the premices. Although raising the money for the community center is the main goal, meeting current needs within the community is also a priority. Please learn more about our group by exploring our website.
Most of our members live within this circle, but membership is open to anyone.
The Deer Mountain and neighboring areas have about 3,000 residents.
A person does not have to be a member to enjoy our activities, attend our meetings, or participate on a committee.
DMCO is now designated by the IRS to be a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization all the way back to when we started!
This means that if you have given a donation to DMCO since its creation in March 2012, you may be entitled to a donation receipt to use when you file your tax return.
If you believe that you are entitled to a tax deductible donation receipt, call Sandi Specht, our treasurer, at 719-942-4430.
1. To build a community center at 2995 Copper Gulch Road
2. To have more food co-op projects
3. To conduct more programs that meet the community's needs
This Year's Calendar So Far
- January 9 - Steering Meeting at DMCO - 1:00 p.m.
- January 17 - General Meeting at DMCO - 1:00 p.m.
- February 13 - Steering Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
- February 21 - General Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
- February - Building Committee Meeting
- March 13 - Steering Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
- March 21 - General Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
- March 27 - DMCO Famous Chicken Dinner Fundraiser in Canon City
- April 4 - Red Suspenders Community Easter Dinner at Fire Station - 12:30 p.m.
- April 5 - Building Committee Meeting
- April 10 - Steering Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
- April 18 - General Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
- April 21 - Special Meeting - 2:00 p.m.
- May 2 - GVPOA Trash Clean-Up at "T" 9 a.m.-noon
- May 2 - Red Suspenders Vet Clinic at Fire Station 1:30 p.m.
- May 8 - Steering Meeting - 9:00 a.m. (summer hours)
- May 9 - Old Tire collection at Holcum Cement Co. in Florence
- May 16 - General Meeting - 9:00 a.m. (summer hours)
- May 21 - Building Committee Meeting
- May 25 - (Monday of Memorial Weekend) Free Community Picnic at DMCO
- May 30 - DMCO's European Dinner Fundraiser - reservation required
- June 6 - DMCO First Saturday Trade Days - 8:00 a.m.-done
- June 6 - GVPOA Brush Cleanup on Wendy Drive - 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- June 12 - Steering Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- June 20 - General Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- June 25 - Building Committee Meeting
- July 4 - DMCO First Saturday Trade Days - 8:00 a.m.-done
- July 5 - DMCO's Cookout Fundraiser at Schuff's - reservations required
- July 10 - Steering Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- July 11 - GVPOA Brush Cleanup on Wendy Drive - 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- July 18 - General Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- July 17-19 Westcliffe Rodeo (Two concession booths)???
- July 23 - Building Committee Meeting
- August 1 - DMCO First Saturday Trade Days - 8:00 a.m.-done
- August 1 - GVPOA Brush Cleanup on Wendy Drive - 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- August 7 - Steering Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- August 15 - General Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- August 20 - Building Committee Meeting
- August 28 - DMCO Famous Country Fried Chicken Dinner at the fire station
- September 5 - DMCO First Saturday Trade Days - 8:00 a.m.-done
- September 11 - Steering Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- September 19 - General Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- September - Concession at Music Festival - Westcliffe???
- September 24 - Building Committee Meeting
- October 9 - Steering Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- October 17 - General Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
- October 22 - Building Committee Meeting
- November ? - DMCO Famous Country Fried Chicken Dinner at ?
- November 13 - Steering Meeting - 1:00 p.m. (winter hours)
- November 21 - General Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
- November 26 - Building Committee Meeting
- December 11 - Steering Meeting - 1:00 p.m.
- December 19 - General Meeting and Christmas Party! - 1:00 p.m.
Upcoming Community Events:
Four DMCO First Saturday Trade Days
June 6, July 4, August 1, and September 5, 2015
The Deer Mountain Community Organization will be hosting First Saturday Trade Days, a community market event, at 2995 Copper Gulch Road (CR 27A next to the store) starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until the afternoon.
Vendor booth space is FREE.
No reservations are required. Just bring your stuff and enjoy the day and the other people!
Hot dogs and other concession foods will be sold.
For more information, call the chairman at 719-942-3423.
May 2014 -- Rodeo Concession Stands Fundraiser
DMCO members ran two rodeo concession stands
to raise money to build a community center
in the Deer Mountain/Copper Gulch area of
DMCO volunteers are awesome!
Bringing in the Colorado Flag
Ordering Great Food from DMCO
DMCO Volunteers Preparing the Orders
Checking Orders, Counting Change, Delivering the Goods
Checking Orders, Counting Change, Serving the Food
Thanks Everyone, Your Help is Greatly Appreciated!
TEE-SHIRT SALES WITH DEER MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY LOGO
Here is the logo we use on our tee-shirts:
Very Bright Yellow
Athletic Gray (speckled)
Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members
View or download the Tee-Shirt Details here
Download the Tee-Shirt Order Form here, fill it out, and email it back to LeeAnn at: email@example.com or call her at 719-942-3278 to place an order.
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.
The organization's documents, meeting minutes, and membership/guideline form can be accessed from the
Elaine Foster, chairman and grant writer, is a founding DMCO member and on the board of directors since April 2015. She is a faithful volunteer on fundraisers and the building committee. She has many computer and internet skills and is a copywriter and copy editor. She created the organization's first website and is still volunteers her time as the website manager. She is also a member of Ark River EMS as an EMT/ambulance driver and belongs to the Florence Senior Community Center.
