Tributes

Statesman of the Year

Since the 2003 Day at The Capitol Rally, CHEC has presented an award to that Representative or Senator who best emulates the qualities of a true selfless leader in the arena of public policy.

Recipients

2003 
 
Representative
Don Lee
2004 
 
Senator
John Andrews
2005 
 
Representative
Dave Schultheis
2006 
 
Representative
Kevin Lundberg
2007 
 
Senator
Greg Brophy

2008

Senator
Ted Harvey
2009
 
Representative
Kent Lambert

2010

Fmr U.S. Senator
Bill Armstrong

 2011

Senator 
Scott Renfroe

2012

Senator
Kevin Lundberg

2013

Homeschool Liaison
Treon Goossen

Support Group Leader of the Year

Support Group Leaders shepherd members of their groups to receive support, inspiration and the tools to continue the home education of their individual families. Much of the leaders' sacrificial efforts are unnoticed as they emanate from a heart of service. CHEC acknowledges these vital people in the homeschool community with the Support Group Leader of the Year award given annually at its family conference in June.

Recipients

2002

Gail Urbina

2004

Clare Dawson

2005

Steve & Yvonne Dodge

2006

Ronnie McKay

2007

Brian & Pam Newberg

2008

Mike & Paula Anderson

2009

Margaret Cranor

2010

Steve & Jennifer Vaughan

2011

Glen & Jamie Ogg

2012


Ruth Beechik Award

In 2000 CHEC established the Ruth Beechick Award to honor Colorado homeschooling leaders. In 1986, after a distinguishing career in the education field, Dr. Beechick channeled her talented writing skills to promote home based discipleship. A true pioneer in every sense, Dr. Beechick gave credibility to a spawning movement that welcomed her expertise. Standing against a wave of conventional worldly wisdom that condemned home education, Dr.Beechick soon became a beloved writer and counselor to many new homeschooling families. Her compassionate timely wisdom came to a pinnacle with the publishing of her book, A Biblical Home Education, where she boldly proclaimed that “Since the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, anti-God teaching can only lead to foolishness.”

Each year at the Homeschool Day at the Capitol Rally, CHEC honors past and present homeschool leaders who have distinguished themselves in Colorado. In the spirit of Dr. Ruth Beechick, we seek out those who have given of themselves sacrificially, who stand on the principles of God’s Word, and who understand the truth that wisdom can only be taught in the fear of God. May God in His mercy grant us many more leaders who typify this courageous woman of God.

Dr. Ruth Beechick lived in Golden, Colorado, continuing to write books and mentor families in the joy of homeschooling. She passed away in November of 2013. CHEC is pleased to honor her legacy through giving this award every year.

Recipients

2000

Ruth Beechik

2001

Kevin & Sandy Lundberg

2002

Treon Gossen

2003

Mike & Teri Spray

2004

Steve Ong

2005

Kevin Swanson

2006

Brenda Kelly

2007

Pete Olsen

2008

Mike Cheney

2009

Marcia Washburn

2010

The Bill Roach Family

2011

The late Chris Klicka, Esq. 

2012

The George Sechrist Family

2013

Vicki Lewis


The Spark Plug Award

Volunteers are the backbone of every good non-profit organization. Each year CHEC utilizes a network of over 300 volunteers. These volunteers are comprised of busy families who have a love for homeschooling, for God and for His people.  Running a state-wide organization takes folks who are willing to work many different and odd jobs. CHEC volunteers find themselves doing anything from stuffing envelopes, to working 20 plus hours a week on a special event. While many come for the joy of fellowship and blessing, most do it for the shear joy of promoting homeschooling and love for the Lord.

Each year at the annual Christian Family Conference in June, CHEC honors a unique volunteer whose efforts set them apart by an unusual amount of energy, inspiration, dedication and self sacrifice. The Spark Plug recipient is the kind of person that every organization wishes that they could replicate over and over again. Once the award is given, the honoree’s name is added to a distinguished list of individuals on a plaque permanently and prominently displayed in the CHEC office and the individual holds the affectionate title of “Sparky” for the following year.

Recipients

2003

Jody Smith

2004

Ida Mae Custer

2005

Julie DeKruif

2006

Marci Walter

2007

Amy Menges

2008

Rebecca Austin

2009

Nancy Casterline

2010

Ian Serff

2011

The Dan Einarsen Family

2012

Chad Roach

2013

Steve & Jennifer Vaughan