April Newsletter

14 Apr April Newsletter

In This Issue

• President Josh

• Meet your Management Team

• Convention

• Executive Team Updates

• Chapter Road Runs

• Staff Updates

• Upcoming National & International Events

Keep Up With Us


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!

Presidential Medallions: Presidential Medallions are intended to recognize members of the organization who made an impact to the chapter, organization or an individual in the organization. This submission can be made by anyone. Submission does not guarantee an award. Deadlines for submissions is May 10. Submit someone here.

Meet your Management Team

Awards PM RandiSu Tanem

My name is RandiSu Tanem, although some people call me Consuela. I joined the Bemidji Jaycees in July of 2005. I enjoy dual-membership in Brainerd as well.  I have won a few awards, been Bemidji Chapter President 77 & 81, been honored with Lifetime Statesman #1554 and Ambassador #4235,and I am currently your Awards PM and the National Ambassador Program Liaison. I won’t lie, I originally joined for the free beer at the Water Carnival.

I work for Evergreen Youth & Family Services in Bemidji. I help at-risk and homeless youth. I like target shooting, fishing, travel, and making new friends. If you give me a toothbrush, you will have a special place in my heart.

CLC/Parade PM Jessica Kennedy

I’m Jessica Kennedy, your CLC/Parade Program Manager for 2016. I first heard of the Jaycees when I was asked to join the Austin Jaycees (JCI Austin) in 2011. I was very active in my local chapter and then started being active at the state level three years ago. I’ve held the positions of Membership VP and State Delegate in my local chapter and was the Region 8 Regional Director last year for the state. It’s great to see so many chapters participating for parade points, keep those screenshots and newsletters coming by the 25th of each month as well as any CLC submissions to PM Jessica.

March Madness Winner Pete Colarich

Congratulations to Pete Colarich for winning ED Erin’s March Madness Challenge!  It came all the way down to the last game – both Pete and Amie Klouse were tied going into the final game with 77 points each, but Pete had the tie-breaker.  Thank you to everyone who participated and we will see you next year!
Spring Convention May 13th – 15th Grand Rapids, MN

Don’t forget to register for all the fun and stay for the trainings! Regular registration ends April 25th. Don’t be late sign up today!
Visit jcimn.org schedule of events and registration information.  

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

Management Update from VP Mary
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 jcimn.org. If you need helping finding documents or filling them out, please don’t hesitate to contact VP Mary.

PMG Judges Needed: Judging is done electronically and can be completed anytime, anywhere, between April 18-20. As a reminder, your chapter does receive parade points for providing judges. If you’re able to help out, please contact VP Mary by April 16th.

Looking ahead to items due on April 30th
o    1st Quarter Plan of Action Review and CLC Update
o    Meeting with a local government official

Individual Development Update from VP Robin

JCI Hopkins is hosting JCI Impact on May 7th. To register log into JCI.CC, click on the training tab, and search for upcoming courses.

Review Spring All-State Traning topics and trainer bios here.


Chapter Road Runs 

Reminder – All Road runs for the first Trimester (December 16th – April 15th) are due to PM Beth by midnight on April 16th. 

Make sure to check out JCIMN.org for all road run opportunities! 

The Road Run challenge, Where’s Walser, is being called off. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Road Run PM Beth Walser will be unable to complete the number of road runs that she anticipated at the beginning of the year. All is well in Beth’s life, though the decision to cancel the Where’s Walser challenge was not arrived upon lightly.

The decision was made based on wanting to keep everything fair, including number of regions she would be able to make sure had a fair chance of participating, and wanting what is best for all Jaycees and Road Runners we have out there. We love bringing fun to what we do, so this intention will not be going anywhere!

Please note, the Road Run program is still alive and well! Thank you to those who are visiting other chapters to help at their events as well as learn and take home new ideas to your own chapters.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to VP Kathleen at  or to PM Beth.

April 15th – 17th
JCI Shakopee Stick it to Cancer
Schwan Super Rink Blaine, MN
April 16th 8:00AM
South Saint Paul Jaycees Clean Up Concord
Mattie’s Lanes, South Saint Paul, MN

April 16th 9:00AM
Lakes Area Jaycees PHR
Carlos Ball Field Carlos, MN

April 16th 12:00PM
Region 5 Bar Olympics
Dog House Bar & Grill Maplewood, MN

April 16th 1:00PM
Lakes Area Jaycees PHR
Miltona Ball Field Miltona, MN

April 21st 6:30PM
Mineeapolis Jaycees 3rd Thursday Social
Northbound Smokehouse & Brew Pub Minneapolis, MN

April 22nd – 24th 
JCI Minnesota Camp Confidence Clean Up
Camp Confidence Brainerd, MN

April 23rd 10:00AM
Minneapolis Jaycees Food Drive Bag Drop Off
Powderhorn Park

April 28th
JCI Minnesota Aliveness Project Dining Out for Life
Throughout the State

April 29th – 30th
Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes

See You On The Road! 

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

Ars Bellum Foundation Fundraiser Manpower Needed
I have been approached by my friend Bridget, CEO of the Ars Bellum Foundation looking for manpower help on April 30th for a fundraiser in Minneapolis, at the Marriott City Center. I would like to request the Jaycees to step up and assist with this event, and possibly partner with Ars Bellum in the future on other awareness campaigns.Current sponsors of this event include the Minnesota Vikings, and the VIP reception includes photo opportunities with Carl Eller. Rachel Latuff, the reigning Miss Minnesota, will also be in attendance and available for photos, but the formal photo ops are with Carl.

As for the assistance needed for the event, it is not heavy or intensive work, but stuff that needs to be handled quickly, professionally, and respectfully. All volunteers working during the event should be in business or semi-formal attire. You do not need to be a Jaycee to volunteer, but it sure doesn’t hurt!!

From Bridget “From start to finish, I think we’re looking at a 3 pm to 10 pm volunteer time. I can split that into two shifts if people want to volunteer early or late, and everyone who volunteers will obviously get complimentary dinners from us. The chapters will receive special recognition as volunteer sponsors for us in all of our printed materials, social media and online presence, so there will be plenty of opportunities for PR. – I will give them as much exposure as I possibly can.”

If you have specific questions about this event, Bridget can be contacted at 651-317-9579 or Bridget.Cronin@arsbellumfoundation.org  She can be available to speak to your chapters about her organization and the impact it has on the lives of so many servicemen and their families. Please feel free to contact her directly, and let me know if you are able to volunteer for this event. Thank you for your time and consideration.

For more complete info regarding manpower information, click here.
Submitted by Shakopee member Meredith Black.

Active Citizen Framework PM Dana Listerud
Hello this is your 2016 Active Citizen Framework PM!  My name is Dana Listerud and can I tell you how excited I am about this position.  Personally, I have to be honest to you I never even knew that the
United Nations had goals that us (the normal person) could take part in.  Well, that was until VP Kristen asked me to take this PM position this year and started researching it right away!
The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the WorldHere is document to an article I found on the UN Goal website.  Please take a moment to read it and think about if there is something more you personally could be doing for the advancement of a better world?  Some of the things you will learn from this link is how to use power strips to save electricity. Stop forest destruction, conserve water and how to stretch food!  All this are easy simple ways to better our community, country and world!
Treasurer Lucy Hagemeier
General Liability Cost share Invoices have been emailed the president and treasurer on file for each chapter. If you have not received a copy please contact me with an updated email.  Please be sure to mail a check to JCI Minnesota.  If you need to set up a payment plan please contact us sooner than later.  Contact Treasurer Lucy if you are interested or have any questions. 
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 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 by the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month.