Creating a Smooth Transition

Programming VP Jocelyn Moellering

Hello Michigan Jaycees!

My team and I are always amazed at the submissions from all of you. Your hard work, dedication, and commitment to bettering yourselves and your communities is evident in so many ways.

Congratulations to those who brought home some much-deserved recognition and congratulations to everyone who submitted their chapter plans, Civic Leadership Certification forms, Single Project Entries, incentives, degrees, chapter of the trimester forms, and to all the amazing competitors!

Third trimester is full of haunts, giving, and holiday cheer. My personal favorite projects in my home chapter of Rochester are in third trimester! But it's also a busy time preparing for the transitions to next year's leadership.

At our training at September conference, we talked about best practices for creating a smooth transition between boards. Here are a few of the ideas that were shared:

  • Create a timeline for projects, forms, etc., especially for the First Trimester
  • Use websites, newsletters, etc. that are easy to update (don't require an IT person!)
  • Start early! have co-chairs that will be next year's chairs
  • Job shadowing your position between boards 
  • Define board position roles - be specific!
  • Hold a board interest meeting before nominations
  • Create and share a list of useful contact information
  • Use an online storage system, such as Google Drive or DropBox, and include instruction on how to use it
  • Consider having the out-going board plan the early-year projects
  • Conduct a chapter planning session!


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July Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Beth Michaels

Beth Michaels is a member of the Rochester Area Jaycees. She was nominated by Jocelyn Moellering, this year's MIJC Programming VP and dual member of the Rochester Area and Petoskey Jaycees.

"While serving as the 2017 Chairman of the Board in Rochester, Beth relocated to Gaylord for a leadership position at a new job. She has continued to fulfill her role as COB while taking on a new challenge: bringing a Jaycees chapter to the Gaylord area.

Beth has been hard at work on extending the chapter, holding membership nights, finding next year's leaders, and working with potentials to plan upcoming fundraisers and socials. In addition, she is also serving on the state board on the training team!"

Thank you, Beth for your service to your local chapter, to the state and to your soon-to-be-chartered chapter, as well as for your persistence and positive attitude that make you a great leader!



Membership Tip of the Month:

Interested in tips on Member Recruitment, Member Retention, Motivating Your Members, and Health and Wellness for your chapter?  Check out the JCI USA membership webinars on their YouTube Page.

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Trimester Two Information You Need to Know

Programming VP Jocelyn Moellering

Hello Michigan Jaycees! The end of the 2nd Trimester is coming up, so there are a few things I want to let you know about. 

We have a couple of district socials & competitions coming up in D1 and D4 to provide you with some opportunities to try out a few professional skills competitions at the local level:


  • District 1 Social & Competitions: Sunday, August 6, 12:00 p.m. at Evergreen Resort Golf Course, 7880 Mackinaw Trail, in Cadillac
  • District 4 Social & Competitions: Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 p.m. at Whiskeys on the Water, 2903 Biddle Avenue in Wyandotte

Here are some important dates for the end of the trimester you'll want to know:

  • Friday, August 18: Prepared Competition topics released
  • Friday, August 25: End of Trimester 2
  • Friday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m.: Trimester 2 Submissions due
  • Friday, September 15: SPE (Single Project Entry) interviews and onsite competitions at leadership conference

Thank you, and please let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at!

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District Details

District 1 Director Ashley Adams

The final weeks of summer are here and D1 really made this season count for our communities. With tried and true red, white, and blue celebrations followed by a new volunteer experience here and there, our members have shown admirable commitment to the Jaycee cause. 

I'd like to extend an invitation to our entire Jaycee family to attend our District 1 social on August 6! We will be at Evergreen Golf Resort in Cadillac from noon to 3 p.m. If you have friends in the north who would be great potential members, send them our way!

Along with competitions, we will be exploring how "No" is a full sentence and can be used to ramp up personal confidence and ensure space for things you really want to say "Yes!" to. Cheers to a relaxing August, Jaycee Fam!

D1 Events
  • Cadillac: GMM with social at 5:30 p.m. August 2 at Evergreen Resort, Boat Float on Lake Mitchell at noon on August 5, D1 Social from noon to 3 p.m. August 6 at Evergreen, Fourth Friday Dinner on August 25.
  • Big Rapids: No event details available.
  • Ludington Area: Oakview Bingo at 6:45 p.m. August 4, Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. August 7 and GMM at 6:30 p.m. August 21 at Mini-Golf Patio.
  • Manistee: No event details available.
  • Petoskey Area: No event details available.
  • Delta County: GMM with social at 5:30 p.m. August 8 at El Patron, Annual Duck Races on August 26. 

