Riverton Jaycees are top fundraiser in National “Nothing but Nets” tour

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton Jaycees have generated the largest contribution in the country to date this year to the Nothing But Nets program thanks to a collaboration with United Methodist Church.

The Jaycees’ big yard sale last weekend at the church generated $1,624.42 for the program, which provides insecticide treated bed nets for locations in Africa and other locations where malaria is a problem. The church has its own anti-malaria campaign, and the two combined for this past weekend’s big sale.

“The state goal was to have $500 each from our chapters in Casper, Riverton and Sheridan, but Riverton surpassed that goal all by itself,” said State Jaycees President Cathy Rosenthal, a former Riverton resident who now lives in Buffalo. Rosenthal’s parents are Craig and Carol Cooper of Riverton. Not only did the local Jaycees set the bar for Wyoming, to date on an 80 day “Buzzz Tour” of 20 states and 100 chapters around the country, Immediate National Past President Chrystal Ramsay-Dyess said it is the most generated by any chapter in the country. Ramsay-Dyess was in Riverton on part of this year’s nearly 80-day-long tour.

“The chapters I’m visiting on this tour are each putting together their own fund raisers for the drive,” Ramsay-Dyess said Wednesday morning at Riverton’s Jaycee Park. “For instance, Casper did a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament that raised $420. I think before Riverton, the most we generated on any one fundraiser was about $1,000.”

Ramsay-Dyess said she is encouraging all Jaycees around the country to raise awareness on the malaria issue and to raise the issue with Congress to restore funding for such humanitarian programs. “I am talking to local chapters and doing training and getting them involved with their local congressional representatives, we think globally but act locally,” she said.

And her family walks the walk as well. Ten-year-old Aaron has already raised $2,500 for another project that raises funds for the national Jaycees by selling dog tags that promote positive change. He displayed a larger net, not a mosquito net, that contained ribbons from chapters and locations who had donated to the dog tag campaign.

Aaron, 10, mom Chrystal and the Assistant to the Past President Brandi Lippert pose with Aaron's net. (Ernie Over photo)

Aaron, 10, mom Chrystal and the Assistant to the Past President Brandi Lippert pose with Aaron’s net. (Ernie Over photo)