Campaign 2017

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The Michigan Jaycees is an exciting, action-packed organization designed to provide young people leadership skills and experiences they can use throughout their lives including in the home, at work, in their communities, and in any situation demanding leadership of self and others. As a member, you have come to know what it takes to be a leader.
 
Now you have the opportunity to choose our leadership team for 2017, from the current list of certified candidates below, which best embody the Jaycee values and leadership skills we expect – those qualifications are:

  • Live by the Jaycee Creed.
  • Share a vision of success and a plan to get there.
  • Set a good example.
  • Listen to others ideas and be fair.
  • Devote the time necessary to handle the responsibilities of their position.
  • Work with other Jaycee leaders to make the Jaycees successful and enjoyable.
  • See that the organization runs well, grows, and meets the needs of the members.
  • Act as liaison to community, business, non-profit, and government organizations, to make the Jaycees impactful in our greater community.
  • Offer great leadership conferences (a leadership growth opportunity).

 Here are the remaining dates of the election timeline

  • August 29, 2016 – Chapters provided initial notice of outstanding balances (balance ≤ zero in order to vote in the election).
  • August 31, 2016 – Membership Deadline for Delegate Determination.
  • September 22, 2016 – Final Campaign Budget Reports due.
  • September 24, 2016 – Elections (MIJC) at National Conference in Detroit.
  • September 24, 2016 – Results announced.
  • TBA – 2017 Appointments & Interest meeting.

 

INTRODUCING YOUR CANDIDATES

(In order of certification date and office)

Office of President:

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Peter Behrmann

Nominated by Livonia; Second by Burton Area

Facebook Page: facebook.com/MIJCOneTeam

Profile Question & Answer:

What is your current employment and what types of responsibilities do you most often fulfill for your career? What do you like about your career best?

I’m currently the owner of a bankruptcy law firm that I’ve built with my wife, Jeri. I’m passionate about assisting people from all kinds of backgrounds to get a fresh start by helping them save their homes, cars and manage their way out of debt. This has been a great way to connect with others and offer a hand-up when many need it most.

What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?

My greatest assets are my wife and kids! They make being self-employed meaningful. Supporting my family as owner of a business, I’m always having to develop new clients in the way one would find new members with key skill sets – listening, carefully weighing the options, and leading with sound advice built on trust and understanding.

What is the most important role of the position you are running for?

The membership always lets the Michigan Junior Chamber know what they want – you just need to listen closely enough to hear their passion and needs…then act on it! When you listen to what the membership wants you will understand how to help each chapter and the state grow our membership.

(Presidential Candidates only) What would the role of the state board of directors be in your administration?

Each member of the board of directors will be the backbone to the membership. Each of them need to be there to assist the members in understanding not only the Jaycee ways, but be ready to pitch-in and bring everyone together as a single team driving this organization forward.

Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?

Keep to the basics. It’s maybe not a “new” idea or program, but it’s really what I feel this organization needs right now to help the membership grow. The Michigan Junior Chamber simply needs to embrace who we are – a service organization providing social and leadership opportunities to young leaders. This will create a strong base for each chapter to continue a legacy of leadership.

What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?

There are two important needs to focus on for us - sustainable growth and getting the word out about the Jaycees to keep top of mind with our community leaders. Developing member skills and confidence to extend the Jaycee opportunity will affect both of these issues in a positive manner.

What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?

I’m excited to meet this opportunity to lead my Jaycee family and keep us on track to being a bigger and better organization. This is important to continue providing a vision of success at the state level so chapters know what to expect and are able to set their own plans in motion – keeping us together as one team.

 


 

Office of Programming Vice President:

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Jocelyn Moellering

Nominated by Rochester Area; Second by Petoskey Area

Website: jocelynmoellering.com

Facebook Page: facebook.com/jocelynmoelleringfor2017PVP


Profile Question & Answer:

What is your current employment and what types of responsibilities do you most often fulfill for your career? What do you like about your career best?

I have been a French teacher for 14 years. This fall, I am starting my 10th year at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls in Bloomfield Hills. I teach 6th-8th grade French to incredible, curious, and creative young women. I spend most of my day with my French students, however I also teach one music class on computer composition every other day and also attend faculty meetings and communicate with parents. I absolutely love what I do. My students’ energy keeps me coming back every day. Their curiosity and humor makes me want to keep learning and keep laughing. I also work with an amazing team of teachers and administrators that make the learning community an incredible place to be every day.

