The Sal & Francesca (Corky) LoBaido Volunteer Service Award is presented to individuals who have shown a long-term commitment and dedication to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Their volunteerism and achievements have truly contributed to the ongoing success of the Carnival, and they have set an example for others to follow. They have not only given of themselves to the Winter Carnival, but have also made an impact through their volunteerism in their own communities. Nominations are received in early summer. The selection process is conducted by a committee representing a variety of Winter Carnival roles, offices, and volunteers. Using a defined set of judging criteria, each nominee is considered, and a vote is conducted.
The Star Boreas in conjunction with the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, the proud producers of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, are thrilled to honor…
Jackye Whitner, a widow and a mother of 4 (3 biological and 1 adopted) and grandmother of 11. A Hennepin county foster parent over many years to 36 children. I was born on a Choctaw reservation in Mississippi and my heritage is Native American and African American.
I am a seasoned veteran for supporting acts of diversity, participating in the civil rights movement and voter registration drives in Mississippi and helped hundreds of people to prepare to vote for the first time in the early sixties. I have participated in the March on Washington, the 1964 March from Selma to Montgomery, and the 1997 Million Women March in Philadelphia. I have received many awards for my contributions of diversity,1997, the Director’s Award from the Minneapolis Public Library in recognition of my work to develop an outstanding program for alternative dispute resolution in the workplace. 1999, the Woman of Color Award from UW-River Falls for Outstanding achievement and for contributions to increase racial and cultural diversity in the University curriculum. 1999, Learner-Contributor Award from Minnesota Association for Continuing Adult Education for commitment to learning, my application of knowledge at the workplace, and for my promotion of diversity awareness in all areas of life. I write and have published poetry and have presented dramatic narratives representing many areas of diversity. I have served as an election judge in White Bear Lake and Mounds View, 2012 to present.
I am a trained facilitator in the Dialogue process and have served as a union steward, chief steward, VP and president for AFSCME Local 99 . I have many years of experience in career, and assessment identification and provided counseling in conflict and behavior modification in a multicultural Adult Basic Education setting. I returned to college after a hiatus of twenty-five years and enrolled at the UW – River Falls in 1998 and graduated in May of 1999 with a BA in English and a minor in Ethnic Studies. In 2002 I received a Master of Science in Education for Career Counseling and assessments. I retired from the Saint Paul Public School, Dist #625 in March 2007 as an administrator in Adult Basic Education. I served on the Citywide advisory Council for SPPS and the Ronald M. Hubbs Advisory Board for many years. I have provided proctoring services for assessments at the Hubbs Center, Univ. of Minnesota, Dunwoody Institute and currently provide services to other testing agencies.
I am a veteran of the US Army, Sgt E5, serving from 1967 to 1970 including serving as the first African American Woman recruiter in the twin cities, recruiting in MN, WI, Iowa and North and South Dakota. Enlisting over 200 young women.
I am celebrating 11 years of volunteerism with Operation Glass Slipper a prom outfit shopping experience, doing fittings and alterations on more than 500 prom gowns for young women who were recipients. For the past five years I have volunteered as one of the royal seamstresses pulling an all-nighter for wardrobe alterations for the Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows and her court after coronation. I am one of 5 seamstresses known as the “Ladies of the night”. I have made Southwind character costumes, since 2014.
I am a certified downhill ski instructor and taught downhill skiing to all ages, and especially adults for 12 years at Hyland ski area, Bloomington, MN.
I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 1963 and have served in various positions and committees. In 1966, I was one of 16 charter members who established the Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumni Chapter in 1966.
In 2008, I was selected to be a member of the Winter Carnival Senior Royalty Court as Lady-In-Waiting, and again in 2013 as Queen of the Northlands. This was a totally a new and enjoyable adventure, and allowed me an opportunity to meet new friends, travel to many neighborhoods’ festivals, senior facilities. These positions of honor allowed me to represent the diverseness of the senior population of Saint Paul. I am a member of the Senior Royalty Alumni Association and I serve in the capacity as treasurer and the Sunshine committee. I am presently the senior court coordinator since 2014.
In 2012, I was selected to serve on the board of the Ambassadors of the St Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation and served on the Member Social & Promotional Activities. I received the Ambassador of the Year Award in 2013. I serve on the Legendary Character Development training committee. I am always looking for new ways to assist the Winter Carnival and I enjoy keeping the pageantry alive.
