March Newsletter

10 Mar March Newsletter

In This Issue

• President Josh

• Meet your Public Relations Team

• Convention

• Executive Team Updates

• State Bowling

• Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans

• Charitable Foundation

• Chapter Road Runs

• Staff Updates

• Upcoming National & International Events

Keep Up With Us


A Message from President Josh

The Jaycees core values are volunteering and service.  It is about making an impact, finding the connection to something that is larger than ourselves.  But it is also about friends.  Friends made over long hours of running projects, filling out paperwork, traveling across the state to visit other chapters.   Friends made over pouring beer at the local festival or ice fishing among the many.  Friends that we make for a week or a year or a lifetime.

Need someone to clean up a city street:  Call a Jaycee
Need someone to pour beer:  Call a Jaycee
Need someone to have a food drive:  Call a Jaycee
Need someone to run a city-wide project:  Call a Jaycee

As friends, as a chapter, as an organization, we rely on each other to help us pull through.  To pick us up when needed, to help out when short-handed, to reach out when necessary.  But we can be there to when you need someone to help deal with stress, with hardship, with grief.  Be there for your fellow Jaycees, help them to pull through because “earth’s great treasure lies in human personality!”

In Jaycee Spirit,
Josh Regan
85th President

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March Madness

It’s that time of year- March Madness!! Join in the fun with your fellow Jaycees. No cost to enter; first place wins a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a JCI Minnesota t-shirt. Contact ED Erin with any questions.
Meet your Public Relations Team

Marketing PM Angie Nelson
Hi All! I am a second generation Brainerd Jaycee and have been an active member for the past seven years. During my Jaycee career, I have sat on our chapter’s board of directors twice, chaired several socials & Adopt-a-Highway projects, actively worked on and contributed to all of my chapter’s major projects, chaired the Street Fest on 7th and most recently chaired the $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza.  On the JCI MN level, I have been the Gopher PM, a Presidential Assistant, and currently am serving as your 2016 Marketing PM. The Jaycees are my second family, and I truly believe that “Service to Humanity is the BEST WORK OF LIFE.”  The leadership skills I have personally developed and watched other members develop never cease to amaze me. Sometimes I cannot even grasp the level of impact we are able to contribute to our communities, and to ourselves. It is quite wonderful to be a part of the greatest young person’s organization in the world.

On a personal note, I work as the Firm Manager of B. Johnson & Assoc., Ltd., an accounting firm in Brainerd. I have 2 fantastic(most of the time) boys, James(16) and Ryan(10) and a very patient and understanding husband, Mike. I enjoy reading a good book, playing games, golfing, fishing (mostly for the tan because I’m not very good at it), watching my boys play sports, spending time with friends & family, and volunteering.  I sit on a couple other non-profit boards, so the majority of my free time is spent with family or giving back, which are really my favorite hobbies. Please feel free to contact me if you need assistance writing press releases, have any marketing questions, or see something on our new website that needs updating. Contact PM Angie anytime.

Promotional Materials PM Kristine Neis

I grew up as a Jaycee kid, but I officially started my jaycee career in 2008, with the Sauk Rapids Chapter. I have held many local and regional positions. In 2015 I stepped up to the Swag PM position on the state level. I loved that job, so I decided to take it on again for 2016. I love coming up with new and fun ideas to keep JCI Minnesota in the public eye! If there are any requests on apparel or promotional items, please feel free to contact me! Contact PM Kristine anytime.

TOYM PM Debbie Ackerman

I joined JCI Saint Paul in 2002 and at the chapter level have held the positions of: Community Development Vice President, Administrative Vice President, 83rd President, Saint Paul 360 Committee Facilitator & Senior Advisor. For JCI Minnesota I have previously served as the Awards/Blue Chip Program Manager, Individual Development Vice President and am currently serving my second stint as TOYM Program Manager. In 2006 I was on the winning debate team at the JCI USA national convention and our team competed in debate at JCI World Congress in Seoul, South Korea. I enjoy developing and presenting training on a variety of topics and am a JCI Certified Local Trainer.

Outside of JCI, I work as a supervisor and director of leadership development at ACR Homes, a residential services provider for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities. I met my husband Josh at my first JCI event in 2002 and we have been married for 11 years. Our son Luke is a 2nd grader who loves all things art related and our cat, Miss Kitty, tolerates my existence. As a family we enjoy hiking, relaxing at the lake, exploring all the fun things the Twin Cities has to offer and playing games. Contact PM Debbie anytime.

