updated May 25, 2014
From 2011 to 2014, Jim and
Renee have been President of the chapter
Since 2004, we have become very active
in a Colorado Good Sams Chapter known as the Aspen Leaves. For 2005, we
have taken on the duties as the chapter historians, and as a result
have built a website for the chapter at:
The Aspen Leaves meet once a month. From April through October, the
meetings consist of monthly camp-outs throughout Colorado. During the
camp-out we, play games, visit, and enjoy good camp cooking. In
non-camping months we get together for a meal at a local
The Aspen Leaves website has many pictures from the past three years.
Please take a look at it.
We love to get in the motor home
and take off for parts yet to be determined. On one
occasion, we left Aurora northbound for the Colorado Wyoming
border. The motor home was pointed south; however, so we
just kept heading south until we ended up at Palo Duro
Canyon in north central Texas. Click on the boxes below for
photos and stories about some of our trips.
Jim has retired from his teaching career as a school teacher in the
Aurora Public School system for twenty five years.
Although he considered himself a classroom teacher
of mathematics and science first and foremost, he
has had a part in curriculum design, testing and
adoption. He has helped in the professional
development of other teachers by working as a
District Resource Teacher, Math Teacher Coach,
Mathematics Teacher Leader, and Math Teacher Mentor
under the Colorado Induction Program, and has
provided ongoing inservicing and teacher coaching
for other teachers for 19 years. He especially
enjoys working with diverse students and has
co-authored a book on working with at-risk kids,
"Motivating Hard to Reach Students", ISBN
Jim retired from teaching in November of 2011.
Renee has been employed in
the health care business for over 30 years, first
as a veterinary assistant in a small vet clinic and
most recently as a front office manager in an oral
Her true vocation; however, has been running her
own kennel where she has bred, raised, and shown
champion Standard Schnauzers for over 44 years. She
has bred over 100 champions of record, and finished
many others not of her own breeding.
Renee has earned numerous world wide and national
titles with awards of record in America, Canada,
and in Europe. She was listed as "Breeder of the
Year" in England for several consecutive years. Her
dogs have received multiple Standard Schnauzer Club
of America awards for "Dog of the Year", "Stud Dog
of the Year" (4 different years), and "Brood Bitch
of the Year" (2 different years). She has had
several "Hall of Fame Producers", and "Leading
Producers". In addition, her dogs have won numerous
"Best of Breed", "Best of Winners", "Winner's Dog",
"Winner's Bitch", and "Best Puppy in Sweepstakes"
awards at National Specialty events. In 2012 Renee was awarded
the American Kennel Club title "Breeder Of
In addition to her very
active involvement in show dogs, both for business
and pleasure, Renee is an avid wildlife
She also enjoys traveling in "Annabelle" the wonder
bus, sewing her own clothes, biking and hiking. In
recent years, Renee has developed a strong interest
in Sante Fe Trail history and has spent many days
traveling, photographing, and walking the trail.
She especially enjoys visiting historical museums
containing trail history and lore.
Some of Renee's
Young Bighorn Sheep - 2002
Bull Elk - 2001
Jim enjoys photography with traditional film and
"old" cameras, web developing, reading (science
fiction, fantasy, civil war history, World War II
history), and camping.
His main love, however, is amateur radio. He builds
most of his equipment himself, including
transmitters, receivers, transceivers, and related
station equipment.Visit Jim's amateur radio website
(note: the 0 in kg0pp is the number 0)
Above--A few of Jim's 60 or so amateur radio
Below--Two views of Jim's first constructed and
still favorite transceiver, the NorCal 40A.
COLOR: Renee-purple Jim-blue
MOVIE: Renee-Dr. Zhivago Jim-Field of Dreams
SANDWICH: Renee-Old Chacago's "Buffalo Chicken" Jim-BLT
WINE: Renee-Columbia Crest Chard. Jim-any Bordeaux
BEER: Renee-Hard Core Cider or Guiness Stout Jim-"Black and
DRINK: Renee-Margarita Jim-"Blue Sapphire" martini
"REAL MUSIC": Renee-"I like BOTH kinds of music, country AND
western. Jim-"Me too"
PIZZA: Renee-white sauce garlic chicken Jim- hot
BOOK TYPE: Renee-Sci Fi Jim-Fantasy or History
STEAK: Renee-Rib Eye Jim-Filet Mignon
PIE: Renee-mince meat Jim-apple
CAR: Renee-BMW Z-3 Jim-anything that runs
LETTUCE: Renee-romaine Jim-"favorite what?"