March Newsletter

24 Mar March Newsletter

In This Issue

• President Josh

• Meet your Membership Team

• Convention

• Executive Team Updates

• Charitable Foundation

• Chapter Road Runs

• Staff Updates

• Upcoming National & International Events

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A Message from President Josh
REMINDER: Membership Challenge!!! March 1- April 30: For every one member signed you will go into a drawing for a $50 gift card. There will be three of these given out.

For every 5 members signed you would get your name put into a drawing for a $250 gift card. Example: Sign 10 members be in the $50 drawing 10 times and the $250 2 times. So they would have the potential to win $400.

It’s time to invite others to be a part of the best young persons’ organization in the world!

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Meet your Membership Team

Road Run PM Beth Walser
I have been a member of the Minneapolis Jaycees for 5 and half years. During that time I have held various board positions including State Delegate, Management VP and Chapter President.

In my free time you will more than likely find me on my bicycle, brewery hoping around Minneapolis with friends or riding dirt trails somewhere remote. I also enjoy going to concerts and traveling anywhere and everywhere. Contact PM Beth anytime.

Junior Jaycees PM Sheena Ziegler

I’m Sheena Ziegler the JCI Minnesota program manager for the Junior Jaycees. My Jaycee career started only a short year ago officially however I have participated in many Brainerd Jaycee events over the last 10 years. The Brainerd Jaycees took me in and had faith in me to begin the Brainerd Junior Jaycees in 2015. With success I now find myself as a state PM.

When I am not working on Jaycee stuff, I am a mother of 3 beautiful boys. I am a student at Central Lakes College working on an A.A.S in special education and American Sign Language. I love hanging out with my family and friends. Contact PM Sheena anytime.

Passport to Leadership PM Carissa Meyer

I joined the Brainerd Jaycees 2006 Offices held are secretary, treasurer, president and chairman of the board. Chapter projects chaired are 4th of July corn feed, Halloween spectacular, 5k jingle bell run, co-chaired Street Fest on Seventh. Founded the Brainerd Junior Jaycees in 2015

I am married to Shane Meyer since 2006. We have Three-ish children; Olivia 13, Mason 11 and Shayn 9 along with our foreign exchange student Bernadette 16. We have our fantastic fur babies; Buster, Barley, Buddy and Banjo. I am part time student at CLC, graduating in May in Business Management with an additional certificate diploma in Entrepreneurship.

The best part of being apart of our amazing organization is that at the end of the day our world is a little better because of the time and talent that runs through our members. To watch these things unfold is blowing and awe inspiring all at the same time. Contact PM Carissa anytime.

Retention/Recruitment Coordinator Drew Nerdahl

Drew Nerdahl joined JCI Shakopee in . Serving the chapter as an area Vice President, State Delegate and President he also has server JCI Minnesota in sever Program Manager positions and as a member of the executive team. Drew proudly holds Statesmen 1522, Ambassador 4231 and Senator 74890. Contact Coordinator Drew anytime.

Alumni Coordinator Jari Steinlage

Jari Steinlage joined the Hopkins Area Jaycees in 2006. Served in roles as IDVP, State Delegate and President. In 2009, Jari was Region 6 District 1 Director and in 2010, was Management Vice President. Since then, Jari has served as Local Presidents Coach and in 2015, served as President of the Minnesota Statesman Organization. Contact Coordinator Jari anytime.

Alumni Coordinator Jeri Lemke
Jeri joined the Hopkins Area Jaycees in 1995. She has held several positions on the local level including State Delegate, Membership Vice President, Chapter President, and Assistant Gambling Manager. On the state level Jeri has served as West Metro District 2 Director (twice), Road Run Program Manager, Statistician / Incentives Program manager, Membership Director, Central Area Vice President and Membership Vice President. In her Jaycee career Jeri has been recognized with many honors.

In my free time I enjoy playing darts, hanging with my friends, and spending time with my 11 nieces and nephew. I love the Jaycees and have enjoyed all of the opportunities that they have provided me. As an Alumnus I like sharing stories of the past, helping the current leaders with advice or just as a sounding board, and encouraging the future leaders about all of the opportunities that they have to make an impact in their life as well as others. Contact Coordinator Jeri anytime.

