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The Curmudgeons promise that while they are old, they’re not cranky — and they are interested in current events both in Evergreen and further afield. The Evergreen men’s group with 18 members …
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The Curmudgeons promise that while they are old, they’re not cranky — and they are interested in current events both in Evergreen and further afield.
The Evergreen men’s group with 18 members ranging in age from 67 to 93 have been meeting from 9-11 a.m. nearly every Thursday since 1989. Members have come and gone over the years, but one thing is certain: They have maintained friendships and continue to talk about current events.
They call themselves community activists disguised as old guys, and the closure of the Seniors Resource Center has awakened the group’s community spirit as it tries to find a new location to meet in person. They also are interested in the ELID, which is the Evergreen Local Improvement District, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s plans to rebuild the Evergreen Lake North Trail and Jefferson County’s plan to widen Highway 73 from Buffalo Park Road to Plettner Lane.
From 2005 to 2015, members wrote an occasional column in the Canyon Courier called the Candid Curmudgeon. In past years, they have been heavily involved in a variety of issues.
When it was formed, the group envisioned acting as an unelected town council that would monitor various government entities.
At a recent meeting, now mostly on Zoom, they talked about recent trips, coaching sports years ago, the American pullout from Afghanistan, whether kids should get participation trophies, the issues a member was having with his deck, subatomic particles called neutrinos, purchasing new appliances and more. The conversation flows easily from one topic to the next.
They say the group began with primarily liberals as members, and it has morphed into a conservative bent. There are two rules: They always meet from 9-11 a.m., and there are no other rules. They try to stay away from talking about politics. There are no dues, no meeting minutes and rarely agendas.
“This is one of the few places I know,” said member Jerry Dallman, “where we have a discussion, and all opinions are respected.”
The Curmudgeons are an eclectic group, coming from all walks of life: retired engineers, geologists, physicists, real estate investors, trade show promoters and more. They say the group gives them a way to talk about a variety of topics and to form friendships with people they might not have known in Evergreen. Most joined when they were invited by a neighbor or a friend.
Thanks to Zoom, some of the members who now live elsewhere can still take part in meetings. Sometimes, guest speakers are invited to make presentations at meetings.
Rocky Graziano, 93, who has been a member for 28 years, said he still learns from Curmudgeon members.
The name Curmudgeons came from either Boyd Norton or Bill Mounsey, two of the original members, according to the group’s history document.
“I’m inspired by these gentlemen,” John Burghardt, the youngest member of the group, said. “They are aging gracefully and with class. I enjoy their company.”
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