December 8, 2019

2011 “State of the Community” and Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Wrap-Up

Michelle Beckman (presenter), Arun Madan and Gary Jones (MV Systems), Matt Burde, Judy Denison, Taylor Shull, me, Barbara Fall, and Bob Burrell (presenter) (clockwise starting back left)

Award for Excellence recipient Barbara Fall along with family members, Parks and Recreation director Rod Tarullo, and current and former members of the Parks & Recreation Board.


Last week Rotary Club of Golden and other sponsors hosted the “State of the Community” and Mayor’s Awards for Excellence event at Fossil Trace. The first photo includes all of the folks receiving Awards for Excellence this year along with the two selection committee members who presented the award and myself.

I was really pleased with the event, so hats off to Rotary Club and all of the other community sponsors for making it happen. A bunch of folks have asked for a written version of my remarks. You can download the 2011 Mayor’s State of the Community presentation here.

2011 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Recipients Announced

Gretchen Guerra presenting an Award to Excellence to Rebecca Archer in 2010.

One of the best parts of my role as mayor is recognizing people in Golden who do extraordinary things to make our community better. The Mayor’s Awards for Excellence are one particularly important way of doing that, and I’m thrilled to announce the 2011 recipients of the award.

  • Matt Burde for his vision, initiative, and thousands of hours of hard work creating the Golden Community Garden and for his commitment to fostering a civic culture in Golden of thoughtful participation and mutual respect.
  • Judy Denison for her widespread volunteer contributions to Golden’s civic and cultural life, including publishing her “Golden Newsletter” community newsletter, a leadership role with the Golden Community Choirs, organizing emergency relief efforts for families in need, and other volunteer roles spanning organizations like the Rotary Club and Save the Mesas.
  • Barbara Fall for her community spirit, tireless volunteer contributions to Golden community organizations, and leadership role in creating Golden’s exceptional parks and recreation system (including the Splash, Fossil Trace, Clear Creek Whitewater Park, and numerous other parks and recreational improvements).
  • Jan Martynuska for her community volunteerism (including a long-time role with the Golden Police Department), her long career as a math teacher at Golden High School, and her exemplary service with the Leadership Golden program, helping hundreds of Golden residents themselves become active leaders in Golden’s civic and community life.
  • Taylor Shull for his dedication to creating Golden’s mountain bike park, the energy and focus required to realize this vision, and his leadership in crafting an unusual partnership between the city, businesses, and scores of community volunteers to both build and maintain the park.
  • Arun Madan (President) and Gary Jones (Manufacturing Supervisor) of MV Systems, as “Entrepreneur of the Year” for their entrepreneurial success, job creation in Golden, and their “thin film” renewable energy technological innovations.
  • A huge thanks to the awards committee which made the selections (Michelle Beckman, Diane Chesboro, Bob Burrell, Sue Middleton, Warren Spaulding, Meg Van Ness). Thanks also go to the Golden Rotary Club, which organized the event with help from a bunch of other sponsors (Bell Middle School PTA, City of Golden, Golden Chamber of Commerce, Golden Civic Foundation, Golden.com, Golden Cultural Alliance, Golden High School PTA, Golden Optimists Club, Kiwanis Club of Golden, Mitchell Elementary PTA and Shelton Elementary PTSA).

    Please join us at Fossil Trace next Wednesday evening (October 5) for my “State of the Community” presentation and the presentation of the Awards for Excellence. The reception starts at 6:30 and we’ll be done by 8pm. You can but tickets in advance for $10 by contacting Kimberly Vye at 303-260-0400 or kvye@benefitriver.com. You can also buy tickets at the door for $15.

    For more information about the ceremony, contact Mayor Jacob Smith at 303-810-6017 or jsmith@cityofgolden.net.

    Video: Mayor’s Awards for Excellence

    Here’s the video. We had an amazing group of award recipients this year:

    [vimeo http://vimeo.com/16912805]

    Recipients of the awards included: Rebecca Archer, Rick Baldessari, Golden Fire Chief Bob Burrell, Helen Leith, Karen Setzer, Dave Shuey, Barb Warden, and John Polli (who received the Entrepreneur of the Year award).  I posted a summary of each award recipient’s contributions to the community if you want more detail.

    Also, a huge thanks to the Awards Committee: Gretchen Guerra, Marv Kay, Kevin Nichols, Reilly Sanborn.

    Video: Mayor's Awards for Excellence

    Here’s the video. We had an amazing group of award recipients this year:

    [vimeo http://vimeo.com/16912805]

    Recipients of the awards included: Rebecca Archer, Rick Baldessari, Golden Fire Chief Bob Burrell, Helen Leith, Karen Setzer, Dave Shuey, Barb Warden, and John Polli (who received the Entrepreneur of the Year award).  I posted a summary of each award recipient’s contributions to the community if you want more detail.

    Also, a huge thanks to the Awards Committee: Gretchen Guerra, Marv Kay, Kevin Nichols, Reilly Sanborn.

