District 5 Director Sarah Ellis - May

Hello D5!  

May Leadership Conference is just around the corner!  If you’ll be attending, I encourage you to participate in one of the available Competitions.  Although some competitions were due with 1st Trimester submissions, you still have an opportunity to compete in Prepared Speak-Up, Impromptu Speak-Up, Impromptu Write-Up, and Debate.  The topics for Impromptu Speak-Up and Write-Up will be given to you at Conference and you will only have a few minutes to prepare.  The topics for Prepared Speak-Up and Debate have already been announced and you can begin preparing now.

What’s stopping you from competing?  It can be hard to leave your comfort zone and try something that you’ve never done before.  But, it’s important to remember that you’re only confined by the walls you build yourself.  Why not leave your comfort zone?  Why not try something new?  Are you afraid of public speaking?  Do you think that you’re not a good writer?  Are you sure that someone else is better than you?  

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you just didn’t think of the right response quickly enough? Then a short while later, the perfect response pops into your head? Have you ever responded poorly when someone criticized your position on a topic and then come to regret it? We all face situations that require us to think quickly and present arguments in support of what we want to achieve on a daily basis, whether it’s trying to persuade a friend, or asking for a raise at work.  The Jaycee Impromptu and Debate competitions help you learn how to think on your feet and respond quickly to difficult questions when you find yourself in pressure situations. We have all been in a situation at one time or another where we need that quick response. 

By pushing yourself to leave your comfort zone and try something new, you’ll actually be gaining experience that will assist you in future situations.  Why not try something new?  

Please note that competitors are expected to dress in business professional attire during competitions and plan accordingly.

Let’s Get Social! (15 CVR Points)


  • All District Social – Lansing Lugnuts Game.  Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 PM.  $22 for adults and $17 for children.  Includes ticket to game, all you can eat buffet, nonalcoholic drinks, and fireworks show after the game. Tickets must be purchased by May 18th.  Purchase your tickets here: www.michiganjaycees.org/lugnuts
  • D5 Gourmet Gone Wild Social – Thursday, June 23 at 6:00 PM at Saginaw Field and Stream. RSVP by June 9th.  We will have the opportunity to taste three different gourmet dishes made with wild game.  The menu will be available 1 week prior to the event.  Archery instructors will be available.  Suggested donation of $5-$10 per person.
  • 3rd Annual D5 Tubing Trip – Saturday, August 13 at noon at Hinchman Acres in Mio.

Volunteer Opportunities (15 CVR Points):
  • Frankenmuth: World Expo of Beer.  Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21. For more information go towww.worldexpoofbeer.com
  • Mt. Pleasant:  Craft Beer Festival.  Saturday, June 11.  For more information, go tohttp://mpbeerfest.com.
  • Auburn: Tapped.  Saturday, June 18.  Volunteers needed to pour beer. 
  • Saginaw: KCQ Country Music Fest.  Saturday, June 18.  Volunteers needed to sell pizza.
March General Membership Meetings (5 CVR Points):
  • Auburn – May 25, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall – President Eric Roffe
  • Burton Area – May 17, 7:00 p.m. at Latina Restaurant – President Jessica Sproule, Training with MIJC 90th President Jay Johnson on Dealing with Difficult People Immediately Following GMM
  • Clare Area – May 16, 7:00 p.m. at Shamrock Park – President Sera Henry
  • Frankenmuth – May 9, 7:30 p.m. at Jaycee Pavilion, Heritage Park – President Brent Weiss
  • Midland – May 17, 6:00 p.m. at Pizza Sams – President Lindsay Huppertz
  • Mt. Pleasant – May 16, 12:00 noon at Italian Oven – Presidents Mallory Goldner & Tara Leonard
  • Saginaw – May 24, 7:00 p.m. at Ace’s Bar inside Stardust Lanes – President Allison Dakos
Make sure you “like” our D5 Facebook page and join the MIJC D5 Facebook Group to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in our district!