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Brenda Youngbear is 2017 Tama Citizen of the Year

May 19, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Brenda Youngbear is the 2017 Tama Citizen of the Year chosen from nominations submitted to the Tama Firefighters Association.

The selection for the honor announced Friday night, May 12, came fittingly just in time for Mother's Day with the nomination made by her son, Jamie Youngbear.

For many years she has been active not only as a dedicated member but also heading up several local organizations. This involvement truly fits the goal of the Tama Citizen of the Year - Each year since 1982 the Firefighters have chosen a nominee to recognize as a person who has contributed to the city through volunteer efforts.

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Brenda Youngbear

-News-Herald/John Speer


"I nominate my mother, Brenda Youngbear for 2017 Citizen of the Year. She has volunteered for the Tama-Toledo Eagles Club doing numerous fundraisers for the community. and donating her time. Her most recent accomplishment was being State President for the Eagles auxiliary in 016. She also volunteers in the community doing Meals on Wheels, helps with the Memorial Day flags at Oak Hill, fish fires for the Legion, Eagles and VFW." - Jamie Youngbear

"I appreciate being chosen for the honor of being Tama Citizen of the Year," Brenda said. "There are others in the community that are well deserving of this. I couldn't have done it without all the help of the people I work with in the clubs."

Currently Brenda is in her 12th years as president of the Tama American Legion Auxiliary and serves as Poppy Days chair; is chaplin for the Tama-Toledo Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary; heads the upcoming Memorial Day Services for the Legion and VFW; is a member of the Tama Community Activities Group;

She was the 2016 State Eagles Auxiliary President and a past three-year president of the Tama-Toledo Eagles Auxiliary. During her tenure along with the state Eagles president, a total of more than $25,000 was raised for Wildwood Hills Ranch of Iowa at St. Charles. The facility provides equestrian therapy and programs for youth and for veterans.

in Tama, Brenda's work with the veterans organizations includes the heading up the Poppy sales during the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival. Money raised stays in the community to help veterans and their families.

She also has volunteers and cooks meals for many fundraising events for community members who are in need of assistance with health problems. She also has cooked the meal served to Shriners taking part in the Lincoln Highway Days Festival parade for the past 24 years.

She is a TOPS Club leader, member of Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, served on the Tama Sesquicentennial Committee and is currently Eagles auxiliary Conductor.

A lifetime Tama, resident, Brenda, 59, is a 1976 graduate of South Tama High School and the daughter of the late Stanley and Margaret Youngbear.

She has sons Josh and Jamie and a third son, Gerald, who died in an automobile accident. She also has eight grandchildren - Gage and Kayla Roberts; Naomi, Lacie, Jazmine; and Jacob, Kyle, Kendra, Youngbear.

Brenda was on the dietary staff for 31 years at the Iowa Juvenile home / State Training School for Girls in Toledo until it was closed. She got her start in food preparation and service at Dick's Restaurant in Toledo.

With all her activities, Brenda does find time for one hobby - bowling. She said she bowls now in Marshalltown and is looking forward to going to a midwest womens tournament in Ohio.



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