Lila Herod’s The Clerks Corner: Statewide efforts to raise money for scholarships
Our former Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson has said many times that county clerks and their staffs are some of the most dedicated and hard working people in the state. This fact is particularly evident when 64 counties gather together for training and conferences. Indeed, we do work hard and play hard.
We recently attended our winter conference. Each day included training sessions with the Secretary of State’s Office and the Department of Revenue. We discussed new legislation impacting our motor vehicle, recording and election laws and procedures. Some of those days were extremely long and brutal, but when it was time to close shop the party was on.
At every County Clerks Conference, each county, and many of our vendors donate items to a silent auction that benefits a scholarship program for Colorado high school students. For the duration of the conference, an intense bidding war ensues on a variety of items such as televisions, sports memorabilia, gift baskets, alcoholic beverages, jewelry and hand crafted items. Thousands of dollars are raised each year and then each region is able to offer a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to selected graduating seniors.
The scholarship recipients are chosen based on grade point average, financial need, community involvement and interest in government, business or political science. Last year, our very own Moffat County High School senior, Ashley Derick, was awarded the Western Region Scholarship.
In addition to this worthwhile scholarship program, the Moffat County Clerk’s Office also partners with the Moffat County High School to recruit participants for the Colorado Student Election Judge program. Since its inception in 2000, we have been fortunate to enlist the help of student election judges each year. This program allows students the opportunity to learn about democracy while getting an up-close look at how the election system works. As a bonus, they earn a little money. These enthusiastic student leaders cultivate a win-win situation for everyone: the student, the community and the election process.
For further scholarship information call Paula Duzik, Moffat County High School guidance counselor at 970-824-7036, or download the application atclerkandrecorder.org. The completed application must be returned to the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office by March 25.
If you are interested in serving as a student election judge contact Karen Chaney, Moffat County High School social studies teacher. Students must be at least 16 years old and a junior or senior in good standing. Home schooled students are also welcome to apply.
Our office is always open to your questions and comments. Call me at 970-824-9118.
Until next month …Cheers.
Lila Herod is the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder. Her column The Clerk’s Corner runs once per month in Saturday Morning Press.Lila Herod is the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder. Her column The Clerk’s Corner runs once per month in Saturday Morning Press.Lila Herod is the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder. Her column The Clerk’s Corner runs once per month in Saturday Morning Press.
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