Print

Meet Mereth Meade

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

Connecting the dots is something Mereth Meade has begun to do later in life, realizing that her passions throughout her lifetime seem to have much to do with nurturing, whether it be people, withered plants or fresh ideas for recycling used items.

As a graduate of Smith College with a Masters in Nursing from Yale, Mereth recalls focusing on "the patient as a person," a concept that has stuck with her.  Her positions over the years ranged from school nurse to nursing in a doctor's office and in a hospital, a visiting nurse, an instructor at Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver, and a clinical instructor in different hospitals.

As a public health nurse, she would be dispatched to homes by the nursing association to size up situations and do well-baby checkups in Falmouth, MA.  It was there that she had her third child, insisting on natural childbirth despite her obstetrician's bias against it.  "He was interested enough in natural birth that he stood at my bedside through the entire labor," she recalled.  "After becoming a believer, this physician allowed me to coach patients that wanted natural childbirth, while the hospital and pediatrician allowed me to help patients to successful lactation."

After participating in the Master Gardener program in Denver she operated an interior plantscaping business.  In that capacity she nurtured nature and cultivated "green thumbs" on others who relocated to our high altitude, considering her services to be "horticultural therapy."  Her background in public nursing helped her size up a person's needs when being uprooted from another part of the country and transplanted to Evergreen, integrating her knowledge of plants with her desire to help others.

In the late 1990s she became interested in the concept of recycling.  An  article in The Denver Post had referred to it as a "stupid idea," prompting her to attend a meeting of the Colorado Association For Recycling (CAFR).  Attendees were asked to bring along an example, and hers was a tall chianti bottle – something the local recycling company would not accept because it was brown glass.  She ended up enlisting the support of four bankers in town to subsidize the cost of full-glass recycling (all colors) and changing the policy in Evergreen.

She was a member of Mountain Recyclers, which for five years supplied volunteers every Thursday to clean up the recycling center at King Soopers in Bergen Park "because people left a mess" on the three days when the center was not staffed.

Her interest in recycling led to her encouraging the Evergreen Rotary Club to start Hard to Recycle Days in 2007, which later became known as the Fall Festival.  The annual effort collects such things as paint, batteries, appliances, electronics, tires, scrap metal and styrofoam – things that indeed are difficult for the average homeowner to dispose of. They even have a vendor for shredding.

She is responsible for getting secure recycling containers into the Evergreen Post Office.  "They were free to the Post Office if they applied for them," she noted, saying the Postmaster was happy to oblige once prompted.

She started Project Earth as part of Rotary International's Preserve Planet Earth project.  And she was one of six Rotarians instrumental in starting Evergreen's Alliance for Sustainability (EAS+Y because You make it Easy), an effort to spread the concept of recycling into the community.  She's served on the board of EAS+Y, recently retiring due to term limits.  But the group has decided to create a board of advisors to keep her involved.

Composting and promoting the concept of a community garden have also been on her list of involvements.

Earlier this month, Mereth was presented with a Lifetime Volunteer Award by CAFR, which also announced that it will hereafter present the annual volunteer award in her name, calling it the Mereth Meade Award.

With roots in Switzerland, she's traveled a lot, growing up in Norman, Oklahoma, where her father was a professor at the University of Oklahoma.  After marrying her husband, Bob, his job researching big rivers and other bodies of water took them to Woods Hole, MA; Antarctica; Russia; South America; and Finland prior to settling in Evergreen in 1975 when he accepted a job with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Lakewood.

(Photo by Carolyn Alexander)

