The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society annual banquet at the Stolte Shed last Saturday was an opportunity for members to recognize and honor the contributions that so many volunteers make to the enterprise.
Retiring board president Richard Udd served as the emcee, giving recognition to the others who have contributed to the success and continued growth of the society's unique Pioneer Town Museum, events complex and its programs.
Retiring from the SCVHS board, in addition to Udd, are Chuck Harrington and Nick Greear. The membership voted to install as new board members Ray Hanson and Bruce Hovde.
Author John Spurgeon made his annual presentation to the Cedaredge High School outstanding history student, Holly Jenkins.
Volunteers singled out for their outstanding contributions in 2016 were Gary and Anne Bridge at the Welcome Center; Harrington and the Tuesday Guys for weekly building maintenance; Dave Wilson for grounds maintenance; Bob Page for irrigation system improvements; Sharon Clark as Chapel music coordinator; and James Lovelady for volunteer work at the Chapel of the Cross.
Two new programs were announced. One is a fun idea with an old-time theme -- silent movie nights. Classics from the days of celluloid will be screened for SCVHS members at the Stolte Shed, and popcorn will be available. There will be screening nights open to the public also and schedules will be forthcoming.
Udd also announced that Robin Rogers, Welcome Center and gift shop coordinator, has started a junior docent (i.e. museum tour guide) program. There are three young people already signed for the program. They are Rogers' grandson, Johnathon, Mary Locke and Logan Locke. Others are welcome to participate as the program will be expanding next year.
Museum curator Jane Everett and Stolte/Chapel rental manager Olie Mowers were recognized for their extensive work and for helping organize the banquet event.
Other co-ordinators recognized for their contributions were the following: Vernette Mackley, Chapel of the Cross; Dave Wilson and Bob Page, grounds; Chuck Harrington, Tuesday Crew; Elaine Snyder, office; and Jerry Grosshans and Roger Carlson, group tours.
Others receiving special thanks were Greg Hart, board vice-president and membership coordinator; treasurers Gretchen Atkinson and Phyllis Dahl; Doris McGuire, recording secretary; board members Harrington, Mackley Greer and Bruce Joss.
Those attending enjoyed a great meal of prime rib or chicken cordon bleu prepared and served by Les and DJ Mergelman and members of the Cedaredge High School Future Farmers of America Chapter.
Surface Creek Valley Historical Society is an active, growing and all-volunteer organization that preserves the heritage of the area and provides service and events hosting for all in the community. Volunteers are always welcome and there are many opportunities suited to the talents and interests of everyone.