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By Max Erikson

Service awards given


January 31, 2018

Max Erikson

COMMUNITY WINNERS: Recipients of the Goldendale Service Awards.

The Goldendale Junior Community Chamber (GJCC) and the Goldendale American Legion partnered together to host the third annual Goldendale Service Awards Banquet and Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 27. The service awards recognizes the volunteer contributions of individual community members representing several local organizations.

The organizations that attended the event and recognized those who have contributed to the community through volunteerism included:

• Goldendale Farmers Market

• Klickitat County 4-H

• Klickitat County Search and Rescue

• Carquest/ABATE

• Goldendale FFA


• American Legion

• Goldendale Legionnaires

• Goldendale Legion Auxiliary

• Coalition for Preventing Abuse (CPAC)

Vice President of the GJCC Elaynna James says this event is really important for a small town, and she wants to encourage people in the community to get involved with volunteering to help contribute to making Goldendale a better place.

"We want to encourage youth and their families to volunteer," James says. "There is so much they can do together, and there are lot of opportunities in Goldendale to do that."

GJCC-formally the Jaycees-provides local youth scholarships, organizes local events, and provides sponsorship, volunteers, and support to local causes and events. James says she is very proud of her team and sees an enthusiasm in the community to get involved in volunteering.

"There is a truly amazing spirit in Goldendale for volunteering, and we want to continue to champion that," James says. "And it is a great way to bring the community together."

GJCC changed its name from the Jaycees last October and are now expanding the organization by applying for a 501 (c) 3 non-profit status. Having that status will allow the GJCC to offer more scholarships and more money to students in the greater Goldendale area.


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