Fall Convention Information

12 Sep Fall Convention Information

A special newsletter supplement of JCI Minnesota
Fall Convention 2016

In This Issue

• Convention This Week
• Important Documents

• Individual Development Competitions & Trainings

• Convention Details

• Chapter Information

• Kids Convention

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Fall Convention is this weekend!

Join us to celebrate all of our accomplishments thus far!

2016 Fall Convention – September 16-18th: Best Western Plus – Willmar. 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
  • Candidate Forum
  • Entertainment: Bags Tournament & Board Games


  • Board of Directors Meeting: The business meeting of this organization
  • Elections
  • Training: Professional, Individual and Jaycee related topics
  • Awards Luncheon: A portion of this trimesters awards
  • Formal Awards Banquet:  Dinner & Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Dance: ComicCon Theme – Brought to you by Dean-O-Mite Entertainment


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

For questions or more information, contact Conventions PM Lindsay Case atconventions@mnjaycees.org 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?!?

CompetitorsSpeak-up and Write-up will both be held Friday evening. If you are competing in both, we will help with the scheduling so that you’re able to do both. Debate will be held on Saturday morning.

The prepared speech topics for Speak-Up are as follows:

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” What does this mean to you?
  • Who are the true superheroes in your life?
  • Life changes in the blink of an eye, how do we use these changes to make ourselves into better people?

JudgesAs always, we could use more judges. The only requirements are that you are an of-age Jaycee and have competed in the competition you wish to judge.

EveryoneIf you are interested in competing OR judging, PLEASE sign up at http://tinyurl.com/jcimn2016fascompetitions

JCI Networking     3-7 Friday-Gallery 3
Networking is the JCI course on turning your personal contacts into lasting, trusted, and productive connections and relationships. The course covers the principles and dynamics of networking, how to identify and use the opportunities when contacting people, the follow up actions needed after meeting the person to keep adding value to the connection and how to use the participation in JCI activities to build a reputation that will establish a network of connections for the future.

Trainer- National VIce President Joel Blom: Joel is a Certified JCI Trainer and has been training JCI Courses for more than 7 years. Joel is proud of the great network of people that he knows that are available as a resource and continues to work to build his network more today.  Joel takes pride in providing development opportunities to power young people to create positive change. Joel was the 83rd President of JCI Minnesota in 2014. He is honored to be MN Lifetime Statesman #1493 and JCI USA Ambassabor #4320.

Future Directions Committee-We Need YOU!     9:45-10:45-Gallery 6
Do you have ideas for the future of JCI Minnesota? Then the Future Directions Committee needs you!  This training will explain what the committee is, why we need a Strategic Plan, and how you can implement this tool in your own chapter.

Trainer-ED Erin Carney:  Erin Carney has served as Executive Director of JCI Minnesota for three years. In her role she chairs the Future Directions Committee as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Chapter Re-Branding     11-12-Gallery 6
In this training we will discuss the steps your local organization needs to make in order to have a successful transition from Jaycees to JCI.

Trainer- VP Tad Johnson:  Tad, JCI Minnesota Lifetime Statesman #1573, is currently serving as the JCI Minnesota Public Relations Vice President.  He is a JCI certified presenter. Tad, partner in the Brainerd CPA firm B. Johnson & Associates, Ltd. has his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the College of St Scholastica, received his Certified Public Accountant Certificate in 2007 and has been practicing public accounting and personal financial consulting since 2006.

Annual Report     3:30-4:30-Gallery 2
Writing your chapter’s Annual Report can be an intimidating task that can overwhelm even the most experienced president. Annie and Robin are past Management Vice Presidents who can teach you the tricks to writing an award-winning Annual Report. Learn what is needed and how to complete it. They will help ensure writing your Annual Report is as stress free as possible.

Trainers-First Lady Anne Regan and IDVP Robin Rothstein:  First Lady Annie Regan, Statesman #1576, Ambassador #4322, joined the South St. Paul Jaycees in 2007. She was president of her chapter in 2012, where she won GOLD ANNUAL REPORT (she was so suprised)!!! She has been CLC/ Parade Program Manager, and was the Management Vice President for the Minnesota Jaycees.

VP Robin, Statesman # 1551, Ambassador #4297, and Senator #75167, is currently serving as the JCI MInnesota Individual Development Vice President. She is a JCI certified trainer and has served as President at the local level two times and state level as Management Development VP. As chapter president, VP Robin achieved CLC certification for her chapter and Outstanding Annual Report.

Public Speaking     3:30-4:30-Gallery 3
This will be a fast-paced training that considers the tone, pace, gravity and delivery of a speech or an idea before a group of persons. This is to be a full-participation training that is meant to improve a person’s ability to communicate before a room.

Trainer- PM Zach Johnson:  Zach Johnson has been a member of the Jaycee organization for 5 years. He was raised by two Jaycee parents and has served as a board member for the Brainerd Jaycees. Zach is a graduate of the honors program at Central Lakes College where he served as Vice President of the student senate.

