By Martin J. Kidston
City Councilwoman and community activist Emily Mayer-Lossing was recently selected as the Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Montanan in Laurel this past weekend.
Mayer-Lossing said she competed against three finalists for the state title after being selected for the competition through a resume and interview process with the Havre Jaycees. Her resume will now be sent to a national judging board where she will represent the state of Montana by competing for the Ten Outstanding Young Americans, which will be held in Washington, D.C., in January 2000.
I am very happy, she said. I earned it for a lot of different organizations.
Mayer-Lossing mentioned her family, the Democrats, the Havre Jaycees, historic preservation, tourism and local government. She said that efforts towards historic preservation and tourism are often overlooked and deserve recognition. She hopes the award will help.
Lossing is a staunch believer in preserving our history and is active in various cultural organizations, said Lita Thisselle of the Havre Jaycees. She has worked on several local and state communities to build tourism in our area.
Besides serving on the city council, Thisselle said Mayer-Lossing chairs the ordinance committee and serves on the parks and recreation, water and sewer, loan review and loan negotiations committees; campaigns for Jack Mudd, Bob Hockett and Senator Max Baucus; isactive on the Hill County Democratic Central Committee, the Hill County Democratic Womans Club, Old Forts Trail Association, Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association, Clack Museum Foundation and the Victorian Society of America, among others.
At the competition, Mayer-Lossing said she answered questions from a panel of judges, which ranged from Why are you doing what youre doing? to How has it made you change as a person?