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Brainerd Jaycees win awards


The Brainerd Jaycees won a number of awards at the spring convention in Grand Rapids, 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; and 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 Jaycees 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 recognized Sarah Stenerson, JCI Senator No. 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.

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