Distinguished Service Awards Banquet Honors Community Members In Brainerd Lakes Area

Distinguished Service Awards Banquet Honors Community Members In Brainerd Lakes Area


GATHER AND PROCESS EVIDENCE.>>>LAST NIGHT THE BRAINERD JAYCEES PARTNERED WITH BRAINERD COMMUNITY ACTION TO HOST THE 2019 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS. TWELVE INDIVIDUALS ALONG WITH THE BRAINERD YMCA WERE HONORED FOR THEIR SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY. CHAZ MOOTZ HAS THE STORY >>IF IT WASN’T FOR THEM, OUR COMMUNITY WOULD NOT BE WHAT IT IS TODAY.>>ON THURSDAY NIGHT, 12 INDIVIDUALS AND ONE ORGANIZATION WERE HONORED AT THE 2019 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS HELD AT THE WOODS IN BRAINERD.>>OUR COMMUNITY EVERYBODY JUST COMES TOGETHER TO MAKE SOMETHING AMAZING, AND TONIGHT’S JUST A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO CELEBRATE THAT.>>THE AWARDS GIVEN OUT BY THE BRAINERD JAYCEES AND BRAINERD COMMUNITY ACTION ALL REVOLVE AROUND GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.>>THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. WE HAD SO MANY LETTERS COME IN THIS YEAR FOR NOMINEES, AND IT WAS FANTASTIC TO READ THROUGH ALL OF THE LETTERS FROM EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WANTED TO NOMINATE PEOPLE.>>AFTER THOSE LETTERS WERE READ THROUGH, THE SELECTIONS WERE MADE, AND THE AWARD RECIPIENTS RECEIVED AN EMOTIONAL SURPRISE.>>TEARS WERE SHED AT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, TEARS OF JOY, HAPPINESS, AND WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE TO SURPRISE PEOPLE THAT DON’T ALWAYS GET THAT TYPE OF RECOGNITION, AND REALLY DON’T DO IT FOR RECOGNITION, IT MAKES IT EVEN BETTER. [APPLAUSE]>>FOR SOME DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNERS, SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS VOLUNTEERING CAN GO A LONG WAY.>>IT CAN BE A SMILE. IT CAN BE HELPING PEOPLE WORK IN THEIR YARDS OR YOU CAN VOLUNTEER LIKE I DO FOR NONPROFITS. [APPLAUSE]>>WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY BEING RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SERVICE, THE HOPE IS THAT OTHER MEMBERS WILL BE TOUCHED BY THEIR ACTIONS AND WANT TO HELP OUT AS WELL.>>I THINK WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN YOU ARE RECOGNIZING THE GOOD WORKS THAT GO ON, YOU GET A SENSE OF EMPATHY, LIKE YOU CAN PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES GOING OH MY GOSH, I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE THAT THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT IN THE COMMUNITY.>>I HAVE LIVED BRAINERD FOR 67 YEARS, AND I LOVE IT. EVERYBODY IS SO KIND, AND PEOPLE DO APPRECIATE ANY EFFORT THAT YOU MAKE.>>IF WE COULD MEASURE IT, WHAT WOULD BE THE COLLECTIVE IMPACT OF JUST TOTALLY FORMAL PEOPLE? — TOTALLY NORMAL PEOPLE? I’M JUST TO A TOTALLY NORMAL PERSON, AND THEY ARE TOO. WE ARE ALL JUST PUTTING OUR SHOULDER INTO MAKING THIS COMMUNITY SOMETHING AMAZING.>>AN AMAZING COMMUNITY BUILT FROM AMAZING PEOPLE. REPORTING IN BRAINERD, CHAZ MOOTZ, LAKELAND NEWS.>>THIS YEAR’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS BANQUET WAS ANOTHER SUCCESS AND THE TRADITION OF HONORING MEMBERS IN

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