Payson's Habitat For Humanity Celebrates 10 Years

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A dinner honoring members of the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors was held at the Mazatzal Casino Sept. 30. Approximately 52 current and past board members and their guests enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by casino chefs, as DJ Craig provided background and dance music.

Current PAHH President Charles Proudfoot offered opening remarks. Former PAHH President Bob Charameda (now chairman of fund-raising) followed him and used a process of elimination game to illustrate the length of board service by each director. Those with the longest tenure were: recently retired, Judy Berger (nine years); also recently retired, Bob Berger (eight years); and current director Ray Kinsman, with eight years to date.

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Teamwork and generosity have made the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity successful.

Another PAHH president in attendance was Fran Doering, who, due to a change in the PAHH bylaws to affect a switch to a fiscal-year base, served the longest term (3-1/2 years). Past presidents Rev. Michael Eaton and Chuck Crabdree were unable to attend.

Traveling the farthest distance were former PAHH President Allan Gillingham and his wife Barbara, who now reside in Gilbert. Barbara (BJ) was a PAHH board member and served as chair of the Family Partnership Committee. Allan served as family selection chairperson prior to his election as president.

Rick Croy originally "sparked" the idea of forming Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. Of those who served on the PAHH steering committee in 1994-1995, Rick, Tom Behl (who recently resigned as a director), Bob Berger (retired vice chairman of construction and on-site construction supervisor), Judy Berger (retired PAHH office manager and public relations chair) and Frank Waite (retired resources chairman) were in attendance.

In the 10 years PAHH has been serving the Rim Country, the program's volunteers and family partners have constructed 12 houses. Just last month, the 12th home, now occupied by the Eric Hilgendorf family, was dedicated. The Chambers family has been selected to partner with PAHH for the group's 13th house and houses 14 and 15 are on the drawing board.

PAHH continues to raise funds and seek grants to keep the mission of building decent, affordable, attractive homes for area residents.

To find out more about the program, including the qualifications to be considered for a PAHH house, call (928) 474-0330.

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