June 18, 2007

Martin Bauman receives one of Jaycees highest honors

‘Always the first guy to show up, and the last guy to leave’

By Kelsey Linden
Staff Writer

A person who joins Jaycees is a person who wants the best opportunities for leadership development, volunteerism, and community service.

Under the guidance of these three things, Delano Jaycee Martin Bauman feels honored to be given the Ambassador award for outstanding contribution to his community.

Presently, there are 29 members in the Delano Jaycees. To be a member, one must be between the ages of 21 and 41. Patrick Baumgard, this year’s elected president, feels strongly that Bauman is very deserving of the award. He chuckled as he discussed the recommendation letters.

“Everybody knows Martin, so finding someone to write a letter about him wasn’t too hard,” he said.

Bauman received the Statesmanship award in 1997, but was more than thrilled to receive the Ambassador award at a national level. Bauman is the seventh member ever to receive the Ambassador award in the history of Delano Jaycees.

Other winners include Jim Mueller, Ken Schiller, Scott Shoutz, Rita Schlosser, Theresa Polingo, and Stacy Hasslen-Schablin.

When asked why he was awarded, Bauman laughed and replied, “I have no clue. I just show up, do my job, and volunteer my time.”

Shaking his head at Bauman’s response, Baumgard said, “He’s a very humble person. Despite the fact that he is the most deserving person in the state of Minnesota to receive the award, he still was very humble and surprised.”

Bauman has been a member of the Delano Jaycees for 16 years. Besides working at Industrial Louvers and spending time with his family, Bauman longed to get involved more with the Delano community, so he joined the Delano Jaycees with a determination and willingness to make a difference.

“I wanted to do something for the community that would make an impact,” Bauman said.

The Delano Jaycees are very active in annual programs such as the Fourth of July beer sales, toys for LOVE Inc., handing out glow sticks to kids on Halloween, a golf tournament in August, and the Adopt-a-Highway clean-up.

“The Jaycees play a big role in the community, and Martin plays a big role in the Jaycees,” Baumgard said. “He’s kind of like the foundation of the organization. His commitment to projects is huge. He’s always the first guy to show up and the last guy to leave.”

When it comes to the Fourth of July beer sales, Baumgard added, “He (Bauman) basically co-chaired the Fourth of July celebration. That’s a huge commitment. He’s there from sun-up till after sun-down running the stand for six days.”

When Bauman was asked if he recommended the program to others, he said, “Oh yes. Anyone 21 and older can be a Jaycee.”

In fact, the license plates on his well-known Bronco, affectionately dubbed “The Beast,” reads “RUAJC”

Bauman agrees that being a member is very rewarding.

“I wouldn’t have been involved with it for 16 years if it wasn’t,” he said. “It takes up a lot of your time, but it’s a great organization to be involved with. You will have more friends and contacts. There is always going to be somebody there for you.”

Baumgard spoke about the members, “They impact the community, but the other thing that people don’t always realize is that they play a big role in developing leadership in each individual.”

Baumgard also highlighted his belief in “taking action,” and how that small act can go a long way to improve the world.

Beginning in 1920, the Junior Chamber (Jaycees) organization is a constructive action organization of young persons who devote a portion of their time to community service in the public interest.

In the Jaycees, members gain experience in public speaking, organization, and confidence.

There are three levels of awards that a Jaycee can receive: state, national, and international. All nominations for awards must be made by the president of the organization’s chapter. Also, the president must ask two people to write letters of recommendation for the candidate.

The Delano Jaycees conduct monthly meetings the second Tuesday of every month. Visitors are welcome to join and listen.

If interested in becoming a member, contact Baumgard at (763) 972-4764 or visit www.delanojaycees.com.

The Jaycee Creed

We Believe:

That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;

That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;

That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;

That government should be of laws rather than of men;

That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality;

And that service to humanity is the best work of life.

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