VOTM: Dan Liaw

When a festival takes over the street and it transforms into a destination…thank Dan Liaw. When you get a perfectly poured beer on a Saturday afternoon…thank Dan Liaw.   When the street is back to normal on a Sunday morning…thank Dan Liaw. Thank you Dan for all that you do to make Old Town festivals the best that they can be!!

Mark Chamberlin has been recognized as the June volunteer of the month for OTCA. He went above and beyond to host the Old Town Photo Booth on June 3 as part of Be A Tourist in Your Own Town/Chalk of the Town; and he captured more than 75 photos for families and friends touring Old Town.

chamberlinNot only did he offer his time and energy to the booth, but he also brought his great personality and cheerful nature to bear, helping represent Old Town in a very positive way. And Mark wow the crowds with his green screen skills, placing families into compelling Old Town scenery to make special postcards (see the full set on the OTCA Facebook page).

Mark is a regular around town who can often be seen with his camera; he does professional photography and runs a digital photography school called SmarterPics. He lives in Old Town with his wife Michele and two new adorable puppies: Duffy and Kirby. Thanks Mark!

Volunteers are vital to the success of Old Town – and not just at events like Festival of the Moon & Sun. From planning community events to providing support and resources for local businesses, and even picking up trash, volunteers are what keep Old Town a vibrant place to visit.

In the coming months, there will be a plethora of opportunities for those who love Old Town. If you enjoy gardening, come to our Spring Clean up event on April 18. For those who love the festivals, sign up to pour beer at the Festival of the Moon & Sun. And don’t forget committees! We are always looking for more volunteers as projects and initiatives continue to grow.

photo by Kaley Fech

To all those who have volunteered in the past, we thank you. For those yet to volunteer, we welcome you. And for all others, what are you waiting for? Join us by going to otca.wildapricot.com/volunteer and sign up for a volunteer shift today.

More stories about volunteers:

– from the Spartan Newsroom, March 30

Volunteers are often times the unsung heroes keeping small communities alive.

In Old Town, the volunteers allow the community to not only survive, but to thrive.

Ken Schroeppel, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver and an expert in downtown revitalization, said that if people are really committed to their local community, there is a much greater chance for success.

The people of Old Town have certainly taken this concept to heart.

Matt Hund, a resident of Old Town as well as a member of the Board of Directors, said that volunteers are an integral part of the community.

“Old Town is a volunteer-driven community,” Hund said, “None of the events, aesthetics or initiatives that you see would be possible without the excellent volunteers who give their time and energy to make them happen.”

For the full story by Kaley Fech, visit news.jrn.msu.edu.

rickIf you missed the OTCA Annual Meeting on Feb. 1 you’re going to want to kick yourself because it was filled with lots of fun, food, festivity and a little bit of official business.

The evening featured food from Old Town businesses, beer and wine, a silent auction, volunteer of the year awards and a chance to mingle with those that make Old Town the wonderful place that it is.

Some thank yous are definitely necessary at this time.

A big helping of gratitude goes out to:

  • Old Town Marquee
  • Volunteers & Members
  • Board & Committee Members
  • Sponsors & Partners
  • Vanessa & Heather, OTCA staff
  • Outgoing Board Members, Ian Smith & Jeff Croff
  • All those who generously donated food, beverages and items for the Silent Auction.

A big congratulations to:

  • Volunteer of the Year for Business Vitality – Mike Wolf
  • Volunteer of the Year for Design – Michael Beebe
  • Volunteer of the Year for Organization – Shannon Murphy
  • Volunteer of the Year for Promotions – Chaz Carrillo
  • Business Partner of the Year – Rathbun Insurance Agency
  • OTCA Volunteers of the Year – Mark & Anne Harrington

In official business, Sarah Christensen and Ben Dowd were re-elected – and Shannon Murphy and Neal Mossing will join the OTCA Board of Directors for the first time. Thanks to all who step up in OTCA roles to help keep Old Town awesome.

To view photos and highlights from the meeting, click here.

By Molly Keenan, OTCA org committee