It was a coincidence that the Non-Profit of the Year was the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society and that the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the museum. It was a special evening on Nov. 12 to honor not only the Non-Profit of the Year but also Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year.
The evening began with appetizers by PJ's Pub to accompany the social time.
Nathan Sponseller, chamber president, greeted all the members and guests. The Hotchkiss chamber has over 90 members. Sponseller introduced his board with vice-president Bill Long of TDS Telecom, treasurer Elaine Brett, corresponding secretary Katherine Colwell, who was absent, and recording secretary Tom Wills. Rhonda Duclo of the board was also present.
The chamber had a number of projects in 2013. They partnered with DMEA on improving the kiosk on Highway 133. DMEA has a payment center in the kiosk. A video monitor shows scenes from the North Fork Valley. Lodging can be booked from the kiosk. The
chamber was involved in beautifying the downtown area with planters and flowers. In the spring, the chamber sponsored an e-waste collection day, resulting in about 25,000 lbs. of e-waste being collected. The chamber now has an e-newsletter by Colwell. The chamber gave a $5,000 scholarship in conjunction with the Colorado Grand. The Silver Ghost Rolls Royce Club came to town which was a fundraiser for the chamber. They'll finish the year with the Hotchkiss Arts, Crafts and Business Fair which will be on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Memorial Hall. At the same time a number of businesses will have "Chocolate and Cheer" for the Hotchkiss Happening.
Sponseller presented the Non-profit of the Year to the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society. "The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society has done a really good job of helping preserve tradition, helping educate the citizens about our past. It has been a very active group," Sponseller said. All the members of the society who were present accepted the award. Chuck Farmer, president, shared their accomplishments.
Tom Wills presented the Citizen of the Year Award to Mary Hockenbery. "Over the last two years Mary Hockenbery has become known in Hotchkiss as the 'Flower Lady,'" Wills said. Hockenbery is also a professional artist and photographer who is opening her own studio gallery, Church of Art. She served on the Hotchkiss Planning Commission until recently, and continues as a member of the Hotchkiss chamber and several boards.
Elaine Brett presented the plaque to Jeff Schwartz of Big B's Juices for Business of the Year. Over the last 10 years, Big B's has grown at a rate of 30 percent each year. His building has almost doubled in size and they increased capacity for more juice production and North Fork Hard Cider. "Big B's Juices can be found not just in the North Fork Valley but throughout the west, sunny California and around Chicago," Brett said. "It's an amazing business for our little valley."
The evening ended by screening "Exploring the Values" by local filmmaker Jordan Schevene for the NFV Heart and Soul.blog comments powered by Disqus