    “Mayor’s Awards for Excellence” Recap

    Last Wednesday evening at the Golden Hotel I joined with the Rotary Club of Golden in hosting the State of the Community and Mayor’s Awards for Excellence event.  We had a full house and a great time.  Recipients of the awards included: Rebecca Archer, Rick Baldessari, Golden Fire Chief Bob Burrell, Helen Leith, Karen Setzer, Dave Shuey, Barb Warden, and John Polli (who received the Entrepreneur of the Year award).  I posted a summary of each award recipient’s contributions to the community if you want more detail.  We are getting the videos posted online of both the awards and my remarks, and I’ll write more about my remarks after the video is up, but in the meantime if you are interested you can download the text of my State of the Community speech.

     

    "Mayor's Awards for Excellence" Recap

    Last Wednesday evening at the Golden Hotel I joined with the Rotary Club of Golden in hosting the State of the Community and Mayor’s Awards for Excellence event.  We had a full house and a great time.  Recipients of the awards included: Rebecca Archer, Rick Baldessari, Golden Fire Chief Bob Burrell, Helen Leith, Karen Setzer, Dave Shuey, Barb Warden, and John Polli (who received the Entrepreneur of the Year award).  I posted a summary of each award recipient’s contributions to the community if you want more detail.  We are getting the videos posted online of both the awards and my remarks, and I’ll write more about my remarks after the video is up, but in the meantime if you are interested you can download the text of my State of the Community speech.

     

    2010 “State of the Community” and Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Presentation: October 13

    An invitation to a special event on the evening of October 13:

    The Rotary Club of Golden and Golden Mayor Jacob Smith invite you to the 2010 “State of the Community” and the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence presentations on the evening of October 13 at the Golden Hotel. Mayor Smith will speak on the overall state of our community, focusing on the many partnerships that make Golden such an exceptional place to live and on the challenges ahead. Eight Golden residents will also be recognized with Awards for Excellence for their extraordinary contributions to the Golden community.

    Wednesday, October 13, Golden Hotel
    Informal Reception at 6 – hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
    State of the Community and Awards for Excellence Presentation at 6:30
    Admission – $10 at the door

    Sponsored by:

    Bell Middle School PTA ♦ City of Golden ♦ Golden Chamber of Commerce ♦ Golden Civic Foundation ♦ Golden.com ♦ Golden Cultural Alliance ♦ Golden Optimists Club ♦ Kiwanis Club of Golden ♦ Mitchell Elementary PTA ♦ Rotary Club of Golden ♦ Shelton Elementary PTSA

    2010 "State of the Community" and Mayor's Awards for Excellence Presentation: October 13

    An invitation to a special event on the evening of October 13:

    The Rotary Club of Golden and Golden Mayor Jacob Smith invite you to the 2010 “State of the Community” and the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence presentations on the evening of October 13 at the Golden Hotel. Mayor Smith will speak on the overall state of our community, focusing on the many partnerships that make Golden such an exceptional place to live and on the challenges ahead. Eight Golden residents will also be recognized with Awards for Excellence for their extraordinary contributions to the Golden community.

    Wednesday, October 13, Golden Hotel
    Informal Reception at 6 – hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
    State of the Community and Awards for Excellence Presentation at 6:30
    Admission – $10 at the door

    Sponsored by:

    Bell Middle School PTA ♦ City of Golden ♦ Golden Chamber of Commerce ♦ Golden Civic Foundation ♦ Golden.com ♦ Golden Cultural Alliance ♦ Golden Optimists Club ♦ Kiwanis Club of Golden ♦ Mitchell Elementary PTA ♦ Rotary Club of Golden ♦ Shelton Elementary PTSA

    Jacob’s Golden Update: Critical Beltway Vote on January 20

    Jacob’s Golden Update: January 12, 2010

    1. New City Council to be Sworn in on Thursday
    2. Critical Beltway Vote on January 20
    3. Mayor’s Awards for Excellence: 2009
    4. Golden Community Bus Feasibility Study
    5. Senator Keller Announces Town Hall Meeting Schedule
    6. Permit Parking Near Golden High School and Colorado School of Mines
    7. New Beverly Heights Email List
    8. Smith for Golden Blog Roundup
    9. Other Upcoming Events
    10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, January 14

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    Jacob's Golden Update: Critical Beltway Vote on January 20

    Jacob’s Golden Update: January 12, 2010

    1. New City Council to be Sworn in on Thursday
    2. Critical Beltway Vote on January 20
    3. Mayor’s Awards for Excellence: 2009
    4. Golden Community Bus Feasibility Study
    5. Senator Keller Announces Town Hall Meeting Schedule
    6. Permit Parking Near Golden High School and Colorado School of Mines
    7. New Beverly Heights Email List
    8. Smith for Golden Blog Roundup
    9. Other Upcoming Events
    10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, January 14

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