May Newsletter

26 May May Newsletter

In This Issue

• Meet your Community Development Team

• Convention

• Executive Team Updates


• Staff Updates

• Upcoming National & International Events

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Meet your Community Development Team

Confidence Learning Center PM Chris Piekarski
My Jaycee experience began with a night out meeting some people who I really didn’t know.  From there it has flourished into something great.  I was very active in recruiting and helping our program grow.  I attended the last convention, received a presidential medallion, and made so many friends.  I have been quiet as of late due to some health issues but can’t wait to get back into things.

In my personal life, I am a busy guy.  I am a program director for a group home, I do crisis assessments at local ER’s and I have my own fishing tackle business.  Fishing is a true passion of mine, and I am very excited about the upcoming walleye season to begin.  I am married and have a son who is 6 years old now.  I am very excited to pass my fishing traits onto him and watch him grow into it as I did.

Youth Sports PM Zach Johnson

I am a child of two parents that were very active Jaycees, and I have been around the organization for over twenty years. I started my own Jaycee experience in Minneapolis watching Kathleen Sprole rebuild her chapter, and eventually moved home to Brainerd and became a very active member of the organization, eventually becoming a member of JCI Staples as well. In 2015 I created the Pub ‘N Putt for charity event in Staples, and have co-­chaired 2 of those events successfully. I have been privileged to serve as the IDVP for the Brainerd Jaycees and the Youth Sports PM for JCI Minnesota, and I am the proud recipient of two presidential medallions and one key to success award. The JCI organization has been and will continue to be an organization that I serve with pride and faith in the organization’s mission and purpose.

I am a graduate of the Central Lakes College Honors program, the Central Lakes College Trio program, and I will graduate with honors and receive my liberal arts degree in two days time, in addition to being named the 2015­-2016 student senate executive officer of the year.

Active Citizen Framework PM Dana Listerud
My name is Dana Ann Listerud, Born and raised in the city of Shakopee with my Mother (Dee or Diane), Father (John) and older sister (Shelia) on a hobby farm.  I grew up showing Horses, Dogs and shooting firearms in competition through my county 4-H program.  4-H is where I learned about leadership and volunteerism for 15 years. I currently, live in Brooklyn Center with my significant other of 11 years (Bob Olsen) who I met through the Jaycees.  I own a cat (Shadow) and a dog (Bear) but, aIn our free time we like to have time with friends, bonfires, grill, smoke pigs, fish and visit the gun range.

I have been a Jaycee for a long time and now for my background of how I got the opportunity to serve you and the state this year.  I Joined the Shakopee Jaycees and in 1999. While a member of that chapter I have served as 8 different board positions and many other advisor and chair roles. On the State level I have held Regional Director and multiple Program Manager and State Vice President roles. I love mentoring and seeing other grow as well as a person!

Spring Convention – THIS WEEKEND

Review the details from the Convention Newsletter HERE!

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

Community Development Update from VP Kristen
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! Place your bid here.  

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 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. Thanks.


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

Passport to Civic Leadership PM Carissa Meyer
I have been a Jaycee for almost 10 years now and I am a 7th degree Jaycee. I am excited to be your passport to Civic leadership program manager this year for jci Minnesota. The passport to Civic leadership program is an activity that any Jaycee  at any time during their career as a member can participate. It is super simple to get started or to continue your degrees with a very convenient app to download right on your smartphone! Once it’s downloaded you can log-in and start checking off all the amazing things you are participating in. The glory of the electronic version is that you can now work on several different degrees all at the same time. I would love to help you learn more about the impact this activity can have for you and for your chapter. Please feel free to contact me or find me at convention!

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.

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

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

Char Blashill
Secondary Political Advisor
JCI MN 2016
C: 218-766-4258

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