by Lisa Tome
Right now, the history of the Colora Civic Association sits in a box.
Everything is there - meeting minutes, officer election information, news clippings from the organization's events, and much more.
The one thing missing, is the founder of the group, Hazel Jenkins. Jenkins died June 12, 2013. "Hazel kept everything. She's been president since inception," said April Foster, civic association member and current keeper of the history box.
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.
Foster said the next step for the group will be to host an event.
The Civic Association will get moving again. On October 21, at 7 p.m., the group will meet at Mount Pleasant Church. The special guest will be an officer from Rising Sun Police Department who will provide a Personal Safety presentation. For more information about this event call April Foster at 410-658-7605. Between now and December, the group will also hold an election of officers. Vice President Charles Herzog and Treasurer Jacque Broomell are currently active officers. The president and secretary posts need to be filled. "To have new officers in January is the goal," said Foster.
"We all want to continue the goals of the civic association and betterment of the community. After Hazel passed away, we met. We will be actively recruiting and reactivating those on the rolls," said Foster. She said a goal is to recruit younger members and to reach beyond Colora. You don't have to live in the community to belong to the group.
"We want people to be involved and tell us what the needs of the community are. Right now, we don't have a schedule of meetings," she said. "You don't have to live in the community. Anybody that cares about the community and wants to better the community is welcome."
She said that the association will look at sludge spreading and crime as issues that need to be tackled. Another plan will be remembering Jenkins. Work is ongoing to have a plaque honoring her placed at the Colora Post Office.
"As long as we stick together it will make it. Our plan is to continue. There is no plan for dissolving the Colora Civic Association," said Foster.