Moffat County honors first volunteer of month

Six young photographers marched into the county commissioner chambers armed with cameras to take pictures of Moffat County's first volunteer of the month.

Moffat County Commissioners on Wednesday honored Pat Moralez for 21 years of service with the Moffat County Fair Board.

"It's a real honor for us to have someone like you to give an award to. You're the kind of person who makes Moffat County go," Commissioner Darryl Steele said.

Moralez moved to Moffat County 21 years ago. One of the first things she did here was go to the county 4-H Club and ask how she could volunteer.

Commissioner Les Hampton asked her whether she remembered her first fair board meeting.

"I got railroaded into being president," Moralez said.

During her time on the fair board, Moralez said she's seen the Moffat County fair improve annually.

"When I started, our entertainment and activities were a lot different. Every year, we get something a little bit better," Moralez said.

But this year, she said she's been less involved in planning the fair. Moralez has been in chemotherapy to battle bone cancer, which has spread to her lymph nodes. She missed a few meetings because she felt sick, but she said she has no intention of quitting the fair board anytime soon. This year, said she's just happy to make it to the fair.

"I'm very honored to be chosen as volunteer of the month," Moralez said.

Nate Balstad, Moffat County 4-H coordinator, brought his 4-H photography class to the meeting to take photographs of Moralez with the commissioners. As the commissioners and Moralez posed in front of the county courthouse, Marvin Cattoor of Cattoor Photography instructed the club members on the finer points of portraiture. JoAnn Roberson also has been helping with the weeklong photography class.

The commissioners plan to honor a new volunteer every month.

"If you look across Moffat County, we have a myriad of volunteers," Commissioner Les Hampton said.

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