Communications PM Sarah Stenerson
I joined the Brainerd Jaycees in 2006.  In 2008 I also joined the Fergus Falls Jaycees when I moved there.  I’ve served many board positions in both chapters as well as Chapter President in 2009.  Since 2009 I have been Blue Chip/Parade PM, Presidential Assistant two times, Secretary, and ONTO PM.  I am also invoived in the MN JCI Senate, this year serving as the North Area Coordinator.  I love helping people and volunteering.  I strive to connect with people and respond to people in a timely manner.  Communicating is important to our members. hence the reason for taking on the communications PM this year.  I hope you enjoy these newsletters!

Outside of the Jaycees, I work at my family’s business, Stenerson Lumber, in which I am the 5th generation involved as a sales support specialist, although I wear many hats. I enjoy the outdoors, fishing, bonfires, and being on the lake.  The last few years I’ve gotten into making my own “stuff” such as cleaning and personal care products so I know what is in them. Contact PM Sarah anytime.  

Spring Convention May 13th – 15th Grand Rapids, MN

Don’t forget to register for convention! Come join us at the Kentucky Derby for some trainings, fun and celebrations! Visit schedule of events and registration information.  Be sure to call Sugar Lake Lodge to book your rooms and email PM Lindsay if you have a hospitality room so she can put you on the list for hosting. 

Kids Convention Information.
Please Bring:    A pillow and blanket if you would like your child to rest.
A sippy cup if your child uses one.
Please provide notice of any food allergies or food restrictions for your child.

Saturday, May 14th 7:15am – 10:00pm
7:15 – 7:30am               Meet & Greet
There will be name tags provided upon drop off.
Once all kids are settled in we will do some fun meet and greet activities.
7:30 – 8:00am               Free time
This will be a time for the kids to play with one another
Get to know each other on a more personal level.
8:00 – 8:30am               AM Snack time  
Granola bars, yogurt, bananas, milk and juice.
8:30 – 9:00am               Arts & crafts
Coloring, origami and different projects
9:00 – 9:15am               Clean up time
Clean up so we can do some movement
9:15 – 10:00am            Music & movement  
Time to get up and get that blood pumping
10:00 – 10:30am         Story Time/Free Read
Books for all ages will be read
10:30 – 11:00am         Free time
Free time & free play
11:00 – 12:00pm         Lunch
Fruit: bananas, orange & apple slices
Vegetable: Corn
Main: Macaroni & Cheese with option of hot dogs
Beverage: Milk and juice
12:00 – 1:00pm            Quiet time
Free read for those don’t nap
1:00 – 3:00pm              Movie Time
Big Hero 6
Beauty and the Beast
3:00 – 3:30pm              PM Snack
Crackers, fruit snacks, choice of fruit, juice or milk
3:30 – 4:00pm              Arts & crafts
Special crafts
4:00 – 4:45pm              Free time
Free time, puzzles and play time
4:45 – 5:00pm              Wrap up
Kids will wash up and get ready for supper
5:00 – 6:00pm              Supper
Fruit: bananas, orange & apple slices
Jell-O salad
Main: Crock pot spaghetti
Beverage: Milk and juice
6:00 – 6:30pm              Clean up
Pick up after supper
6:30 – 7:00pm              Free time
7:00 – 9:30pm              Movie Time
Popcorn and night time snacks will be provided
9:30 – 10:00pm            Pick up
Kids will help pick up any remaining toys and get ready for pick up.

Lifetime Achievement Awards Due March 15

With convention coming up, application deadlines for the Minnesota Statesman, JCI USA Ambassador, and US JCI Senate applications are due March 15th.  

The Mission of JCI Minnesota is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change

Administrative Update from VP Amie

Direct Pay: Sign up for your chapter to go on direct pay. It is super simple to get you set up. You have the option of having it set up as the Chapter Paying for the members or as Members paying for their own dues. Let me Know if you have any questions or if we can get you set up.

Convention Manpower: We are currently taking bids for Annual 2015/2016 at the Crown Plaza in Plymouth, Spring All State 2016 Convention & Fall All State 2016 Convention. If your chapter or group has interest in running manpower at one of the conventions please fill out the form to submit your bid.

Also If your chapter or group is interested in doing manpower for Fall All State 2016 in Wilmar, please contact President Josh

Management Update from VP Mary
Hey Regional Directors – this is for you! In case you haven’t been acquainted with the Regional Director paperwork, the new website library features several documents you’ll want to take a look at to maximize your year. Those documents include:
Plan of Action template
Performers Club – Parade of Regions spreadsheet
RD/DD Visitation Log to track chapter visits
Please note: The Plan of Action deadline has been extended to March 31, so be sure to check it out and submit your plan as soon as you can to myself and Parade PM Jessica. 

Community Development Update from VP Kristen
Community Development project files are now on the website here.