Elaine has lived in the Deer Mountain area for 20 years.
Sandi Specht, treasurer, is a founding DMCO member and on the board of directors since February 2012. She has many years’ 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. She 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. In addition to serving with Deer Mountain Community Organization as treasurer, she’s currently on the finance committee for the Glen Vista Property Owners Association.
Sandi has lived in the Deer Mountain area for 8 years.
Linda Schuff, secretary, is a founding DMCO member and has been on the board of directors since January 2014. She is a retired school teacher of 30 years with a Masters in Education with English specialization. She is a good organizer and has excellent writing skills. Linda is a director on the Glen Vista Homeowners Association board.
Linda has lived in the Deer Mountain area for 12 years.
 STEERING COMMITTEE:
This committee meets regularly to review the overall direction of the organization, to solve problems, and to formalize the agenda for the upcoming general meeting.
Contact person: Chairman ~~ 719-942-3423
 BUILDING COMMITTEE:
This committee is in charge of the organization's property and is making plans for the future Community Center building.
Contact person: Elaine ~~ 719-942-3423
Contact person: Rob ~~ 719-942-3278
 FOOD CO-OP COMMITTEE:
This committee has conducted the successful "Olive Oil Group Buy Project," the "Wholey Cow Project," and the "I Love Shrimp" projects. Several members bought gallons of this high-grade olive oil imported from Italy at an excellent price and shared in the purchase of an organic grass-fed cow. These projects were conducted in collaboration with the Canon City Food Co-op. In 2012, the Health Food Project was conducted monthly.
Members are now looking for a new source of beef at a good price and other food related co-op opportunities.
There's lots of room for volunteers on this committee!
Contact person: Vera ~~ 719-431-9020
 MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE:
This committee is compiling a contact list of names, mailing addresses and email addresses. If you would like to be on our contact list, email
with your contact info. Please put "DEER MOUNTAIN" in the subject line, so your email is sure to be noticed.
When the bylaws are completed and approved at a General Meeting, this committee will be conducting a membership drive. If you are friendly and outgoing, they need YOU on this committee.
Contact person: Jayne ~~ 719-942-3726
Contact person: Judy ~~ 719-942-3985
 FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE:
This committee has ideas for fundraisers, which they present at the General Meetings. Profits are designated for purchasing land, constructing community building, and running the organization.
The Tee-Shirt Fundraiser is in the works. Instructions for ordering tee-shirts are located on this webpage.
The Fundraising Committee is always seeking more fundraising ideas, too. If you would like to share your thoughts, help out with the next fundraiser, or if you'd like to join this committee, just let us know.
Contact person: Becky ~~ 719-942-4776
Contact person: Linda ~~ 719-942-4748
 MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE:
The Maintenance Committee maintains the Clubhouse and out-buildings.
Contact person: Jim ~~ 719-942-3726
Contact person: Wes ~~ 719-942-4776
 ARTICLES, BYLAWS AND POLICIES COMMITTEE:
The Articles of Incorporation have been written and submitted to the Secretary of State. We are now an official nonprofit corporation of the State of Colorado. The Bylaws have been approved and are available through a link above.
This committee makes suggestions for change to the bylaws and lets the membership know if the bylaws are not being followed.
Contact person: Jayne ~~ 719-942-3726
Contact person: Chairman ~~ 719-942-3423
Recent Requests from Members:
DMCO accepts donations of items and land. We use the items or we sell them to raise money to build a community center. You can receive a tax-deductible donation receipt. If you have items to donate, call 942-4776.
Play Dirty ATV is looking for an old ATV that doesn't run. The engine does not have to run. The ATV is needed for display outside the business. If you have something that you would like to give up, call 275-0115.
We hope you'll attend the next meeting. You do NOT have to be a member to attend and enjoy the meeting and fellowship.
Always the 3rd Saturday of the month.
Breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m. (Suggested donation - $5.00)
Meeting starts soon after.
The DMCO Clubhouse at:
2995 County Road 27A in the Deer Mountain area.
(Immediately north of the Copper Gulch Store.)
See you there!
Got questions? ...Call the chairman at 719-942-3423
or the treasurer at 719-942-3340.
Chairman Elaine Foster
Treasurer Sandi Specht
Secretary Linda Shcuff
LOCAL DEER MOUNTAIN BUSINESSES:
Support Local Business People!
Falls to Ponder, LLC.
14 years experience building water features, retaining walls, patios, and general landscaping.
Also specializes in fire mitigation, creating defensible space around homes.
Majestic Mountain Properties
Your local expert for all your real estate needs.
Kyle Brown will move mountains for you!
We build or fix websites.
Shelf Reliance Freeze Dried Foods
Freeze dried food that lasts 25 years!
Editor Gwen Hoffnagle offers a wide range of editing and writing services.
Copper Gulch Design
Copper Gulch is home to the creators of Copper Gulch Design, Ed, Leah and Lena Tuter. For over twenty years they have produced premier quality jewelry and art work from their studio in the southern Colorado Rockies.
Fire Wood for Sale
In Block / Green
Pine - $95.
Aspen - $85.
Cottonwood - $50.
Delivery Not Included
Quality Animal Care
Sterling Home Construction, LLC
Rob and LeeAnn Adams
(Office) 719-942-3278 or (Cell) 719-371-1280
Need House Cleaning?
Play Dirty ATV Tours
27077 US Highway 50
Texas Creek, CO 81223
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Put 'Deer Mountain' in the subject line.
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