Membership VP Sarah Ellis
Last month, I congratulated the chapters that reached growth for the 1st Quarter. The mechanics of membership growth are easy. We recruit new members, renew current members, and then compare numbers from the beginning of the quarter to the end of the quarter. However, growing your chapter isn’t just about looking at the numbers.
Real chapter growth is a step or two beyond the mechanics. It involves asking and answering the following questions:
• What is the progress of the chapter plan?
• Are members participating?
• Are members complaining?
• Do members seem satisfied with projects and project assignments?
• Are board members serving the members?
• Are board members promoting the ultimate goals of the chapter?
Real chapter growth has two components: the number of new members and scheduled activities and real results. The following questions should be asked and answered:
• What is the chapter’s image in the community?
• Does the community turn to the Junior Chamber for help?
• Does being a Jaycee stand the member in good stead in the eyes of the community?
Real chapter growth also involves the lasting effects involvement has had on past members. The following questions should be asked and answered:
• Did being a member of the chapter give past members the skills they needed to get a better job?
• Did their involvement make them better citizens?
• Did their involvement give them the courage to stand and be counted?
• Did their involvement give them more confidence in taking and completing tasks?
• Does the community recognize their accomplishments?
Note: True chapter growth is not a year-long goal. It is a lifetime goal for the chapter. A member’s improved standing in the community should be indicative of personal growth. After all, the Junior Chamber is all about learning and improving ourselves and our communities.
A chapter that is not healthy will not grow. Not sure how to improve the health of your chapter? Join the District Directors for their training on the habits of a healthy chapter at the Leadership Conference this weekend! If you can’t make it to conference, reach out to your district director.
Membership Tip of the Month:
Encourage your members to enroll in the Passport to Leadership Program. This program provides a path for members to follow to learn about the Junior Chamber and experience personal growth in a logical manner. It is also a great tool for the chapter to activate new members and ensure that they have every opportunity to gain the benefits of membership.
There are plenty of events around the state to travel to during May. Check some of them out here:
- Allegan: GMM at 7 p.m. May 4.
- South Kent: GMM at 5:30 p.m. May 18. Bowling Social at Wenger's.
- Grand Rapids: GMM is 5:30 p.m. May 11.
- Muskegon: GMM at 6 p.m. May 23.
- Lansing: GMM on May 16 at Piazzano's.
- Kalamazoo: GMM on May 17 at Boatyard Brewing Co.
- Ann Arbor: GMM at 7 p.m. May 4 at Arbor Brewing Company. Mirror Maze Social on May 20 in Frankenmuth, Love a Park Clean Up Day on May 28.
- Ionia: GMM on May 25.
- Wyandotte: Inter-Chapter Undiscovered Culture Guest Grilling on May 18.
- Westland Area: Memorial Day Parade on May 28.
- Livonia: Financial Literacy Series, Part 2, on June 1.
- Central Woodward: Detroit River Days on June 23.
- Rochester Area: Heritage Day Rockwall on May 20.
- Redford: Inter-Chapter Undiscovered Culture Guest Grilling on May 18.
- South Lyon: GMM on May 1.
- Farmington Area: Lock & Key Party on May 17.
- Auburn: GMM at 6 p.m. May 24. Bar Bingo on May 7 at O's Pub.
- Burton: GMM at 7 p.m. May 16. Bus Trip to Soaring Eagle Casino on June 3 for $40.
- Frankenmuth: GMM at 7:30 p.m. May 8. World Expo of Beer on May 19 and 20.
- Saginaw: Castle Museum Tour and Social, no cost, at 6 p.m. May 25.
- Midland: GMM at 6 p.m. May 16.
- Mt. Pleasant: GMM at noon May 15. Mt. Pleasant Beer Festival is June 10.
- Clare Area: GMM at 5:30 p.m. May 15.
Programming VP Jocelyn Moellering
It's hard to believe that the first trimester is already almost over! Here are a few key dates regarding the end of the trimester and submissions:
Please consult the Programming and Recognition Manual and the Competitions Manual for more information and details. Feel free to email me at email@example.com with any questions. Thank you!
