Lions Club honors Peace Poster winner

By Robbie Winne

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Lions Club breakfast began with a light agenda of old business before moving onto the focus of the morning meeting.

The group discussed the need for repairs to the bulletin board in Hotchkiss provided by the club. The club has received many positive responses to their efforts in maintaining the board, which is located by Gamble's Ace Hardware in town.

The members also addressed the parameters for the purchase of a new food trailer for their fair-week business. The Lions run a food trailer during Fair Week. This project generates funds for scholarships distributed throughout the year. The members agreed to look at possible trailers, proposing a cap on the purchase and remodel prices.

A visiting dignitary, John Ballagh, the past District Governor of the organization, suggested that the group provide a presence at the upcoming Salvation Army Donor Appreciation Dinner that will take place at the high school in Delta on March 9. The members agreed to send two representatives to the event.

Club president Jess Deegon then introduced Willow Webb and his parents, Basil Webb and Laurel Jones, to the group. The group sponsored a Peace Poster competition locally. Willow, who is in the sixth grade at the North Fork Montessori at Crawford, won first place. His poster was then entered in the regional competition, where his work also took first place. Willow is not only interested in the graphic arts, but also excels at his music studies and math. His prize from the local win gained him $50, added to the regional prize of $200. Willow was understandably thrilled about his win.

The meeting moved en masse to the North Fork Montessori at Crawford school, where a ceremony took place, announcing the winners to an audience of their classmates. The competition did not originally include a poetry competition, but the students decided to introduce their poetry into the mix, with a theme of kindness and cooperation. The Lions thereupon presented an award to Sky Rieks for her poem and thanked runners-up, Micaylee Denison, Olivia Edstrom, Lily Isaacson and Ellie Chavez for their efforts.

Ballagh then presented Willow and the runner-up contestant, Ryder Kairath, to join their poet-schoolmates at the front of the gym to receive their accolades and prizes for their original posters.