Braham resident Dorothy J. Johnson can be described as a selfless giver. Her dedication to community service and volunteer work earned her induction into the Braham Hall of Fame during a special ceremony May 8.
Johnson has lived in the city for more than 65 years. In her time after graduating from Braham Area High School, she advocated initiating girls’ sports at the high school in the late ’60s and early ’70s. More recently, she was fundamental in fundraising for the new Braham Area Community Center and in the Tusen Tack new store purchase and relocation.
“The planet does not need more successful people, but the planet is in desperate need of more people like Dorothy — more peacemakers, healers, restorers and caregivers,” said Edie Kaunonen, who facilitates the award nominations.
Johnson’s career has focused around accounting and finance. She’s been able utilize those skills to give back to her community, from being a treasurer for multiple organizations to organizing events for nonprofits. She encourages today’s youth to think big.
“When I look back at all of you youth here, I want to tell you how lucky you are to be going to a school like Braham,” Johnson said to a student-filled auditorium at the award ceremony. “Set your goals high. Don’t let anybody tell you what your goal is — not your parents, not your teachers or anybody. You have your own life to live.”
Dorothy Johnson’s lifeof service for the Braham community:
- Braham Area Food Shelf treasurer.
- Tusen Tack treasurer and volunteer.
- 4-H former task force leader.
- Braham Area Community Center treasurer.
- More than 10 years coordinating events like the Royal Neighbors “Join Hands” day or “Make a Difference” day.
- Collaborated with Second Harvest and Braham Schools to bring meals to students in the summer work program.
- Initiated a movement to bring girls’ sports to the school.