Vol. 1, Issue 8
August 19, 2011
Who’s Your Next Ambassador? The Ambassador Honor Program was created by the U.S. Jaycees to recognize those members and alumni who have gone above and beyond to enhance and further the Jaycee movement. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by the U.S. Jaycees and is a great way to honor those who have continued to give back to our great organization. It’s very easy to recommend someone for an Ambassadorship – complete the nomination form and send it to the National Service Center along with a check for $150. So, take a minute and think – who’s your next Ambassador? If you have questions or need additional information on the Ambassador Honor Program, please contact Fay Poissant at [email protected]
or (313) 333-6444.
As your August/September conferences approach take a look around at who you have in your chapter that is deserving of a Senatorship. If you are unsure, because perhaps you really don’t know what it means to be a Senator or what they do for you. Ask someone… Ask a current Senator from your chapter who still comes around and gives tirelessly to make sure you can run the signature projects you have been running for years. Ask a past Senator who your chapter talks about in reverence for all the hard work they did like maybe starting your chapter or starting that signature project. Ask your current State Senate President. Ask our current National Senate President. Just ask someone what it means and how important it is to bestow this honor on someone. The Senate is a part of us and they need to continue growing so in order to that you must honor those deserving to continue on the organization, so even after they age out they can continue to work hand in hand with your chapters and state to grow this organization. Remember, we are two groups working together for one purpose the betterment of our communities. Please contact me if you have questions about the Senate program and how to honor someone or you need info on contacting your Senate for help. Chrystal Ramsay, Senator #68800, at [email protected]
or (352) 502-0535.
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS I am challenging every chapter to conduct a Support Our Troops or Toys for Tots project by December 31st and turn in a completed CPG to me by January 10th, 2012. I will be looking over the CPG’s for the best CPG’s/Projects and awarding some cash prizes. The first place winner will receive $75, 2nd place will receive $50 and 3rd place will receive $25. Remember you are able to use this as part of your Blue Chip submission also. Here are some Project Ideas: August-End of the summer picnic for soldiers and families September- Labor Day on September 5th, Patriot Day and 9/11 on September 11th October-Columbus Day on October 10th, UN Day on October 24th, Halloween on October 31st November-Veteran’s Day on November 11th, Thanksgiving Day on November 24th December-Pearl Harbor on December 7th, Start of Hanukkah on December 21st, Christmas on December 25th Websites to check out: www.usjaycees.org or at www.supportourtroops.org Casualties’ website for Operation Enduring Freedom: http://icasualties.org Blue Star Mothers: www.bluestarmothers.org Operation MN Nice: www.operationminnesotanice.com Look for US Jaycees Support Our Troops/Toys for Tots Program on Facebook I am looking for chapters to share their ideas on projects they have done in the past or are thinking of running. Please share on the Facebook page or email me. Thank You to everyone that has shared already. If you have any questions on anything please let me know. Juanita Beauchamp USJC 2011 SOT/TOT Program Manager [email protected]
320-968-8956 Home 320-761-1003 Cell
TOYS FOR TOTS Look for US Jaycees Support Our Troops/Toys for Tots Program on Facebook I am challenging every chapter to conduct a Support Our Troops or Toys for Tots project by December 31st and turn in a completed CPG to me by January 10th, 2012. I will be looking over the CPG’s for the best CPG’s/Projects and awarding some cash prizes. The first place winner will receive $75, 2nd place will receive $50 and 3rd place will receive $25. Remember you are able to use this as part of your Blue Chip submission also. Check out the Toys for Tots website @ http://www.toysfortots.org. You can signup for their newsletter and check out special events & promotions. I am looking for chapters to share their ideas on projects they have done in the past or are thinking of running. Please share on the Facebook page or email me. Thank you to everyone that has shared already. If you have any questions on anything please let me know. Juanita Beauchamp USJC 2011 SOT/TOT Program Manager [email protected]
320-968-8956 Home 320-761-1003 Cell
Greetings Jaycees across the nation. I have some excited news to share with you all as I just returned from the National American Cancer Society’s Leadership Summit in Orlando, FL and let me tell you all, that I not only met some incredible people but I learned a lot while I was there. Not to mention, how impressed I was with all the people in attendance and even some from other countries and the incredible workshops they put on for us all. One of the pieces of exciting news is that the American Cancer Society is rolling out some new programs this fall as well as a brand new Relay website (www.relayforlife.org) on September 1, 2011. I had the honor of seeing a preview of the new very user friendly website and I was quite impressed. However, I will speak about the new programs rolling out this fall in my next article but I assure you will be excited to learn about them.
