Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work: Legislative Actions

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2013 Making Democracy Work Award

The League of Women Voters of Montrose County, serving Montrose and Delta counties, bestowed its 2013 award on both a Montrose and a Delta County honoree selected by a LWV committee from nominees put forth by local residents. Nominations were open to any resident of Montrose/Delta County who has made a positive contribution to our community in areas such as Education, Community Service, Recreation, Social Services, Business, Government, Media, Environmentalism, etc.

The Montrose County award recipient was announced on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in a ceremony held at the Bridges Clubhouse in Montrose. A Selection Committee from the Delta unit made the difficult decision, choosing Carol McDermott as the award winner. Karen Connor, president, presented the plaque, and the winner received a warm and rousing ovation from the 40+ attendees. The evening provided an opportunity for elected officials, city and county leaders, and community supporters to fully acknowledge the tireless endeavors, some-times at personal expense, of those who so diligently strive to make all of our lives better.

Carol McDermott accepts the 2013 Making Democracy Award Work award in Montrose

Delta County's first "Making Democracy Work Award" ceremony was held September 27 at the Mountain Harvest Festival. Members of the community nominated nine individuals, all of whom were honored for their part in working to keep our communities strong, vibrant places to live.

Winner of the award for 2013 is Pam Bliss. Pam is the founder of North Fork Valley's High Country Shopper and of Jamaica Outreach, which serves orphans in Jamaica. She is the volunteer coordinator for Prevention & Recovery of Drug-Free Delta County, works with Habitat for Humanity, and is director of the North Fork Children's Christmas Party. Additionally, Pam is a liaison with the court and serves on the boards of Paonia State Bank, Families Plus, Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Rotary.

2012 Making Democracy Work Award

Six nominees for the first annual Montrose League Making Democracy Work Award were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the greater community. Robb Ruyle was chosen as the 2012 recipient. Ruyle was nominated because of his efforts over three decades to meet community needs through his small business, service on a variety of nonprofit boards, and his commitment to building a new library while serving on the Regional Library Board. He was identified as someone who has skills in listening to voices on both sides of an issue and being able to develop consensus.