April Newsletter

28 Apr April Newsletter

In This Issue


• President Josh

• Meet your Individual Development Team

• Convention

• Executive Team Updates



• Chapter Road Runs

• Staff Updates

• Upcoming National & International Events

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Project Submission

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.

Presidential Medallion Submission

Meet your Individual Development Team

Competitions PM David Waldorf
I have been in the Jaycees since 2009, starting in JCI Shakopee. I’ve served as a Director, Vice President, and Chapter President for JCI Shakopee. I have also served as the Region 8 Director. I am Lifetime Statesman #1608. I am enjoying being Competitions PM and look forward to seeing many of you compete over the course of the year

First Timers PM Tiffah Scott

Hello Jaycees! For those who do not know me, I am Tiffah Scott aka Princess Tiffah. I am honored to serve as your 2016 First Timers PM and Membership VP for the South St. Paul Jaycees. Prior to taking on these positions, I have served as State Delegate, Secretary and Chaplain since joining this fantastic  organization at the end of December 2012. I am thrilled and excited for all the projects and the difference we are making this year.

A little bit about me, I have lived in five different states and three different countries. In addition, both Eddie (my sock monkey) and I are huge Luke Bryan fan.  You may notice my clothes do not always match,  it is because I am colored blind.

Seriously,  I am so honored to serve as First Timers for Josh Regan and my South St. Paul Chapter.  If Eddie or myself can serve you in anyway, please let me know.  Remember “Think Different, Be Better!”

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

Greetings Everyone!
The time is coming up quick on Spring Convention. I hope you have registered for all the fun, socializing, and training’s we have offered… otherwise, why haven’t you?!?! Our team have finalized some really great training’s for Spring so please take a look at the newly released final schedule. Some changes have taken place since the initial roll-out of convention registration so please take note of these changes:

Strategic Planning Meeting:There will not be a strategic planning meeting on Friday. This meeting will in fact be moved to Fall Convention.

Kids Convention:There will be a cap of 10 kids registration for “Kids Convention” for Spring. This cap is to make sure there is a safety precaution (10 kids for every 1 adult). That being said we only have 3 spots left for Spring! If you know anyone that would like to help out with Kids Convention please contact PM Laura.

TIPS Training:Remember that TIPS Training is on Friday. We do have a few spots available if you want to register. 

Welcome NVP Chris Puetz to the training agenda! I recently had the chance to chat with NVP Chris and he is going to be a great trainer. He will be doing a Membership Recruitment Training in the Maple Room after lunch from 1:30-3pm and we have left some time after his training (3-3:30pm) for a meet to meet this amazing Jaycee!

Friday Night Event: We will not be having a dance on Friday night. Instead we will be having a bean bag challenge going on in the main room and a bonfire going on outside if the weather is nice. RD/DD Coach Meredith Black has been putting the details together for the bean bag challenge and I am sure it will be loads of fun. Come to play or just to watch!

Leadership Book Club: Don’t forget to do your homework!  Get your copy of “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” by Simon Sinek. We are also planning on having another Leadership Book Club at Fall. Get the scoop on which book will be up for discussion at Fall.

Be on the lookout about a week before the convention as there will be an Convention Newsletter coming your way with all the juicy details. Until then, start working on your Kentucky Derby Outfits and Hats! And we will see you soon!

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

Public Relations Update from VP Tad
#JCIMN  Attention all you social-media-loving Jaycees: use and abuse #JCIMN on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts. All photos gathered (subject to our censor of course) will be used across our website and displayed during convention. So keep uploading your awesome chapter photos, and get your hashtag on!

Management Update from VP Mary
Thank you to all who took time to submit award nominations and other paperwork. We love hearing about all of your projects and the hard work you’re doing to have an amazing impact on your community. That’s what this is all about! We’re looking forward to recognizing lots of deserving people at Spring Convention in a couple of weeks!

We just have one more big deadline for first quarter and that’s submitting your 1st quarter reviews and updated CLC checklist to the Management Team (VP Mary and PM Jessica) and National CLC PM Traci by April 30th.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, send proof of meeting with a local government official by April 30th.

Individual Development Update from VP Robin
Spring All State convention is approaching quickly. A large benefit of being a member in JCI is the opportunity to develop your skills in public speaking, writing, and effectively communicating your viewpoint to others. This opportunity is realized by participating in competitions at any level. At conventions you may participate in Speak Up, Write Up, or Debate.

