Clubs & Organizations



ABATE (A Brotherhood Active Towards Education)
Motorcycle enthusiasts lobbying against helmet laws. Meets first Monday monthly at 7:00 p.m. downstairs at the VFW. Contact Miles France at 395-0360.

Aerobics for Everyone!
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the American Legion on East Arkansas and Railroad. All levels. Call Lynn at 395-8146.

After Five Club
(See Christian Women’s Club)

Alpine Orchestra
PO Box 145
Poncha Springs, CO 81242
Contact Tecla Cunningham 395-8021.
Rehearsals Thursday night from 7pm-9pm in the Parish Hall, St. Rose of Lima.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
17010 CR 338
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Interested retirees are welcome. Noon Pot Luck the fourth Monday monthly (except Aug & Sept) at the Community Center. Sponsor 55 Alive. Contact Betty Donovan at 395-6914

American Legion Auxiliary
Meets third Weds. monthly at 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Call Raylene Zabloudil at 395-6232.

American Legion Post 55
Located at 338 N. Railroad.
Commander Linda Bjorkland 536-9801

American Red Cross
Bob Smith 395-0880

Arkansas Valley Arts Center

Arkansas Valley Car Club
PO Box 340
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Meets second Wednesday monthly.
Sponsor July Car Show. Gyff Lacy 395-5701

Ark-Valley Humane Society
701 Gregg Drive (near airport)
PO Box 1335
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Call 395-2737.


Buena Vista Baseball Association
PO Box 421
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Manages summer youth baseball program
for children ages 5-16. Call Shelley Mueller 395-7000.

Banana Belt Stamp Club
PO Box 3067
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Meet the second Saturday monthly (except July & August) at 1:00 p.m. in the Aspen Room at the Community Center. Monthly “Bananappeal” newsletter. Free appraisals of collections, junior members welcome, sales circuits. American Philatelic Society affiliation. Call 395-8370.

Bee Vee Harmonizers
Male barbershop singing group that meets Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Center Aspen Room. New singers welcome. No dues. Music is provided.

Played every Friday at the American Legion
338 N. Railroad Street.
Call Commander Linda Bjorkland at 836-9801.

Boy Scout Troop #67
Meets 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the United Congregational Church of Christ. Contact Scout Master Robert Gioscia, phone 395-8861.

Boys & Girls Club
Andrew Miller 395-7515

Boy Scout Troop #68
Meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center Aspen Room. Call Scout Master Bob Johnson at 395-8790.

Bridge Party
Played every Thursday 1:00 pm at BV Community Center
Call Flora Elsey 395-3575.

Buena Vista Athletic Booster Club
Meets first Tuesday monthly in High School All Purpose Room at 7:00 p.m. Contact Pam Rucker (719) 395-6557.

Buena Vista Youth Performing Arts Council
Larry Soukup 395-8031

Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Cara Russell (719) 395-8458

Buena Vista Sportmen’s Club
Chuck Miller (719) 395-2388

Build A Generation (BAG)
PO Box 1574
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Works as a united community to keep its citizens safe and healthy by empowering the community to build strong families, promote positive youth development, and share common resources toward these goals. Meets the second Thursday monthly at 4:00 p.m. at the School Administration office. Call Susan Bristol at 395-0344 ext 102 .

Business After Hours
Held from 5-7pm the third Thursday of every month. Co-sponsored by the Buena Vista Chamber and a chamber business member. Call 395-6612 for


Central Colorado Performing Arts
Lois Walton 395-8346

Chaffee County Airport Commission
Meets monthly on 2nd week of the month on Wednesday at the Harriet Alexander Field Terminal in Salida.
Contact Walt Lafford 395-0811.

Chaffee County Citizens for Recycling
PO Box 4833
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Support group for recycling in Chaffee County.
Call Jim Culbertson at 395-2969.

Chaffee County Council on the Arts
PO Box 1154
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday every other month starting in January. Call 395-8372 for location. County-wide organization for Arts & Humanities. Hosts annual shows and performances in Old Courthouse Gallery.

