Joe Collins Earns His Spurs in 2017Sponsored Story
Joe Collins was added to the list of Gold Spur Award recipients in 2017.
Joe has been a long term member of the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association and has served in Numerous positions including serving as a current member of the Board of Directors. If you want to see an example of a superior volunteer, then you need to look to Joe Collins.
Joe has made his most notable volunteer contribution to the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association by serving as Chairman of the Midway Committee over a very extended period of time. Joe is the volunteer who is responsible for creating the Midway attractions that are in place on the Fairgrounds during the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo.
In order to produce a Midway that is entertaining, exciting and informative, Joe works diligently and faithfully throughout the year in his planning. Joe is persistent and meticulous in his research of possible attractions. There is no question that he is constantly focused on designing the best Midway possible so that everyone who attends the San Angelo Stock how & Rodeo will experience a Midway that is superbly crafted specifically for the enjoyment of the general public.
And all through his year around tireless efforts, Joe never desires or pursues and special recognition or honors. He has the heart of a servant and always places the interests of the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association first in his position of Midway Committee Chairman.
Raymond Taylor, Sr.
X.B. Cox, Jr.
Ervin Schwartz, Jr.
About The Gold Spur
The Gold Spur award began in 2001 and is noted for its story and history with San Angelo’s own Holland Jewelry Co. It is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer who has given of his or her time beyond the call of duty during the annual stock show and rodeo and the other events hosted by the association.
The selection committee has one of the most difficult tasks of the association. It must identify a candidate, out of nearly 1,000 people, that all share the same passion for the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. This deed is put on the shoulders of the Association’s best people. Any organizations best asset has always been its team and the Association’s team is as strong as ever in its 86th year.
Out of all the recognition given, this one earns the greatest appreciation from the peers of the award winner. It’s the Golden Spur award, and the award comes from Holland Jewelers with the reputation for “earning one’s spurs”. Dating back to 1936, with the country emerging from the difficult years of the Great Depression, Mr. Holland designed a miniature sterling silver spur tie clasp as a symbol of recognition, given to someone who had “earned his spurs.” Two of these first “spurs clips” were presented to President Franklin Roosevelt and Vice-President John Nance Garner.
The award recipient and the reputation of the Golden Spur go hand in hand. The previous winners of the award are a who’s who among San Angelo’s best. The bearer of this award is one of the best you will ever meet, and has “earned his spurs” making the organization you see today, one of the nation’s best.