FREMONT – The Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce will honor three of Fremont’s leaders for their outstanding volunteerism and commitment to making Fremont better, safer and friendlier for both businesses and families.
The winners of the Compass Leadership Awards for 2019 were nominated by Chamber members, and subsequently selected for the honor by the Leadership Council and Executive Board of Directors.
This year’s youth winner is Jacob Friedrich, son of Ronna and Curtis Friedrich. During his time at Fremont High School, Friedrich was actively involved in National Honor Society, Student Government, Spanish Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Band, Orchestra, Choir, Physics Club, Mathletes, Tennis, and Track. Jacob was both a Nebraska Leadership Seminar and Boys’ State Delegate. In his spare time, Friedrich volunteers with the Fremont Rural Fire Department, responding to emergency calls, training, and assisting in training new members. Jacob also shoots and volunteers with the Nebraska Traditional Archers.
The adult female winner for 2019 is Karna Dam. Dam is an Educator at the University of Nebraska Nebraska Extension office in Dodge County. For years, Karna’s professional focus has been on 4-H Clubs and volunteerism, Agriculture Literacy, STEM education and College and Career Readiness. Dam developed the first online education class for youth age 8 – 18 to teach Livestock Quality Assurance, which became the foundation of what is now the nationally recognized Youth Livestock Quality Assurance course for 4-H and FFA youth. This course reached 7,151 youth from 29 states and one foreign country.
Finally, the 2019 adult male winner is Mayor Scott Getzschman. Getzschman’s dedication to our community dates back to his service on the Fremont City Council from March 2005 through December 2010, followed by his service as Mayor from December 2010 and onward. Getzschman has also served as Vice Chairman of Midland University Trustees, on the Fremont Area Medical Center Foundation Board, and as a board member and as Chief Volunteer Officer of the Fremont Family YMCA. Getzschman is a former President of Habitat for Humanity, Care Corps, Fremont Area United Way, and of the Fremont Cosmopolitan Club.
In addition to his role as Mayor of Fremont, Scott is currently serving on the Heating and Cooling Advisory boards of Metropolitan Community and Southeast Community Colleges, and is also a member of both the Fremont Cosmopolitan and Fremont Rotary Clubs.
These leaders, along with this year’s graduates of Leadership Fremont and the Youth Leadership Academy, will be recognized at the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Leadership Banquet on Monday, May 20th at 6:30 pm.