Chaffee County Fairgrounds

Chaffe County Home Builders Association

Chaffee County Visitors Bureau

Chaffee County Council on the Arts
Photo Group

PO Box 1154
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Photographers meeting the 1st Wednesday each month for fun and learning at 7:15 pm in the Old Courthouse Gallery. Call Grant Heilman at 395-6291.

Chaffee County Democrats
Meet at 6:30pm the first Tuesday each month; locations shift between BV & Salida. Call Sig Jelstaad 395-4849.

Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity
P.O. Box 4936

Chaffee – Lake Amateur Repeater Association
PO Box 1228
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Exams, public service communication.
Meets the third Friday monthly at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center. Contact Carl Kinnell at 395-6336.

Chamber of Commerce Board
PO Box 2021
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Meets the third Wednesday monthly at 5:30 p.m. in the Chamber Building at 343 HWY 24 South (Forest Square Park). Call Kathi, Judy or Billie at 395-6612.

Christian Women’s Club
Meeting the third Tuesday every month from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for dinner and program. The location varies; contact Andre Hendrie at 395-8190.

Civil Air Patrol
Contact Walter Zorn at 836-7193

Collegiate Peaks Anglers Trout Unlimited
PO Box 3067
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Goals are to protect, preserve and enhance the cold water fishery. Funds from the sale of their fishing guides go to support scholarships for college students studying wildlife management. Contact Karen Dils at 395-8949,

Collegiate Peaks Republican Women’s Forum
Meets at 12:00 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ the first Tuesday monthly except July and August. Sponsor annual lasagne dinner which supports the High School Presidential Classroom trip to Washington, D.C.; “A Taste of Buena Vista” held in April which supports community activities. Contact Kathi Kier at 395-1993.

Collegiate Peaks Tae kwon-Do
30430 N Hwy 24
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Open classes Monday thru Thursday 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Ages 6 and up. Call Fred Cowns 395-0151.

Collegiate Peaks Forum
Owen Lentz (719)395-6868

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension
10165 CR 120
Salida, CO 81211
Call Kurt Jones at 539-6447, FAX 539-6151. Offer educational programs to Chaffee county residents including: agriculture and natural resource management workshops and consulting; home horticulture tips, crop and livestock information; nutrition, child care, and parenting classes; high altitude cooking information; and child care educational programs

Columbine Garden Club
Meets the first Tues. of each month at 7:00 pm at the C of C. Interesting programs, slide shows, and field trips. Call Patti Clark at 395-8102 or Kathy Hoerlein 395-3529.

Columbine Gem & Mineral Society
Call 395-2108 Richard and Karen Kucera
Box 4507, Buena Vista, CO

Crossroads Counseling of the Rockies

Cub Scout Pack #72
Call Laura at Riverside Electric, (719) 221-8748



Delta Kappa Gamma Upsilon Chapter
Meets 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. alternating between Buena Vista and Salida. Call Bonnie Young 395-8414 for information.

Duplicate Bridge Club
6:00 p.m. every Tuesday at the VFW. Call Ed & Margaret Butler 395-8379 for information.


4-H Club
Members ages 5-18 participate in projects and clubs of their choice learning skills that help with school and work. Kurt Jones 539-6447 at the CSU Extension office.

Friends of the Arkansas River
PO Box 924
Buena Vista, CO 81211
An organization to inform about and stop the dam on the Arkansas River. Call Dick Scar at 395-8426 for information.

Friends of the Chaffee County Fire Protection District
Call 395-6545 for information.


Game Trail Association
Cathy Matre (719) 395-3410

Gas Creek Homemakers
PO Box 3
Nathrop, CO 81236
Meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Wednesday monthly. Annual bazaar selling crafts and pies; proceeds go to community charities. Call Claire Schafer 395-6378.

