Chamber Awards 2022

Music in the Park

This event provides the community an opportunity to honor the awards of the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce each year.
It is a gathering in the Town Park, with local musicians, food and neighborly visits!

The 2022 Awardees honored were:
Business of the Year - July Mock and the Lazy J Coffee Shop
Nonprofit of the Year - Nancy Smith and the Food Bank
Teacher of the Year - Shannon Castle
Volunteers of the Year - Tony and Collenette Vervloet

Business of the Year

Julie Mock is our 2022 Crawford Businessperson of the Year.

Julie is the founder, proprietress and energetic force behind the Lazy J Coffee Shop at the intersection of Highway 92 and Cedar Avenue. Following a successful real estate career, Julie ventured to Crawford in 2021, looking for a fresh horizon in a friendly, down-to-earth community. Recognizing the opportunity to round out Crawford's watering holes with a breakfast and coffee option, the artist & mother of two transformed a storefront shop into a charming public parlor appointed with artwork that celebrates Crawford's rural legacy aswell as her own family's ranching heritage. At the Lazy J, Julie and her team welcome locals meeting up for coffee, travelers in need of refreshment, and groups looking for a spot to collaborate or pray together.

Julie brought her decades of marketing, management and customer service experience to bear in designing an establishment that mirrors the independent frontier spirit of Crawford. The Lazy J is a stage for local musicians, an outlet for artisans, a studio for Julie's painting students, and the Western Slope's outpost for Santa Claus.

Members of her loyal "Mug Club" appreciate that Julie calls coffee "coffee", because "cappuccino" is too many syllables to deal with before the morning shot of caffeine. The community relishes the cool vibe from the "barista's choice" music selections, and are relieved that she only keeps one pistol behind the bar.

In spite of the "Lazy Julie" embroidered on her green apron, this dynamic business owner brings the heart, the art and the community spirit into the hub of Crawford. We celebrate Julie as a great business woman who really listens to her customers, even when it means painting the balls back on the bull.

Nonprofit of the Year 

The Food Bank is our 2022 Crawford Nonprofit of the Year

In 2008 Nancy Smith started the food pantry in her garage, realizing that there was a need in Crawford and the surrounding area. By 2016 Nancy and Rod were serving more people and running out of available space.

At that time, they were regularly attending Crawford Community Church. There was space available upstairs in the Crawford Thrift Store, so the food bank was moved there.

The move had several advantages. More room allowed increasing the number of items provided. There was a freezer available to store meats and other perishables.   There was additional volunteer help available when Nancy wasn't available, so it was no longer solely a one-person operation. The central location in Crawford allowed the food pantry to better serve the community.

14 years later Crawford Community Food Bank is still serving our community. They serve 4 to 5 families a week. We are grateful for the food bank and the Thrift Store which serve our community.

If you would like to help them help our community you can make a donation by dropping it off at the Thrift Store (Saturday 10:00-2:00 and Wednesdays 2:00-5:00) or mailing to PO Box 415, Crawford 81415.

Teacher of the Year

The 2022 Chamber Teacher of the Year is Shannon Castle

Shannon Castle teaches grades 4th-6th and Art class at North Fork Montessori @ Crawford School. She serves on several committees and is active in fundraising.

Shannon has a heart of gold and is always willing to help others. Her demeanor is patient and caring at all times. If a student is hungry, she always has snacks available. When a student has an "Off Day," she takes the time to listen to them. She is always open to students' new ideas and values their input.

Her love for teaching Reading is evident in her students, and she enjoys having book talks with them after holiday breaks. As an Art teacher, she encourages the students to be creative and use their imagination. Shannon is an exceptional teacher and a colleague who creates a positive school environment.


Volunteers of the Year

The 2022 Chamber Volunteers of the Year are Tony and Collenette Vervloet

Tony and Collenette - The Crawford Chamber had two volunteers this year due to the fact that these two go hand in hand. When it comes to helping out they are always both there. If a project, community, group or person needs help you can count on these two to be there. 

They have spent many hours active in Pioneer Days by coordinating the events, organizing, and building the parade vendors, building the outhouse for the outhouse races, traffic control and much more.

ollenette was President of the Chamber and Tony is on the board of the Clipper Ditch and helped build bathrooms at the fire station.
They started volunteering as soon as they moved back 8 years ago after a long career overseas.

When they moved to Denver Tony got his 2nd degree and the Colorado School of Mines. They married after he graduated, moved to Santa Maria, CA where he worked for UniCal.  Then were then transferred to Lafayette, Louisiana, they decided to work overseas and the started their live abroad in Bali Poppen, Indonesia from Bali Poppen (x2) they moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, then to their favorite county Thailand where they lived on the River Choa Phraya (River of Life) in Bangkok.  From Thailand they move to Africa where they resided in Nigeria then their final destination was the island of Venezuela (the county in which Tony was born).  They spent 2-3 years in each location before returning to Crawford to make their home. 

Collenette did volunteer work in every country they lived. They helped at orphanages, donated supplies and help families. Tony has been Santa Claus annually also everywhere they have lived.  Tony also rescued little homeless kittens in these countries.