District 2 Director Rachael Eerdmans

I want to give a shout out to the chapter presidents in D2. This is an amazing hard working group of folks. Three cheers for Cara, Jamie, Josh, and Danielle! They are doing the work of leading their chapters and making an impact in their community. I encourage everyone to take the next step and lead like these folks have. Think about chairing a committee this fall or running for an executive board position… I promise the reward is worth the effort!

August is a great time to come to the west side of the state. Our chapters have some great community and social events planned and we would love to see you. I would like to make a special plug for the South Kent chapters Forest of Fear prep. They start working EVERY weekend in August to prepare the forest and would love any hours you can spare. 

D2 Events

District 3 Director Erin McKenzie

It's been a crazy hectic summer for me with my family and business. The Jaycees have, if I'm honest, been on the back burner. I love my Jaycee family, and one of the things I love the most is that through every season of my life, this organization grows and changes with me, and I can adjust how much "I Jaycee" depending on what life transitions I'm going through.

From a single girl starting off a career, through marriage and a baby, and running a real state team this group means different things at different times and I love it! Remember to give your fellow members a bit of grace when they are in a life season that our organization isn't #1 on the list of priorities, love them and support them through every season and they'll be back and even more dedicated in the next season. 

D3 Events
  • Lansing: No event details available.
  • Kalamazoo: No event details available.
  • Ann Arbor: No event details available.
  • Ionia: No event details available.

District 4 Director Dan Moellering

Wow, this summer has been busy! I have been hanging with some great people and having fun, and look forward to hanging out with you all in Wyandotte on August 16 for the D4 Social! The social is taking place at what sounds like a really cool location, Whiskeys on the Water.

Besides some great competition and training opportunities, the social will be a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you!

D4 Events
  • Wyandotte: Wine Crawl on August 18, in need of volunteers. Haunted House construction starting soon.
  • Westland Area: Changing the Conversation on Adult Anti-Bullying on August 1. Blues, Brews and BBQ on August 5, Kids Day in the Park on August 12, International Dinner at 3 Brothers on August 13, Rally for Westland on August 19, Suicide Prevention Conference on September 9, Moving On Up on September 12, and Pub Crawl on September 30.
  • Livonia: Annual Bar Crawl on August 12.
  • Central Woodward: Labor Day Weekend's Arts, Bests, & Eats, look for more details on the Fall Crawl.
  • Rochester Area:  2nd Annual Rally for Rochester 5K Fun Run on August 20. Runners and volunteers needed!
  • Redford: Jaycee Week from August 13 to 19 and the Rally for Redford/Michigan on August 19.
  • South Lyon: Look for more details on an August Cornhole Tournament, September Pumpkin Fest and October bar crawl.
  • Farmington Area: Rally for Farmington on August 19.

District 5 Director Christy Kuczynski

Perception vs. reality… Have you ever thought about the difference?  What if I told you your perception IS your reality?

When you are facing any life situation, how you chose to approach it, the emotional baggage you bring along and how you react (your perception) will ultimately lead to your reality.

We all have opportunities in our lives to change our realities through our perceptions.  Sometimes we nail it and our experiences are positive and other times we end up feeling like we got smacked with an ugly stick…  When and in which way that happens, is entirely up to you.

You create your reality.

Think of a problem you’re facing, how you can shift your perception to make it an opportunity? Can you face a fear and tell it to pound sand? Can you take a moment to realize that what annoys you about someone else is likely something that bothers you about yourself, and then maybe cut yourself and them a bit of slack? Can you set pride aside and develop a stronger relationship by trusting someone to help? Can you appreciate the struggle and just stop struggling?

Yes, YOU can, go make it a great reality.

Tell us what you are up to on our Facebook pages: MIJC District 5 and MIJC Post It Here!

D5 Events

  • AuburnNo event details available.
  • Burton:  Canoe Trip at noon August 12 at Hinchman Acres in Mio.
  • Frankenmuth: No event details available.
  • Saginaw: No event details available.
  • Midland: No event details available.
  • Mt. Pleasant: No event details available.
  • Clare Area: No event details available.
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July Membership

Your July Membership Update!

