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Contact: Beth Lehner, Public Relations VP & DSA Chair, publicrelations@brainerdjaycees.com

Distinguished Service Awards Banquet Date Announced

The Distinguished Service Awards Banquet is scheduled for September 19, 2013. The location is yet to be determined. This event is hosted by Brainerd Jaycees in partnership with Brainerd Community Action, The Brainerd Dispatch and Lakes Printing.

The Distinguished Service Awards Banquet is a celebration honoring residents of the Brainerd Lakes community for their outstanding service. There will be 11 categories up for nomination this year, and they are as follows:

Outstanding Agribusiness Person of the Year
Outstanding Child Care Provider of the Year
Outstanding Citizen of the Year
Outstanding Educator of the Year
Outstanding Emergency Care Volunteer of the Year
Outstanding Firefighter of the Year
Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Outstanding Non-Profit of the Year
Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year
Outstanding Young Citizen of the Year
Outstanding Young Minnesotan

The Distinguished Service Awards were started in 1999 to honor Brainerd Lakes citizens who have served the community in a variety of capacities. Derived from the Ten Outstanding Young Americans program, “The DSA” typically honors around 10 individuals annually. The Brainerd Jaycees partner with Brainerd Community Action and a variety of other non-profit organizations to identify the honorees.

Please contact Brainerd Jaycees Public Relations VP & DSA Chair Beth Lehner at (218) 310-6900 or publicrelations@brainerdjaycees.com with questions. Be sure to stay up-to-date on the event by liking our Facebook page.

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Contact: Beth Lehner, Brainerd Jaycees Public Relations VP, publicrelations@brainerdjaycees.com

Brainerd Jaycees Win State Awards

The Brainerd Jaycees won a number of awards at Annual All-State Convention at the Crowne Plaza in Minneapolis, MN, on January 25-27. 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.

Other members receiving honors were; Bill Lowe, 5 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.

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Contact: Beth Lehner, Brainerd Jaycees Membership Development VP, bethlehner@gmail.com

Distinguished Service Banquet Award Recipients Named

The Distinguished Service Awards Banquet is planned for Tuesday, November 13 at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter (formerly The Lodge).

A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with awards to follow.

This year's award recipients include:
Kathleen Thorson, Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Mary Devine Johnson, Outstanding Young Citizen of the Year.
Geneva Mollenhauer, Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year.
Sara Goble, Outstanding Child Care Provider of the Year.
Bob and Arlene Jones, Outstanding Agribusiness People of the Year.
David Borash, Outstanding Educator of the Year.
Gary Walters, Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

The event is hosted by Brainerd Jaycees in partnership with Brainerd Community Action, Brainerd Dispatch and Lakes Printing.

The Distinguished Service Awards Banquet is an evening of celebration honoring residents of the Brainerd lakes community for their outstanding service. The public is invited to attend the event and recognize deserving individuals in the Brainerd lakes area. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Sponsorship information and tickets are available by calling Riane at (218) 330-5480 or stopping by the Community Action office at 213 South 5th Street in Brainerd.

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Contact: Krystal Lhotka, Brainerd Jaycees Public Relations VP, klhotka@css.edu

Brainerd Jaycees Win State Awards

The Brainerd Jaycees won a number of awards at the Fall All-State Convention at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN, on September 21-23. Chapter awards include Gold Chapter, and placing fifth out of 80 in the Parade of Chapters.

Several members of the Board of Directors were honored for their efforts, including: Anna Yakle, Bronze Individual Development Vice President; Angie Hanske, Silver Secretary; Tony Fargo, Silver Community Development Vice President; Krystal Lhotka, Gold Public Relations Vice President; and Beth Lehner, Gold Membership Vice President.

Other members receiving honors were; Mary Zimmermann, honored as the Gold Director for her role as the chairperson for the 5th Annual Run for the Lakes Marathon; Bill Lowe, Ten Member Recruiter and Gold Jaycee. 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 four honorees for this award – Mary Zimmermann, Bill Lowe, Tad Johnson and Cori Wrobel.

The Brainerd Jaycees are an organization for men and women ages 18-40 to develop 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 brainerdjaycees.com.

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Contact: Tad Johnson, (218) 831-3784 or tad.f.johnson@gmail.com

Thousands Enjoy Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest on 7th

Downtown Brainerd was packed on Saturday when thousands attended the 11th annual Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest on 7th. From kids games in the afternoon to ribs and rock’n’roll after sundown, there was something for everyone.

The 2nd year of the Brainerd Jaycees Battle of the bands was an exciting showcase of talent.  The Danver Patients from St. Cloud, MN narrowly defeated The Followthrough from Austin, TX for top honors and a $1,000 Bridge of Harmony gift certificate. It was a close competition, with the crowd ultimately deciding the winner.

The Cub Food Ribfest sold out once again, with 15 teams participating and over 1,000 pounds of ribs consumed.  Each ticket purchased comes with one vote for the best ribs and the best booth. The winners were:  Junior Achievement for best non-profit ribs; Shep’s on 6th for best business ribs; and BBQ Fanatic for best booth.

Over a hundred people participated in the downtown business carnival where one lucky person won a 32” flat-screen TV.

Tad Johnson, chairman of the 2012 Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest, said “It is truly awesome to see a group of people come together and organize an all volunteer event the size of Street Fest.”

Proceeds from this year’s Street Fest on 7th benefit Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity. Kevin Pelkey, Executive Director, said “It’s wonderful to have the Jaycees and the community come together to help us build houses in partnership with families in need.”

A complete list of winners and other details on the event are available at www.brainerdstreetfest.com. The Brainerd Jaycees provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.

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Contact:  Krystal Lhotka, Brainerd Jaycees Public Relations VP,  klhotka@css.edu

Brainerd Jaycees Win State Awards

The Brainerd Jaycees won a number of awards at the spring convention in Grand Rapids, MN, on May 18-19. Chapter awards include Bronze Chapter, and placing fifth out of 80 in the parade of chapters.

Several members of the Board of Directors were honored for their efforts, including: Clint Meyer, silver president; Mary Zimmermann, bronze management vice president and third degree; Beth Lehner, gold membership vice president and second degree; Krystal Lhotka, bronze public relations vice president and second degree.

Other members receiving honors were Gabe Johnson, honored as the gold youth sports program manager at the state level, Troy Imgrund, honored as the gold director for his role as the chairperson for the 22nd Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza; Mary Zimmermann, Angie Hanske and Anna Yakle, gold debate winners; Bill Lowe, ten member recruiter; Amanda Johnson and Anna Yakle, second degree; Tyler Nelson, first degree; and Mike Stunek, first-timer overall winner. 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 two honorees for this award this year–Angie Hanske and Dawn Imgrund.

A JCI Senatorship is the highest honor, worldwide, that can be obtained by a Jaycee. This recognition is awarded by Junior Chamber International, only after the recommendation of a local chapter and with the approval of both the State Jaycee and the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Presidents. Less than one Jaycee out of one thousand receives this most coveted award. This recognition comes as a result of many years of dedication, commitment and service to the Jaycee Organization. The Brainerd chapter is honored to recognize Sarah Stenerson, JCI Senator 71544.

The Brainerd Jaycees are an organization for men and women ages 18-40 to develop leadership skills through community service. This chapter of over 170 members donates over 75,000 hours and $200,000 to the Brainerd-lakes community annually. More information can be found at brainerdjaycees.com.