Geology Club
Meets 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm
E-mail Lyn Tucker,

Girl Scouts
Columbine Council
21 Montebello Rd.
Pueblo, CO 81001
Call Juanita Heyn at 1-800-287-9252 (Pueblo) for all levels: Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadets, Seniors and leaders.

Good News Prison Ministries
Chaplain Dave 395-3545

Greater Arkansas River Nature Assn. (GARNA)
Kathryn Wadsworth 539-5106

Gymnastics Club
Contact Heather Avants at 395-3406. Boys & girls ages 2 and up. For the serious gymnast or for recreation. There is a nominal fee involved.


Heart of the Rockies Right To Life
PO Box 1027
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Heritage Society
PO Box 1414
506 E Main St
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Preserving and promoting our local heritage. This includes a turn of the century farm, an old mining town and other sites. Their museum is open daily from June to mid-September from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They also sponsor an annual mushroom festival in August. Contact Melanie Roth at 395-8458 or 395-6082.

High Country Fine Arts Association
PO Box 1025
Salida, CO 81201
Their goal is to encourage performing arts among community members. Produce a professional quality performance every spring. ContactTroy Kelley / Mike Turkey (719) 395-3365.

High Rocky Riders – Off Road Club
Rick Klein 395-0116


League of Women’s Voters of the Upper Arkansas
Meets 3rd Monday alternating between Buena Vista and Salida.
Call Carol Sanford 395-2417.


Mt Princeton Lodge #49 AF&AM
Meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge upstairs at 306 ½ E. Main. No meetings June through August. For more information call Lively Smith 395-8464.

Men’s Interdenominational Christian Prayer Breakfast
Meets each Friday at 7:00 am to 8:00 am at
Cornerstone Church – 205 S. San Juan.
Call Dave Drake at 395-2851.

Model Railroad Society
This group has created a miniature replica of the surrounding area upstairs in the BV Heritage Museum at Main Street and Court. Meet 7:00 pm Mondays and 9:00 am Wednesdays. Call 395-8458.

Monarch Quilters
Meets second Monday 9:30 am-12:00 pm Alternating between Buena Vista and Salida. Call Cindy Lantz at 530-0374.


National Assoc. of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 2286
PO Box 3003
Buena Vista, CO 81211
President Billie Love 395-3633. Meets at noon the second Tuesday alternating between Salida & Buena Vista. Their main project is to support the Alzheimer Fund. This chapter covers Leadville to Salida and the South Park Communities.

Neighbor to Neighbor
Connie Cole 395-6231

Northern Chaffee County Sheriff’s Patrol Auxiliary
They provide food and comfort to search parties during rescue operations. Call Carolyn Howlett at 395-8138 (summer) or Carole Barnes 395-8035 (winter).

Carole Wimmer 395-6098


Optimist Club
PO Box 3044
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Meets 7:00 a.m. Wednesdays at Paradise Restaurant. Fund raising events support youth activities in the community.
Call Ann Jackson (719) 395-9060.

Order of the Eastern Star
Chapter #18 meets the 2nd Thursday monthly at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Temple at 140 W. 3rd in Salida. Contact Billie Love at 395-3633.

Orpheum Theater


Party Bridge
Every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center. Call 395-3575 Flora Elsey.

Photographers Group
(See Chaffee County Council on the Arts Photo Group)

Pick & Shovel Players
PO Box 1178
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Non-profit performing arts group formed to provide drama and musical entertainment to Chaffee County. Meets quarterly . Money raised goes towards fine arts scholarships.

Planning & Zoning Commission
Meetings the first and third Wednesday each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center Pinon Room. Public welcome. 395-8643


Quiet Use Coalition
P.O. Box 164, Buena Vista


Recreation Board
Advisory board to the town. Meets the third Tuesday monthly at the Community Center Aspen Room at 7:30 p.m. Provides summer recreation program and facilities. ContactTown Hall 395-8643 ext. 16.

