Mrs. Minnesota International Sarah Bazey celebrates with the new 2013 Dodge Center royalty. Emilie Moenning and Rachel Putnam will share in service as Miss Dodge Center. Nola Behne is Little Miss Dodge Center. Photo by Melanie Dobson
By Melanie Dobson
"The size of the town doesn't matter... being selected in a pageant puts you in front of the community," said Sarah Bazey Mrs. Minnesota International 2012. "It gives you the opportunity to help and serve in unique ways." And she encouraged the 2013 Miss Dodge Center duo, Emilie Moenning and Rachel Putnam and Little Miss Nola Behne, to do even more. She was the featured speaker and special guest at the Miss Dodge Center Pageant on June 15 at city hall.
Bazey said the great thing about International pageants is that "candidates are judged mostly on their platform" - how they can make a difference as Miss or Mrs. International. When running for the International pageant, fifty percent is based on the interview, 25% on fitness and 25% on evening gown.
She and her husband have been all over the world offering support to burn victims with SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistant and Recovery). Bazey was in a helicopter crash and suffered burns on 40% of her body; the scars were evident on her left arm in her sleeveless red gown on Saturday. She talked about the wonderful places she saw and the very sad places. In Manila she visited three burn victims, they were badly burned with no pain medication. "All they had was a bed, a curtain and a gown, that was it." She said it was heartbreaking to see the disparity in the world. She encouraged the DC royalty to do use their status to do their part.
Judging from the essays written by Moenning and Putnam both are very interested in being of service to the community. Cheryl Gillard said if business owners have an event they would like DC royalty to participate in to give her a call, 374-2794.
The new royals first line of duty was pouring milk and orange juice at the Fly-in breakfast on Sunday morning wearing their tiaras, sashes and a smile.