Letts an outstanding choice to receive Evergreen Award

We’d like to add our voice to the chorus of congratulations from across Marquette County to Jane Letts for being named the 2016 recipient of the Evergreen Award, bestowed annually by the Zonta Club of Marquette Area to someone who has played a critical role in creating opportunities for women and girls in the area.

Letts, well known as executive director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties, was caught completely off guard during the ceremony held last week on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

“I had no idea. I was overwhelmed and very, very surprised,” Letts said for a Mining Journal story. “It means a lot, and it’s just great to know all the support that Big Brothers Big Sisters as an organization has and the support that I have from all the people that are great friends to me in this room.

Letts was among several nominees for the award. She was chosen, according to Deborah Veiht, who served on the selection committee, because of her long history of leadership and community involvement, as well as her positive attitude.

“She’s helping a lot of kids in our community and letting people know they can reach their full potential,” Veiht said in the Journal story. “She’s also a positive model for other workers.”

Letts has worked with young people in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for a quarter century. She observed, “(Kids) have hope for the future. They learn to get along better with their peers, family members, adults. They improve in school. They learn different activities. They’re far less likely to become involved in alcohol and drugs, and they just make far better choices in their life.”

And Jane Letts has played a very central role in the lives of untold numbers of area youth who are searching for a way forward. She is a very deserving recipient of the 2016 Evergreen Award.