Roland Temme Receives Highest JA Honor

Last winter, we told you about a big honor being received by one of our JA of Lincoln family. In March, JA of Lincoln Trustee and owner of TMCO Roland Temme was supposed to travel to New York City to be recognized by JA USA with the prestigious JA USA Gold Leadership Award, the highest honor our organization gives to the volunteers who serve our students. Only eight people in the nation out of hundreds of thousands of volunteers earned this award for 2020, and we’re so proud that Roland was among them. 

The COVID shutdown put those plans on hold, and just this last week Roland finally received his award virtually via an online ceremony with JA USA leadership.  

In his 14 years volunteering, Roland has impacted 1,076 students, and he’s hosted just about all of them been to TMCO for tours and some first-hand experience with the robotic machines that cut metal, going home with a personalized gift made for them by those machines. He believes deeply in Junior Achievement, saying “Junior Achievement will make you a better employee, a better manager, and a better parent. Now, more than ever, our young people need to find hope in this country, and still believe that their biggest dreams can come true. I think it is so important for JA to be part of our educational system to make this happen.”

Roland will become only the third Nebraskan to be honored with this award (we’re proud to say that they’ve all been recognized for their work with JA of Lincoln). Marc LeBaron and Nick Cusick are the only other two gold leadership recipients in our state.

We’re so grateful for Roland’s dedication to JA of Lincoln and our students over so many years. What an impact he’s made! Congratulations on this very well-deserved honor!

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