Annual meeting planned for January

The Chamber annual meeting and awards ceremony will take place Saturday, Jan. 24, at the newly-renovated and stunning Winslow on the Shire, formerly Echo Manor Bed and Breakfast on U.S. 84.

This house has been totally renovated and is wonderfully suited for our meeting — “Some Enchanted Evening.” The multi-level facility will offer attendees an evening of elegance and fun (yes, you can combine the two ), and a chance to roam and explore the enchanting rooms, listen to beautiful music, and enjoy an evening out of the ordinary. At this year’s annual meeting and awards ceremony, we will seek ways to further enhance your Chamber membership and serve you while honoring some of Pagosa’s notable citizens and organizations in a unique setting.

You might ask: “Why should I go to another boring Chamber meeting?”

First , it won’t be boring. How many people have had the chance to see the new Winslow on the Shire and all the beautiful work and decorating that has taken place there? What a magnificently enhanced venue for our community — worth the price of admission. You will enjoy delicious food, a cash bar and beautiful music. There will be prize drawings, including a free Chamber membership.

While you may not think the next points are exciting, the meeting is a great opportunity for you to network your business, let the Chamber know what we are doing right, what we can do to help you and, of course, vote for incoming board members. The Chamber works for its members, but we aren’t successful without our members. Perhaps that is why we continue to be one of the highest per capita membership Chambers in the state.

The annual meeting is all these things: a great way to enjoy a unique evening out in Pagosa, a way to further your own business while learning more about other businesses, and a time to honor Pagosa residents who give their all to our community. It could be your neighbor, a co-worker, someone you attend church with, an organization you are part of or admire. Any of these people or entities can be nominated for Citizen or Volunteer of the Year.

This yearly recognition is awarded to an individual, couple or group for service to the community. The criteria are simple.

Citizen of the Year

The nominee must have contributed to the community in a special way, with measurable results. They must have made an impact on the community in at least one of the following areas: economic, philanthropic, cultural and lifestyle. The Citizen of the Year must also have been a resident of the community for at least three years. Their nomination cannot be related to their work or business; they must demonstrate unselfish support of the community, and they should represent a strong sense of integrity.

Volunteer of the Year

One of the big differences between Citizen and Volunteer of the Year is one contribution the Volunteer of the Year must have made to the community that is not required of a Citizen of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year should have unselfishly volunteered time outside of the workplace to community events. They will have given time, money or both, with great humility, expecting nothing in return. Their volunteer work at and for community events should have resulted in significant benefit to the community.

Nomination forms were inserted in the latest Chamber newsletter. They may also be obtained at the Chamber Visitor Center; we can fax you a form, or you can send us an e-mail outlining a nomination of a person or group. Nominations need to be submitted to the Chamber by Jan. 2, 2009, so that the selection may take place and appropriate awards ordered.

Tickets will be on sale soon but, more importantly, we ask that you take the time now to nominate an individual, couple or group for Citizen or Volunteer of the Year. If you have any questions about the nomination process, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.

Old West Christmas Carol

For those looking for a holiday activity, just a short trip away, the Creede Repertory Theater is offering their holiday presentation, “Old West Christmas Carol.”

Not your typical Christmas show, this was written and created by CRT company members, is funny and offers lots of western sass. They are performing the next two weekends: Dec. 12-14 and Dec. 19-21 with Friday and Saturday performances at 7 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Call (719) 658-2540 for tickets or more information.

‘For the Small of It’

In our own community, Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts continues the exhibition “For the Small of It.” This unique display challenged the artists to create a smaller version of work that they might have done in a larger scale. It also encourages us to slow down and contemplate the small things. There are 15 local, regional and national artists working in different media in this exhibition. Shy Rabbit is at 333 Bastille Drive and you can view the exhibit Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Chamber membership

We welcome all renewing members this week: Jess Donahue and McDonald’s; Elkwood Manor; The Alpine Inn; Made in Colorado; Moore Chiropractic Wellness Center; Dr. Thomas Yost and Pagosa Veterinary Clinic; The Buck Stops Here and Cabin Fever Log Homes; and James Watkins and Silver Creek Custom Homes.

We would like to thank all the local residents who participated in the Parade of Stores and shopped Pagosa. We hope you scored a lot of great deals. However, don’t forget there is still a lot of shopping to be done in Pagosa; there are great sales, open houses and savings going on everywhere until Christmas. Keep your dollars in Pagosa and keep Pagosa green!