Paulden Area Community Organization “PACO” is a group of Paulden Residents Volunteers dedicated to bring presentations to the Paulden Community on a monthly basis. Presentations in the past year have included: the Administrators of the Paulden Community Charter School; Gary Beverley of the Citizen’s Water Advisory Group on local water issues; Roxanne Hull from Yavapai County Medical Center (YRMC) on available services; the Paulden Volunteer Fire Department on building issues, Terri McPherson Paulden Churches United and the Paulden Food Bank; John Dudas with the Submariners’ group on their 115th Anniversary; The Chino Valley Fire District on local fire issues; Paul Neely of Primerica on Financial Planning; Bill Mitchell from Yavapai Transit on establishing a bus route to the Chino Valley Pool for the summer; Joan Ryan from the Alzheimer’s Association on dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease; Kathy Reis from Heritage Mortuary on Pre-need Planning; various Yavapai County Departments with question and answer sessions; the Career and Technical Education Department from Chino Valley High School brings students to demonstrate their skills; Arizona Public Services providing a Police Dog demonstration.
About 2005 P.A.C.O. began an Adopt-a-Road program along Big Chino Road (the main road in the Paulden Area). In 2015 the Adopt-a-Road program was reinvigorated and 3 events have been held at this time. In all approximately 60 bags of trash have been collected. Another event is scheduled before the end of the year. Continuing events are planned.
Since 2011 P.A.C.O. began a “Salute to the Vets’ luncheon where Paulden Area Veterans are honored, there is a permanent display plaque listing the Paulden Vets and their time in service and new Veterans are added at the yearly event. Groups such as the Legion Riders, local Honor Guards, County and City Dignitaries, High School ROTC, Boy Scouts, local Ministers and local newspaper reporters. Displays of military vehicles, weapons etc. are brought in for the event. Various presentations have included the POW/MIA presentation, certificates presented and a luncheon is provided.
Since 2009 P.A.C.O. has sponsored the biannual Culpepper and Merriweather Circus in the community of Paulden. Businesses and private individual have donated tickets for needy children, use of property for the Circus proper and areas for parking. Emergency services are onsite and parking is available including assistance for the disabled. Approximately 500 people have attended each year.
P.A.C.O. sponsors a Yavapai County Town Hall meeting on a yearly basis. In which the Yavapai County Board of Supervisor for Paulden brings the department head to provide information and answer question from the community. In election years Candidate Forums are held as well. Community issues bring in county and state personnel for question and answer sessions on an as needed basis.
A Water Rights Workshop is given by Starr Bennett, a Paulden Resident, to educate Paulden residents claiming ground water rights for their property for the future. It is held several times a year and upon resident request.
In 2009 Valerie Jensen and Starr Bennett started the Upper Verde Walk at the Thump Butte Bed and Breakfast in Paulden. Blow the B&B is the Beginning of the Verde River and the end of the Granite Creek and the Big Chino wash that provide a great place to hack and have a lunch.
Since 2013, P.A.C.O. Members and Paulden Residents Richard Boller and Dana Dore have hosted an ARRL HAM Radio Emergency Field Day on the site of the Paulden Community Center. It is aimed at not only making contacts with other HAM Radio operators, but is used for education of the community.
In 2014 P.A.C.O. started a Chili Cook Off to provide a chance to taste different types of chili and corn bread cooked by different community member.
P.A.C.O. also partners with Paulden Churches United in providing a free December Sing-a-long Event and a free Community Dinner for Paulden Residents in December of each year since about 2013. The dinner generally attracts about 145 individuals. In additions we have provided a blanket drive for the needy in the community.
P.A.C.O. also polls the community on various issued of interest, holds community meetings to gather community support and/or opposition, presented those findings to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission hearings.
P.A.C.O. Events are advertised in various community locations. The Paulden Community Center Bulletin Boards, the Post Office Bulletin Board (dedicated to P.A.C.O. events), Depot 89 and the Park Place Bulletin Boards (local mini-mart locations.) Events are also published in the Chino Valley Review.