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Intern Blog Series: Chase McCleary's Meal with the Penroses

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Chase McCleary, 2019 Communications Intern

The El Pomar Foundation Internship program offers valuable professional experience to continuing undergraduate students interested in the nonprofit sector. However, this summer’s Interns had a somewhat unusual experience. After a work week filled with meetings, projects and professional development trainings, the Interns prepared to leave Penrose House for some well-deserved rest. However, Friday-evening drowsiness set over them, and instead of clocking out, they accidentally pressed the “travel back in time 82 years” button. Suddenly, the Interns found themselves sharing a table with Mr. and Mrs. Spencer and Julie Penrose, who were about to delight in a delicious 1930s Depression-era meal. Naturally, Spencer and Julie asked the Interns to update them on the evolved state of El Pomar Foundation some 80 years in the future. Here is what Chase said:

Pleasantries with the Penroses

Good Day Mr. and Mrs. Penrose:

I am currently working as the Communications Intern, which involves managing El Pomar Foundation’s social media accounts, organizing the Foundation’s blog and revitalizing El Pomar Foundation collateral, among other tasks. I am pleased to report that El Pomar continues to provide invaluable resources and funding to the state of Colorado.

As the Communications Intern, I have had the opportunity to work with staff and Fellows on a multitude of projects and programs, allowing me to gain a more complete understanding of the Foundation’s operations. One asset that continues to impress me is Penrose House. Apart from its beautiful external and internal décor (on which I applaud your good taste, Mr. and Mrs. Penrose), Penrose House permits nonprofit organizations to use its conference rooms free of charge. Day after day I see groups big and small utilize the rooms for strategic development meetings, financial meetings and much more.

I believe Penrose House stands as a shining testament of your openness to the community; your willingness to literally open your doors to help those of Colorado. Among all of your contributions and services to Colorado Springs, the donation of your house for the betterment of the community (not to mention the comfort of numerous residential deer and rabbits) transforms the property into a Penrose Home.

It was a pleasure to meet you both; however, I bid you adieu, 23 skidoo and goodbye, for I must find a theater playing Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, which comes out this year. Not that you need investment advice, but that Disney company is looking promising *wink *wink.


Chase McCleary