by Lisa Tome
The Colora Civic Association is no more.
After completing one last act, the group will disband, and any proceeds from the approximately $1,300 in the treasury will be disbursed to local organizations.
"We voted as a last act that we will apply for a memorial plaque at the Colora Post Office for Hazel," said Colora Civic Association president April Foster.
Hazel is Hazel Jenkins, the founder of the organization, who died in June 2013. 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.
Foster said that attendance at monthly meetings has been dwindling. She said at most, five or six people turned out. "I think people just lost interest. Membership was large when we had active members and actions to be done," said Foster. "People lost interest. There wasn't anything to work towards. There was nothing that needed to be fixed."
In years past, the association had hosted Big Band dances, spearheaded Colora Day, and had a booth at Sunfest. Foster will continue to liquidate. Colora history books are still for sale. The price is $22 each. Call Foster at 443-553-0523 if interested.
"I am disappointed that we couldn't keep it going. I was hoping to get younger people involved," said Foster. "When you disband something, it's personal. I wanted to keep it active and doing things for the community."