Leadership Book Club: Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, MD     3:30-4:30Breakfast Nook
In Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson gives the reader the language and tools to deal with change – an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable. We will discuss change and how we can take the fear and anxiety out of managing the future and successful ways to deals with changing times.

Trainer- ED Erin Carney: Erin Carney has served as Executive Director of JCI Minnesota for three years. In her role she chairs the Future Directions Committee as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Managing Healthy Chapter Finances     4:45-5:45-Gallery 2
An important part of running a healthy organization is managing health chapter finances. This training will address budgeting and planning of your chapter’s finances, procedures and safeguards to have in place to ensure healthy chapter finances.

Trainers- RD Mike Slobodnik and JCI MN Treasurer Lucy Hagemeier
Mike is a four year member of the Lake Elmo Jaycees and has served as President, and PRVP 2x

Lucy joined the New Munich Jaycees in January 2014. In 2015 Lucy was the State Delegate for New Munich and Treasurer for Minnesota Jaycees..

Conflict Resolution     4:45-5:45-Gallery 3
Conflict can happen at many levels, whether at an individual level, in the workplace, at the union level, or beyond. In this training we will address effectively communicating with others and overcoming conflict before it gets out of hand.

Trainer- Political Advisor Mike Chavez: Mike Chavez is an alumni member of JCI Austin. He served as Membership Vice President for the Minnesota Jaycees in 2009. He has been a JCI certified trainer since 2008 and has been a certified trainer with Health Communications since 2014. He is Lifetime Senator # 74013 and Lifetime Statesman # 1516, and is currently serving JCI Minnesota as our Primary Political Advisor.

Convention Details

We will be using Guidebook at this convention. This means you will have the schedule of activities at your finger tips as well as the Board of Driections Agenda! Please download the Guidebook app and then search for Minnesota Jaycees Fall All State Convention 2016. There will also be QR code available to scan once you are there at convention.

Hotel Information:
Best Western Plus, 2100 E Hwy 12, Willmar, MN 56201

During Friday Saturday Lunch and Saturday night awards there will be a special drink available for purchase. The Best Western Plus and Conference Center has graciously agreed to donate $1 of each of the drinks purchased to a cause of our choosing. The Special Drink will be posted at the bar each night. Please make sure to say Thank You to the Best Western Plus for helping our cause and try one of the fun drinks we will have to offer.

Remember 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.

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

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.

Bags Tournament & Board Game Night:
I think some of you had so much fun with the bags tournament at Spring All State that many of you asked for it again! Your wish is my command! It’s Back! Come one come all. We will also be having a space for those of you who want to hang around and play board games. Bring your favorite game to share the fun! Or come and learn new games. Does anyone have Cards Against Humanity? Race For The Galaxy? Clue? Bring them all!

Kids Convention

Activity Leader: Laura Ferguson
Please bring: A Pillow and blanket if you Would like your child to rest. If your child uses a sippy cup You will need to provide one. (Please provide notice of any food allergies or food restrictions for your child)

AGENDA – Saturday, September 17, 2016  7:15AM – 10:00PM
AM 7:15 – 7:30 Meet and Greet! There will be name tags Provided upon drop off. Once all the kids are settled in We will do some fun meet And greet activities!
AM 7:30 – 8:00 Free time This will be a time for the kids to Play with one another and get to Know each other!
AM 8:00 – 8:30 AM Snack time Granola bars, yogurt, bananas, Milk, and juice.
AM 8:30 – 9:00 Arts and Crafts Coloring, and other.
AM 9:00 – 9:15 Clean up time Clean up so we can do some movement
AM 9:15 – 10:00 Music & Movement Time to get up and get that Blood pumping!
AM 10:00 – 10:30 Story time/Free read Books for all ages will be read During this time.
AM 10:30 – 11:00 Free Time Free time / free play
AM 11:00 – 12:00 Lunch Fruit: Banana, Orange slices, Apple slices Vegetable: Corn Main: Macaroni and Cheese with Option of Hot dogs (Pigs in a Blanket) Beverage: Milk, Juice
AM-PM 12:00 – 1:00 Quiet time… Free read for those Who don’t nap
PM 1:00 – 3:00 Movie Kids Movies (Netflix)
PM 3:00 – 3:30 PM Snack Apple chips, Crackers, Fruit snacks, Choice of fruit Juice and milk
PM 3:30 – 4:00 Arts and Crafts Special Crafts (Fall/Back to School)
PM 4:00 – 4:45 Free Time Free time, puzzles, and play time
PM 4:45 – 5:00 Wash up Kids will wash up and get ready for supper
PM 5:00 – 6:00 Supper Fruit: Banana, Orange slices, Apple slices Main: Tacos.(Walking) Beverage: Milk, Juice
PM 6:00 – 6:30 Clean Up Pick up after supper
PM 6:30 – 7:00 Free Time Puzzles, and play time.
PM 7:00 – 9:30 Movie Time Popcorn and night time snacks will be provided
PM 9:30 – 10:00 Pick up Kids will help pick up any remaining toys and get ready for pick up.

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