Inspiration from President Peter

President Peter A. Behrmann

Michigan Jaycees:

We are one month into our Together as One Team year and I am happy to report that I have been extremely impressed with our membership and new leaders that have been stepping up, taking charge, and working to make 2017 one of our best years yet. Traveling the state to many of your chapters year-end events and seeing your 2017 plans already starting to take place is exciting and inspirational.

This month, I would like to bring all of your attention to Carol Zombro from Kalamazoo who is taking charge of growing her chapter to a total of 100 members by the end of 2017. I will have to admit that at first I was concerned: is this growth sustainable? Is it healthy for her chapter?

Upon talking to Carol, I truly think she is going to achieve her goal in 2017. Her plan is to grow her chapter by just 3 members each month, spreading out her chapters growth over the year. By spreading out the growth, it will make retaining and activating these new members easier and ultimately retaining them in 2018 a much simpler task. I know this is just one example from one chapter and all the rest of you are making similar plans at growing your chapters in 2017. I look forward to seeing them all play out this year!

Lastly, I would like to let you all know that our Chief Operations Officer Stephanie Gerds has stepped down. Stephanie is moving to Las Vegas next month to start a new chapter in her life and I would like to personally thank her for being part of our Together as One Team. Anna Versalle has moved into the Chief Operations role and Nikki Glinski has stepped up to lead our Training team this year! Thanks to both Anna and Nikki for stepping up! 

In Jaycee Service,

Peter Berhmann, Esq.
93rd President
Michigan Junior Chamber
Together as ONE Team