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Detroit Lakes' Tanya Hockett is honored by MN Women of Today

It was about three years ago that Tanya Hockett accepted the invitation of a friend to attend the Detroit Lakes Women of Today annual banquet.

She joined the group at that banquet, in 2005, and ever since, the Detroit Lakes native has become an integral part of the local organization.

From public relations to membership drives to youth and community program manager and most recently, as programming vice president, Hockett has been one of the chapter's most active members.

In fact, in 2007, she was named as the chapter's "Member of the Year," and last month, she received a Presidential Pin from Minnesota Women of Today President Bonnie Olmanson "for her contributions to the Detroit Lakes chapter and District 1 during the 2007-08 year."

"I was a little surprised --but it was a nice surprise," she said.

During the past year, Hockett has been responsible for holding quarterly membership socials and recruitment events, resulting in chapter growth of 25 percent -- the local WOT chapter currently has about 25 members.

And that's on top of holding a full-time job as chief clerk at the Becker County Auditor-Treasurer's Office, where she has worked for the past 10 years, as well as being a wife to husband Tim and mother of two young sons.

In fact, Hockett is currently on maternity leave from the county, having given birth to son Trenton seven weeks ago (firstborn Trevor is 4).

"She's the most amazing person I know," said fellow WOT chapter member Christy Brinkman.

"She selflessly gives so much of her time and talents to making our local communities a better place, in addition to balancing a full-time job with her family.

"She does all of this in her quiet, humble way, influencing change and helping other women become better individuals."

The Women of Today service organization was once known as the Jaycee Women. Since the organization was renamed in 1985, it has grown to include chapters in 14 states. The Minnesota organization boasts about 1,700 members statewide. District 1, of which Detroit Lakes is a part, also includes chapters in Mahnomen, Red Lake Falls, Thief River Falls and Hawley.

The district membership holds quarterly meetings in Mahnomen.

With the motto, ""Service, Growth and Fellowship," Women of Today is open to all women over age 18. Hockett said she was attracted to the organization for its service opportunities and the chance to meet with other women in the community once a month, to enjoy each other's company as well as work together on service projects.

"I've made really good friends -- this is a great bunch of women," she said.

One of the great things about Women of Today, she added, is that "you can be as involved as you want to be."

Currently, Hockett is hard at work planning the organization's annual craft show, which is set to take place Dec. 6 at the Detroit Lakes Middle School.

"Next month, we start working on the Christmas wreaths with the Jaycees," she added.

Tanya Hockett is a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School and Minnesota State Community & Technical College, where she received an associate degree in accounting. She and her family make their home in rural Frazee.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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