Membership Tip of the Month:

Create a new member welcome kit.  This kit should contain information such as a chapter calendar of events, list of board members and their contact information, chapter website and social media information, how to enroll in Passport to Leadership, etc.

Quarter Three

We’ve made it halfway through the year! Is your chapter on track with your membership goals? If not, where do you need help? Recruitment? Retention? Both? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your District Director for assistance in reaching your membership goals. If he or she cannot personally help you, they will be able to connect you with the person who can!

3rd Quarter Membership Closeout is September 20, 2017. Don’t wait until September to start asking your members to renew.  Reach out to them now! Follow up at least once a month. Let’s try to get those renewals in early so we’re not scrambling at the last minute to get them in on time.

Member Spotlight: Noel Groom

Noel Groom is the 2017 Chairman of the Board of the South Kent Jaycees. He was nominated by Beth Plant of the South Kent and Livonia Jaycees and the 2017 MIJC Executive Presidential Assistant.

"Noel was a two-time President of the South Kent Jaycees that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Noel is a great leader and works endlessly with the members on old and new projects to raise money to give back and benefit the community. He leads by example and listens to members interests and helps them to bring new projects to life.

He has a passion for the Jaycees, building relationships with local businesses, and giving back to the community. His favorite chapter project is the Forest of Fear, which had a record year in 2016 in raising money to give back to local community needs. In the fall, you can find him working hard at the Forest together with members to build scenes and on ways to bring more people to it."

Thank you for your service to the Jaycees, Noel, and for creating superheros in training and unlocking members potential through your leadership in the South Kent Jaycees!


If you would like to nominate a member to receive the Member Spotlight , please e-mail Sarah Ellis with 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


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Evaluating Mid-Year

Programming VP Jocelyn Moellering

Hello Michigan Jaycees!

Can you believe 2017 is already halfway over? I certainly can't! Thinking back on the work you've accomplished so far this year, how do you feel about it? Amazed? Proud? Disappointed? If you're happy with where you and your chapter are, how can you continue to keep the momentum going and even step it up a notch for the rest of the year?

If you're not happy with how things are going, what needs to change? Take a look at what's worked well so far, even the small accomplishments. A successful project or maybe a great phone call with a local organization. A collaborative committee or a great guest speaker at a meeting. Maybe a member came out to an event that you haven't seen in a while.

Ask yourself why those things worked and if there's anything you can do to tap into that success for the remainder of the year. Then, take a look at what hasn't worked. A project that fell through or just fell flat. A member that's making things difficult for the chapter. A missed opportunity to build a new relationship with an organization. Is there a way some misfortune could have been avoided? State it and commit to whatever it is you need to do to avoid it in the future.

Is there an action you or your chapter could take to fix an ongoing or underlying problem? State it, consider your options, decide what's best for your chapter, and then do it! See the potential success for the second half of 2017 with the kind of attitude that others can feed off of.

Be the chapter that the young people in your community want to be a part of. Don't lose sight of what the Jaycees are doing and have the ability to do!

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It is more than just recruiting!

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.

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May Activities to Visit!

There are plenty of events around the state to travel to during May. Check some of them out here:


  • 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.






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Programming for Trimester One

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:
  • Friday, April 7: Topics for prepared competitions will be announced on MIJC Post-it-Here and Programming Facebook groups and will also be emailed to presidents
  • Friday, April 14: End of the 1st Trimester 
  • Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m.: All 1st Trimester Submissions due at
  • Friday, May 5: All on-site Single Project Entry presentations, interviews, and competitions at May Conference at Shanty Creek. SPE presentations are before opening ceremonies and competitions follow the opening ceremonies.
The 1st Trimester Competitions offered include:
  • Prepared/Impromptu Write-up
  • Prepared/Impromptu Speak-Up
  • Master Speak-Up
  • Film It!
  • Brownfield
  • Armbruster
  • Mungenast
  • Professional Online Networking
  • Debate
  • Jayteen/Jr. Jaycees Film It!
  • Jayteen/Jr. Jaycees Prepared Write-Up

Please consult the Programming and Recognition Manual and the Competitions Manual for more information and details. Feel free to email me at with any questions. Thank you!
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Challenges = Opportunities

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
Senator #72491

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