Nomination forms available soon

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Joanne Irons, LaQuita Johnson, Joan Ward, Lisa Scott, Nikki Alley, Terri House, Janis Moomaw, Mike Alley, J.R. Ford, Ron and Cindy Gustafson, Jack and Katy Threet, David and Carol Brown. These are but a few of the individuals who have been named either Volunteer or Citizen of the Year in the past.

These are individuals in our community who give of themselves tirelessly and for the betterment of the community.

It is time once again to look around the community and extend a thank you to someone in the form of an award for Volunteer and Citizen of the Year. The awards will be given out at the annual Chamber of Commerce celebration on Jan. 25.

Nomination forms are available in hard copy at the Chamber or online at on the home page. Click on the banner ad announcing the annual meeting. The banner ad will be available as soon as the Parade of Stores feature is removed — the week of Dec. 9. Nomination forms are due back to the Chamber by Monday, Jan. 13.

Each award should reflect the efforts of an individual where those efforts are not related to their work; they must donate time and talent either in several areas or on behalf of a single effort. The main difference in Volunteer and Citizen of the Year is that the Citizen must have lived in Pagosa for at least three years. They also must have contributed to the community in at least one of the four categories: philanthropic, economic, cultural or lifestyle. The nominee can be an individual or couple in either category.

Back for its second year is the nonprofit and small business award. These nominations can be submitted by the organization or business or by an unaffiliated individual. Once submitted to the nomination review committee, more research will be conducted to make sure the nonprofit or business meets the criteria. In the inaugural year, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association and Happy Trails Lady’s Boutique were the winners. Some of the criteria for the nonprofit award are that the organization must excel in its contribution to the community, and be a cohesive organization with strong board leadership and volunteer commitment. Some of the criteria for the Small Business of the Year award are that the business must have been in operation for three years, must continue to show a growth in revenue and profit, maintain a reputation of excellent customer service and employee satisfaction, and be an integral part of the community through civic engagement and contributions.

One last award that will be presented will be the Southwest Organization for Sustainability’s Green Leadership Award. A new twist will be added this year. Since many of the same companies apply for the award, a former Green Award winner will be judged on the improvements implemented in the past year. More and more businesses are instituting green practices and SOS is looking to commend them for their efforts. What products in your industry do you recycle, how do you save energy, do you encourage your employees to practice sustainable actions, do you award those in your business for instituting new and more sustainable practices? The SOS organization would like to commend businesses in our community for helping keep our community “green.”

For more information, or nomination forms, contact the Chamber of Commerce or retrieve a form from our website. We encourage you to look around and thank those with whom you work, with whom you volunteer, or go to school or church with, Nominate them or their business for one of the community awards.

Got denim?

The 2014 theme for the Chamber of Commerce will be Denim and Diamonds.

This theme will be reflected throughout the year at our annual celebration and in our tag line. Denim and Diamonds was chosen because denim is durable and fits your needs, and diamonds are valuable and sparkling. With the transition of the Chamber in 2014, we believe our organization possesses these traits. We look forward to better meeting your needs, becoming even more valuable in assisting your business and making more of an impact in the business community.

We have also modified our membership decals to reflect the full year, not a mid-year membership. The new decals will come out in January. If you renewed your membership any time after September, you will receive your new Denim and Diamonds decal in January. If you do not receive your decal, let us know and we will get one to you that you can proudly display at your business.

We are also looking for denim jeans. If you are getting ready to get rid of regular denim jeans, bring them to the chamber. Our events coordinator, Stacy Kirby, will use them for our annual celebration. Bring us your denim jeans and let us recycle them into some creative decorations for Jan. 25.

Pagosa Perks

Don’t forget to shop local this weekend during the Parade of Stores shopping extravaganza. Make out your list and hit the streets Thursday through Saturday. Stop by the Chamber or a participating store and pick up your frequent shopper book.

Pagosa Perks raffle tickets will be available for the next three weeks. The raffle will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. at the SunDowner at The Springs Resort. You have the opportunity to purchase tickets for $5 each or five tickets for $20. The first prize reward is $1,000 in Pagosa Perks local shopping dollars. Second prize is $500 and third prize is $250 in Pagosa Perks. These winnings allow you to spend the Perks almost anywhere in Pagosa Springs. Just think of the great shopping opportunities you will have. Pick up your raffle tickets at the Chamber of Commerce, from any staff or board member, or at the SunDowner. Three people will win. Why not you?

This story was posted on December 5, 2013.