by Lisa Tome
The Colora Civic Association has a new beginning.
The group, which has met at the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church since it was founded in 1992, also has a new "home".
The group says they have parted ways with Mount Pleasant and will now be meeting at West Nottingham Presbyterian Church.
April Foster, who is keeping the records for the association in the wake of the death of founder and president Hazel Jenkins, said that on October 21, she was notified by a member of the board of directors of Mount Pleasant that the group would not be allowed to meet there following the association's meeting that night. "I was told we offended members of the church," said Foster.
Charles Herzog is acting president of the association said it was the church's prerogative to end their relationship with the Colora Civic Association. "I've been in Colora for 24 years. I'm a newbie. Hazel's family has been here for generations. But I don't want the association to go with her death," said Herzog.
Association members reached out to West Nottingham, and Herzog says they were well received. "It is disheartening that the church (Mount Pleasant) would throw us out. But Nottingham has a tremendous history. I am glad they welcomed us with open arms. I'm thrilled," said Herzog. "They give a tremendous amount to the community and they have such a history."
Herzog said Colora Civic Association is recovering from a tough year.
"We've lost a lot of important people this year to death - Frances Dixon and Hazel was an amazing woman. I would like to carry on with this. The civic association was her baby. I absolutely have an obligation to carry this on," he said.
The next Colora Civic Association meeting is set for January 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. at West Nottingham Presbyterian Church. All are welcome.
"I love Colora. We are desperate to get more people involved and develop more of a sense of community," said Herzog.
The association was founded in August 1992 with the goals to "enlighten, unite, and educate" the members. One of the main goals, was to keep a post office in Colora after the federal government announced it was to be closed. The office remained open and a new building was built to house it. Much of that effort can be credited to Jenkins and the association members. Throughout the years, the association has remained active. They had a booth at Sunfest each year. They also hosted Big Band dances. A few times, the group also worked with others for a Colora Days celebration.