Weekly Roundup 6/14

trail teamwork…

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Sam was our fearless leader the second week and led us across Old Gate Crossing trail and onto Bell Mountain. We ended up doing a lot of work removing rocks and large stumps from the trail. Avery came up with the great idea of using hoes to remove rocks from the trail and making it appear more clean and swept. We also experimented with using a weed wacker on the trail to cut smaller scrub oak plants. We finished the entire trail except for mowing and High Springs, where we will attempt to move the trail further up along the ridge. This week, we learned about each other’s most embarrassing moments, listened to Ella’s classic rock selection, contributed deep analysis on all Marvel movies and collaboratively advised Devin not to spend $200 on his Oakleys…advice he patiently listened to, then went ahead and purchased the coolest glasses we have ever seen!

 

cowboy values - heart…

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We all met at the ranch at 4:30am, earlier than most of us have ever gotten out of bed! We made this sacrifice in order to carpool up to Denver (thank you Mrs. Smith) to serve breakfast for several groups of homeless women at the Samaritan House https://ccdenver.org/samaritan-house-womens-shelter/. Later, we met together to talk about how important it is not only to give service to people less fortunate than us, but to really look into the eyes of others and feel the world from their perspective. As leaders, we cannot build trust unless we connect with others in a way that is comfortable for them. We will never understand the way to do that until we are willing to stand in their shoes. We watched the following short video that helped start a discussion about how having heart is feeling true compassion for others around us. Everyone has a story. A leader’s job is to learn the stories of those they lead.

 

photo moments…

The world as we see it from the top of Bell Mountain.

The world as we see it from the top of Bell Mountain.

Jerry and Sam surveying some large rocks that need to be removed from the trail.

Jerry and Sam surveying some large rocks that need to be removed from the trail.

Ben getting a little crazy, showing off his Incredible Hulk muscle power by lifting a large trail rock!

Ben getting a little crazy, showing off his Incredible Hulk muscle power by lifting a large trail rock!

A group photo with all of us and the employees that work at the Samaritan House.

A group photo with all of us and the employees that work at the Samaritan House.

Group photo behind the table we served breakfast…french toast (until it ran out), eggs, oatmeal (with lots of sugar), coffee (with lots of sugar) and peanut butter and jam sandwiches.

Group photo behind the table we served breakfast…french toast (until it ran out), eggs, oatmeal (with lots of sugar), coffee (with lots of sugar) and peanut butter and jam sandwiches.

For us, it was a unique experience to serve these women. For the women, it was a step in daily survival.

For us, it was a unique experience to serve these women. For the women, it was a step in daily survival.

We were taken back by the gratitude expressed by most of the women who came through the line.

We were taken back by the gratitude expressed by most of the women who came through the line.

Jerry Van Leuven