Bromeland puts her heart into the pageant
Some people were enjoying the outdoors this weekend, while others may have gone to a movie; but one Jackson woman was competing in the Mrs. Minnesota International pageant.
Jennifer Bromeland, who is the city administrator of Jackson and former city administrator of Winnebago and is married to Joseph Bromeland of Wendland Sellers Bromeland, P.A. in Blue Earth, competed for the State title in St. Cloud on Saturday, March 14.
“I heard about the program and thought it was a really good opportunity to challenge myself and for personal growth,” Bromeland says.
She represented Jackson County at the pageant where she went up against six other contestants.
The Mrs. Minnesota International Pageant is a way to promote married women, their accomplishments, and commitment to family and marriage, according to the pageant’s website.
The event includes an interview portion, evening gown portion and a physical fitness portion. But, one of the main focuses is each of the contestants’ platforms.
And Bromeland, being passionate about her chosen platform, won an award for her efforts in promoting it.
“I worked to develop my platform which was The Beat Goes On Heart Health Awareness – Fighting Heart Disease in Women,” Bromeland explains. “My family has a history of heart disease and there are a number of really easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of heart disease.”
She devoted time into promoting the cause through interviews, letters to editors at various newspapers, spoke to various groups about her platform and even created a website outlining her platform.
“I didn’t win the title, but I did earn the Media Award,”?Bromeland says.
And, contestants who have the best promotion of their platform in the media are considered for that award.
“One in three women dies from heart disease each year making it the number one killer of women, even though it’s largely preventable,” Bromeland explains. “I wanted women to know that with the right information, education, and care, heart disease can be treated and prevented, and lives saved. Too many women are still unaware of their risk for heart disease and the facts about heart disease.”
Bromeland spent a good deal of time learning about her platform after being named Mrs. Jackson County.
“You do need to spend a bit of time to prepare. Otherwise,?it really wasn’t too big of a time commitment,”?she adds.
Last Friday, March 13, Bromeland had to go to St. Cloud where the State pageant was held and check in and submit all the necessary paperwork. Then spent the rest of that evening rehearsing.
On Saturday the day of the pageant the contestants started off the day with their personal interviews. Then they rehearsed, again.
At 6 p.m. the pageant began and lasted until about 8 p.m., Bromeland says.
” Overall, competing in the Mrs. Minnesota International Pageant was a great personal growth opportunity as I developed some new skills and sharpened others, and a really neat experience in that I was able to form new friendships and connections,” she says.
Bromeland adds that the pageant last weekend was especially enjoyable since she had more time to get to know the other contestants better.
The six other contestants represented Dakota County, Martin County, Hennepin County, Washington County, Apple Valley, Lakeville and Brainerd.
“Pageants seem to be predominately represented by contestants from metro areas, but I wanted to show other women that there are opportunities for those of us from greater Minnesota,”?Bromeland adds. “I wanted to represent all those other women like me in greater Minnesota who are wives, mothers, professionals, and community volunteers.”