Chief of Staff Adam Nelson
Every nonprofit has challenges affecting its members and leadership. What are yours? A few common challenges include getting recognized in the community, fundraising, finding and developing lasting leadership, having common goals and objectives, and finding active members. Bear in mind, these challenges are not unique even though they may feel specific to your case; others have experienced them too.
Changing your mindset to view challenges as “opportunities” will keep you in an optimistic attitude to tackle them. This will be important to find success in taking advantage of these opportunities.
Finding and developing lasting leadership is a good one to begin working toward today. While the next election of board members may seem far off, don’t delay in mentoring your next team to take on a future leadership role.
Do you see someone with a passion for the organization’s mission, just not with confidence or specific skills to take on their next role? These individuals need projects and events (opportunities) throughout the year to gain necessary tools (developed skills) to take on more responsibility.
What’s lacking for up-and-coming leaders you’ve identified? Will each be ready with the right tools? Consider planning a public speaking opportunity, extending an invitation to participate in event budgeting, involving them in brainstorming exercises, or holding group social activities to create strong team bonds. All of these opportunities will help you confirm if the next leader is ready or help you find the diamond-in-the-ruff member to nominate during elections.
We’ve been chewing on great opportunities already – keep on pursuing greatness by continuing to chew through the challenges and you will find your successful goal starting to materialize before too long.
Jaycee on my friends!
Adam J. Nelson
Chief of Staff
Chief Operations Officer Anna Versalle
Hello Michigan Jaycees!
I am excited to transition into the role of Chief Operations Officer for you this year. There is also a fantastic JCI Training Day planned for March 11 in Lansing and I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to attend the various trainings offered!
Plans are starting to form for our May Conference at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire so be sure to save the date: May 5-7.
Yours in Jaycees,
Chief Operations Officer
Chief of Staff Adam Nelson
Congratulations on the start of your new year! We are see the hard work of chapters already making an impact.
By now, you have made your plans, preparations, and are implementing them with an excited start. In the movie Hidalgo, Frank Hopkins and his mustang entered the great Arabian “Ocean of Fire” 3000-mile endurance race. When the starting gun goes off, all the other racers gallop off at full speed – and Frank saunters off telling Hidalgo it’s okay to pace yourself for the long race.
Your chapter may be starting off the way the other racers did. Keep in mind as you are chasing goals in membership growth and training, programming to impact your community, and finding ways to improve your chapter operations – the year is a marathon. Pace your excitement so you don’t burn out.
We know you have great events planned and Team 93 wants to be more than just spectators to your great race. Please invite us out with a personal invitation, instead of a passive invite we may miss on social media, so we can join in too. There is a great guide for State and National Officer Visit Protocol in the Document Library on the Michigan Jaycees website.
There is a lot to complete during this year’s race - Our challenge to you is to bite off more than you think you can chew - and then just keep chewing!
Adam J. Nelson
Chief of Staff
Carol what inspired you to become a Jaycee?
Almost three years ago, my grandmother passed away. I was charged with clearing out her house. This was especially hard for me because I only every saw my grandmother as a child during the summers and she was always busy. I remember quite un-fondly her baking delicious cookies that she never let me eat. It wasn’t until I entered her office to pack her things that I found out what she was actually doing with those delicious unreachable cookies.
My grandmother was a proud member of the Martinsburg Lioness Club for over thirty years. Her office packed from floor to ceiling with boxes of certificates, awards and medals honoring this woman for her charity work. She raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for homeless children in West Virginia. Her big project? Bake sales.
At that point I didn’t know what a Jaycee did. I was only here because Kymi made me do it. That remained for the case for quite some time, until it was time to renew. That’s when I heard about the Duffle Bags of love project. The Jaycees were collecting items to give foster children a bag containing items that belong to them: clothes, diapers, snacks, comfort items. I guess my grandmother would be proud if I stuck around for that. Besides, I was in the process of becoming a foster parent myself, so I was a little partial to the idea.