Priority Project Screening Committee: In search of two at-large members to join the priority projects screening committee. These members will review priority project proposals for the upcoming priority project election. If interested or have questions please send an email to VP Kristen by May 1st.

Award submissions: Community Development Project Report forms due April 15. It’s almost the end of the quarter and that means Community Development Projects are due. The form is simple to fill out here. If you have any questions please contact VP Kristen.

Pitch, Hit, and Run is fast approaching! Makes sure you get your kits ordered. Please email VP Kristen and PM Zach with your dates if you are hosting a PHR so we can get them sent out in time for other chapters to be able to attend and so we can come help. Deadline to run PHR is May 8th 2016. If you need any assistance we are here to help.

Camp Clean-up is April 22-24th Get your chapter signed up today!
**  Work for Fun **   Earn Parade Points **  Network with other Chapters/People  **
The time is coming fast for the JCI Minnesota to take time to help get Confidence Learning Center ready for another year of providing unique experiences in nature to physically and mentally challenged individuals. We will be doing multiple tasks throughout the weekend, including painting, chopping wood, cleaning, etc. check out the Facebook event.  Questions? Call Camp Confidence 218-828-2344 or PM Chris

The weekend will include:
FREE sleeping accommodations
Cabin assignments (TBD)
Campers welcome
Donate Silent Auction Items, baskets, services
Free Camp T-Shirts will be given to each volunteer
Daycare may be available based on need and availability of volunteer babysitters. Contact us if your teen would like to volunteer to babysit or if you would like daycare for your young child during the workday.

Weekend Project Agenda (Subject to change)
Friday April 22, 2016
             4 pm – 9pm Arrival – Check In at the Lodge 
             7 pm Bonfire Social at Mariucci Lodge/Pot luck supper
Saturday April 23, 2016
             9 am – 5 pm  Work Day (lunch on your own)
             6:30 pm. Dinner – a $5.00 donation per person of all ages.  
             Social following the meal
Sunday April 24, 2016
             We’ll all go our separate ways feeling wonderful!

Soup4Souls: The  Soup 4 Souls Project has started! This project is designed to help chapters get out and help in our communities while building individual growth and development. The date for this project has been extended to May 1st, 2016. This will allow more time for chapters to get out and try this project. . If you want to know more about this project, please contact PM Dana.

Thank You for your support and dedication!!

Individual Development Update from VP Robin

Trainings and competitions for Spring All State convention are almost finalized. Competition topics will be released one month prior to convention. We do ask that if you intend to compete in either Speak Up, Write Up, or Debate that you pre-register with Competitions PM David Waldorf at and VP Robin Groetsch at by May 1st.

We will have TIPS training Friday of Spring All State convention (May 13) from 3 to 7. If you would like to attend, please indicate that when you register for convention, either on Eventbrite or when you register with the paper form. There is a $35 cost for the course to cover training materials and the fee for the course.

If you would like to participate in the Fishing 101 activity, please be sure to have a valid 2016 Minnesota Fishing License and pre-register for the Fishing 101 activity at Spring All State by emailing RD Shane Meyer.

ED Erin will be running a leadership book club at Spring All State to discuss the book “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” by Simon Sinek. If you would like to participate in the book discussion, please purchase or borrow the book and have it read prior to convention.


Membership Update from VP Kathleen
Extensions – Not As Scary As It Sounds
We have some big goals for 2016! This includes starting new chapters in Minnesota. When an existing chapter helps start a new chapter, it’s called an “Extension.” Starting a new chapter can sound like an intimidating process. However, all of the tools and information is right at our finger tips! If you live or work in an area that you think could benefit from having a JCI chapter, please let the membership team know!

To start, here is a link to the JCI page that has a checklist for starting a chapter and the application. I will of course be helping you with all of this:

In the “New Chapter Checklist” you will see all of the information you need to get started on the right foot, from how to incorporate the chapter to .  The new charter fee is $250, then the new membership fee is only $25 per member. This will be a total of $750 for the start of the chapter and its first 20 members. Even this isn’t so intimidating if you are able to find local business support and sponsorship of the new chapter.

If you have any ideas about communities where a JCI chapter would thrive, have some ideas you’d like to share, or are just reaching out for support of efforts you’ve started, please don’t hesitate to contact VP Kathleen or PM Drew.


For state bowling flies click here.

Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans

Started in 1950, the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans (TOYM) program is Minnesota’s only statewide recognition program for outstanding young leaders between the ages of 18-40 who have devoted themselves to improving their community. The program acknowledges the efforts and accomplishments of young adults who have contributed to our state through their service, thought and influence, community involvement, or entrepreneurship.
Honorees reflect the vast diversity of young people that are making a difference in their community- whether they get involved through business, nonprofit and community organizations, or government service. TOYM is a program that recognizes and brings together a broad cross-section of young people that have devoted themselves to improving their community.

