Jaycees to host state event

Published 10:34 am Friday, January 2, 2009

Austin is hosting the Annual Convention of the Minnesota Jaycees Jan. 16-18 at the Holiday Inn.

About 200 to 250 Jaycees — also known as the Junior Chamber of Commerce — chapter members are expected to attend the event, which provides training, networking and recognition opportunities.

The Jaycees is an organization providing professional and personal growth through training, networking and community involvement. Membership is open to men and women ages 18-40.

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“Our annual convention is really an opportunity for us to acknowledge the accomplishments of volunteers,” said Trisha Hasbargen, executive director of the Minnesota Jaycees. “It’s kind of a celebration, but also to usher in a team for 2009. There is a formal changing hands at the convention of state leadership.”

Hasbargen estimates about 40 to 50 of the 80 chapters statewide will be in attendance; location of the annual convention as well as weather conditions determine how many will be able to make it.

Although the convention is for Jaycees members, those interested in learning more about the organization are encouraged to attend.

“It’s a good opportunity to see the work done around the state,” Hasbargen said.

The Minnesota Jaycees were founded 77 years ago. They currently have about 3,000 members, Hasbargen said.

The Austin chapter is the oldest in Minnesota and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008.

At the convention, 2008 chapter president Danielle Nesvold will take the helm as director of Region 9, and 2008 Region 9 Director Mike Chavez will assume his duties as state vice president of membership.

Brian Klouse has been elected the 2009 chapter president.

For more information, visit www.mnjaycees.org.