Lillian Vannett, a Minot member of Service Corps of Retired Executives was honored as the local chapter's Member of the Year. The recognition took place at the North Dakota District of SCORE Chapters during its fall conference held Sept. 17-18 in Grand Forks.
Vannett has been a dedicated SCORE member for several years and has effectively served the chapter in many ways including:
Has been the lead person in communicating to and assisting in recruiting chapter members.
Accepts clients and effectively mentors them.
Monitors the mentoring process by entering the forms to National on clients who have been served in a mentoring session.
Serving as secretary during the recent year.
Helps monitor signing the Code of Ethics.
Regularly attends local meetings and annually attends both the district spring and fall conferences.
"She is a positive example to all members," said Lowell Latimer, chairman of the Minot SCORE Chapter.
SCORE, a nonprofit nationwide organization that has existed for nearly 50 years, is dedicated to helping small businesses, one business at a time, get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. The free and confidential face-to-face advice is for entrepreneurs and small businesses. A volunteer organization, SCORE members are from the local business and professional community.
The four state chapters are located in Minot, Bismarck-Mandan, Fargo and Grand Forks.
The Minot chapter, in existence for about 28 years, has 25 members. Most members are retired and include those with careers in real estate, the Air Force, restaurant ownership, dentistry, education, banking, farming, judicial, cable company ownership, jeweler and insurance business.
To provide mentorship to a small business, SCORE connects a member with similar experience to the business that he or she will be mentoring, Latimer said.
The Minot chapter meets the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Parker Center in Minot.