SHERIDAN — Sheridan resident Jarod Martin was recognized with one of the Jaycees highest honors at the annual state convention at The Black Tooth Brewing Company on Saturday night.
Martin was awarded the Junior Chamber International Senatorship at Saturday night’s event.
The Jaycees is an international civic organization for young adults ages 18 to 40 and Martin has been a member of the local chapter, Sheridan Jaycees, since 2005.
Wyoming Jaycees President Cathy Rosenthal said the award is not given annually, but rather, is awarded only when someone is nominated and deemed worthy of it by significantly contributing to the organization’s philosophies and beliefs. She said it has been at least five years since the award has been given in Wyoming.
“It is not given very often,” she said. “It is only given to members who have really gone above and beyond just being a member. They have really motivated others to become leaders and just done a lot of good work in their communities.”
The award is given internationally and bestows lifelong membership in the organization, even after the awardee would normally age-out at 40.
“Jarod has held several positions and he has been a president in the local chapter and a co-chair for a few years,” said Rosenthal, about what Martin has accomplished in his time with the Jaycees. “He has really motivated other young members I think, to step up and become leaders. He has volunteered for and shared various projects we put on and has led by example.”
“He has just been an inspirational, lead-by-example leader,” she continued. “He is just always willing to step up when there is something to be done and doesn’t complain about it, just does what needs to be done and I think that has brushed off on other members and kept our members going. He just has an energy and a spark and others see that and want to follow in those footsteps.”