The third quarterly meeting of the Colorado State Association of Emblem Clubs was held at the Montrose Elks Lodge on Saturday, May 6.
After registration, coffee and doughnuts were served to members. A workshop was conducted, led by Karen Martin of Hotchkiss. This concerned the opening and closing rituals of state and local clubs.
After lunch, an auction was held of many nice items. Auctioneer LaVon Campbell of Montrose was assisted by Laurie Lou Reed of Durango and Lee Edwards of Montrose.
The meeting was opened according to ritual, led by Colorado state president Jan Gardner of Cortez and state marshal Laurie Lou Reed. Annitta Macheda of Hemet, Calif., was a special guest.
The credential report showed 24 present with a voting strength of 20. Committee reports were given in proper order. A recess was called at 2:55 p.m. for the state scholarship march.
Under new business, the motion was made and passed to change the schedule to two meetings and one convention each year. A nominating committee was selected for the 2017-18 officers.
For the good of the order, the state president honored all the state past presidents with a gift. They were Dottie Brown, Durango; LaVon Campbell, Montrose; Karen Martin, Hotchkiss; Ruth Marvel, Delta; Barbara Pierce, Delta; Lynn Tingly, Durango; Kay Thatcher, Delta; Edna Silva, Durango; and Dora Valdez, Delta.
Nominating committee members were Edna Silva, Donna Cochran, Barbara Pierce, LaVon Campbell and Karen Martin. Alternates are Helen Wurm and Dottie Brown.
The attendance prize was won by Mary Jo Chaffee. Door prizes were won by Margie Ahlberg, Diane Martinez, Lee Edwards and Annitta Macheda. Convention calls were handed out to members. The convention will take place June 17 and 18 in Cortez.
The meeting was closed according to ritual at 4:46 p.m.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.