Genoans honor volunteer Knight
July 9, 2012
In the 14 years that Sue Knight has lived in Genoa, the adjective that comes to mind to describe her is “ubiquitous.”
Whether welcoming E. Clampus Vitus to the town church or hoofing it up the new Sierra Creek Trail, you can’t throw a rock in Nevada’s oldest town without hitting one of her good works.
On Tuesday, town residents and members of the Genoa Town Board honored Knight for her work, which included spearheading an effort to establish a statue of Snowshoe Thompson in Mormon Station State Historic Park, not long after she arrived.
Knight served a term on the Genoa Town Board from 2002 to 2006, and established the Christmas in the Sierra Concert in 2003.
“I really love Genoa, and that’s why I’m so involved,” she said. “It reminds me of the little village I grew up in England. My mother was involved in events there. I guess I’m just a chip off the old block.”
She credited the work of volunteers for her success.
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I’ve got an incredible team of volunteers who made it all possible,” she said. “The thrill this year is that I was able to hand off a few things.”
In April, Knight received an award from the Nevada Commission On Tourism naming her volunteer of the year for the Reno Tahoe Territory.
“I was so surprised,” she said. “I didn’t even know I was getting an award.”
Board member Jen King called Knight her idol and her mentor.
Town residents Les and Jody Kynett said Knight was one of the first people they met in town.
“She was a catalyst for all the good things that happened here,” he said.
Resident Paula Lorenz said Knight “put the fun in volunteering.”
Resident Linda Birdwell credited Knight for bringing her family to town.
“We stayed at Genoa House Inn and she sent us to La Ferme for dinner,” she said. “Sue is just an ambassador for the town.”
Knight said that several of her guests at the inn have become permanent residents.
“It’s sort of a joke that if you stay at the Wild Rose Inn, you will end up living here,” Knight said.
In addition to her other work, she is an active member of the Greater Genoa Business Association and has served on the boards of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority and Reno Tahoe Territory. She has hosted fundraising events for the Genoa Courthouse Museum, the Make A Wish Foundation, Angel Kiss and the Carson Valley Arts Council.