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Archives for May 2016

Open Letter From Wende Woolley

wende-woolleyOpen Letter From Outgoing Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Board President, Wende Woolley

Just like that, a year has passed since I was asked by the Board of Directors for the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce to serve as president. I have learned a lot this year, and some things I already knew are cemented in my beliefs.

1. Angel Fire, you are an awesome community. We have many so many hard working people here who believe the best about our community and our beautiful valley and who are willing to invest their time, money and efforts to watch it evolve into everything that it can be. They are actively working for that goal in their businesses, churches, schools, government, arts and other organizations. Our people are our best asset. Why? That leads me to…

2. They have learned that we don’t exist without each other. In this community, we are like a three-legged stool with Village, Chamber and Resort each being a vital leg. If any of us fails, the stool falls. So we work together to make the best happen for each.

3. When we work together, we get noticed. Being recognized and promoted by other organizations across the state is important to our economy via other Chambers, Tourist Lobby groups, Department of Tourism, Governor and State Legislature. Our little jewel Angel Fire is being noticed by all of these, and as we encourage involvement with other Chambers around the Enchanted Circle, we will see more positive things happen.

4. Jo, you are amazing! We are fortunate to have a tireless Director who understands this and is able to establish relationships across the state as she sings Angel Fire’s praises to every corner of the state and keeps us informed of the legislation which can affect all of us. I would encourage any Chamber member who wants to voice our interests to listening ears to accompany Jo to some of the round tables she attends in Santa Fe to help our businesses get things done.

It’s been a great experience and I know that I will remain active and hope to see all of you in the coming months as we continue to make Angel Fire strong!


Wende Woolley

Note: Please plan to attend the Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting May 10, 2016 at 8:00 am in the foyer of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce to say thank you to Wende for her professional dynamic leadership this past year. And be a part of the celebration as her gavel is pasted to incoming Chairman of the Board, Michael Dean.

Quarterly Chamber Membership Breakfast Meeting

coffeeWe will have the swearing in ceremony for the 2016/2017 Board of Directors. Also, the President of the Board of Directors, Wende Woolley will be passing the gavel to incoming President for 2016/2017 Michael Dean.

When: May 10, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 3407 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Lisa Sutton & Casting For Recovery Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

lisa-sutton-01By Jo Mixon

Lisa Sutton, Real Estate Broker for Coldwell Banker in Angel Fire, worked at Philmont Scout Ranch a few years back. While there her boss was diagnosed with breast cancer. Doug Palmer, long time Director at Philmont, decided to bring Casting For Recovery to the beauty of the Philmont and asked Lisa if she wanted to get involved. She agreed and has, for the past eight years, been on the planning committee and hosts the Mud Ball fundraising event to benefit Casting For Recovery. The money raised from this event goes 100% to fund a 2 1/2 day fly-fishing retreat for 14 ladies with breast cancer. These retreats take place in 27 states and one other country.

The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery and are free to participants.

Casting for Recovery was the brainstorm of a plastic surgeon. She figured out that the movements made while fly-fishing were conducive for healing. Plus, being out in nature and connecting with other women who also have breast cancer, can ease the ability to cope with the disease.

The New Mexico CFR retreat will be held this year in Angel Fire in late September. They rely on donations to provide the retreats at no cost to the ladies. Lisa says their goal is to raise $20,000. It costs approximately $1500 per lady. She said Angel Fire Community Foundation has been great to help, Rough Riders 200 and Angel Fire Adventure Marathan both help. Now you can help! Mud Ball is the main fundraising event. Come dance the night away for a good cause.

Mudd Ball will be at Zebs Restaurat and Bar on April 30, 2016 starting at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20.00 a piece. They may be purchased at Coldwell Banker. The theme this year for Mudd Ball is 70’s Style. A prize will be awarded to the Best Dressed. A short comedy revision of The Dating Game will be provided for your entertainment. Then dance to the music of Big Boom Box. A silent auction and a raffle will also take place. If you would like to go earlier and enjoy a delicious dinner, Zebs has a full menu from which to choose.

If you cannot attend the Mudd Ball, you may send donation checks to Lisa Sutton, or online at Make your checks out to Casting For Recovery. Please specify on the check it for the New Mexico retreat.

Also, if you know someone who would benefit from attending an inspiring weekend retreat with Casting For Recovery, they may apply online at Lisa encourages them to re-apply if they don’t get in the first time.