May Newsletter – Convention

10 May May Newsletter – Convention


Spring Convention is next weekend!

Join us to celebrate all of our accomplishments thus far!

2016 Spring Convention – May 13-15: Sugar Lake Lodge – Grand Rapids. You can register online or in person. Many great training opportunities are scheduled and we will celebrate our successes so far.

Conventions are a time when Jaycees across the state gather, network, learn, share ideas and celebrate accomplishments of last year. They offer a time to recharge your battery as a volunteer and gain strength from the energy of those around – people facing the same challenges and exciting opportunities. In addition to individual development competitions, training, and awards, there will be many opportunities for chapters to share ideas about their most effective projects with the biggest impacts.

What happens at Convention?

Friday night

  • First Timers: New to convention? Find out who, what, & when!
  • Awards: Celebrate chapter and individual achievements
  • Competitions: Write-Up
  • Hospitality: Meet & Greet with the 2016 Team and get info on programming areas
  • Entertainment: Brought to you by Dean-O-Mite Entertainment


  • Board of Directors Meeting: The business meeting of this organization
  • Competitions: Debate, Speak Up, Portfolios
  • Training: Professional, Individual and Jaycee related topics
  • Foundation Luncheon: A portion of year end awards
  • Formal Awards Banquet:  Dinner & Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Dance: Kentucky Derby – Brought to you by Dean-O-Mite Entertainment

Notice: Saturday’s lunch and dinner will be assigned by chapter & region.  Table numbers will be on the back of the name tags.


  • Hour of Power: Energetic and motivating speakers wrap up the weekend

For questions or more information, contact Conventions PM Lindsay Case at or (612) 270-9490

Important Documents

Schedule of Events (Click Here)
BOD Agenda (Click Here)
BOD Minutes (Click Here)

Individual Development Competitions & Trainings
Skill development through competitions and training opportunities is what sets JCI apart from other civic/service organizations. Please take the time at convention to grow your leadership skills through these opportunities provided at no additional cost to you as a JCI Minnesota convention attendee. If you were to attend trainings of this quality elsewhere, there would be registration fee. Through our convention attendance, you can benefit from these opportunities for free!! And who doesn’t like FREE?!?

Speak Up topics for your prepared speech 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 the responsibility of JCI members in the United States?”

Also, be sure to check out the FANTASTIC training opportunities we have scheduled Friday afternoon and throughout the day Saturday!

TIPS, Fishing 101, Leadership Book Club, Debate 101, Accomplishing Great Things, Google Drive/Docs 101, Portfolio Competitions-What you need to know, All about TOYM, Membership Recruitment with National VP Chris,Writing a GOLD PMG, AND Banquet Prep/Spa Day

Google Drive 101: We will be examining Google Drive and Apps to see how these tools can be used to help Jaycee members and chapters in their goal of bringing positive change to their communities. Example files and templates will be provided, along with tips on best practices and things to avoid. Please feel free to bring your laptop/device, and if you have a Google account that will help too, along with the Chrome browser (optional, but it makes working with Google Apps easier).

Regional Unity Bean Bag Tournament
The 2016 Regional staff is pleased to present a Regional unity bean bag tournament Friday night of Spring All State. This will be a 2 player team, (luck-of-the-draw), single elimination tournament. The event will be held after awards on Friday night – look for the boards and your amazing Regional Team once the location has been determined. Lets see which Region can encourage the most participation!!!

Convention Details

Hotel Information:
Sugar Lake Lodge 37584 Otis Lane, Cohasset, MN 55721

Starting at 5:30pm on Friday the Main Dining Room will be open for dinner and it will close at 8pm. Awards start at 8pm giving you plenty of time to grab a quick bite and a drink before the festivities start.

If you want to enjoy the golf course while you are visiting the greens fees are included. For a small fee you can rent clubs and golf carts.

During Friday and Saturday night awards there will be a special drink available for purchase. The Mint Julep is designated as the “official drink” of the Kentucky Derby so it would only be fair if we partied in style. Sugar Lake has graciously agreed to donate $1 of each of the Mint Juleps purchased to donate to Camp Confidence Learning Center golf cart fund. Thank you Sugar Lake for helping us with this donation! So make sure you try the Mint Julep for a good cause!

Register your hospitality:
We will have roughly 20 first timers at this convention. Sugar Lake is pretty big when you are thinking about visiting other chapters hospitality rooms to get signatures. Please Please Please register with Convention PM Lindsay Case if you are having hospitality in your villa. I will try to place all the hospitality rooms close together so our first timers will not have far to walk when searching for people to introduce themselves to and get signatures in their books.

We will be using Guidebook at this convention. This means you will have the schedule of activities at your finger tips! Please download the Guidebook app and then search for MN Jaycees Spring All State 2016 or you can click
Passphrase is jcimn2016

Kentucky Derby Theme:
No longer just a theme for the dance! Don’t forget to dress up on Friday and Saturday night as well. There will also be a photobooth available for pictures. Have fun with the theme and let us know what you liked!

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.

Nothing but Nets:
If you have Nets, please bring them to convention. If you have a Net and you need help on how to net someone, please contact Dean Carstensen 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.

Operation Glass Slipper:
Are you collecting convention dresses in your closet? Are you wondering what to do with them? The Shakopee Jaycees are collecting used convention/prom dresses to donate to Operation Glass Slipper (OGS). OGS is a non-profit organization is dedicated to providing prom gowns and accessories at no charge to high school girls who would otherwise be unable to attend prom due to financial or family circumstances. There will be a table available on Friday night and Sunday morning at the Hour of Power to donate your dresses, shoes, and any accessories you would like to get rid of. No dress is turned down! OGS is in dire need of accessories and usually have to go out to buy these items to have them available for the girls. Anything and Everything will be accepted. Do a little “Spring Cleaning” and help others at the same time!

Foundation Luncheon:
Don’t forget that at Spring Convention we have our Foundation Luncheon.If you will be donating money to the foundation please please please… don’t be like me and forget your checkbook. I have discussed with the foundation chair Patti Joyal about the plans of the luncheon and it sounds like a lot of fun! Last year we raised $15,000 for The Foundation. Can we match this? Can we exceed this? Come to find out!

New Survey Process this Year
To reduce the amount of paper we use we are switching over to using QR codes to do our survey’s. In each room there will be a QR code present for you to scan and it will take you directly over to the survey which you can take on your phone. Please make sure you have a QR Reader or Bar-code Scanner downloaded on your phone.

Fall registration:
There will be limited number of paper registration forms available for pick up for Fall Convention. If you would like to fill it out and turn it in for early registration at this convention you must have payment attached. Otherwise please take it with you and send in when registration opens.

ABC Social

Come join your fellow Alumni at our Alumni Breakfast Club.
Saturday, May 14th 9am to 10:00am In the hotel restaurant

Come join your fellow JCI Minnesota Alumni in the hotel restaurant at 9am to have a bite to eat, socialize and share ways of how we can help out our local chapters.

The Alumni of JCI Minnesota are a very important part of the Jaycee movement by passing on our knowledge, mentoring, encouraging members and lending a hand where needed to make all of our chapters as successful as possible.

We would love to see all of you Saturday morning at convention. (Breakfast is on your own)

Alumni Coordinators Jari and Jeri

Shakopee Fundraiser

I would like to invite you to join us in our hospitality room at convention. Currently we are working on raising funds in order to help our members go to World Congress. We will be selling Hypnotic and Apple Pie shots for between $1-2!! We will also have a select few other options available. Please keep an eye out for Facebook posts and fliers at convention.

We hope to see you there any questions or concerns please contact me Shakopee State Delegate Matthew Duffy.

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