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

Don’t forget to register for convention! Early bird registration ends March 29th. 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.
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 this 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
Thank you to all of the chapters that have been submitting paperwork so far this year – you are awesome!

If you haven’t submitted anything yet, it’s not too late to jump in! One of the biggest deadlines is approaching in just a few weeks and want you all to start preparing now.

On April 16th the following items are due:
o Project Management Guides (Send to Management VP)
o Road Run forms (Send to Road Run PM)
o Vice Presidents People Awards (Send to Management VP AND your Regional Director (or cross assigned VP))

All of the information can be found in the library at If you need helping finding documents or filling them out, please don’t hesitate to contact VP Mary.

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

Camp Wish List War: Deadline for Round 1 is April 6. Contact PM Chris
Camp is all about helping kids! Let’s get on board and help get these spring items donated.
Every item on this list is an item a child needs in order to partake in projects this season. Please take the time to help out and make a difference in a child’s summer. A little donation goes a long way. For details check out the info sheet you can download here.

Camp Clean-up is April 22nd – 24th: Get your chapter signed up today! Registration Deadline April 10. Contact PM Chris
** Work for Fun ** Earn Parade Points ** Network with other Chapters/People **
The time is coming fast for the JCI MN 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. Get your chapter registered today! Check out our Facebook event for more information!

Community Development/Priority Project Award submissions: It’s almost the end of the quarter and that means Community Development Projects are due. This link is active again and ready for you to submit. Thank you for your patience while the link was down. Chapter presidents please get these submitted no later than April 15. I am excited to see what projects your chapter has been running this quarter and the impact it has had on your community around. The form is simple to fill out. If you have any questions, please contact VP Kristen at 320-815-6173 or email. Submit your projects here.

For more information including: Pitch, Hit, & Run, Priority Project Screening Committee, Soup4Souls, Priority Project Bid, Camp Confidence Fundraiser, and Pop Tab Project,
Click here.​

Individual Development Update from VP Robin

Spring All State Competitions topics will be released on April 13th. Please register with IDVP Robin and PM David at or by May 5th.

Spring All State Training opportunities include:

  • Tips
  • Fishing 101
  • Leadership Book Club
  • Debate 101
  • Accomplishing Great Things
  • Google Drive/Docs 101
  • Portfolio Competitions
  • All about TOYM
  • Writing a Gold PMG
  • Banquet Prep/Spa Day

For descriptions and times of these trainings,
Click here.​


Membership Update from VP Kathleen
Sharing Your JCI Story Can Be the Start of Someone Else’s
Now that we have a few months under our belts, and with so many awesome projects and events planned for Spring and Summer, it’s time to get invite others to be a part of our amazing organization!

With a goal of 500 new JCI Minnesota members this year, we have 459 to go. This may seem daunting, though it’s completely realistic. You have the power to inspire others, and it might be a bit easier than you imagine.

I encourage each of you to take 5 minutes and write out your JCI/Jaycees story. Some questions you might entertain: Why did you join? What kept you around? What do you hope for the future? How has your personal and/or professional life improved since you have joined? What about the JCI/Jaycees experience is meaningful and fulfilling to you?

Now, go share this! Post it on Facebook and other social media. Share it with your chapter members. Most importantly, share it with those who are not (yet) members of this amazing organization that has impacted your life in such positive, great ways.

Share your story. Invite others to start their own JCI/Jaycees story. Good luck and don’t forget to reach out! I’m an email or phone call away!

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 over the Easter weekend including Easter egg hunts in almost every corner of the state! Where ever you may be in the state, there are events to attend! So many that they can’t all fit in this newsletter! As always make sure to check out for all of those events and more!

Also please note the deadline for Road Runs from December 15th to April 15th is April 16th!

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. 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.

If you are interested in getting a region shirt or Nike pullover, pre-orders will be taken through spring convention. We will be taking orders at Bar Olympics. Shirts are $25, pullovers are $75. Pullover stitching color is green to go with President Josh’s year.

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, April 18, 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.