Others recently featured in Nice to Know You

  • Ann Roux
  • Bill and Peggy Braun3
  • Capt RM Baker
  • Carolyn Hock
  • Dave Graham
  • Dave Talbot
  • Dean Dalvit w logo
  • Deborah Linke
  • Finn Knudsen
  • Gail Ridings
  • Gary Sohrweid lgr
  • Hank Thresher
  • Jackie Mohr
  • Jani McCarty headshot
  • Jenny Johnson
  • JimSherwood
  • Jim_mitchell_lgr
  • Jon Holbrook
  • Juliana Lehman
  • Kathleen Kane
  • Kathy Engel
  • Kent Huff 1
  • Kim Herfurt
  • LisaDeCaro LenMatheo
  • Liz Hawkins
  • Maddie Catterson
  • Marilyn Rhodes
  • Marilyn Stetchert
  • Mark Davidson
  • Mark Vickstrom copy
  • McCarroll
  • Mereth Meade
  • Mieke Scripps
  • Pam Reitan photo
  • Roger Fertig
  • Ruth Morehouse
  • Sam Smith
  • Sara Garou
  • Schyeler Gilman
  • Scott Robson smiling
  • Stearns Susan
  • Stephanie Tobor
  • Tom Becker
  • TonyTrumbly
  • Valerie Stelzer
  • Walt and Polly Phillips
  • Woody Hancock
  • Allyson Gottsman NTKY
  • Angela Rayne
  • Art Gutierrez NTKY
  • Bruce Thoms
  • Bud Weare
  • Cathleen Timmons NTKY
  • Cathy Baim NTKY
  • Chris Krieg NTKY
  • Christy McCormick NTKY
  • Crystal Harnden
  • Dana Snider NTKY
  • Dave Rommelmann NTKY
  • Diane Florschuetz
  • Donna Reardon good
  • Doug Bell
  • Ellen OConnor NTKY
  • Frank Dearborn
  • Frank Plaut NTKY
  • Gail Frasier NTKY
  • Jack Schnepp
  • Jean Ann Wheeler NTKY PRFD
  • Jim Gorman
  • Jimy Murphy by Jim Bailey
  • Joe Bye NTKY
  • John Steinle
  • Kay LaMontagne NTKY
  • Ken Carlson
  • Kevin Ruble NTKY
  • Larry Sohrweid NTKY
  • Lin Browning NTKY
  • Lindy Casados NTKY
  • Marcia Walsh
  • Megan and Gary Mitchell NTKY
  • Pat Shea
  • Rachel Emmer NTKY
  • Sherman Wing
  • Susan Fariss NTKY
  • Sylvia Robertson
  • Tim Sandon NTKY
  • Travis Smith
  • Trevor Smith
  • Tupper Briggs
  • jim_mitchell_lgr
  • Andy Wann
  • Anne Vickstrom
  • Bev Bright
  • Bill Ortiz
  • Jerry Lautigar grinning
  • Jerry Lautigar serious
  • JudyTersteeg
  • Matson_2012
  • Peggy Eggers
  • Susan Stearns cropped copy
  • TonyTrumbly
  • adrian stone
  • angie harrington
  • ann rader
  • ben jackson
  • betsyhayeslinbrowning
  • bill manning copy
  • bill ortiz
  • casey Boone lgr
  • daletolan
  • david_dey
  • dianne bennett
  • dj himstedt
  • don bennett
  • dore
  • ed steinbrecher
  • eric bakke confetti
  • eric gill
  • forrest czarnecki
  • gary muse
  • gerda ceremsak
  • janet quinn
  • jennifer Boone
  • jennifer kullby
  • john erlandson
  • karen lindsay
  • kathy_beekman
  • kelly last
  • kristen costello
  • laurie romberg
  • lexie malazdrewicz
  • logan Boone
  • mel nucholls
  • norika zehnder Headshot
  • painter
  • paula bowers
  • poirots
  • rabbi jamie
  • ron catterson
  • sallydavidsonmarovich
  • schleicher
  • scott gibson playwright
  • vicki bock
  • vicki pinder
  • walterwood
  • Al Himmelman NTKY
  • Andy Morman NTKY
  • Barb Lamperski NTKY
  • Bill OMeara  NTKY
  • Bob Baldwin NTKY
  • Bob Benefiel NTKY copy
  • Brad Andres NTKY
  • Brenda and Wayne St. John NTKY
  • Caitlin and Sidney Powell NTKY repl
  • Carol Dobbs NTKY
  • Carolyn Campbell NTKY
  • Cheryl Newhall NTKY
  • Cheryl Pankonien NTKY
  • Cliff Bowron NTKY
  • Curt Harris NTKY
  • Dale Lovin NTKY
  • Denise Stoner NTKY
  • Deputy Dee Patterson NTKY
  • Ed Bischoff NTKY
  • Greg Romberg NTKY
  • Harold Linke NTKY
  • Ian Miller NTKY
  • Janee Weinberger NTKY copy
  • Jessica Boyd NTKY
  • John Evans NTKY
  • John Evans crocodile
  • Joyce Masyga NTKY
  • Julie Ballard NTKY
  • Kappy Kling NTKY copy
  • Laura Mehmert NTKY copy
  • Linda Lovin NTKY
  • Matt Bachus NTKY
  • McKenna OMeara NTKY
  • Mike Weege NTKY
  • Pandora Reagan NTKY
  • Patty DeLucas NTKY
  • Peter Lindquist NTKY
  • Schaunon Gilman NTKY
  • Scott Ogle NTKY
  • Sydney BernardHogling NTKY
  • Taylor Cave NTKY
  • Tom Ware NTKY
  • Vanessa Hayes NTKY
  • Warren Rose NTKY
  • Antweilers NTKY
  • Arniotes NTKY
  • Balkanski NTKY
  • Barclay NTKY
  • Beaudry NTKY
  • Belak NTKY
  • Beth Foster NTKY
  • Caine NTKY
  • Dodson NTKY
  • Dunn NTKY
  • Frease NTKY
  • Grant NTKY
  • Hamam NTKY
  • Hellman NTKY
  • Jenna Audlin NTKY
  • Judy Curtis NTKY
  • Kreider NTKY
  • Krieves NTKY
  • Laurie Ward NTKY
  • Lynch NTKY
  • Lystrom NTKY
  • Marilyn Herrs NTKY copy
  • Maule NTKY
  • Meyers NTKY
  • Montgomerys NTKY
  • Moses NTKY copy
  • Nelson NTKY
  • Rezac NTKY
  • Rohrer NTKY
  • Rome Chelsi NTKY
  • Rubins NTKY
  • Saltzman NTKY
  • Scott NTKY
  • Sharon Smith NTKY
  • Simon NTKY
  • Simpson NTKY
  • Tarasars small
  • Taylor NTKY
  • chris_dunn_ntky
  • Albert NTKY
  • Austin NTKY
  • Barkley NTKY
  • Brekke NTKY
  • Carpenter NTKY
  • Delia NTKY
  • EakinPetty NTKY
  • Elaine Hayden NTKY copy
  • Gaudet NTKY
  • Grannell NTKY
  • Hinish NTKY
  • Hutchison NTKY
  • John Anderson headshot
  • Lempke NTKY
  • OLaughlin NTKY
  • Peesel NTKY
  • Petty NTKY
  • Porter NTKY
  • Riser NTKY
  • SchaeferNTKY
  • Scripps NTKY
  • Sells NTKY
  • Sneed NTKY
  • Steinbrecher NTKY
  • WheelerNTKY