The Penrose Chamber of Commerce met for breakfast in the dining room at the Crossroads Event Center on Oct. 21st. There were 23 guests& members present. A big thank you goes out to the Pickarts for having us come so early to their establishment for breakfast & having the hot coffee ready for us.
Our Executive Director, Bill McGuire, opened with the introductions of each person present & telling a little about themselves or their business.
Kaye Widger, Vice-President of Habitat for Humanity, announced that the Habitat for Humanity store will have winter hours. They will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9-5 and from 9 am-3 pm on Saturday.
Calvin Sunderman, Fire Chief of Penrose Volunteer Fire Department, encouraged everyone to get out & vote. He spoke on how Amendments 60 & 61 & Proposition 101 would affect our local Department & that it would definitely hurt all of their services. The Penrose Volunteer Fire Department is taking a stand against those amendments.
Cyndi Scriven, Superintendent of Schools for RE-2 District, brought signs for citizens & business to display & encouraged all to read their ballots & vote. RE-2 will be voting on a bond to match a grant that the District has received. If this goes through, the District will be able to fund improvements for both Fremont & Penrose Elementary schools.
It was a pleasure to see Verne & Gleta Estes at the breakfast. They haven’t been present for some time. Doug Skains was also present & it was great seeing him. All have been business members in the Penrose Chamber of Commerce for many years & still show community interest in our town & Fremont County.
Ann Sterling & Janet Vansyoc represented the Penrose Community & Senior Center. Ann said they were able to raise $500 for the Seniors over the Apple Day celebration. They are very busy with fall activities. They had the inside of the center painted. A group of high school students came & did the painting. Many kudos to the Florence High school students who did the work. What an example of young & old working together!
Debbie Bell, County Commissioner hopeful, was present. She has been to many activities in the County campaigning & said she is looking forward to election day being over.
Geri Fry, who is running for County Clerk for Fremont County, was present & encouraged everyone to get out & vote.
Nick Carochi, Principal for Penrose Elementary School, gave the announcement for the school that they were having their Halloween Dress-Up Parade & businesses will hand out treats beginning at 2 pm on Friday, Oct. 29th. This was open for the Chamber of Commerce & other businesses to have a table in the auditorium & pass out candy & gifts. Also, Mr. Carochi encouraged everyone to attend the Annual Carnival put on by the school & go to the Haunted House inside of the old Penrose School sponsored by the Penrose Park & Rec.
Harry Athey talked about the work that he & the Penrose Chamber of Commerce website committee have been doing on the website. The committee has been Harry Athey, Pat Lindley, Misty Dawn, Ronald Vansyoc, Bill McGuire, Luna (Harry’s wife), & the Website Committee Chairman, Pete Mugasis. Harry says an average of 12 people a day have been hitting the website for information & some from different countries. Those people are looking at local information, local attractions, demographics, & directory. He also informed everyone that they can get on the Chamber website & advertise their business & let people know about specials they are doing. Each business can maintain their own portion of the website so everything can stay current daily. Please call the Penrose Chamber of Commerce & talk to Misty Dawn at 372-3994 or Harry Athey of I.T. Dimensions at 429-2864 to find out how this can be accomplished. He also told about the Cañon City Chamber of Commerce Business Brainfood for breakfast. This will be Thursday, November 11th, 7:30 am at the Goodtyme Café located at 412 Main Street in Cañon City. Harry will talk about the computer program Office 2010.
Our Executive Director spoke about all of the events that are going on for the rest of October & some for November. He reminded everyone about the Bonfils Blood Drive sponsored by the Penrose Chamber of Commerce. The next one is Friday, Oct. 22nd in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot from 2:30 until 5:30 pm. Check the calendar on the website to find out when the next one will be. There will also be flyers around town at the Penrose Country Market, Kwik Stop, Penrose Community Library, & the community table located inside the entry of the Wells Fargo Bank.
Ann Sterling also announced Santa will be at the Penrose Community/Senior Center Saturday, November 20th. They will have crafts & food for sale & it gives you a chance to have your picture taken with Santa himself.
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