The Brainerd Jaycees won a number of awards at the annual All-State Convention held January 25-27 at the Crowne Plaza in Minneapolis.
Chapter awards include Bronze Chapter and placing fourth out of 80 in the Parade of Chapters along with the Henry Giessenbier Jr. Memorial Award/Chapter with the Best Outstanding Overall Programming.
The Brainerd Jaycees were also recognized for most new member adds of the year, highest overall growth over base for a chapter and highest overall growth over base for a region.
The Brainerd Jaycees were also awarded Gold for the following categories and projects; Ways and Means Program for NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, Community Fundraising Program for Street Fest on 7th, Environmental Development Program for Adopt-A-Highway, Youth Activities Program for the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition and the United Nations Millennium Development Program for Habitat for Humanity Build.
Several members of the Board of Directors were also honored for their efforts, including: Tony Fargo, Bronze Community Development Vice President; Caron Daniel, Bronze Treasurer; Krystal Lhotka, Bronze Public Relations Vice President; Angie Hanske, Gold Secretary; Mary Zimmermann, Gold Management Vice President and Beth Lehner, Gold Membership Vice President and Third Degree.
Other members receiving honors were; Bill Lowe, five Member Recruiter and Jaycee of the Year. Of special distinction are those receiving Presidential Medallions – an honor bestowed by the Minnesota Jaycees State President and given to only 75 members annually.
The Brainerd chapter has six honorees for this award – Sarah Stenerson, Angie Nelson, Gabe Johnson, Clint Meyer, Bruce Johnson and Ellen Johnson.
A Statesman Award is the highest honor, statewide, that can be obtained by a Jaycee for extraordinary dedication to the organization on the local and state level. The Brainerd chapter recognized Gabe Johnson, Statesman No. 1570.
The Brainerd Jaycees are an organization for men and women ages 18-40 to develop personal and leadership skills through community service.
This chapter of over 190 members donates over 75,000 hours and $200,000 to the Brainerd-Lakes community annually.
More information can be found at www.brainerdjaycees.com.