Congratulations to Brainerd Jaycee Tara Villnow who was recently honored with a Gold New Jaycee award at the Minnesota Jaycees Annual Convention in Plymouth, MN. As a statewide civic organization for young people, the Minnesota Jaycees are developing the next generation of leaders by providing opportunities to stand up and take initiative in their community.
We asked Tara to tell us about her journey in service to her community as a Brainerd Jaycee.
What impact has being a Jaycee had on you?
“Being a Jaycee has had a great impact on my life. For the first time ever, I feel like I am actually getting involved in my community and having a really good time while doing so. It has also raised my confidence and helped me to meet some great people.”
What has been your favorite community project to help out with and why?
“My favorite community project so far has been Street Fest on 7th because it brings out a ton of people and there is so much going on. There is a rib cooking competition, games for kids and adults, a scavenger hunt, a band, and much more. It was just a really great family event. It was cool to see so many people having such a great time.”
What advice would you give others about getting the most out of their Jaycee career?
“My best advice would be to not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to try something new. Chairing an event or holding a spot on the Board of Directors can definitely seem intimidating but I have found that the experience and people you are able to meet far outweigh that.”
This feature recently appeared in the Winter/Spring 2011 Issue of the Minnesota Jaycees Gopher News: http://mnjaycees.org/about/newsletter/