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Vote online in upcoming directors’ election

The Chamber of Commerce will introduce online voting for the 2013 Chamber Board of Directors election.

This is a first for this organization, and we are pleased to announce this enhancement to the voting process.

The election will be confidential and members will be allowed to cast only one ballot per membership. We will use a system called “Elections Online.”

While we are making every effort to provide an easy, confidential and valid election process, there are some things members must do to become involved.

Verify your Chamber membership user name and password. When the Chamber converted to a new data base system almost two years ago, user names and passwords were automatically assigned to the members. However, user names and passwords, as with any system, can be changed once or are periodically changed to ensure security. As a Chamber member, you have a unique user name and password for your business. If you have never accessed this log-in information, now is the time to do so. You should have received an e-mail from Membership Coordinator Jan Santopietro giving you your current registered user name information for each of the businesses registered with the Chamber. If this log-in information is sufficient, keep this information with your other log-in passwords and continue to use it during the voting process. If you would like to change the information to something that is a little more user-friendly for you, now is the time to change it. You can do it yourself, no need to call the chamber. Just take the information sent to you, log in at the member login tab, and then scroll down to change user name/password. Enter the words that suit you, keep this information and use it whenever you need to log into your Chamber account to change important information such as contact persons, phone numbers, addresses and information on the site including key words for your business.

You will only be allowed one ballot per business. Should you have more than one business with the Chamber, you will be allowed to cast one ballot for each; however, each business must have a different user name and password. All changes must be registered by the close of business Wednesday, Oct. 31. We will not accept changes after that time. All information the Chamber has at that time will be submitted to Elections Online after Nov. 1.

Elections for the 2013 Chamber Board of Directors will begin Wednesday, Dec. 5, and continue until the evening of the Chamber of Commerce annual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19. Online voting will close at the end of the business day on Friday, Jan. 18, and members can then vote in person at the annual meeting. Members can also vote in person at the Chamber of Commerce at any time during the election process. You may not vote both in person and online.

For more information about accessing your user name or password, or about the election process, contact Mary Jo or Jan at 264-2360.

E-cycling

On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Archuleta County Solid Waste Department and the Chamber of Commerce will host an E-Cycle Day.

You will be able to recycle your unwanted electronic equipment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the athletic field parking area across Hermosa Street from Town Park. There will be fees involved, but we will have all the material necessary to package and ship off your electronic items to be disposed of properly.

Items to be e-cycled include cell and Smart phones, batteries (including laptop and cell phone batteries), game stations, small office items such as phones, adding machines or calculators, scanners, fax machines, printers, copiers, vacuums, microwaves, monitors, laptops and CPUs.

The cost varies depending on the item.

Look for posters around town or contact the Chamber for a general idea on pricing.

Community events

The annual Fall Rummage Sale will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Limited spaces from which you can sell your goods are still available; call the community center at 264-4152. Clean out your closets and garages just in time to fill them up again!

The 38th annual Holiday Bazaar will take place Saturday, Nov. 3, also at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The Mountain Homemakers will sponsor the event, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be numerous vendors and crafts, a huge bake sale, silent auction and a cafe. Proceeds from this annual bazaar benefit various non-profit organizations in our community. There are no vendor spaces available at this time, but you can put your name on a wait list. For more information, please call 731-9979.

There will be numerous Halloween and fall festival events taking place on and around Oct. 31. The Ross Aragon Community Center will host its annual Halloween Carnival on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be food, candy, games and prizes for all the kids. If you are interested in donating candy or your time, please contact the community center.

For the adults, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts will host the first Monster’s Ball, also on Halloween evening, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Don’t be scared to dance to the Jelly Belly Boogie Band, taste some drink specials and finger foods, and experience the scariest decor around and other Halloween amenities on this hallowed evening. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online, at the Center or at the door. Don’t forget, there will also be prizes for the fanciest freaks! For more information, contact the Center for the Arts at 731-7469.

Harvest Fest will take place at Centerpoint Church on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. This free event is open to all Pagosa Springs community children, fourth grade and younger. Don’t miss the candy, prizes, games, popcorn, cotton candy, bounce house and much more. Harvest Fest will also offer a hot dog dinner for $1.50. No scary costumes, please.

Have a safe and fun holiday.

Membership

If you’re thinking of holiday purchases already, don’t forget to buy Pagosa Perks checks or perhaps purchase some Pagosa Perks raffle tickets to give as a thank-you gift. Raffle tickets are only $5 each or five for $20. Pagosa Perks checks come in denominations of $10 or $20 and make a great gift for a special teacher or employee. Stop by the Chamber and we can either sell you some raffle tickets or get you some Pagosa Perks. The raffle will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the SunDowner at the Springs Resort at 6 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.

Our renewals this week include: Team Pagosa located in the Country Center with Laura Daniels and Chris Hachenburg; Pagosa Real Estate Online with Bonnie Masters; Higher Grounds Coffee; WW Ranch with Charlotte Williams; and, although the museum is closed for the season, the San Juan Historical Society renews their membership. We also welcome back individual supporters Lisa Scott, and Randy and Joni Jill Barlow.

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