Sunday, September 23, 2007

Good Company

Through the years a number of citizens have made Post Falls the community it is today. By having a vision, rolling up their sleeves and building a team, the volunteer efforts of a single person can shape the future. This photograph is of some past Citizen of the Year recipients at the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce banquet. Seated is Hilde Kellogg, former city council member and businesswoman who served as the first woman chairman of the board for the Chamber. She continued to serve as a state representative until well into her 80s. Next to her is Marilyn Deutsch, whose efforts on behalf of the agriculture industry in Post Falls reached far beyond Boise. Standing (from the right) are Bob Templin, whose willingness to invest in Post Falls in the late 1980s when few others were, brought us Templin's Resort and a jump start to the economic vitality of the 1990s in Post Falls. Mayor Clay Larkin, who raised his family here while volunteering for decades with the local fire department and on the school board before beginning his service on the city council in the 1990s. Gary Schneidmiller was born and raised in Post Falls, his family farming much of the prairie for decades. He served as a volunteer on the Post Falls Planning and Zoning Commission from the 1970s to early 1990s and continues to invest in his community. Skip Hissong is synonymous with the volunteer spirit. His tireless efforts and can-do attitude, along with the Post Falls Lions and Post Falls Community Volunteers, have resulted in community projects such as the Grand Pavilion at Q'emlin Park and free concerts and events. The point being that while one person can make a difference, there are a lot of people in this community who through the years stepped up and made things happen. To be in their company is an honor, to serve on the council when there are so many important decisions which will shape Post Falls' future would be as well.

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