Bass headed south
Eudora Jaycees President Pamela Bass will soon get to test her leadership skills by competing at the Jaycees national competition over 10 days in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Bass leaves Friday to compete for the Lauren Todd Brownfield Award, given to Jaycees in leadership positions less than a year. To compete, Bass will display her portfolio, which includes a Jaycees resume, business resume, recommendations, photos, projects and awards. Her portfolio will count for half of the judging with an interview process counting as the other half. Bass said many of the interview questions would be similar to Miss America questions, focusing on how she would react to different situations.
"Except that I don't have to wear a swimsuit," she laughed.
Though she was selected as the state representative for her level, Bass said there is still some apprehension to compete. Even more so than her two competitions at the state level.
"I'm very, very nervous," Bass said. "I am more nervous now than I was on my wedding day."
Bass said while the competition will be a good experience to learn about leadership skills that can be used in everyday situations, getting the award would be a nice bonus.
"It's just the recognition and experience," she said. "And you get a nice plaque."
A member of the Jaycees since August 1998, Bass was elected president in January. With the training of new officers in January, recovery from the Christmas season and planning for the father-daughter dance, as well as being a wife and mother of three, Bass said the first of the year was a hectic time to be preparing for competition while remaining active.
"The first of the year there was just as much time in Jaycees as it was at work," she said. "The first of the year is the busiest time."
In addition to the national competition, Bass has also had experience in learning about international leadership. In March, she attended the Local Presidents Summit in Tulsa, Okla., her first major event as president. While there, Bass met with over 240 presidents from 14 different countries.
"People walk 15 or 20 miles to go to a meeting," said Bass of leaders she met from Africa. "Those are some dedicated folks."