2018 Hall of Leadership Honorees Announced!

It is with great pride that the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation announces its 2018 Hall of Leadership Honorees.

Our first honoree for 2018 is Kathy Schwantes from Willmar, Minnesota.   Kathy was a member of the Willmar Jaycees from 1991 – 2000.

Just highlighting the past few years of her leadership and commitment to the community we take a look at Willmar’s new playground.  Also referred to as Willmar’s Destination Playground, the park is located on Robbin’s Island and is vastly filled with activities to help develop children’s learning and motor skills.  Kathy was the co-chair involving planning, funding, and organizing volunteers to help build the playground.  Playground was totally funded by grants and donations and was built ahead of schedule!

In 2017 Kathy’s involvement in the community and leadership skills resulted in her being elected to Willmar’s City Council.  We are just beginning to see how she is helping our city even more then she has already done.

Congratulations, Kathy!


Our second honoree for 2018 is Martin “Toon” Bauman from Montrose, Minnesota. Martin joined as a  member of the Delano Jaycees in 1990 and remains active today as the Minnesota JCI Senate President.

Martin attributes his continued community directly to the Jaycees. Going to his first convention less than 12 months into his membership and not missing a single one since. That is 81 straight conventions.  Martin has been very active in the Delano 4th of July Celebration for the past 19 years and has been a major contributor to its success over those years.  From helping the Delano Jaycees be active in the event to helping build the float for the Delano Royalty.

Martin says that the biggest impacts the Jaycees have made on him are, “The lasting friendships, whether they are from within the state, around the US, or from other countries in the world. And taking the time to volunteer in your community and expecting nothing in return.”

Congratulations, “Toon”!


Our Hall of Leadership Honorees will be honored during the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation Hall of Leadership Luncheon on May 19th, 2018. The luncheon will be held at the Best Western Plus in Willmar, MN starting at 11:30am.  The event is in coordination with JCI Minnesota’s Spring All-Sate Convention.

Congratulations again to the 2018 Honorees!!


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