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Three weeks to the Pagosa Perks Raffle

A raffle?

You haven’t heard about the Pagosa Perks Raffle yet?

What are Pagosa Perks, and who does the raffle benefit?

The Chamber is hosting its first raffle, and it involves winning lots of Pagosa Perks — our special local shopping currency.

First prize is $1,000 in Perks; second prize is $500 in Pagosa Perks and the third prize is $250 in Pagosa Perks.

Pagosa Perks can only be spent in our community. They should be accepted by all Chamber businesses. If you’re not a Chamber member business, you can still accept Pagosa Perks as the checks are guaranteed and they spend just like cash. If you don’t accept Pagosa Perks, you are turning down business and creating ill will.

The denominations are small and are usually distributed in $10 and $20 checks. For this giveaway, we will also distribute some larger denominations in case you would like to purchase a higher-priced ticket item. Also, instead of the normal six-month period to use your Pagosa Perks, you will have one year to spend them.

With this raffle, we want to stress the importance of keeping your spending dollars local. Using Pagosa Perks helps circulate our money within our community. With the holidays and winter fast approaching, these Perks can be very useful. Imagine buying that snowblower you have wanted, or getting a set of snow tires, or getting your car tuned up, or purchasing a new battery. Since the expiration date has been extended, you can wait to get some work done on the house next year, buy some paint or building materials, or get your air conditioner fixed in your car. With the holidays coming up, perhaps you could buy the family that flat-screen TV you’ve had your eye on, a new bed for the kids, or replace the washer, dryer or refrigerator.

Another wonderful opportunity would be to treat yourselves and your family to a night out on the town with dinner, a movie and ice cream, or give your wife that massage or facial she wishes she could have. The possibilities are endless, and the beauty is that you keep your dollars local.

Another benefit is that your raffle purchase also helps the Chamber expand by working on projects and events that continue to benefit our community. With funding dollars becoming ever more limited, we search for ways to continue to provide services to our community. The Chamber of Commerce is not a full non-profit agency, but a 501(c) 6 organization, which prohibits us from seeking grants that most other organizations can obtain to assist with production of events. While more groups ask the Chamber to produce events, our funding dollars are shrinking and we are tasked with doing more with less.

Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or five tickets for $20. The drawing will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the SunDowner at the Plaza Grille. You do not need to be present to win. You can purchase your tickets from any Chamber board or staff member or at the Chamber. For more information about this raffle, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.

Tuscany, Italy trip

Leaving on March 20, 2012.

The Pagosa Springs Chamber, in conjunction with the Durango Chamber, will again offer a special trip, this time to Tuscany, Italy. The beauty of this trip is that you stay in one hotel for seven nights. Trips around the Tuscany area include a tour of Florence and San Gimignano, a tour of Pisa, an optional full-day tour of Siena and an optional trip to Rome. Your trip also includes round-trip airfare, transfer fees, hotel luggage handling, lodging in a first-class hotel, Chianti wine tasting, several Chamber exchange receptions, daily breakfasts, several dinners and much more.

The cost of the trip is $2,499 per person if booked by Oct. 30. The tour is being offered through Chamber Discoveries, an expert tour and travel company.

If you have been looking for an escape, this may be just the trip for you and right after the winter months — certainly something to look forward to throughout winter. For more information, contact Rita Simon at the Durango Chamber at 247-0312 or stop by the Pagosa Springs Chamber to pick up an itinerary.

Food banks in need

With winter upon us and the needs of our community still great, the food banks have also been getting depleted. Therefore, on Saturday, Nov. 5, La Plata Electric Association, in conjunction with the food banks, will be conducting a food drive. The food drive will be held in the City Market parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can tell where to drop off your items as they will have the big boom trucks in the lot marking the location. If you need to drop off food items prior to that time frame, the Chamber of Commerce will accept food or cash donations. You can also contact Mike Alley, coordinator of the food drive, at 749-0260.

Currently there are four food banks in the community: Community United Methodist Church, Pope John Paul II Catholic Church, Restoration Fellowship and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Contact their offices for days and times when you might be able to access the food baskets. If you are out shopping this week — especially next Saturday, Nov. 5 — don’t forget to purchase an extra non-perishable item to donate to the food collection drive. Your donation is appreciated.

Halloween Carnival

The annual Ross Aragon Community Center Halloween Carnival takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3-5 p.m. There will be games, trophies, prizes, lots of candy and great treats for the kids. This is a fun event for the whole family. Don’t forget to come in costume. You can volunteer at the event or monetary or candy donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information about the Halloween Carnival, call the community center at 264-4152.

Women’s Civic Club Bazaar

The first Saturday in November brings the Women’s Civic Club Holiday Bazaar. This year, the bazaar celebrates its 37th anniversary on Nov. 5. There will be crafts, gifts, goodies and much more from a wide variety of vendors. The bazaar will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inquiries can be directed to the community center at 264-4152.

Fall Fashion

The first week in November this year also brings us a benefit fashion show presented by Happy Trails. On Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. there will be a fashion show at the Ross Aragon Community Center featuring woman humorist and fashion guru T.J. Reid. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Pagosa Springs Youth Center and the Pagosa Springs Head Start program to help build a playground. Tickets for the fashion show can be purchased at the Chamber and Happy Trails, $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information, call 264-4260.

Membership news

Make sure you stop by Terry’s Ace and see the newly rearranged store with lots of new items. Ever changing and keeping up with the needs of the community, Terry’s Ace also renews this week.

We have a new business that has joined the Chamber recently — Billy Goat Mulching, owned by Billy Morrison. Billy Goat Mulching helps you create a defensible space around your home with no burning necessary. They can also work with you and the U.S. Forest Service to obtain grants to plant trees on your property. They offer free estimates, use state-of-the-art equipment, and have hours ranging sunup to sundown. We appreciate Billy Goat Mulching joining the Chamber and finding out more about us at the Entrepreneurial Conference. For more information, call 731-0413.

Our renewals this week include Citizens Bank; Dale Construction; Fanas Architecture; and The Antler Shed. Our non-profits renewing include Chimney Rock Interpretive Association and Music in the Mountains. Our Friends of the Chamber include Elmer Schettler whose company Devansoy donated the iPad to the youth segment at the Entrepreneurial Conference, and Genelle Macht, who just celebrated her 97th birthday and still remains a Visitor Center volunteer.

Pagosa continues to remain busy. Keep our hunters in mind and look at your hours of operation to accommodate their schedules. Hospitality and service should be key in Pagosa Springs.

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