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MVTelegraph - 2012 Community Assets

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Community Assets 2012
• Mountain View Telegraph • September 27, 2012
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Classified Advertising823-7100....class@mvtelegraph.comMountain View Telegraph(USPS # 018-451, ISSN # 154-59543)is published weekly by Number NineMedia Inc., 7777 Jefferson St. NE,Albuquerque, NM 87109.SINGLE COPY50 centsMAIL RATESIn State....$22 per year Out of State....$45 per year All mail subscriptions are payable inadvance. Application to mail atPeriodical Postage Rates paid atAlbuquerque, NM 87103.POSTMASTER:Send address changes toMountain View Telegraph,P.O. Box 2225,Moriarty NM 87035-2225Letters to the editor and guest columns arewelcome and must be signed by the writer and include a telephone number for verifi-cation purposes. Letters and columns aresubject to editing.Correspondence should be directed toMountain View Telegraph,P.O. Box 2225, Moriarty, NM 87035-2225.Phone: 823-7101.Fax: 823-7107.
Christopher Dolce
 This Moriarty banker gives his time and knowledge to make sure baseball season ows perfect.
Kathy and Ralph Chowning
 This Moriarty couple will sell you a travel trailer, but you might know them best for Halloween.
Bernadine Dial
 There is never enough time to do all that needs to be done for this Estancia woman.
Ben and Sandi Steinlage
Christmas in Mountainair is a little ashier because of them.
Edgewood Civitans
 This civic club will do just about anything to help.
 Tom Smylie
Saving the birds and teaching kids drives the Edgewood man.
Whenever I visit an elementary school classroom, the question that is most frequently asked is whois the most famous person I’ve ever interviewed.For those kids looking for names they’ve heard before, I usually disappoint them. While I’ve inter-viewed a few folks that have some amount of fame, I tell them, they should be asking me who is themost interesting person I’ve talked to. It’s an easy answer: It’s usually their neighbor. As a journalists,we are lucky because we get the opportunity to meet all sorts of interesting people. And the ones I findto be the most interesting are those who do the most for their communities.In your hands you hold the Telegraph’s Community Assets section, and for my money it is the bestspecial section we do. What we want to do is shine a spotlight on those who make our communities aspecial place to live.Among these pages you will read stories about people who have gone beyond a job description. Thereare stories here about people who are an inspiration to the rest of us.You could reach for your dictionary to get a definition of a “community asset” but it is unnecessary,I’ll give it to you in a couple of examples: It is people like Christopher Dolce, who has an acumen for numbers and use that skill to make sure kids can play baseball. It’s Kathy and Ralph Chowning, who put their lives and business on hold to make sure kids can safely trick-or-treat. Then theres BernadineDial, who does so many things to make Estancia a nice place that it’s difficult to pick one thing tosingle out. Or Ben and Sandi Steinlage, who empty their garage every year and put on one heck of aChristmas show in Mountainair. And there is the Edgewood Civitans Club and Tom Smylie, who all puttheir causes before themselves.These people are community assets. These people bring value to our communities. For this we saythank you and offer you this special section.
 Rory McClannahan, editor 
 Mountain View Telegraph
If you’ve ever been a boss of any import at all — aleader who is in charge of people, material, and, in particu-lar, money — you know that having a knowledgeable andtrustworthy financial manager or treasurer as part of your staff is probably the key to getting a good night’s sleep ona regular basis.That’s why Andrew Fowner, the president of the MoriartyBaseball/Softball League, readily concurred with the selec-tion of Christopher Dolce as one of our 2012 CommunityAssets. Dolce, 48, is a Moriarty resident.“He’s the greatest guy to have as your treasurer whatwith his career in banking,” said Fowner, whose youthorganization and its 327 ballplayers holds their home gamesat Moriarty’s Phil and Shirley White Sports Complex. “Hekeeps track of everything. I never have to worry aboutit. Chris will bring in the report to the board meeting. Iwon’t always understand all of it. I’ll ask him, ‘Just tell mewhether we’re in the red or the green.’”Dolce just concluded his third season as the uncompen-sated treasurer of MBSL. He said the league had a budgetof $18,000 this past year.“We buy practice balls, at least enough to get started, andwe get catcher’s equipment,” said Dolce, who also volun-teers as his church’s cantor. “We’ve got all kinds of equip-ment in our shed. And we pay umpires. A lot of the budgetgoes to paying the umpires. It depends on the schedule, howmany games there are, but paying the umpires can be $500to $600 in a week during the middle of the season.”Compared to what Dolce deals with in his real job asvice president of finance for Sandia Area Federal CreditUnion in Albuquerque, handling the MBSL books is small potatoes.“I’m the money guy,” Dolce said regarding his SAFCU position during an interview earlier this summer. “I do theaccounting and investments and budgeting. I just finishedfiguring we had $417 million on our quarterly and monthlyreports.”Still, folks heading volunteer entities, minor in compari-son to even many small businesses, can get in a lot of hotwater because of inappropriate tracking of funds. So it has been that Dolce’s expertise has been much appreciated atMBSL.
September 27, 2012 • Mountain View Telegraph •
Community Assets 2012
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Making Sense Out Of Baseball Dollars
Christopher Dolce
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