June Newsletter

23 Jun June Newsletter

In This Issue

• President Josh

• Executive Team Updates

• Chapter Road Runs

• Staff Updates

• Chapter Information

• Upcoming National & International Events

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A Message from President Josh
The world is no longer the place it was when we were children. It is changing fast and sometimes in ways that we would rather it didn’t. There are battles overseas, among our legislators, on our school boards, and even in our own chapters. But what can we do about it. I am reminded of a comment I once heard, “There is no conflict in a graveyard.” It shows that things are changing.

We need to be aware of what needs changing and what can we do to help that change without causing all of the conflict. We must choose to feel and act positively, take criticism in stride and own up to our reactions.

Another thing we can do is embrace the change. We can do this by creating a plan, identifying the potential problems, and making a Plan B. When projects don’t work out, use those errors to rethink the goal and the way to accomplish them. Everyone can make mistakes and success only come from being able to move past them, knowing that they are part of the journey.

Lastly, know that we are not victims. We cannot control what others do, but we can control how we look at the world and what we can do make it a better place. I have a coffee cup on my desk with a quote from Gandhi and it reads “be the change you wish to see in the world…”

Be that change……..

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

Administrative Update from VP Amie
We are currently taking bids for a DJ for our conventions. This will be starting for the SAS 2017 convention.  We will be taking the bid until September 1st. Please send your bids to VP Amie, ED Erin & President Josh.

Direct Pay is coming. We will be switching all chapters over to direct pay no later than June 24th. Thank you to all those chapters that jumped on board several years ago and to all the chapters who are going on it now. You will like being able to pay your members right there as you renew them. No more waiting for invoices to show up and then mail us a check.  If you have any questions or need any help with doing the payments please feel free to email me or give me a call!

Individual Development Update from VP Robin 
In an effort to better meet the needs of our members in relation to personal, professional, and leadership development, the Individual Development team has developed a survey to assess the interests of our members. The results of the attached survey will assist us in developing and organizing training opportunities at all levels of the JCI Minnesota organization–local, regional, and state. Trainings may be provided at state conventions, regional events, or local events, depending on the needs of our members. Please complete the attached survey to assist us in this process.

Community Development Update from VP Kristen
Pitch Hit and Run Recap: Ten volunteers from JCI MN attended the Pitch, Hit and Run Team Championship to assist with the competition this past weekend at Target Field. The top 23 kids from 4 surrounding states were in attendance to compete in this third level round. The first-place winners from this round will advance on for a chance to compete in the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. Thank you to every chapter that took the time to host a local and/or sectional competition.
Punt Pass and Kick: Punt Pass and Kick Registration is now open! Please talk with your chapters about hosting a local competition. If you have any questions please contact Youth Sports PM Zach.

Chapter Road Runs 

Make sure to check out JCIMN.org for all road run opportunities!  If you’d like your chapter events included, please send them to Communications PM Sarah.  
June 25th & 26th
JCI South St. Paul Kaposia Days Bingo
5th Ave & Marie Ave Bingo Tent in South St. Paul

June 29th – July 4th
Bemidji Jaycees 72nd Annual Water Carnival
Lake Bemidji South Shore/Sanford Center

See You On The Road! 

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

Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotan PM Debbie Ackerman
The deadline for nominations for Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans (TOYM) program is fast approaching. Nominations are due by July 1, 2016 at:

Nominations are $25 and if your nominee is selected as a TOYM honoree there will be an additional $125 fee. Parade points will given to chapters nominating potential candidates on or before July 1. First honoree nominated is worth 300 parade points for the chapter and an additional candidate is worth 150 parade points for the chapter.  If you or your chapter would like to nominate someone for this honor, but need some assistance finding a potential candidate, please contact me.

The 2016 TOYM program will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Bloomington, MN. It promises to be an evening of inspiration for all.

Started in 1950, the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans (TOYM) program is Minnesota’s only statewide recognition program for outstanding young leaders between the ages of 18-40 who have devoted themselves to improving their community. The program acknowledges the efforts and accomplishments of young adults who have contributed to our state through their service, thought and influence, community involvement, or entrepreneurship.

Honorees reflect the vast diversity of young people that are making a difference in their community- whether they get involved through business, nonprofit and community organizations, or government service. TOYM is a program that recognizes and brings together a broad cross-section of young people that have devoted themselves to improving their community.

Any questions about the nominations or the event can be sent to PM Debbie Ackerman.

Active Citizen Framwork (ACF) PM Dana Listerud
As Active Citizens we look at the communities in which we serve and try to make an impact.  Sometimes we have to reach out to local government and ask what they need or want and go from there.  Have you and your local chapter done that lately?  What kind of impacts have you helped with, worked on or assisted with this year.  Some of you don’t even realize that you are impacting your communities!

Have you done a the following:

1.  Food Drive
2.  Adopt a highway
3.  Raised money for a cross walk or street light
4.  Donated to the police or fire departments
5.  Sandbox fills

The list can go on and on!  More importantly did you know that every project that you and/or your chapter does falls in line with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?  I really encourage you to educate yourself and everyone around you in the Goals and make more of a impact.  Raise money for Relay for Life, Nothing but Nets and any of cause out there to help your human.

This quarter I personal have to say that working on a House for Humanity for a fellow Jaycee to live in was by far one of the coolest things I have done this year.  At, the same time voting daily for Mrs. Minnesota for Mrs. Universe has been equally important to me as I want to help again a fellow Minnesota Jaycee.  I am helping her make her voice/platform be heard!  We have amazing Jaycees here in our home state that also, need or support to make a difference in the things they are trying to do in their personal lives.

All I ask is to find it in your heart to look around and make a difference or help someone else achieve something awesome!

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, July 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  

MN Renaissance Festival Beer Sales
If you would like to sign up and volunteer for JCI Shakopee’s MN Renaissance Festival Beer Sales Project, contact Nissa Martin at renfest.roster@gmail.com.  Sign up here.

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.

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.