Jennifer Heller — Elk Officer of the Year

ESCANABA – The Past Exalted Rulers of Escanaba Elks 354 have selected Jennifer Heller as Elks Officer of the Year for 2013-14. She has been the secretary of the Elks since October of 2012 and while doing so, she has been instrumental in increasing membership, getting new events started, getting new members involved and participating in all Lodge functions.

Members say Jennifer has been a valuable resource and breath of fresh air to this Lodge. Her energy has been infectious to other members and the future of this lodge will be better because of her.

Years of being a member of the Delta County Jaycees from 2004 to 2011 is what prepared Jennifer for this leadership role. In 2009, she served as the chapter president for the Jaycees and received the Martin P Luthy Award for outstanding leadership in the State of Michigan, She was also honored with the Charles Kulp award as one of the top five chapter presidents in the United States. She was recently selected as the Past Jaycee of the Year by the Delta County Jaycees.

Among her many accomplishments, Jennifer is also a 2011 graduate of the Delta Force program, and over the years has volunteered for organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, Eskymo Fan Club, Delta Animal Shelter and for many years helped organize the Escanaba Cubs annual baseball tournament. She has outstanding organization skills and knowledge of the community and its’ resources.

Jennifer is the daughter of Chris Heller and the late Joe Heller. She has been working at EMP for the past 20 years and is also raising her 15-year-old son, Brett Baumler. Her motivation to give back to the community has also had impact on her son as well. Brett volunteers for the Elks with VA Bingo, Special Olympics and stuffing dues envelopes. Along with being a member of the Elks Auxiliary herself, Jennifer has gotten her mother, Chris, to join the Elks and Elks Auxiliary.

Not only is Jennifer a past president, a secretary, a volunteer, a hard worker and a mother, but she is a devout Green Bay Packer and Detroit Tiger fan. She has also been known to cheer for that team in Ann Arbor.