2012's 20 Under 40 honorees meld community involvement, personal interestsThere are dozens of real-estate brokers and pastors in the Northland. The same for lumbermen, National Guardsmen, university administrators and members of every imaginable profession. Everyone, I’m sure, has an interesting life story or compelling tales to tell.
There are dozens of real-estate brokers and pastors in the Northland. The same for lumbermen, National Guardsmen, university administrators and members of every imaginable profession. Everyone, I’m sure, has an interesting life story or compelling tales to tell.
So what’s so special about those in these pages?
Well, Emily Kalligher is a real-estate broker running a family business with her husband, who also clocks dozens of hours volunteering in the community. Ditto for Pastor Gabe Green of the Restoration Church, for whom it’s hard to tell where his pastoral work ends and his community service begins. The same for Dave Chura of the Minnesota Logger Education Program, Minnesota National Air Guard member Frank Bucar and Jenice Meyer of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Center for Academic Service-Learning, as well the rest of our 20 Under 40 honorees.
“I strongly believe it’s important to volunteer with organizations where your skills and experience can make a positive contribution,” Chura told 20 Under 40 writer Catherine Vaught (herself a rising young star, with colleague Mackenzie Allison.) “Everyone can make a contribution and in my opinion, we have an obligation to do so.”
Put that way — as an obligation — it might sound like work, but not with this crew. The 20 honorees make it look easy because they all approach their community service and careers with commitment and positive attitude that make it all seem like fun.
Oh, our 20 Under 40 writers? If their names sound familiar, they were both Minnesota Newspaper Association interns at the Duluth Budgeteer News this summer before returning to East High School for their senior year. Maybe they’ll be honorees themselves in the future; there’s plenty of time — they’re not even 20.
In the meantime, 20 others are doing us proud. Congratulations to all the honorees.