The Penrose Chamber of Commerce met for their breakfast on December 19, 2013 at Michelle’s Restaurant. There were 22 members & guests present. This was a special get together since it has been the tradition of the Penrose Chamber of Commerce to have a door prize drawing during our normal sharing of our businesses to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Thank you, Michelle, for allowing us to have our monthly winter breakfast there. You always make it seem so welcoming!
Max Engelhardt, President of the Penrose Chamber of Commerce & Principal of Penrose Elementary School, welcomed all who came & started the round table of introductions.
Calvin Sunderman, Chief of the Penrose Volunteer Fire Department, was able to come out & share how the Penrose Fire Department went to the school & played Nerf Dodge Ball with the Penrose School students. What an opportunity for the students to get acquainted with our firefighters & EMTS & learn that our fire fighters are there to help us when we need them but also they are a part of the community & real people trying to make a difference in our area by donating their time & resources to help our community be the friendly little place it is. Thanks Calvin & all of the fire fighters!
Pat & Rose Lindley of E & R Enterprises brought flyers with information about Amsoil. They also gave everyone a ballpoint pen. Thank you, Pat & Rose, for your generosity! Pat also announced there are 2 businesses that carry his product, Penrose Tire & Bear’s Den Auto.
Steve Shannon of the Penrose Senior Center came out & talked about the updated improvements made at the Senior Center. They replaced all of their fire detectors. He also gave dates on upcoming activities. They had a chili dinner, Santa dropped by the Center on his way back to the North Pole, & they had a craft fair.
Dave & Sue Gouviea, owners of Canon Marine & the storage facility, formerly known as VIP Storage. Dave gave a great report on their business. He said they had a really good year. He said their crew & office personal will be out of town for the Annual Boat & RV Show in Denver on January 11th & 12th. If you wish to pick up tickets for this show Canon Marine has them for a discount. Call Canon Marine at 372-3151.
Kay Widger, Habitat for Humanity & Habitat for Humanity Restore, gave a report on what they are currently getting ready to build. They will begin building in March 2014 in Florence, 2 blocks off of Arrowhead Drive. They hope to build 2 more homes in 2015 in the same area. For more information about Habitat for Humanity & Habitat for Humanity Restore, call 275-1787 for the store or 275-7781 for the office.
Marlow Casetti, of the Sons of Italy organization, talked about their wine-tasting event. The event was held at the Pueblo Community College at the Fremont Campus. They had over 200 people in attendance. They also had over 1,000 people at their Sicilian Fair in October 2013. He will inform us when they have their Spaghetti dinners, which they have twice a year.
Charlotte Burrous came as a Representative of the Daily Record. She said it was very impressive to see how many people brought gifts in for Toys for Tots. She wanted to thank everyone that donated. I know a lot of kids were made happy.
Max Engelhardt spoke about the Nutcracker Production put on by the students of Penrose School. This is their 2nd year of production. The students put on a great program.
George Sugars, manager of Fremont County, was present. He said sales tax was down according to sales tax taken lately. They’re hoping to see an increase as we move into
2014. The County is hoping more people will continue buying local & the revenue generated from sales will help our local area with County services.
Debbie Bell, County Commissioner of Fremont County, said the commissioners are keeping vigilant to be sure citizens are informed & not evading any of the laws pertaining to retail sales of marijuana since it’s banned in Fremont County. There has been a lot of work put on the Fremont County Commissioners since each county will decide their own regulations. She also announced she will be running again for County Commissioner.
Bill McGuire, Executive Director of Penrose Chamber of Commerce, announced the Annual Banquet will be February 10, 2014. The Annual Meeting will be Jan.8th at 6 pm. We will elect the officers at that time.
We had several guests attending this special breakfast. John & Judy Sandefur, Clar & Dave Shipman, Dick Shea, Tina Heffner, & Susan Hildebrand all came to hear what was said by Debbie Bell & to support the Penrose community.
After all of the introductions we all enjoyed the door prize drawing. It was quite a festive way to kick off the holiday season.