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Johnson becomes state Jaycees president

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kristen Johnson, of Monett, was recently elected president of the Missouri Jaycees, the third Monettan named to the state's highest office.
A milestone for the Monett Jaycees Chapter was recently reached as Kristen Johnson, of Monett, became the third president in the history of the state organization from Monett. Johnson is the first president from Monett since Steve Wise held the title in 1982.

Kristen started her Jaycees career by attending various Jaycees Senate meetings and functions with her husband, Randy Johnson, who is a Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senator, the highest honor offered to a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, allowing activity after the age limit for Jaycees participation is passed.

After attending some state and national JCI meetings, Kristen decided to join the Monett Jaycees in 2009. She became the management vice president in 2010, then took on the duties of chapter treasurer and district director in 2011.

Her district grew by 50 members that year. Consequently Kristen earned the M. Keith Upson Memorial Award, the highest honor given to a district director, awarded to only four people in the United States that year.

In 2012, Kristen was elected a state vice president. She also participated in the Leadership Monett class and served as chaplain for the Barry County Shrine Club Ladies.

At the state meeting where Kristen was elected president, Brittie Oakley, of Monett, was elected state vice president. Brittie served as president of the Monett Jaycees in 2011 and region director in 2012. Jonathan Hagar, the current Monett Jaycees president, was appointed as the Missouri Jaycees chaplain for 2013. Both were elected by acclamation.

The Monett Jaycees are responsible for the annual Jaycees Carnival and worked closely with the Freedom and Fireworks Committee in 2012 coordinating Monett's Independence Day celebration,which was held on Labor Day. The event had been postponed due to extreme dry conditions from the drought.

Upcoming activities include the Thanksgiving baskets and Toys for Tots drives, a fundraising dinner on Nov. 20 at the Monett Senior Center to support Linn Thornton's Christmas dinner and a float in Monett's Christmas parade. More information about the Jaycees is available by calling Hagar at 393-8253 or by email at jonhagarpres@gmail.com.

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