The Paonia Chamber of Commerce held its annual members' meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, at the Paradise Theatre. The chamber board received many award nominations highlighting businesses, non-profits and individuals who have made a significant contribution to Paonia's business and social environment in 2013.
The "Business of the Year" was a tie. Awards were given to Elsewhere Studios for its artist-in-residency program and for involving the Paonia community in building the remarkable public art wall in the alley behind Grand Avenue. Pickin' Productions also won for drawing together people from all sectors of the community, generations, beliefs and economic status to Paonia Town Park for high-quality, free music on four nights each summer.
Although it is still working on filling its non-profit status, the Cherry Days Forever Committee was recognized as "Non-Profit of the Year" for taking up the torch to produce Paonia's beloved Cherry Days festival. Cherry Days Forever had an incredibly successful first year at producing Cherry Days and brought together the diverse elements of the Paonia community to produce a festival that the whole town truly enjoyed.
"Citizen of the Year" went to Elaine Brett, who volunteered her time as the primary advisor and consultant for the North Fork Heart and Soul Project, has helped to lead the charge keeping the Paradise Theatre open, co-wrote the $10,000 Colorado Tourism Creative District marketing grant of which the Paonia Chamber is the fiscal sponsor, and spent many hours advising Paonia non-profits and businesses on effective strategic planning.
A special honorary award went to Pete Poulos of Pete's Barber Shop, who passed away this year after decades of cutting hair on Grand Avenue, and a "Volunteer of the Year" award went to Pete Hylton for his dedication to helping recruit new chamber members.
Four new board members representing downtown businesses and non-profits were elected for a two-year term. "I am very excited about the new additions to our board, both because of who they are as individuals and because of who they represent," said chamber president Alexis Halbert. "Representation on the board of our primary business sectors is key to the chamber's work and long-term viability."
New board of director members include Doris Danielson of RE/MAX Mountain West, Carrie Gillenwater of First Colorado Bank, John Mattox of the Backcountry Bistro, and Kit Stephenson of the Delta County Libraries.
Mike Drake, formerly of Painted Sky RC&D, was re-elected after an appointment to the board in 2013, and Frederick Zimmer of Elemental Design Construction was also re-elected. Though he did not seek re-election, Jim Brett will continue to update the chamber website, and the chamber thanks Karen Good for her service on the board. Alexis Halbert and Jon Schultz were elected in 2012, Alexis to her second two-year term, and Jon to his first and they will continue to serve on the board in 2014.blog comments powered by Disqus