The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution established the Community Service Award in 1995 to recognize worthy individuals or groups for outstanding voluntary service unrelated to DAR activities.
This year, the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter, NSDAR of Durango has selected Lisa Scott of Pagosa Springs to receive this award.
Since moving to Pagosa Springs 10 years ago, Lisa Scott has provided invaluable volunteer service in many aspects of community life, including social, cultural, educational, and medical. She has shown an outstanding level of dedication, not only participating in numerous activities but frequently taking a leadership position and always recognized for making a significant contribution. Lisa’s achievements demonstrate that it is possible to combine quantity and quality in community service.
Lisa has been a member of the Archuleta County United Way Advisory Council for nine years. She was involved in the interview and hiring process for the new Coordinator. She has served as a hostess for one of the major fundraising events “Party Round Pagosa” every year and worked on the development of the Breakfast with Santa Event now held annually. Karen Davison, the Community Relations Coordinator for United Way, describes Lisa as “a tireless worker, a dependable team player.”
For the past five years, Lisa has been a member of two school district committees mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act overseeing the accreditation of the elementary and intermediate schools. She is currently the chair of a third committee, the District Accountability and Accreditation Committee, which reports to the Colorado Department of Education. According to the District Superintendent Mark DeVoti, her work has “enhanced our education community”.
Lisa has also been involved with youth through her volunteer service in the 4H program and Cub Scouts. She worked on the development and implementation of the 4H Cloverbud program for children aged 5 to 7. As the Cubmaster for Pack 807, she increased membership and improved the financial standing of the organization. She took the lead in establishing a Pagosa Springs Summer Cub Scout Day Camp for the first time.
The Archuleta County Fair Board has also benefited from Lisa’s energy and enthusiasm. She has been a board member for nine years, during which time she served as treasurer and a two year term as president. She was responsible for the introduction of “new and exciting ideas” according to Bill Nobles, County Extension Agent.
As a five-year member of the Pagosa Springs Steering Committee for Music in the Mountains, a summer music festival with events in both Durango and Pagosa Springs, Lisa chaired the first Family Festivo in Pagosa Springs in 2004. The Family Festivo is a free outdoor community concert targeted to children. Lisa recruited sponsors from the community so that not only is the concert free, but lunch is served to all 500-600 attendees as well.
In 2006, voters in Archuleta County approved the construction of the Pagosa Mountain Hospital which opened in January 2008. Lisa served on the Fundraising Committee which successfully raised $1,000,000 for the project. She currently serves as president of the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Foundation, the non-profit organization which supports the hospital.
In addition to her local service, Lisa has been a member of the board of directors for the Pi Beta Phi Foundation for the past six years. She served as treasurer for four years and is currently board president. Her background in finance has been invaluable to the organization as its endowment has grown from $3.7 million to over $9 million during her term and the number of employees has doubled. The Foundation awarded over 70 undergraduate and alumnae scholarships and graduate fellowships this year. Betsy McCune, program and operations director for the Foundation, best sums up Lisa’s commitment to community service. She states that “Lisa is a volunteer who truly believes there is no such thing as ‘that’s not my job…’”
The Sarah Platt Decker Chapter, NSDAR, is proud to award Lisa Scott the DAR Community Service Award. Lisa’s service and contributions to any one of the organizations described above qualifies her for this award. She has contributed to the community in so many ways and at such a high level of service. Lisa is not a woman who “sits” on a board. She is the woman who is a leader in every organization to which she belongs, always moving forward and striving for excellence.