Parade committee decides to dissolve

Editor:

The organization known as the Sweet Home Parade Committee has decided to dissolve its membership and responsibilities.

When the committee was formed 10 years ago, it took on the responsibility for both the Sportsman’s Holiday Parade and the annual Sweet Home Christmas Parade.

The Chamber of Commerce had decided to no longer present the parades and several people joined together to form the Parade Committee. In an agreement with the Chamber, the Parade Committee was allowed to use the liability coverage of the Chamber.

Four years ago, under a former Chamber Executive Director, the Committee was charged $500.00 to use this coverage, under the premise that each time the coverage was used it cost the chamber that amount.

Knowing that was not the case set a rift between the chamber and the committee. Also, the newer board of the chamber decided they would take back the presentation of the Sportsman’s Holiday Parade. They did not discuss it with the committee; just decided to do it. In an attempt to be accommodating, they let the Parade Committee continue to present the Christmas Parade.

With the help of community members and sponsors the committee was able to raise the funds to cover presentation of the Christmas Parade for two years.

Without this support, the Christmas Parade would have gone by the wayside.

Last year (2018), the committee stepped aside to let the city and the U.S. Forest Service present the Capitol Christmas Tree Parade.

Since that parade six months ago, Parade Committee members have had discussions concerning a 2019 Christmas Parade. Many members have since gotten involved in other community activities and find themselves and their time monopolized by these other activities.

As a result and after a survey of the Committee members, dissolution of the Committee has been decided upon.

The Sweet Home Parade Committee has no plans for a 2019 Sweet Home Christmas Parade. We leave decisions concerning one in the hands of the City of Sweet Home and the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce.

Jan Hufford would like to see the tradition of the Christmas Popcorn Yule log continued and is more than happy to create it, as she has for the last three parades.

She will need donations and volunteers to continue this resurrected tradition.

The members of the Sweet Home Parade Committee want to recognize the community of Sweet Home and all the sponsors who supported the last few Christmas Parades that we organized and presented. Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to them and all the parade participants.

Sweet Home is a wonderful community in which to live and play.

Susan Olson

Sweet Home

Sweet Home Parade Committee Members Paige Banta, M. Don Gonzales, Jan Hufford, Sherry Ingram, Ken Johnston, Cassie Richie, Debbie Walvatne, Cody Walvatne

And other security and parade marshal volunteers

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