(Riverton, Wyo.) – Leadership Fremont County presented it’s 2014 Leadership Award Friday night to Gayle Currah of Shoshoni for his lifelong efforts of going above and beyond for his community.
Currah has been a resident of Shoshoni since he was 15, Linn said, was a 1944 graduate of Shoshoni High School, a World War II Veteran whose initial job after the war was with the Bureau of Reclamation. He then spent 41 years at the Shoshoni Garage and worked for Colorado Interstate Gas for 13 years after the garage closed. He’s still the mail carrier on the Boysen Route, “and a real fixture in the Shoshoni Community,” she said. “He’s always willing to lend a hand.
In addition to work experiences, Currah is the president of the Shoshoni Senior Center for the past four years, a member of the Masons for 64 years and a Shiner for 48 years. “He’s also one of those Shriners on the scooter patrol, which is a parade favorite,” Linn noted. He was named Shoshoni’s Citizen of the Year twice, in 1983 and again in 1997 and he’s a 31-year member of the Shoshoni Fire Department. He served 20 years on the Town Council and was involved with the the Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce for 30-plus years. He was also instrumental in bringing the Wyoming State Fiddle Contest to Shoshoni and was the chair of that activity from 1973 to 2006, when the event moved to Thermopolis.
In accepting the award, Currah said he was “at a loss for words, but a lot went on over the years,” he said. “Everything in Shoshoni is done with volunteers. Nothing can get done without a little leadership and a lot of good helpers.” Currah went on to say that he thought the idea for Leadership Fremont County was a good one, especially that the group pushes leadership for the entire county. He also lamented the loss of the fiddle contest, but he said the event “ran out of volunteers and younger people to help.” In closing, he thanked his family and the audience. “Thank you so much,” he said.