Rocky Mtn Raquet Club
Bob Wichmann 395-8869

Rotary International
Projects assist young people, senior citizens, and relate to health, hunger, environmental concerns, drug abuse, literacy and vocational assistance. Meet Wednesdays, 12:00 noon contact Bill Dobson (719) 395-2692.


Salida Concerts, Inc.
PO Box 13
Salida, 81201
Sponsors the Salida-Aspen Concerts in the Upper Arkansas Valley featuring musicians from the famed Aspen Music Festival.
Call Jean. Hanfeldt at 539-6467.

School to Work Alliance Program

Sheriff’s Patrol (Search and Rescue)
Meets at 7:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Fire Station #1. Call Tom Vidmar at 395-1580.

Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club
PO Box 3133
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Host New Year’s Eve Continental Divide Ride and a snowmobile rally the second weekend of March. Sponsors Avalanch Awareness Classes. Call Debbie Weiland (719) 395-5608

Soccer (BV Youth Soccer Assoc.)
PO Box 3034
Buena Vista CO 81211
Board of Directors meet the first Tuesday each month at the BV Community Center Pinon Room.
Times and Locations to be announced.

Softball Association
Tournament and league information call Town Hall 395-8643. Meetings as needed. Steve & Mary Plumb.

Steam Plant Theatre
Lynn Camp 530-0933

Stage Left Theatre Co.
Greg West 539-8539


Thursday Hikers
Men’s year ‘round hiking group that meets every Thursday at 9 :00 am at Loback’s Bakery, 326 E. Main St.

Thursday Party Bridge Club
Meet at 1:00 p.m. Thursdays at the Community Center. For reservations call 395-2011 or 395-2823.

Tree Board
Meets the first Thursday of each month at the community center in the Pinon Room at 6:30 p.m. Call Roy Gertson (395-2680).


Upper Arkansas Motorized Recreation Coalition
PO Box 1569
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Promoting use of public lands for multiple use.
Brad Craig (719) 539-2559


Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1166
Meets the second Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at Post 1166 in Johnson Village. Phone number 395-2929. 27318 County Road 314

VFW Auxiliary 1166
Meets the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Post 1166 in Johnson Village. Call 395-2929.


Writer’s Exchange
Meeting four times a year, time and place to be announced.
Call Marci Adams at 395-3476.

Walden Chamber Music Society
Marie Paule Truitt (719) 395-0594

Women’s Reading Group
Focusing on the feminine experience of faith . Women of all faiths welcome. Meets monthly. For meeting times and location call Ali Lufkin, 486-9408.


Xi Mu Chapter
Beta Sigma Phi
PO Box 867
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Meets the third Monday every month. Sponsor a bazaar the Saturday before Thanksgiving and Art in the Park on the 4th of July. Contact Raylene Zabloudil at 395-6232.


Yoga Class
Every Monday from 4:15 to – 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per class. Contact Jane Kettering at 395-2103.

Young At Heart
Meets the second Wednesday every month at 12:00 p.m. in the Community Center for Potluck and Program. Call Bob Smith 395-8309

Support Groups

Meet Thlursday 6:15 p.m. 217 Crossman 395-9288.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Closed meeting at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays at the Congregational United Church of Christ. Call 395-2544.

Alliance Against Domestic Abuse
Service hours Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Arkansas Valley Christian Mission. Appointments 719-539-7347, walk-ins welcome. 24 hour crisis line at 719-539-7347.

Angel of Shavano Hospice
PO Box 429, Salida
(719) 539-7638

Arkansas Valley Christian Mission
PO Box 4646
122 Cottonwood
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Hours: Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm Tues. & Wed. from 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Fri. From 2:30-5:00.
Call 395-9321 or email
Dinner served at 5:45 pm.

Arkansas Valley Low Vision Center
123 Gunnison

Buena Vista Pregnancy Center
Monday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in 28530 C/R 317 Suite 10. Call 395-6703. (Not a medical clinic – privately funded). Carole Lowers.

Children’s Task Force
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Congregational United Church of Christ. Call 395-2544.