Lois Eddleman Wins 2017 Spirit Of The West Award

Spirit of the West award recipient Lois Eddleman, left, with Claire Swinhoe who nominated her for the award. Courtesy photo


Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has selected Lois Eddleman to receive its annual Spirit of the West award, named for former Los Alamos County Councilor Jim West.

Eddleman has been volunteering for more than 55 years for the Los Alamos County Fair. She was nominated by Claire Swinhoe who describes Eddleman, 91, as someone with amazing energy and stamina.  

Each year at the County Fair, she helps secure the superintendents, volunteers and officials and also provides food for the volunteers during the three day event. This year she brought back her famous “Sloppy Joes”, which are well known and enjoyed by all. 

Also a piano teacher, this year, Eddleman is teaching more than 30 piano students, possibly connecting with thousands of Los Alamos children, their parents and siblings throughout the years.

“I have great admiration and respect for her,” Swinhoe said. “Not least of all is the reason that she has been volunteering since 1961 but the fact that Lois is 91 years young.”

Eddleman will receive a handcrafted award made by Richard Ronquillo.

The Community Asset Awards was sponsored by Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.

Read more on all of the award nominees later this week in the Los Alamos Daily Post.