The 2016 TOYM program will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Bloomington, MN. It promises to be an evening of inspiration for all.

Nominations are due July 1, 2016 and are accepted online.

There will be a training at Spring All State convention to introduce you to the TOYM program. Come and find out all the details about nominating a candidate for TOYM. This course will provide tips on finding quality nominees, teach you how to fill out the nomination form and provide insight on your role as nominator and how to be a good host to your TOYM honoree.

Any questions about the nominations or the event can be sent to PM Debbie Ackerman.


Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation

Chapter Grants:  How would your Chapter like to get money to help run a community development project?  The Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation sponsors grants to help Chapters run quality projects.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE – March 31, 2016 / AWARDED at Spring All State Convention  See more information here.

Hall of Leadership:  The Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation Hall of Leadership Award is a prestigious award that recognizes former Jaycees over the age of 40.  Please think about past Jaycees from your Chapter who have taken their knowledge and leadership skills and continued to work within their community.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE – March 31, 2016 / AWARDED at Spring All State Convention See more information here.

Chapter Membership Incentives:  The Foundation has pledged to recognize and financially reward Chapters at growth each quarter as well as year end growth.  First Quarter deadline to submit is APRIL 10 and will be awarded at Spring All State Convention.  See more information here.

Please contact Foundation Chair Patti Joyal with any questions

Chapter Road Runs 

We’ve got all kinds of Road Run opportunities coming up within the next month! So many that they can’t all fit in this newsletter! Be sure to check out for even more Road Run greatness! If you see  Road Run PM Beth Walser out and about, take a selfie with her and use #WheresWalser #JCIMN. Contact PM Beth to be sure your event is listed in roadrun reports.
March 11th-13th

State Bowling Hosted by the South St. Paul Jaycees
Mattie’s Lanes, 365 Concord Exchange N, South St Paul, MN

Saturday March 19th 8PM
Fergus Falls Jaycees 80’s Prom
Z103 Bar &Grill 902 Frontier Dr, Fergus Falls, MN

Saturday March 26th 10AM
Hopkins Area Jaycees Bowling the the Bunny
Tuttle’s Bowling Bard & Grill, Hopkins, MN

Saturday March 26th 12PM
Lake Elmo Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt & Egg Decorating
Lions Park Playground, Lake Elmo, MN

See You On The Road! 

The Vision of JCI Minnesota is to be the leading global network of young active citizens

Region 5 Update – Mike Slobodnick
Good Day JCI MN!  Have you taken a walk on the wild side today? There are a couple of things that DD Chad & I wanted to share with you!  First off there will be Region 5 Awards in April with a time & Place to be determined.  You have until MIDNIGHT on March 31st to submit your awards.

Secondly, Region 5 will be hosting it’s 1st Annual Bar Olympics!

The opening Ceremonies will be on Saturday, April 16th at The Dog House Bar & Grill.  All are welcome to join.  The Dog House Bar & Grill has an amazing menu & staff! There is a $10 entry fee plus quarters.  It will be luck of the draw!  Proceed will go to region awards & hospitality rooms at Conventions.  Registration will start at noon & the Olympics will begin at 1PM

If you are interested in getting a region shirt pre-orders will be taken through spring convention. We will be taking orders at Bar Olympics. Shirts are $25. There are hotels in the area so we do in courage people that plan on drinking to spend the night here in town. For More information please contact DD Chad Carlson 651-245-3825.

Chad & I look forward to seeing you at Bar Olympics.

Chapter Presidents Coach Ann Piotrowski
Just want to send out a reminder to all of our Chapter Presidents that we have our monthly Presidents Call on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm.
Phone calls are the 3rd Monday of each month at 9 pm.
Please have 2 -3 projects or events going on in your area/chapter for each call.
Call (712) 432-0080  Password – 187272

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  Email, text, or call.
Ann Piotrowski 320.492.3559  

Upcoming State/National/International Events
2016 National Meeting will be on a Carnival Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico from April 7-11.  More info here.

2016 JCI MN Spring Convention, Sugar Lake Lodge, Grand Rapids May 13-15.  More info here.

2016 JCI MN Fall Convention, Best Western Plus, Willmar September 16-18.  More info here.

2016 National Meeting will be in Detroit, Michigan from September 22-25.  More info here.

JCI World Congress will be in Quebec, Canada from October 30 – November 4.  More info here.

2016 JCI MN Annual Convention, Crowne Plaza, Plymouth January 20-22.  More info here.

Newsletter Submissions
To include any information in upcoming newsletters, please send to Communications PM Sarah Stenerson at by the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month.