PAYING TRIBUTE TO DON CHAPMAN
HON. SCOTT McINNIS
in the house of representatives
November 27, 2001
Mr. McINNIS. Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to
pay tribute to Don Chapman and thank him for his contributions to the
community of Paonia, Colorado. Don will always be remembered as a
dedicated leader of the community. As he celebrates his retirement, it
is a great loss for a town that has relied on Don for his knowledge and
wisdom in times of hardship and prosperity.
Don has served the community of Paonia for over forty years. As a
member of the business community he and his family owned and operated a
service station, garage and machine shop in the area since 1956.
Answering a call to public service in 1973, Don entered the field of
politics. He was elected that year to the Town Council as a Trustee, a
position he held for the next 10 years. This position propelled Don to
the Mayor's office a year later. In 1995, following an eleven-year
retirement, Don returned to service and was elected to the Town Council
While serving Paonia, Don has been involved in several organizations
that have been instrumental in improving the lives of those who reside
in Paonia. He has served on the Fire District Board and the Delta
County Hospital Board where he served as President. He has held
leadership positions in Masonic Lodge 121, helped bring television to
the area, as well as promote Paonia fundraisers, events, and services.
Mr. Speaker, it is a great honor to recognize Don Chapman and his
contributions to the community of Paonia as he celebrates his
retirement from public service. I would like to thank him for his years
of dedication and hard work. His time and dedication are well served. I
wish Don the best of luck in his future endeavors and hope he enjoys
his well-deserved retirement.