Editor's note: Submitted by the Defeat of Jesse James Days committee
Following the lead of other Minnesota cities, the Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee will be crowning three ambassadors instead of the traditional ‘Miss DJJD Queen and Princesses."
“Beginning this summer, we will be crowning three equal ambassadors”, said Julie Eddy, Ambassador Scholarship Program Chair. “It’s time for us to make this shift because this is what we truly are—ambassadors for the Defeat of Jesse James Days. Many see a Queen and Princesses and automatically think “beauty pageant,” but we are so much more than that!”
The three selected will travel throughout the state promoting DJJD and Northfield and encouraging people to visit and see why we love our celebration and community so much! The three ambassadors also spend a lot of time volunteering at approximately 20 worthwhile causes such as Special Olympics and Laura Baker Services Assn. Throughout the year they will have made more than 60 appearances and at the end of their reign each ambassador will be receive a $2000 scholarship. This program is designed to empower young women with poise, polish and a promising future and we see the name change as a way to better describe this great program for young ladies.
Informational meetings set for DJJD Junior Ambassadors and Ambassador Scholarship Program Candidates
The Defeat of Jesse James Days Ambassador Scholarship Program Committee is seeking out new ambassadors to reign over the 2012 DJJD Celebration. There will be informational meetings held June 7, 2012 and June 12, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Jesse James Lanes, Hwy 3 S, for those interested in learning more. Representatives will be on hand to discuss both the Junior Ambassador program and the Ambassador Scholarship Program.
Junior ambassador candidates must be age 6, 7, or 8 by August 4, 2012. They must attend school in the Northfield School District, or live in the Northfield School District, or have parents that work or volunteer in the Northfield School District to be eligible. This event is limited to 16 participants and will be accepted on a first-come basis. The Junior Ambassador coronation will be held Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at the St. Olaf College Viking Theater at 1 p.m. For additional information, contact Liz Rohach at (507) 271-3316.
Ambassador scholarship candidates must be 17 years of age by July 15, 2012, be unmarried with no children and live or work within the Northfield School District. If chosen, they will receive a Scholarship of $2,000. The Coronation will be held Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at the Northfield Middle School at 6 p.m.
According to Ambassador Scholarship Program Chair, Julie Eddy, “This is not a beauty pageant. Our program revolves around volunteerism and developing leaders that will serve as positive role models as ambassadors for the Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration and Northfield. In addition, the ambassadors will spend the next year visiting other communities throughout the state and meet hundreds of people through parades, coronations and other special events gaining valuable friendships, experience and making lifelong memories.
“The candidate experience is very rewarding for everyone. Candidates are offered personal growth opportunities, fun social activities and memories to last a lifetime in a non-competitive environment. Qualified mentors will be available to help make every experience a positive one. Even if the candidate is not selected to be a part of the royalty, they will have a great time participating in many events during candidacy, have more confidence in public speaking and learn interviewing techniques. They will spend time with the DJJD celebration committee and have a great time with new and old friends.”
Information is also available on our website www.djjd.org . For those unable to attend this meeting, you may contact Shelley Brady (952) 237-9281 or Julie Eddy (612) 986-9418.