Josh Curl, shown at the mixing board at the NCHS Auditorium, was selected as the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year for 2018.
By Alex Haglund
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce has held nominations and voted and for 2018, the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year is Josh Curl.
Curl is “the sound guy” and has been volunteering his services running the sound board and setting up audio equipment for numerous community events for more than 10 years. Josh lives in
Nashville and is the son of Pat Curl and Ned Curl. He graduated from NCHS in 1998, and has worked at Haertling’s Radio Shack for about 20 years. Curl is a long-time musician as well and plays drums as a member of Beaucoup Bottom Band.
Curl runs the sound at Nashville Community High School band concerts and other musical events and assists with sound, lighting and other technology for school plays and musicals. Curl also runs the sound for the annual Memorial Day observances at the park in Nashville, and he works with a number of other volunteers to produce the annual summer concert series.
The vote among Chamber membership to select the Volunteer of the Year was at the general membership meeting held on Tuesday, February 13, and letters of recommendation written by American Legion Chaplain Bob Meier, Summer Concert organizer Rick Harris, NCHS Music Director Steve Browne, NCHS History and former JILG instructor Michele Goostree, and Radio Shack owner Steve Haertling.
While Curl said he was enormously grateful for the kind words of these people and their thoughts of his volunteer work, what he does is really not that big of deal, Curl said, because he really enjoyed doing it.
While Curl did do stage and lighting work as a student in high school, it was Ron “Big O” Ogrzewalla that got him into doing this as a member of a community.
“Ron asked me to help him out,” Curl said, saying that this was a little more than 10 years ago, when NCHS was preparing for performances of “Cinderella” as a musical.
“I kept on doing it after that because I liked it,” Curl said. He worked with Ogrzewalla on a number of other projects and when Big O passed away, Josh took over many of the volunteer jobs, particularly around NCHS, that had been done by him.
There will be a Volunteer of the Year awards banquet held in Curl’s honor on the evening of Monday, March 12, at the Nashville American Legion Hall.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call or stop by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce office, 138 NE Court Street, Nashville, (618) 327-3700. The cost to attend is $25 per seat. There will be a cocktail and socializing hour, followed by the meal and then a roast of Curl by emcee Bo Meyers.