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Jaycees honor 10 outstanding young Minnesotans

The Minnesota Jaycees proudly presents the 2010 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans (TOYM) Awards.

Started in 1950, the TOYM program is Minnesota’s only statewide recognition program for distinguished young leaders between the ages of 18-40 who have devoted themselves to improving their community. The program acknowledges the efforts and accomplishments of young adults who have contributed to our state through their service, thought and influence, community involvement or entrepreneurship.

Past honorees include U.S. Vice President, Walter Mondale; Minnesota Lieutenant Governor, Marlene Johnson; Congressmen Tim Penny and Martin Sabo; meteorologist Paul Douglas; Twins’ outfielder Dave Winfield; and Vikings linebacker Matt Blair and tight end Joe Senser.

An awards banquet will be held this Saturday to recognize this year’s Outstanding Young Minnesotans:

Crystal Dulas – Dulas Excavating, Wells
Brad Eller – Shakopee Parks and Recreation, New Prague
Alexandra Forster – College Student, Delano
Ryan Foss -Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, St. Paul
Maggie Harris – Ever After Gowns, St. Paul
Kristi Hastings – Pemberton Law Office, Fergus Falls
Linda Lieser – Isaac’s Foundation, Sauk Centre
Jason Matheson – FOX 9 KMSP, Eden Prairie
Melissa Palank – Nonprofit Solutions, Bloomington
Cori Wrobel – St. Francis Catholic School, Brainerd

Read bios of the 2010 honorees here.

See videos of the honorees discussing their personal journeys in leadership by clicking on the photos below.

According to Laura Chesney Gadd, President of the Minnesota Jaycees, the 2010 Outstanding Young Minnesotans exemplify the central goals of the organization: leadership, entrepreneurship, social advocacy and community service.

“These young Minnesotans are exceptional examples of leaders stepping up to serve their communities in difficult times.”

Click here to register for the TOYM banquet.

For further information, contact Chris Thompson: 507-330-0385 or chris [dot] thompson [dot] mn [at] gmail [dot] com.

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010
Place: College of St. Benedict, 37 S. College Ave., St. Joseph, MN 56374

The Minnesota Jaycees is a statewide organization consisting of 80 local chapters and 2,500 members. The Mission of the Minnesota Jaycees is to provide the opportunity for young individuals to develop the leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurial saavy and fellowship necessary to create positive change. As a civic organization for young people, the Minnesota Jaycees helps develop the next generation of leaders by providing opportunities to stand up and take initiative in the community.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Erica Mauter on 12/02/2010 - 10:20 am.

    Congratulations, Melissa! And everyone else, too.

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