To register for competitions, please indicate on your registration form in which area you intend to compete, or email PM David by May 5.

For Speak Up, please prepare a 5-7 minute speech on one of the following topics. You will also be given a topic at convention on which you will prepare a 3-5 minute impromptu speech.

Speak Up topics are:

     – “When you have integrity, nothing else matters… when you DON’T have integrity, nothing else matters.”
     – “How can we, as an organization, Think Different and Do Better in 2016?”
     – “In an election year, what do you see as the responsibility of JCI members in the United States?”
If you plan to participate in Debate, please attend the “Debate 101” training after the BOD for helpful hints to improve your chances.

For Write Up, you will be given the topics at convention and will prepare your written essay at that time.

Administrative Update from VP Amie
To sign up for direct pay contact VP Amie and she can get your chapter set up.

We are taking bids for SAS 2017, FAS 2017 and Annual 2017/18. Please fill out the manpower form.

Is your Chapter President or State Delegate unable to attend convention? Have the proxy form filled out so someone can sit in for them.

Don’t forget that your membership renewal AR needs to be paid in full in order to vote at convention.  If you have any questions please get a hold of VP Amie.

Don’t forget to get signed up for convention.  Also the kids convention has 3 spots left. Get your kids signed up early so there is room for them. Please fill out the consent form and bring it with you to convention. There is still plenty of room for the Junior Jaycees program at convention. 

Community Development Update from VP Kristen
Pop Tabs/ Wish List War Items: If you are turning in pop tabs or Camp Wish list War items, please bring them Friday night. There will be a table set out for these items. Make sure you label what chapter your items are donated from so that you can receive proper credit.
Priority Projects Bid Form: There is 1 open spot to fill, if your chapter has a priority project they would like to see be a part of JCI MN priority projects, this is the form you need to fill out. Once this form is completed it will be reviewed and voted on by the Priority Projects Committee. We are looking for new things to help this organization grow. No idea is a bad idea. Let’s see what you’ve got! Submit your bid here.

Camp Confidence Clean up Weekend Wrap up: Thank you to everyone who attended Camp Clean up this weekend! it was a perfect day to work outside. Thank you to everyone who came to help out today at Camp Confidence Cleanup! We had 52 workers help with many projects and 75 attend for lunch to watch Minnesota Senate President Ketti Green present Bob Slaybaugh! We had a total of 10 chapters that came and helped out. Thank you for taking the time to do this!

Wish List WarsI would also like to say thank you to the chapters that have donated to Camps Wish List War project. The deadline for Round 1 will be Friday night May 7 at Spring All State Convention. Please make sure you get these items turned in. Chapters that have donated:  6 Total: Bemidji, Brainerd, JCI Lakes Area, New Munich, JCI Shakopee. (If your chapter is not on this list and you have donated please contact VP Kristen and let me know so you can receive the credit.) Thanks!

Aliveness Project: If your chapter is donating to the Aliveness project or participating in Dining out for Life, Please email VP Kristen and let me know so that I can attend and give you credit for your hard work.

Nothing But Nets: If you have Nets, please get them out! So many members have commented on they are waiting for the netting to begin! If you have a Net and you need help on how to net someone, please contact PM Dean  and he can help you out. We are still looking for 2 lost nets. If you have seen a misplaced net, please let us know so we do not have to replace them. Thanks.

Pitch Hit and Run: The season has started and it’s great to see so many chapters participate in hosting local competitions. Sectional competition will be hosted by 

  • JCI Lakes Area will be hosting a sectional competition on Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. located at Fillmore Baseball fields in Alexandria, MN.
  • JCI Staples will be hosting a sectional competition on Sunday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m. located at Pine Grove Park in Staples, MN.

Chapter Road Runs 

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

Junior Jaycees Program Manager Sheena Ziegler
In 2015 JCI USA rolled out a Junior Jaycee Program. The Junior Jaycees consist of children ages 7 to 17 doing just what we do in the Jaycees, they work hard to better our community and develop leadership skills. Juniors are encouraged to participate in their passport to civic leadership program, active citizen frame work and create their own events. Right now there are three Junior Chapters in the State. They include Shakopee Junior Jaycees, Brainerd Junior Jaycees, Lakes Area Junior Jaycees and the Bemidji Junior Jaycees.

