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Local Jaycees pick up national award

Leadership group wins Marks Memorial prize for second year in a row.

Posted: April 17, 2008 7:56 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2008 5:02 a.m.

For the second year in a row, the Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees have picked up the Harold A. Marks Memorial Award.

 
For the second year in a row, the Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees have picked
up the Harold A. Marks Memorial Award, an honor given by the United States
Junior Chamber that recognizes successes in areas of membership growth,
community impact and financial growth.
Staci Stolworthy, marketing vice president for the leadership development
organization, said it is unheard of for a chapter to receive the award two
years in a row.
She attributed the win, considered the highest honor for a chapter, to the group's annual report, the main criteria for the award.

Executive vice president for 2007, Stolworthy said the group took part in a lot of different things that contributed to the win, ranging from various types of training to a trip to Turkey for a competition.

Kristin Hampton, 2007 chapter president, said the annual report mirrors a company's plan and includes fiscal reports, goals and a general outlook for the year.

"We're basically running a nonprofit corporation," said Hampton, who compiled last year's annual report.
The award also comes at a time when the local organization of young professionals is celebrating its 10th anniversary and achievements, as well as the achievements of the past year.

"In the past four years, we have gone from about 40 members to right around 115," Stolworthy said.

Within the last four years, Stolworthy said the group has made a significant growth in what it offers members.

"We have a wide range of opportunities for individuals," she said.

As the immediate past president, Hampton said the Jaycees have been working to initiate learning opportunities for its members.

"One of the greatest things we've been able to do over four years is raise the profile of our organization," she said.

In the past year, the chapter raised $46,884 for the Santa Clarita Valley community.

The chapter also achieved positive membership growth for 2007 as the retention rate was 65.2 percent and 42 new members joined the chapter.

The group is currently gathering support for its annual Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund Fight It! 5K, which offers aid for local cancer survivors. The event, currently in its seventh year, is planned for May 17 at Central Park.

For more about the SCV Jaycees, visit www.scvjaycees.com.

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