I would like to thank the many organizations and individuals who helped make Martin Luther King Day a "Day to Remember," making it a "Day On -- not a Day Off" on Monday, Jan. 21, 2002.
Thanks to RSVP staff and volunteers: Mike Koecheler, Mari Jo Renstrom, Lynn Beaver, Mary Ellen Stolle, Marie Trott, Vera Johnson, Lois Laurence and Jean Dressel; to Brainerd High School staff for sharing the cafeteria with us and moving their staff meeting; to AmeriCorps members Jen DuBay, Amber Hammers, David Richards, Joy Minion, Sayra Rabes, Ginger Lupella and Kari Johnson; to Wal-mart for the $50 donation to use for door prizes; to Central Lakes College student Linford Cunningham for sharing his Jamaican heritage with us; to Fun 'N' Friends staff member Kari Peterson; to Youth Trax staff member Jordan Miller and to Franklin Junior High students Matt Anderson and Sarah Stawarski as well as Washington Middle School students Tristen Hegstad and Kaylin Stawarski.
Thanks also to Crow Wing County volunteer coordinator Kelly Watercott; to RSVP Vista volunteer member Kelly Ulrich; to Sara Dunlap, Brainerd Friends/Quakers volunteer; Bonnie and Kristen Richards; to KSAX and staff member John Lauritsen for reporting the event; to ISD No. 181 Brainerd Schools volunteer coordinator Susan Rogers; and to the local radio stations and Brainerd Daily Dispatch for informing the public; and finally to Brainerd Community Education for sponsoring this event.
Because of everyone's commitment and support we were able to remember and act on his dream with more than 120 children and 61 adults. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream was for everyone to have the same rights and privileges while remembering the personal responsibilities each of us has in serving and "giving back" to our community. One little second grade boy shared with a volunteer, "It was the best day of my life."
The Parent Mentor Program of Crow Wing County sends a big thank you to the Zonta Club of Brainerd for their continuing financial support. Anyone who has been involved in service organizations realizes the work and the amount of volunteer hours that these groups do in order to support non-profit programs. On behalf of the board members, mentors, and families in the program, thank you.
Thank you to Comfort Suites for donating a room for our Mentor meeting and for the free passes to Water Park given to the Parent Mentor Program's families and volunteers. What a timely opportunity this gave us as we welcome the Parent Mentor Program's new coordinator LeAnn Schoenle, and a fun way for her to get to meet members of the Parent Mentor Program. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Thank you for your generosity.
Parent Mentor Program
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sheriff Dick Ross and his deputies for their continuing support and cooperation with the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. This year's contest has proven to be a bit more challenging than years past, and the sheriff's department has put forth much thought in remaining committed to making sure this charitable event is once again a huge success. On behalf of the Brainerd Jaycees I would like to say "thank you" for your ongoing support, and we hope to see you Feb. 9!
2002 Ice Fishing
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