Clubroom Farewell Party & Moveout

by Rick Casey, past chair (with help from all who attended….)

One last farewell party was held at the Clubroom on the evening of Saturday, June 24, 2017, the last weekend before we had to move out by June 30. It was a bittersweet moment, where all there shared many fond memories of past events held there, and in previous Clubroom locations.

Organized primarily by Gary Johnston, current chair of the Council, with help with Diana Dear and others, the party was catered with food from Chipotle’s. The party was free to anyone who had in the past volunteered in any capacity, which was certainly most, if not all, of those who came. But Chipotle does not deliver, so the food was quite appropriately delivered by bike, with the free loaner bike trailer from Community Cycles! (I failed to get the name of the young gentleman who did this, but he’s identified in one of the photos below.)

A running slideshow of pictures provided by Neil Purrett, and photos from the Boulder CMC Facebook group page, was kept running in the corner as everyone enjoyed their dinner and conversation. The highlight of the evening was a wrapup talk given by Gary about the current status and future outlook for the Boulder Group (see the related story where this is spelled out in more detail).

This was followed by sharing about past Clubroom locations from those there who have living memories of them, including Ken Groninger and his wife, Jim Groh, Diana Dear, among others I’m sure I’m forgetting.

But in rough reverse chronological order, the Clubroom locations included:

  • the previous location immediately above on the patio (now occupied by the Yoga Loft)
  • the longest occupied location at the end of the patio (main space of the Yoga Loft), both of which were subleased from Neptune Mountaineering since the early 1990’s
  • the real estate office of Mock Realty at the south end of the Table Mesa shopping property
  • a room in the Chataugua Community House
  • a room in the old international student hostel on the Hill

And it also may have been in the old University Memorial Center (UMC) on the CU Boulder campus, though I’m not sure about that…certainly a good topic for a future Compass article! If anyone reading this has knowledge about such previous clubroom locations, please contact me at

The following weekend, a few hardy volunteers showed up on June 29 and 30 to move out the final large items, which were distributed or donated among CMC members who could use them or keep them until a future use is found for them.

The pictures below tell the story…


The dinner table at the last supper!


The slide show in the corner


Diana Dear and Jim Groh, longtime volunteers


Phil Congdan, Willy Gully and Val Hovland, also longtime volunteers


Gary Johnston making post-dinner remarks


Phil Congan, Connie Schwab and (rarely photographed) Nelson Tamplin


Three young CMC members picking up some free books!

In this last photo, the young man in the middle is the guy who delivered dinner on the bike trailer — so we all thank him!

The next few photos are from the final moveout on June 25 and 30:


The nearly empty Clubroom space…just a few assorted items remaining


Your’s truly in a photo selfie in the nearly empty front office after my last Clubroom hosting…a sad day!


Gary Johnston and Joe Day helping lower the sign, using good old Goldline rope!


Joe Day and Steve Blazo at the sign’s new (temporary) storage location


The Clubroom chairs in their temporary storage location…for sale!



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