What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?

I would consider my three greatest assets to be integrity, tenacity, and leadership. I make every effort to be honest and sincere with others and with myself. I am determined and persistent; when I say I will do something, it will get done. As a leader, I love to guide others and inspire them to be great leaders.

What is the most important role of the position you are running for?

The role of Programming Vice President has many different facets, including organization, communication, listening, guiding, encouraging, and recognizing. I think the most important role, however, is communication. It’s communicating to chapters and the members why getting involved in the programming process is valuable and a worthwhile challenge. It’s communicating encouragement, guidance, and feedback to those who have engaged in the programming process. It’s communicating to all of the members the successes of their fellow Jaycees throughout the year.

Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?

Our State Programming, particularly the Single Project Entry (SPE) submission process, is nationally recognized as one of the best in the nation. I would love to continue to hone this process and make it even better, while keeping what makes it work so well. I would love to implement district-level competitions prior to conference to encourage more participation at the state level and offer competitions that members will want to participate in. I would like our Civic Leadership Certification (CLC) program to continue to challenge chapters to make the most of each trimester and year. I’d like CLC to be more simplified to allow more ease of use and encourage more chapters to participate. I’d like to simplify the submission of Junior Degrees and Incentives by creating online submission forms.

What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?

I think the greatest need of our organization right now is to work together to create positive change. Unity across the state by encouraging fellow chapters, attending projects in other districts, and celebrating each other’s successes is what builds great leaders. Access to the state board members by local members has always been there in theory, but it is up to the state to make themselves accessible. This has definitely improved over the years, and I’d love to see it even more so.

What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?

I have been involved on the Programming team as a Director for two years. This has been an incredibly eye-opening and rewarding position. Along with my team, I’ve had the opportunity to assist, guide, and give feedback to chapters with their chapter plans, projects, and CLC submissions. I’ve been able to take part in the Single Project Entry submission process, which includes both written and interview portions, and learn about and recognize some of the best programming happening around our great state. In taking on the role of Programming Vice President, I would look forward even more greatness from our individual members, local board members, and chapters as a whole. My biggest goal is to improve communication and accessibility to programming and to encourage as many members and chapters to get involved as possible.

 


Office of Membership Director:

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Sarah Ellis

Nominated by Burton Area; Second by Saginaw

Facebook Page: facebook.com/MIJCbettertogether

Profile Question & Answer:

What is your current employment and what types of responsibilities do you most often fulfill for your career? What do you like about your career best?

Every problem has a solution.  As a general practice attorney, I work with my clients to help them determine the best solution to their legal issues. The best thing about my career is the feeling I get when I know that I’ve played a part in improving someone’s future by helping them in situations where they might otherwise feel helpless. My experience as an attorney has allowed me to hone the skills of working with people to determine what exactly they want and help them to reach it. I believe this is one thing I can do to assist the chapters in our state build better relationships with their communities.

What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?

1) Compassion; 2) Approachability; 3) Remaining calm in stressful situations

What is the most important role of the position you are running for?

The most important role of the Membership Director is to work with the District Directors to ensure that the individual members are getting all of the information they need about the opportunities available to them and the local chapters are getting the service they need from the state board of directors.

Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?

We’ve already extended 2 new chapters in 2016 and I’ve heard that more are in the works. As our organization continues to grow, I’d like to see us implement some sort of a new chapter mentor program that pairs a new chapter with an established chapter. Coming from a chapter that was chartered in 2012, I know first-hand that this would have been a huge benefit to our chapter as we were trying to grow our membership, learn how to plan projects, and discover all of the benefits that membership has to offer.

What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?

This organization needs to expand beyond a local chapter mentality and realize the impact we can make across the state if we all come together and work toward a common goal. We are much stronger when we are all united, than we are individually.

What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?

The Jaycees have helped me to expand my horizons and I want to be a resource for people who are looking to do the same.  I have made many new friends not only from across my district but throughout the state and country.  Through the various projects and events that I have attended, I am inspired to help my community in new ways, and I’m running for this position because it is my wish to help facilitate these opportunities for all the members in our state.