In 2015 the Brainerd Junior Jaycees came out of the gate participating in their sponsor chapter, the Brainerd Jaycees events. They started with a water stop at the Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes. As they move on the create the Junior Jaycee Movie in the park, running kids games at Street Fest and many more Brainerd Jaycee events. This year they will be participating in a food drive, their 2nd annual movie in the park night, pitch hit and run and volunteering at their local animal shelter and many more.

The Bemidji Junior Jaycees have been meeting weekly and have elected a board of directors, they have volunteered at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, sold 240 Raffle tickets and managed the membership booth at the Home Sport and Travel Show and had 7 members participate Camp Clean Up at Camp Confidence. Their future events partnered with their sponsored chapter include, Pitch Hit and Run, Sand box fills, adopt a highway.

Lakes are Junior Jaycees were the first Junior Jaycee Chapter in Minnesota, They have participated in event across the state. Much of their focus is traveling to other towns helping with events in other communities as many of them a Jaycee kids. Right now they are working on surveying their community for the possibility of a community garden, they are working towards a fun summer of events, traveling and hopefully gardening.

Juniors also have opportunities for awards and convention trainings.

If you are interested in opening a Junior Chapter in your area, please contact Junior Jaycee PM Sheena Ziegler for more information by email or 218-330-4302. Also you can seek out Sheena at Spring convention as she will have all of the paper work to begin a Junior Jaycee chapter.

Nominations Committee Meetings 
JCI Minnesota, if you are interested in expanding your horizons and stepping up to a leadership role, please plan to meet with the Nominations Committee at Spring All-State Convention.

The nominations committee will be meeting Friday starting at 10pm. Please contact Immediate Past President, Juanita Beauchamp to sign-up for a time-slot. You can contact COB Juanita at or via phone/text at 320-761-1003.

The purpose of the Nominations Committee is to certify the eligibility and qualification of candidates for the offices of State President, State Individual Development Vice President, State Management Development Vice President, State Public Relations Vice President and/or State Community Development Vice President. However, we encourage anyone that is interested in stepping up to meet with this committee even if you’re unsure whether or not you will announce candidacy for one of these positions.  During this time, you will visit with the committee for 20-30 minutes about your credentials and the position(s) you are interested in.  This meeting in no way obligates you to pursue state office but it is the first step in the process.

Plan to discuss why you are interested in a certain position, your strengths and weaknesses, leadership qualifications and Jaycee credentials.

Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you about your Jaycees future path.

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, May 16, 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
Listed below are upcoming dates of JCI, JCI USA, and JCI MN events along with the link for further information on the event and registration.

April 27-30, 2016
2016 Conference of the Americas; Punta del Este, Uruguay

May 4-7, 2016  
2016 Africa and Middle East Conference; Johannesburg, South Africa

May 13-15, 2016
2016 JCI MN Spring Convention; Sugar Lake Lodge – Grand Rapids, MN

June 2-5, 2016
2016 Asia-Pacific Conference; Kaohsiung, Taiwan

June 3-4, 2016
2016 Mid-America Institute Meeting; Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration information has not been released yet.

June 13-14, 2016  
2016 JCI USA National Summit; Washington D.C.

June 15-18, 2016  
2016 European Conference; Tampere, Finland

July 6-10, 2016
2016 JCI Academy; Mito, Japan

July 25-28, 2016  
2016 JCI Global Partnership Summit; New York City, NY

September 16-18, 2016 
2016 JCI MN Fall Convention; Best Western Plus – Willmar, MN

September 22-25, 2016  
2016 JCI USA Annual Meeting; Detroit, Michigan

October 30 – Nov 4, 2016 
2016 JCI World Congress; Quebec, Canada

December 3, 2016 
2016 JCI MN TOYM Banquet; Park Plaza Hotel – Bloomington, MN

January 1-30, 2017  
Camp Discovery Gainesboro, Tennessee: January 7-8, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: January 14-15, 2017
Pasadena, California: January 21-22, 2017
Chicago, Illinois: January 28-29, 2017

January 20-22, 2017 
2017 JCI MN Annual Convention; Crowne Plaza – Plymouth, MN

Please let Primary Political Advisor Mike Chavez or myself know if you have any questions on the national or international events.

Mike Chavez
Primary Political Advisor
JCI MN 2016
C: 507-481-6119
E: redsox42us@yahoo.com

Char Blashill
Secondary Political Advisor
JCI MN 2016
C: 218-766-4258
E: char.blashill@gmail.com 

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