So make sure you check back to next month’s article. Anyways, here it is August and the end of the Relay season is starting to wind down. The fiscal year for the American Cancer Society runs until August 31, 2011, however if you are participating in one of the few relays that do happen in September, please contact me so we can make sure your fundraising efforts are recorded properly. Which also reminds me, please make sure that you are watching your team pages and making sure that your fundraising totals are what they should be, so that we can make sure that all the numbers jive together for year –end recognition purposes. If there are any discrepancies please make sure you contact your local staff partner for your local relay. But as always you can also always contact me for any added support or questions and I will be happy to help in any way I can. I hope you are all having a great summer and an even better Relay season. Let’s continue to make an IMPACT on all the individuals affected by cancer.
Thank you to all that submitted your 1st quarter evaluation. The mid-year evaluations are due July 31. Please email me your evaluations thus far. Also any programs, CPGS or newsletters you may have for the required items on Blue Chip. Please include your chapter name and state in the file name. This is the best way I can match up your Blue Chip process. If you have any questions please email [email protected]
I will be sending out the state lists to your state presidents so they can verify all I have received. Some questions I had at convention in Chicago were how to submit. Attach your files to an email and send to my email address. The best format to send
is PDF as it is universal, but I can view most formats. I will let you know if there is a problem. Thank you for working toward Blue Chip. Have a great summer! Chamene Plum USJC Blue Chip PM 406-262-4099 [email protected]
It’s amazing to think that just a few weeks ago we honored 10 amazing individuals!! I certainly hope that those of you who were able to attend the event were as inspired by their stories and service to humanity as I was. We tried some new things this year with the TOYA banquet and ceremony. As with any Jaycee event, we want to look at ways to improve. Please provide any and all (good and bad) comments and feedback regarding both the banquet and ceremony. I’d like to know what worked and what didn’t, or what you’d like to see done in the future, so that I can complete the CPG to be passed on to next year’s TOYA Program Manager. While the TOYA program is over for 2011, it’s never too early to start looking for individuals to submit for the Class of 2012. I will be updating the nominations paperwork to make it easier to submit electronically so watch for that coming in the next month or so. If you have questions about an individual you’d like to submit, please let me know and I’m happy to help. If your state, or a local chapter, has a recognition program, please let me know about it. There are enough chapters, and even states that are looking for ideas on how to start one or how to improve theirs going forward. Please share any ideas you have as well as sharing your fabulous CPGs! As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks! Laura E. Chesney-Gadd 2011 TOYA Program Manager 651.238.1185 [email protected]
National Training Director Update Summer is almost over and time is running out to book a JCI training in your state! Before you know it, the year will be over, so make plans now to host a JCI course at the local, regional or state level. We’ll continue this month with highlighting another JCI course to increase awareness of the training available to your local, regional and state organization. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in bringing any of these trainings into your state or local chapter. Most courses have a 6 person minimum, so it is a good idea to gauge interest before setting up a course. This month we’re highlighting JCI Achieve. This course provides great insight into our mission and vision as the Junior Chamber and offers some great ideas on membership recruitment and retention. If you want to build your local organization into an attractive chapter that will attract and retain young professionals, this is the course to attend! Here is the official course description from JCI's web site: JCI Achieve JCI Achieve, the JCI Local Organization Development Course is a full day course that uses discussions and case studies to understand and establish the local organization’s identity, its purpose and what to do to accomplish JCI’s Mission, effectively adopt and use recognizable and appreciated activities, understand the existing demographic groups and their characteristics and how to build a attractive organization that will bring in new members who are looking for the development opportunities and want to create positive change as active citizens. JCI Achieve should be taken by all members who want to fully understand the meaning, purpose and dynamics of building an attractive JCI local organization.
