Celebrating those who give to community
In celebrating the Record’s centennial, we started what we hope will become a tradition in this community – the Scoop Thurman Community Service award.
This award will be given annually to someone who selflessly – whether as a volunteer or as a business owner – gives back to the community.
The award is named for Scoop Thurman, who served as editor/publisher of this community newspaper for 35 years.
Not only was Scoop a successful businessman, but he also served the community in a variety of ways. He was among the first publishers in the nation to mail copies of the Record to local military personnel during World War II.
Scoop was the city’s postmaster for nine years, served in the California Assembly from 1938 until 1947 and was a state senator for one year.
In addition, he was a longtime member of the Illinoistown Lodge 51, Free & Accepted Masons, serving as Lodge Master in 1948.
I suspect he and his wife, Susie, often went above and beyond in the community, but many of those acts were likely performed without fanfare.
And it is that selfless spirit and service to the community that the awards committee wants to recognize each year.
Our first recipients were successful business owners, Pene and Gary Todd. After partnering with his sons to start Todd’s Excavating in 1981, Gary renovated and refurbished several buildings in Colfax, including the Freight Building, the Grange Hall and the Colfax Motel.
The couple helped form Colfax Pride, a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting events like the Winterfest and the Third of July celebration.
And yet, it was what Gary and Pene did behind the scenes that captured the hearts of the awards committee.
Through the excavating business, they often arranged to repair damaged roads within the city with leftover asphalt from a job they had completed as well as the crews and equipment.
There were also numerous generous donations to school projects and community events as well as offers of help to homeless individuals.
In short, whenever this couple saw a problem, they found a solution.
So, dear readers, I’m again looking for your help in finding an individual with the same spirit of community service.
If you know someone who is making a difference in people’s lives, much as last year’s recipients did, send your nomination by Dec. 18 via e-mail to or drop it off at the Record office, 233 So. Auburn St., Suite 233.
We appreciate your help in honoring the folks in our community who believe in paying it forward.
While you’re at it, take time to thank those individuals around you who see a need and find a way to fix it.
Thurman Community Service Award
What: Given annually to an individual who is making a difference in the greater Colfax community.
When: Deadline for nominations is Dec. 18.
Where: Send information on the nominee (250 words or less) to the Record, P.O. Box 755 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Info: Call 346-2232.