The recipient of the George C. Klein Service Above Self Award for 2019 is Jay Molnau. Jay is a lifelong resident of Chaska & member of St John’s Lutheran Church & has served on their Board of Elders, Trustees, Youth and Stewardship. Jay was instrumental in starting St. John’s involvement with Families Moving Forward addressing the Homeless issue in our community. Jay currently serves as the caretaker for St John’s Cemetery. Jay worked for Carver County for 30+ years. He served 2 terms on Carver County’s Parks Commission. Jay has been a member of the Chaska Lions since 2011. He served as the President, and assists with Charitable Gambling. Jay was instrumental in starting the Chaska Lions 52 Club, which uses proceeds to support programs and services for the needy.
Jay volunteered with fellow Lions members for Highway Cleanup, River City Days, Taste of Chaska, Touch a Truck and the senior picnic in City Square park, partnering with the Chaska Parks and Recreation.
Jay has volunteered for Lions International, and worked the Vision and Hearing booth at the state fair. He was chosen Zone Lion of the Year in 2015.
Jay has been a member of the Chaska American Legion for 47 years. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1972 to 1978. Jay served on the Chaska Cubs Amateur Baseball Board serving as its secretary for 10 years along with serving on several committee’s as part of State Amateur Baseball Tournaments in 1988, 1998, 2008 hosted by the City of Chaska. He still is an active volunteer at the ball park. Jay has served as Treasurer of the Chaska Hawks Booster Club for 6 years and is presently an active board member of the Chaska Historical Society. He also is the volunteer coordinator of the Carver County Red Cross.