The Annual Curtis Memorial Community Center Banquet was held June 7th at the Community Center. Buzz Cole was awarded the Citizen of the Year and a large contingent of his family was there to surprise him as his name was announced.
Community Center Board President Brad Welch read a long list of community service accomplishments Buzz has involved himself in over the last 70 years. Rex Nelson presented a slide show in honor of his father Bud who was awarded the Posthumous Award for Citizenship. Plaques in Buzz and Bud’s names have been placed in the Memorial Room at the Community Center. Jon Schroeder was the emcee for the evening and George Garlick and Senator Mark Christensen both spoke at the event. Preliminary totals indicate that over $6000 was raised for the retiring of debt at the center. The debt will now be around $100,000 on a $2,000,000 facility and the board hopes to have a note burning in a couple years. Senator Mark Christensen pointed out it is amazing to have had all the development in the area recently. The Curtis Cattle Company and the Curtis Rotary helped in preparing and serving the meal and for selling tickets to the event.The board would like to remind everyone that tax deductible donations can be made to the Community Center and donors will be recognized on the donor wall in the facility. The board apreciates most of all Buss Cole and Bud Nelson for their community service to the area.
This year’s Citizen of the year began his public service as an 8th grader when he joined the church choir. Since then he has served this community as a Cub Scout Master and Boy Scout Leader. He served his country as an Active Duty Naval Reservist from 1944 to 1946. He has been an active member of the volunteer fire department, the Medicine Creek Chamber of Commerce where he served as President and the Curtis Rotary Club. He currently serves as a Teammates Program Mentor. He has volunteered for decades, yes I said decades, with the Easter Pageant as a stage hand and as a choir member. He served as the chairman of the building committee for the new United Methodist Church which was built largely by volunteers and paid for in less than two years by local efforts. He helped raise the initial funds for the Arrowhead Meadows Golf Course and helped with many phases of construction. He then served on the Arrowhead Meadows Board of Directors as a Director and as President. He served on the original Curtis Memorial Community Center Board and helped raise funds for this wonderful building. He and his wife Mary belong to the Silver donors club by generously donating between 5 and 25 thousand dollars to help fund this facility. For years he volunteered with the Fall Festival. He has volunteered as a golf coach and swing choir director at NCTA and helped lead the efforts to have NCTA remain open when efforts were made to permanently close the college. For a lifetime of service to the area tonight we honor Buzz Cole.