Hotchkiss Emblem Club honors past presidents

By Gwen Carpenter


Hotchkiss Emblem Club #306 meets the first Monday of each month unless the meeting date falls on a holiday. The most recent meeting was held Oct. 5 at Hightower Café in Hotchkiss. We honored our past presidents by buying their meal and presented each one with glow-in-the-dark critter stickers. Past presidents present were Ruth Carson, Donna Cochran, Karen Martin, Karen Emmons and Gwen Carpenter. After the meal, we all went back to the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge for our regular meeting.

The club is active in helping our lodge whenever asked. We do a monthly Navajo taco dinner on the third Friday of each month. They have been well attended but we would like to see more. The club is busy with community service for September and October -- 449 hours, 478 miles, volunteered with soccer teams, 4-H kids, senior citizens, taking patients to medical appointments, distributing mints, at the Hotchkiss-Crawford Museum ... the list goes on. We collected 45 box tops, 52 soup labels for education, 183 card fronts, 18 calendars for St. Jude's, 1,846 cancelled stamps for Stamp Camp USA, 5,737 (4.5 pounds) of pull tabs for kidney dialysis, 23 pairs of glasses and 11 glass cases for Eyes for the Needy. We helped with Red Ribbon Week at Hotchkiss K-8 and donated to HopeWest.

We are trying to complete our history of yearbooks, but are missing four. If you have one and don't mind parting with it, we would love to have yearbooks for 1971-72, 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2011-12.

We are making plans to help the lodge with the charity ball.

We are small in number and would love to have you join us. If you would like to attend but need a ride, please call us and we can make arrangements to get you.

Gwen Carpenter
Press correspondent