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Volunteer and Citizen of the Year nomination forms available

As another year winds down, it is important to think of those around us who have contributed to the success of our community.

Time and again, I think that so many things would not happen in our town if it were not for the commitment of individual volunteers and organizations.

At the Chamber’s annual meeting, we take time to thank these people and groups for all their contributions. Therefore, it is important that we nominate those whom we feel have made significant contributions.

There are two categories for honoring Pagosans. The first category is the Volunteer of the Year. The nominee can be an individual, couple or group. They must contribute to the community outside of their workplace. They also must volunteer for community events and give time, money or both with humility, expecting nothing in return.

The Citizen of the Year must have lived in Pagosa for at least three years. They must have made a specific impact on the community in one of the following four ways: Economic, Philanthropic, Cultural or Lifestyle. The nominee must have shown the following characteristics: leadership, strong integrity, and have been active in the community in civic events not related to their work or business. Specific examples of contributions should be noted on the form.

In both categories, the less you say of the qualities of the individual or group, the less chance the voting committee has of knowing your nominee. If you just put down “Joe Smith” and expect that everyone knows Joe Smith and what his accomplishments have been, then you are wrong! Please cite how the person has impacted the community, what contributions they have made, and how they may have changed the way we live, work or play in Pagosa.

There are so many people to thank and recognize. Please take the time to honor our volunteers.

Nomination forms were included in the most recent Chamber newsletter, and they will be available to download from the Chamber website. You can pick one up at the Chamber or we can fax one to you. Once you complete the form, you can then drop it off or fax it to the Chamber. If you would like to send us an e-mail, please clearly state the category in which you are nominating someone and e-mail it to director@pagosachamber.com.

Thank you for taking the time to recognize your fellow workers, neighbors and friends. Forms are due to the chamber no later than Jan. 6. We will honor the recipients at the annual Chamber Meeting and Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Pagosa Center for the Arts. Tickets will be on sale soon for that event.

Upcoming events

It has been quite the busy community, and we thank everyone for shopping locally and supporting our community events. Here are some more activities to squeeze in between your work and volunteer holiday parties.

“Hollydaze” presented by the Music Boosters will be performed Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Center for the Arts. The evening’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. with pre-performance entertainment. This holiday show also unveils the new Pagosa Springs Symphonic Band. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the Chamber or at the door.

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the First Assembly of God Church hosts a Children’s Old Fashioned Christmas at the Ross Aragon Community Center. An evening of family fun will be held from 6– 8 p.m. and the event is free. You can spend an evening making cookies and crafts, playing games and spending time with family and friends. There will also be a snack bar. For more information on this event, contact Kay Dean at 731-5767.

You also still have time to donate for the Pagosa Springs Area Association of Realtors “Bucks for Bikes” program. Any donation would be appreciated to assist in purchasing bicycles for Pagosa Springs children. Their goal this year is $7,000 and all the money collected goes into purchasing the bikes, thanks to The Hub and Pedal & Powder. You can drop off a donation at the PSAAR office at 190 Talisman Drive, Ste D5 or contact Paula Dorame at 731-4015 or Mary Ann Robles at Jim Smith Realty at 264-3200. Donations are due Saturday, Dec. 10.

Donations for food boxes and the Angel Tree arranged this year by the Salvation Army are due by Dec. 9. The locations to drop off your products or monetary donations are 1st Southwest Bank, Citizens Bank-uptown, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, Bank of the San Juans and the Nurturing Center located at 802 Rosita St. Items to be included in the food boxes will focus on holiday foods such as stuffing, cranberries, green beans, corn, potatoes and desserts. The items should be boxed or canned. If you would like to help with preparing the food boxes, preparing the gifts or distribution, contact Carla Elliott at 749-6514, Lily Tarbet at 507-7093 or Anna Harbison at 264-6957.

Membership

We will announce the winners of the Parade of Stores Super Prize Packages in next week’s edition as well as give a recap of the weekend’s event. We want to thank all the stores that participated in this sixth annual event, helping us focus on shopping locally.

We have a year-end flurry of new member signups. So, we welcome the following new members: The Pines Restaurant at the Pagosa Springs Golf Course; The UPS Store; Mountain Gal Spas with Shayla White Eagle McClure; and George Johnson with MetLife Reverse Mortgage.

We would also like to mention a name change: Anna O’Reilly’s Energy Massage is now Pagosa Energy Massage.

We have a good number of renewals this week: The Buck Stops Here and Cabin Fever Log Homes with Bernie and Kevin Schuchart; the Pagosa Springs Golf Course; Wolf Creek Run Motor Coach Resort; the Costume Pit Stop; Pagosa Rooter; Paws, Feathers, Fins and Friends Pet Sitting Service; the River Point Cafe; and White’s Family Funeral Home.

Our non-profit group renewing this week is Reach for the Peaks, which hosts the hot air balloon rally in September. If you would like to volunteer for the hot air balloon rally, contact Stacy Kirby at 264-2360.

With a fresh layer of snow in Pagosa Country, it really is beginning to look and feel like winter and the holidays. We hope that everyone is getting ready for the arrival of a great many tourists beginning around the 19th of the month. Don’t forget to get us your information if you would like to be listed on the Tour of Lights map that we will hand out to visitors — we will list businesses and residences.

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