I didn’t know the true impact of this project until two of those duffle bags walked into my house a few months later. As a respite foster care worker, children can come into your house at all hours with absolutely nothing. Duffle Bags of Love is changing that in Kalamazoo.
As I approach my third opportunity to renew my Jaycees membership, I can tell you with 100% certainty that the Kalamazoo Jaycees make a difference. It is my honor, pleasure and duty as an active citizen to continue helping them make that difference. I gladly donate $70 to the organization that creates change one project at a time.
Training Director Nikki Glinski
Hello and SURPRISE to my fellow Michigan Jaycees! I am your NEW Training Director for 2017. In addition to Chris Buehrer, we now have Beth Michaels on our squad helping you all with your training needs.
Have you ever checked out trainings available from JCI? We are offering two training sessions (JCI Impact or JCI Effective Leadership) on March 11 in Lansing for $15, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required online but you can pay for the training right at the door!
While checking out the list of JCI trainings, let me know if your chapter would like to host one!
Membership Vice President Sarah Ellis
Hello Michigan Jaycees!
Membership closeout for the 1st Quarter is March 25. Members who are on a monthly payment plan will automatically be renewed and do not need to take any action. Members who pay their dues annually will need to renew their membership via their chapter page on the MIJC website prior to the closeout date.
MIJC Membership Closeout Dates for 2017 are as follows:
- 1st Quarter – March 25
- 2nd Quarter – June 25
- 3rd Quarter – September 25
- 4th Quarter – December 20
Members who make monthly payments will automatically be renewed. Members who pay annually will need to pay their dues prior to the closeout date. If you need a list of members that pay annually, please contact Membership Vice President Sarah Ellis.
Member Spotlight: The 2017 Membership Team wants ALL Jaycees to be able to nominate outstanding members for recognition. We recognize that not all of our members attend Leadership Conferences and that there are many members who are working hard behind the scenes that deserve recognition.
If you have a member in your chapter that goes above and beyond and deserves to be recognized, nominate that person for the Member Spotlight! The members selected for the Spotlight will be featured in the Michigander and on MIJC social media pages. If you would like to nominate a member, please e-mail me the following information:
- Your name
- Name and chapter of the member you are nominating
- 150 words explaining why you are nominating them
- A photo of the person
Membership Tip of the Month: Keep a prospective member list that your chapter reviews on a monthly basis. This can be done at either your board meetings or GMMs. When a prospective member attends a project or meeting, make sure you get their contact information. Make a plan of action to follow up with your prospective members. Call or e-mail them to thank them for attending your project.
Are they on your e-mail list so they will know about future events? Are you inviting them to your projects or meetings? Make sure you communicate who will follow up with each prospect.
Programming VP Jocelyn Moellering
Hello Michigan Jaycees!
In completing your chapter planning for 2017, you have an opportunity to decide as a chapter what sort of programming you want to provide to your membership and to your community. Your programming determines the impact your chapter will have for the year.
How will you develop, train, and grow your membership? How will you grow your chapter resources for future programming? How will you bridge new connections with local organizations and government? How will you create positive change in your community?
All of these pieces work together to provide value in the Jaycees organization. We look forward to seeing all the ways your chapter will work together as one to build leaders and create positive change!
Chapter Plan Submissions Due February 24th!
Your programming team is looking forward to reading and reviewing your 2017 Chapter Plan of Action and providing you with feedback. Your Chapter Plan is due by 8 p.m. Friday, February 24 but you are welcome to submit it at any time before that.
Go to michiganjaycees.org/submissions to upload your Chapter Plan, proof of chapter insurance, articles of incorporation from the state of MI (through LARA), and your chapter Constitution & Bylaws. Please let me know if you need help locating these additional items. Also, even if you have insurance through the Michigan Jaycees, please include a copy of the email confirmation your insurance is paid for and up-to-date.