Cards of Thanks

Star Spangled

The Fourth of July Star Spangled Shuffle would not have been a success without the generous support of our volunteers and in-kind donations from businesses. We deeply appreciate the willingness with which they have and continue to sponsor GECKO’s efforts to make our town a healthier, happier place to live in and to raise funds to get kids off the couch, unplugged and outside.

Special mention goes to Clif Bar; Tessie Garcia and Hands-on Art Camp; Rocky Mountain Sanitation; Higher Grounds Coffee; Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office; The Choke Cherry Tree; Parelli Natural Horsemanship; Tractor Supply; Papa Murphy’s; and Two Chicks and a Hippie. Thanks to our volunteers Maddy Stewart, Sanja Broda, Sue Meekins, Val Valentine, Emily Glover, Stacy and Greg Boone, Randi and Stephen Durham, Jen Meerdink, Bret Burrows, Dee and Steve McPeek, and Ann Bubb.


Yes, together we made 43 dozen tamales and sold them in order to get my broken car fixed. Lori had never made tamales before, but that made no difference. We worked at my house and sold them at the Fourth of July parade and what a victory this was. How can I thank Lori Unger (mother angel) and her angel family. Lori said, “We are going to do this,” and it was done. This family is just one of the angel families in this community and I cannot thank them enough.

Lucy Gonzales


We would like to thank everyone who had a part in the “Revival On the River,” including Charlie Rodgers and his crew, for their hard work and donation of the tent, San Juan Motel, Pastor Hector and Naomi, Centerpoint Church, Assembly of God, Catfish and Cheryl, Jim, Bill and all you others who helped and supported. We know all you parade watchers enjoyed the sweet sounds brought to you from our float by Aaron Perez and his group, Impacto Methodista de la Iglesia Manantial de la Vida y Luz. A big thanks to them and to their pastor, Pastor Reuben, of the United Methodist Church, Escondido, Calif. We’re especially blessed that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ graced us with His Holy Spirit. God bless you, Pagosa, see you next go-round.

Rotary parade

It is with great pleasure that the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club thanks so many people for helping to make the Fourth of July Parade the success that it was.

Along with Rotarians, it takes a village to accomplish the parade. The Chamber of Commerce and The Pagosa SUN did an outstanding job of getting application forms to entrants. Our appreciation also goes to Will Speers and KWUF for obtaining the sound equipment and providing public service announcements prior to and coverage during the parade.

Safety is a major concern. Chief Rockensock and the Town of Pagosa Springs Police Department and the Mounted Rangers did a great job of redirecting traffic and manning crucial spots in and around the parade route. The Town Parks and Rec Department made sure traffic cones were in place, traffic information was given to businesses that would be affected and making available Port-A-Potties.

It was a pleasure to honor Mary Jo Coulehan as the Grand Marshal for our 2014 parade. Mary Jo’s tireless commitment to our community is legendary and she was a fitting example of Rotary’s motto and parade theme of “Service Above Self.”

Our judges, who were visitors at Elk Meadows Campground and RV Park, did an outstanding job of judging entrants. Lovely gift baskets for those judges were supplied by Brenda Eaves of Rainbow Gifts.

Karl Isberg and Mike Branch once again acted as the best announcers this side of the Rockies. Their humor and community insight is always priceless.

Day Lumber donated the use of the flatbed for the announcer and judge’s stand. Archuleta School District 50 Joint allowed us to use the high school parking lot as a staging area.

The ever popular and gifted pilots of the San Juan Squadron, aka Pagosa Angels, wowed everyone on the ground with not two, but three fly-overs. Please thank Jim Lane and Craig Taylor when you next see them. Unfortunately, two other pilots that were scheduled to fly were unable to. Dave Paterson was not able to fly due to a technical problem and Skip Thomas had a mechanical issue on taxi out for the early morning practice.

We thank you for taking the time to enter the parade on this very busy time of year and we thank all those who came out to applaud, cheer and otherwise encourage all the entries. What a small town celebration. See you next year.

JoAnn Laird

Chairwoman of the

Pagosa Springs Rotary Club Fourth of July Parade

This story was posted on July 10, 2014.