Friends and members of Hotchkiss Memorial Hall are encouraged to support the community-owned facility by buying or renewing membership. The dues are just $5 (or more, if you care to donate) and can be mailed to Memorial Hall, PO Box 911, Hotchkiss, CO 81419.
"This facility belongs to you, and your participation is not just requested, it is needed to keep this place a treasure for the Hotchkiss community," said board secretary Nancy Stevens in a recent letter.
Other board members include Paul Schmucker, president; Dave Whittlesey, vice president; Bob Sussman, treasurer; Eric Hollembeak, treasurer-elect; Billie Marta, corresponding secretary; and Linda Dysart, member at large.
The letter detailed the major projects undertaken in 2018, in addition to routine maintenance. The complete hall was painted inside and out with the exception of the Wheeler Room, which was recently updated by the ladies from Bega Sigma Phi, Beta Mu. The attic was completely insulated to keep the hall more comfortable and improve its energy efficiency. Stevens' letter notes both those projects were quite costly.
Insulated shades were installed in the hallway and ballroom windows, and two additional security cameras were installed.
Memorial Hall was built in 1949 through donations of money and labor and profits from Kowboy Karnival, started for that purpose and abandoned in the early 1970s when participation declined. These same donations of money, labor and room rental have kept the hall going for the past 70 or so years and the board is once again seeking the help of community-minded citizens, organizations and businesses to show their support of this versatile building. Every effort is made to keep rental rates low so they are affordable for the community.
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