Human Relations Award - Senior Category
Chuck Solano was nominated because of his dedication to sharing the inspirational story of his life as a child of migrant farm workers to hundreds of people at the Museo de as Tres, a Fort Collins organization dedicated to the history of early Hispanic pioneers. Chuck is a long time Fort Collins resident and current President of the Museo. As a youngster, Chuck worked with his family in the beet fields, finally earning his GED when he joined the military, and returned to Fort Collins as a barber. As he tells his life story at the Museo, he has inspired hundreds of children and adults. He speaks of the importance of education and how if one has the will to do better in his/her life, it's possible. He teaches not to be afraid to want more of life and to find a way to give back. Chuck has been active in the community in others ways as well: he has served on the Chicano Advisory Board for the Poudre School District, League of United Latin American Citizens (L.U.L.A.), Fort Collins Jaycees, Sertoma, Moose Lodge, Human Relations Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Museum Board and as Treasurer of the P.T.A. at St. Joseph's school.