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What’s the best part of being a Jaycee — or a JC

For Gronvold, it’s watching the young people grow. 

The Mahar family for the St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Mahar family for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

“I like watching them give back to the community, like I used to do when I was younger.  I’m excited, and my daughter, who is 18, is excited, too. She’s just joined and brought three of her friends in to be members, and they’ve got some great ideas for socials so they can get out into the community and bring in some more young people.”

For Edwards, “It’s not just one thing; To be able to collect, to give, and to receive that smile on their faces, it’s the whole thing that seals the deal.  Because the hard work, it’s sometimes dreadful, but when you see the results, it’s like, Oh My God, it’s such a great feeling.”

For Mahar, it’s about family.

Tai-Chi Class
Tai-Chi Class

“And not just my family, but the children of the people I grew up with.  I was the first Youth member in Hollywood, and I love watching the other kids grow, and I especially love seeing how the special needs people that I teach in school are accepted in the community. 

“To be able to see that, is another aspect for me; it gives back to me that glowing feeling that I see in them, and I can absorb it from them.”

To help JCI Hollywood make a difference in any way, contact Debra Gronvold at 954 981 4378 or visit http://hollywoodfljaycees.com.

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