Justice Hobbs with wife Bobbie receives a photo from Rio de la Vista. Credit: Rio de la Vista
Justice Hobbs with wife Bobbie receives a photo from Rio de la Vista to celebrate his retirement. Credit: Rio de la Vista

Last Thursday September 10, 2015 the Colorado Foundation for Water Education along with our family of water professionals and legal experts in the San Luis Valley got together for a reception to celebrate Justice Hobbs’ retirement from the Colorado Supreme Court. Among other beautiful speeches, plaques, photos… and of course poems, The Colorado River District drafted resolutions in appreciation of Justice Hobbs, while CFWE staff presented a tribute poem to Greg Hobbs—find both here.

From the Colorado River District:

New CRD  logo hi-resWhereas, For 19 years he faithfully served,
The Honorable Gregory Hobbs full praise does deserve.

Whereas, Dispensing Solomon’s wisdom the occasional baby to split,
As founding director of the Foundation for Water Education he did sit.

Whereas, He too ably served the Northern District oft times to the River District’s dismay,
Even then it is time for our respect to pay.
As he devoted untold hours to legal execution,
And showed extraordinary leadership through genial elocution.

Whereas, It wasn’t enough for him to give generously of his time,
He also gifted his priceless map collection and occasionally his rhyme.

Whereas, poetry and bolo ties often set him apart,
He will truly be remembered for his wisdom and kindess of heart.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by unanimous acclaim
that we extend our appreciation for that is our aim
of this embarrassing poem. The writing of which was not time well spent.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Honorable Greg Hobbs, that you have a peaceful and rewarding retirement.

Gregg Ten Eyck, CFWE's Board President, presents Justice Hobbs with a proclamation from the Colorado River District.
Gregg Ten Eyck, CFWE’s Board President, presents Justice Hobbs with a proclamation from the Colorado River District. Credit: Rio de la Vista


And from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education

Logo_tagline_ColorCharging through the Foundation’s door
Weekly visits by an original Director
“I need a box for my next event!”
He chuckles with pride, “our best issue yet.”

CFWE's Kristin Maharg gives Greg a poem from staff.
CFWE’s Kristin Maharg gives Greg a poem from staff. Credit: Rio de la Vista

You’re our greatest supporter and here’s the proof,
Citizen’s Guide sales are through the roof!
“But how is your family and where have you been?”
Not only cheerleader, Greg is also our friend.

Then off to stir the pot of public discourse
with reverence for the most essential resource.
She’s the “Mother of Rivers,” our headwaters state…
We learn from your vigor and participate
in the evolution of understanding, new attitude…
You’re our Father of Words, steward of truth.

And who else shares emails before the dawn,
attends every meeting without one yawn?
Boldly intellectual and believes in yours, too
yet playful enough to dress in costume!
Staff try to keep up with Greg’s prolific passion,
As you’re truly the Foundation of our water education.

THANK YOU!

CFWE staff pose with Justice Hobbs.
CFWE staff pose with Justice Hobbs. Credit: Rio de la Vista
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