2015 Year End


 Join us in Grand Rapids, February 19th through 21st, as we celebrate the accomplishments of 2015. 

Saturday night is the Presidential Gala. Find out who is truly the Best of the Best at our 2015 Year End Recognition Ceremony.
As an added incentive, President Matt Sernau has issued a challenge to the Michigan Jaycees to close out 2015! 
Part #1: If the Michigan Jaycees achieve statewide membership growth for 2015, free beer will be provided at the Saturday evening celebration (10pm-1am) at the year end conference in February.
Part #2: If the Michigan Jaycees achieve statewide membership growth for 2015 AND have 200 registrations for the year end conference in February, the free beer challenge will be upgraded to a full open bar for the Saturday evening celebration (10pm-1am).
We can't wait to see you in February to celebrate all that YOU have accomplished this year! 


Tentative Conference Agenda (subject to change, see this Event Page for up to date information): 
Friday Schedule:
*Thrift Shop Formal
Exercise your thrift on Friday night for our Thrift Shop Formal: Buy, Borrow & Deal! What fabulous ensemble can come up with for $30 or less? Make use of those local Goodwill, Thrift and Consignment Stores, arrange a trade or borrow a friend's duds. We want to see how amazing you can look without breaking the bank. Third Trimester Recognition will take place Friday night, so look to dress up while keeping the cost down. We'll be keeping an eye out for our best dressed and may be inclined to reward your thrift! 

Conference Registration: Open 6-8pm and 10-11pm
First timers: 7:15pm
Opening Ceremony: 8-10pm 
Thrift Shop Formal: Buy, Borrow & Deal! Party: 10pm–Midnight 

Saturday Schedule:
*Dress Code for Business Meeting and Training: Business Casual
*Dress Code for 2015 Year End Presidential Gala and Awards Ceremony: Semi-formal/Formal

Business Meeting: 8-8:45am
Morning Awards and Recognition: Immediately following the Business Meeting
Training Session 1: 9:15-10:30am
Training Session 2: 10:45am-11:55am 
Training Session: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Explore Grand Rapids 

Reception with Cash Bar: 5pm
Ballroom Doors Open: 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm
2015 Year End Presidential Gala and Awards Ceremony: 7:15pm
Chapter Wraps: Upon completion of Awards Ceremony
Party: 10pm-1am
After Glow: 1-3am 

Sunday Schedule:
Fellowship breakfast: 10-11am (requires additional registration) 

Training Descriptions: (Register when you order through Eventbrite)

Training Session 1:  9:15-10:30 a.m.

Focus and Breakthrough, a Presidents Training

92nd President Steve Pickelmann and 2016 Presidents Coach Steve Fappas 

Room: Thornapple

There will be demonstrations on the power of focus as well as interactive training on breaking through barriers. Other topics will include getting the most out of Conference, Presidents remarks, and in depth question and answer. 

Self Defense: Be the One That Gets Away!

Jennifer Mansfield

Room: Ballroom

Learn how to protect yourself before and after you are approached by a “bad guy.”  This will be an introduction to self-defense and will be a hands on program.  Gentleman, this is not just for the ladies! 

Making the most of your year as VP through JCI tools

2016 Programming VP Erin Poltorak and the Programming Team

Room: Wolverine

There is an abundance of JCI Tools available to you and your chapter. We will discuss where they are, what they do and how you can utilize them to make the most of your year. Tools we will discuss: Active Citizens Framework, Trainings, National Programs, etc. Who Should Attend: VP's and others who want to know more about JCI tools available to them. 

Justice for Our Neighbors - West Michigan 

Room: Kentwood

Justice for Our Neighbors is a ministry of hospitality in that welcomes immigrants into our communities by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, engaging in advocacy for immigrants’ rights and offering education to communities of faith and the public.  Volunteer engagement is a big part of service.   Alexandra will lead a discussion of current immigration issues in the news and affecting our communities, including administrative relief (DACA and DAPA), and refugee and asylum programs.

Training Session 2: 10:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

How to make the most out of your membership

2016 Membership Director Michelle Kelley and the District Director Team

Room: Kentwood

You're a member - GREAT! Do you have questions like: What's a PMG? What's this passport thing I've heard people speak of? I want to share and get more young people involved - how do I do that? How do I get other members active? Your 2016 Membership team will give you the answers and show you the tools to become the best Jaycee you can be. Bring your questions, and project ideas as there will be time for us to bounce ideas off one another too. 

Standing out in 6 Seconds: Resume Writing

Kristin Garskta

Room: Thornapple

Did you know that it takes HR just 6 seconds to scan your resume and determine if you are worth a deeper look?  That may sound shocking, but take it from an HR professional, it's true! Wonder how people make it to the next round?  In this training, learn about how to make an impression and jump in front of the hiring manager! Be sure to bring your current resume to make real-time modifications. 

Strategic Marketing for Non-Profits and Small Businesses

Reagan Marketing

Room: Wolverine

Join representatives from Reagan Marketing as they present on Strategic Marketing for Non-Profits and Small Businesses. This presentation will cover an overview of traditional marketing- what tools are effective, including search engine optimization and marketing as well as a discussion on social media, content marketing and search engine optimization in today's digital world.

Training Session 3: 1:00pm – 2:00 p.m.

Model Legislature Informational Session

Heather Harris and Anna Versalle

Room: Kentwood

This informational session provides an opportunity to go over how Model Legislature is run. Topics to be covered include how to read a bill, basic parliamentary procedure, and selection of Party Leaders. Members who attend the info session will receive a discount code off of registration.

Hotel Information:
Hotel Reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel are available. The cost is $90 per night plus tax. This rate ends Thursday, January 28th. Register online at http://goo.gl/tF5x3v or by calling (616) 957-0100 and using the group code of Michigan Jaycees.
Booking/Deposit Policy: http://goo.gl/V0fTHm 

When will the agenda be final? 
We will be updating until the end of January. Some of our timelines depend on the number of award submissions we receive in January. 
What is the alcohol policy?
It is similar to most hotels. In general, if you are someplace in the hotel that can sell alcohol you are not allowed to bring your own in. So this means the lobby bar, conference rooms, ball room, break out rooms, etc.; you will not be able to bring in your own drinks. If you are suspected of drinking your own alcohol in these areas you will be asked to discard your drink.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, contact Tom Quackenbush for more information, tquackenbush@mijaycees.org or (989) 475-4793.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not. Please be prepared to give your name when checking in at conference.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact 2015 Chief of Staff Tom Quackenbush at tquackenbush@mijaycees.org.