“PACO” is a group of Paulden Resident Volunteers dedicated to bringing presentations to the Paulden Community on a monthly basis. Presentations in the past year have included: the Administrators of the Paulden Community Charter School; Gary Beverley of the Citizen’s Water Advisory Group on local water issues; Roxanne Hull from Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) on available services; The Paulden Volunteer Fire Department on building issues; Terri McPherson Paulden Churches United and the Paulden Food Bank; John Dudas with the Submariners’ group on their 115th Anniversary; The Chino Valley Fire District on local fire issues; Paul Neely of Primerica on financial planning; Bill Mitchell from Yavapai Transit on establishing a bus route to the Chino Valley Pool for the summer; Joan Ryan from the Alzheimer’s Association on dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease; Kathy Reis from Heritage Mortuary on Pre-need Planning; various Yavapai County Departments with question and answer sessions; The Career and Technical Education Department from Chino Valley High School brings students to demonstrate their skills; Arizona Public Services providing a Police Dog demonstration.
About 2005 P.A.C.O. began an Adopt-a-Road program along Big Chino Road (the main road in the Paulden Area). In 2015 the Adopt-a-Road program was reinvigorated. Additional events will be scheduled for years to come.
In 2011 P.A.C.O. began a Salute to the Vets Luncheon where Paulden area Veterans are honored with certificates, There is a display plaque listing the Paulden Veterans names and their time in service. New Veterans are added at the yearly event. Groups such as the Legion Riders, local Honor Guards, County and City Dignitaries, High School ROTC, Boy Scouts, local Ministers participate in this event. A moving reading is given to honor POW/MIA along with displays of military vehicles, weapons and other memorabilia.
Since 2009 P.A.C.O. has sponsored the biannual Culpepper and Merriweather Circus in the community of Paulden. Businesses and private individuals have donated tickets for local children, use of property for the Circus and areas for parking. Emergency services are onsite and parking assistance for the disabled. Approximately 500 people have attended each year.
P.A.C.O. sponsors a Yavapai County Town Hall meeting annually. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors bring the department heads to provide information and answer questions from the community. During election years Candidate Forums are held as well. County and state personnel come in for question and answer sessions on community issues.
A Water Rights Workshop is given by Starr Bennett, a Paulden resident and current board member. This helps to educate Paulden residents on claiming ground water rights for their property. It is held several times a year and upon resident request.
In 2009 Valerie Jensen and Starr Bennett started the Upper Verde Walk at the Thump Butte Bed and Breakfast in Paulden. Below the B&B is the beginning of the Verde River and the end of the Granite Creek and the Big Chino washes that provide a great place to hike and have a lunch.
Since 2013, P.A.C.O. Members and Paulden residents Richard Boller and Dana Dore have hosted an ARRL HAM Radio Emergency Field Day. This is not only for making contact with other HAM Radio operators, but also for educating the community on other forms of communication.
In 2014 P.A.C.O. started a Chili Cook Off to provide a chance to taste different types of chili and cornbread prepared by community members. PACO provides prizes for winning chili and cornbread recipes .
P.A.C.O. also partners with Paulden Churches United to provide free events in December such as a Sing-a-long and a Community Dinner for Paulden residents annually since 2013. The dinner usually attracts about 145 individuals. In addition, we have participated in a blanket drive for the community.
P.A.C.O. also polls the community on various issues of interest by holding community meetings to gather community support and/or opposition. Then P.A.C.O. presents those findings to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission.
P.A.C.O. events are advertised in various community locations. The Paulden Community Center Bulletin Boards, the Post Office Bulletin Board (dedicated to P.A.C.O. events), Depot 89 and the Park Place Bulletin Boards (local mini-mart locations). Events are also published in the Chino Valley Review.
Don Nowell, President
Gin Sullivan, Vice President & Food Bank Chairman
Terri McPherson, Secretary & Communications Chairman
David Chrzanowski, Treasurer
Betsy Terry, Director
Gary Hanby, Director & Roads Chairman
James Haley, Director & Veterans Chairman
Judi Lewis, Director & Event Chairman
Tom Martens, Director & Bldg. Committee Chairman
Jerry Franklin, Consultant & Circus Chairman
George Anderson Website Consultant