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Three petition to run for 2010 Chamber board

After a slate of six candidates was announced to the public for the 2010 Chamber Board of Director positions, three members completed the Chamber bylaw petition process to have their names added to the 2010 board nomination slate.

The three new candidates added to the nomination form are: Thaddeus Cano, manager of the Ski & Bow Rack; Wendy Saunders, owner of Wen Saunders Marketing and Artisans of the Southwest; and Bill Schwab, owner of Piedra Automotive.

The election now gives Chamber members a chance to vote for three of nine candidates. In upcoming SUN issues, there will be a more complete bio for all candidates.

Candidate profiles are available at the Chamber of Commerce. An e-mail notice with descriptions of the new candidates was sent out this week to the entire membership.

Thaddeus Cano has been the manager of Ski & Bow Rack for nine years. He has been involved in the Quality Fishing Project, high school girls’ volleyball, Ducks Unlimited and the Vision for Archuleta Work Group.

Wendy Saunders opened her new business, Artisans of the Southwest Gallery and Wine Tasting in 2009. This gallery/wine-tasting facility offers works of regional artisans, wine tasting and experiential interaction with the artists. Wendy also offers complete marketing services with her companies, including Web site and print design, photography and photojournalism, and she even puts on wedding expos.

Bill Schwab and his wife, Susan, have been the owners of Piedra Automotive for more than seven years, adding Budget Rental Car several years ago. When not repairing, towing or helping many a Pagosan out of vehicular trouble, he has been a supporter of community events associated with the Chamber and various non-profit organizations in Archuleta County.

Board candidate voting, although delayed, is now underway. You can vote by stopping by the Chamber of Commerce, or at the annual membership meeting. There is only one vote allowed per membership, and a master list of voting members is kept by the Chamber.

The annual membership event will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Winslow on the Shire. Along with a review of the past year, there will be the announcement of Volunteer and Citizen of the Year and Pagosa Pride awards, a plethora of delicious food provided by Alley House Grille, a cash bar and dancing to Leadfoot Ruthie. Tickets will be available right after the Christmas holidays.

We would appreciate it if Chamber members review all the candidates and participate in the voting process. Voting is your right as a Chamber member and it is important as board members represent the business community. The candidates selected as nominees represent many aspects of that community; the Chamber board is diverse and active. Should you have any questions, contact the staff at the Chamber at 264-2360.

Citizen and Volunteer of the Year

This is a reminder that Citizen and Volunteer of the Year nomination forms are available in your recent newsletter and at the Chamber. This award is given every year to an individual or group that has made an impact in our community.

Volunteer of the Year is pretty self-explanatory: this award is given to an individual, a group of people or an organization.

The big difference between Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year is that the Citizen recipient must have made a difference in the community in a philanthropic, economic, cultural or lifestyle manner.

Nominees for both awards must be active in the community in a way that is not related to their work or business. The Citizen of the Year must also have been a resident of the community for at least three years.

This is a wonderful time to honor those people and organizations that give so much to our community, in so many different ways. We do not often realize how much of an impact volunteers make in the lives of people and the day-to-day operations in our community. Please take the time to nominate a friend, neighbor or someone in your volunteer group.

For more information about this process, call the Chamber at 264-2360. Nomination forms are due by Friday, Jan. 8.

Reminders

Shoppers purchasing LED lights have until Dec. 31, to fill out their light rebate form and submit it and the original receipt to La Plata Electric.

If you purchase a 50-plus light strand, you will receive a $4 rebate. If you purchase a 49 or less LED strand, you will receive a $2 rebate. Rebate forms can be found all over town, including at the Chamber, Ponderosa, Terry’s Ace and, of course, La Plata Electric.

Think about signing up for the Leading Edge Entrepreneurial Training class that will start Thursday, Feb. 4, and continue for 12 weeks. This intensive business class is designed for new businesses, expanding businesses or companies that have a new idea, or need a little rejuvenation. The class is $280, or $395 for those wanting three hours of college credit. If you complete the course, provide an acceptable business plan and attend at least nine of the 12 classes, you will receive a $100 reimbursement on the registration fee. There is also a business plan contest. For additional information, contact Lois Higgins at 398-0587.

Membership

With the busy holiday season, we only have two renewals this week: Wolf Creek Trailblazers Snowmobile Club and friend of the Chamber John Ramberg.

Thanks again to all the crews that have been working so hard keeping Pagosa up and running during our recent winter snow blasts. From dealing with power outages to water breaks, to keeping roads open, to keeping our homes and businesses open, we thank all the public and private entities that help keep Pagosa moving during the winter, no matter the hour or the time involved.