My bucket list says, “Be thankful for the small things, enjoy life and people, take no prisoners, seek adventure, partake of coffee and wine daily, always have fireball handy and every morning hit the ground running.”
Howie got his start in Carnival in 1978 when he hosted the Royal Family and Vulcan Krewe at his home in Inver Grove Heights before and after the parade. After doing this for 4 years and was asked to apply for the 1981 Vulcan Krewe. He went for an interview and was asked how it went. He didn’t think he made the krewe, but he was named Grand Duke Fertilious.
He got voted on the Fire and Brimstone board in 1982 and served seventeen years on the board as a director, vice president and president.
In the fall of 1995 he was asked to apply for the council of Fire Kings. He did and was chosen to be the Vulcanus Rex in 1996. He had a great year; however, it was one of the coldest carnivals in recent years. (Record 34 below zero one day!) Howie continued to serve the red side on the Council of Fire Kings Board of Directors for sixteen years. During that time, he held the titles of Secretary and President twice.
Howie Served on the Festival and Heritage Foundation Board of Directors for six years and was part of all the different committees. He gave numerous items for the Spirits of Carnival fundraiser and donated his fire truck for many pub crawls.
For the last seven years he has co-chaired the Winter Carnival Memorabilia show. Howie is an avid collector and enjoys meeting new collectors each year.
One of Howie’s favorite parts of festival life is attending the other festivals and promoting Winter Carnival. Some of the festivals he has traveled to are LaCrosse Octoberfest, Winnipeg Festival Du Voyageur, Krewe of Bowlegs, Krewe of Lafitte, Springtime Tallahassee and Hernando DeSoto Festival just to name a few. He cherishes Winter Carnival and all its traditions, working hard to preserve its history and legend for future generations to come.
LCS Company, Paul & Lisa Stotts
Paul started at LCS company on June 1990. His early tasks began with his maintaining the exterior of the property. Shortly after graduating, he and Lisa married. He joined the company full time. He has worked a variety of positions from deburring parts to shipping finished parts to customers. He has learned the business from the bottom up. Jerry, Pauls dad, purchased the first of two higher speed presses that drove the vision of becoming a lamination stamping facility. Jerry moved Paul into sales and told him to “go out and find jobs to fill those new presses”. That started Paul on his career path to the Sales Management position.
After the untimely passing of his parents (Jerry in 1998 and Mother Susan in 2016) Paul took over as President and CEO of LCS. It soon became evident that Paul and Lisa continued the tradition of fostering the family environment that Jerry and Susan cultivated. Their
entrepreneurship, personally and professionally have made LCS a successful family company.
The Stotts family and LCS way of life has been one of fostering and personally volunteering to various local entities. Paul and Lisa have passed on to their children.
LCS and the Stotts family have made contributions to such groups as: Mendota Heights Firefighters, Salvation Army, Homes for our Troops, Shrine Circus, Boy Scouts of America, Minnesota State Patrol to name but a few. LCS has endowed a scholarship for Henry Sibley High School for student continuing into Tech or Trade Schooling.
Saint Paul Festival & Heritage/Winter Carnival has had the good fortune to be the recipients of their family tradition of support and personal volunteerism. Many of our constituent groups have found them to be sponsors and volunteers of almost every aspect of continuing the Festival traditions. They live and breathe Carnival.
Previous winners of the Sal LaBaido winners:
Tony Mahmood | Aesop’s Table
John & Mike Taxler
Gene & Marilyn DiMartino
2009 David Larson
2008 Richard “Dick” Kedrowski
2007 Lonny Piche
2006 Carol & Dan Swenson
2005 Dorothy Furlong Hall
2004 Don & Sandy Craighead
2003 Dot Bentfield
2002 Mary & Denny Harris
2001 Gil Thoele
2000 Lou Collette
1999 Gladys & Bill Godwin
1998 Lorraine Venass
1997 Bonnie (Vic*) Reim-Bifulk
1996 Gerald Lanahan
1995 Chester Schoenrock
1994 Paul Mueller
1993 Dan Muntean
1991 Gloria Schultz
1990 Robert Sheild
1989 Helen & Richard Murphy
1988 William LaLonde
1987 Bernice & John Roach