Upcoming JCI Training Events JCI Presenter August 13, 2011 9:00 a.m. Little Rock, Arkansas Certified JCI Head Trainer: Anthony Colletti, CNT Assistant Trainer(s): John Baine, CNT Cost: $50 JCI Trainer August 17-18, 2011 8:30 a.m. Fredericksburg, Virginia Certified JCI Head Trainer: Travis Ahlquist, CNT Cost: $55
courses. It is appreciated if you can request trainers at least 60 days in advance for travel planning purposes. A list of trainers and their courses is available at www.jci.cc. You can also make requests for trainers or information through me at [email protected]
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRAINERS AND LOCAL PRESIDENTS JCI has made some changes to their system which has resulted in some changes you may notice when you log into the web site. Members with JCI accounts are now listed as active or inactive. JCI is now requiring birth dates in order to be listed as an active member and also to register for courses or enter training hours. The local president for each chapter needs to have an account in order to confirm officers, trainers and members for their chapter in the JCI system. Unconfirmed trainers, members and officers may not be able to enter training hours, register for courses or perform other actions on the site until their local chapter president logs in to confirm their status. It is very important that all local chapter presidents create an account (if they do not currently have one) and notify JCI that they are the local president. This notification should go to [email protected]
and they will compare against the lists provided by the state presidents. If you are registering for a new account and your local chapter is not listed, please contact me at [email protected]
By June 1, all trainers who are not listed as active by their Local Presidents will be considered inactive in the JCI database and can no longer conduct JCI Official Courses or apply for certification. If the trainer has no date of birth or Local Organization listed in the database, he or she cannot be activated by the Local President. Therefore it is imperative that all JCI Trainers update their information (birth date) so Local Presidents can list them as active. You can check if your Local President is listed by accessing www.jci.cc and then go to MY JCI, under MY ORGANIZATION. On the left menu click on LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS and then you can see if
JCI Presenter September 17, 2011 9:00 a.m. Grand Rapids, Michigan Certified JCI Head Trainer: Jennifer Gracey, CNT Assistant Trainer(s): TBD Cost: $35 JCI Presenter October 22, 2011 Charleston, South Carolina Certified JCI Head Trainer: Suzette Plaisted, ITF Register Online for courses If you are interested in taking any of these courses, you must register online at www.jci.cc. If you do not have an account, you can register as a new user. At this time we are working with the state presidents to get all local and state organizations loaded into the JCI database. Please contact me if you do not see your local organization listed and you need assistance registering for a course. Interested in hosting a JCI training? If you are interested in hosting JCI training at your local, regional or state level, please contact me and I can help with coordination and also answer any questions you may have about the courses or how to budget for training. Most courses are one day and range from 4-8 hours each. We have a number of Certified Local Trainers (CLT) and Certified National Trainers (CNT) that can train these
your Local President is listed. If not, ensure he or she has their date of birth in the file and then request your JCI National Organization add the Local President. After the Local President is added, he or she will have access to add the local JCI Board Members and trainers. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance.
I would love to hear what makes Passport to Leadership successful in your states. Keep up the great work and please let me know if you would like to have me do a webinar or conference call with your states or chapters. Have a great August! Yours in Jaycees, Abby Hanson 2011 US Jaycees Passport to Leadership PM [email protected]
In Jaycee Spirit, Jennifer Gracey, CNT National Training Director
timers in the house???? Yeah for First Timers! Just a reminder to run the program at your state conferences and if you need help contact me and we will help put something together for you. Abby Hanson 2011 First Timers PM US Jaycees
Hello US Jaycees! I came across a statement that I want to share with you:
Hello US Jaycees, I hope you are all enjoying your summer months! They are going by way to fast and before we know it our Halloween projects will be running across the whole US. Thank you to those states that are staying up to date on your Passport to Leadership items. Remember your submissions are due by the 5th of the month for the previous month. Keep an eye on the P2L Facebook page as I have been having some fun contests. https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-JayceesPassport-to-Leadership2011/181686618539014?ref=ts If you have not liked the page yet please do so.
―If you want to succeed, you must commit to three things. First, you must take personal responsibility for your success. Only you can make you a success. You need to be willing to do the things necessary to succeed. Second, you must set high goals — and then do whatever it takes to achieve them. Third, stuff happens; as you go through life you will encounter many problems and setbacks. You need to react positively to the negative stuff and move forward toward your goals.‖ Bud Bilanich
WOW, doesn’t that resemble Jaycees? Isn’t that everything we have been told, taught and shown throughout our Jaycee career? For me this resembles everything I have become. One of my favorite parts of the statement is number 2, ―you must set high goals – and then do whatever it takes to achieve them.‖ After evaluating your 2nd quarter ask yourself if you have done number 2. Have you submitted your
blue chip and parade? Have you reevaluated your chapter and or state plan? Aren’t these things part of doing everything you can to achieve your goals? Isn’t being the best rounded chapter, director and/or state one of the goals you set for yourself this year? With that being said, have you submitted your Blue Chip and your Parade? Remember it’s so easy! All you have to do is send me everything you send Chairman Chamene for Blue Chip. If you want even more points be sure to look over the Parade submission and see what you are missing. See if you have submitted everything so you can get all the points you deserve! Remember, ―Only you can
Twitter?!? Here is short explanation of Twitter: Twitter is a free service that allows users to publish short messages of 140 characters or less. These messages are read by "followers" — people who make a conscious decision to subscribe to your messages and have them delivered to their own Twitter home pages. Each message you post is known as a "Tweet." In the social media and social networking industry, Twitter facilitates a process known as microblogging or microsharing. Every user is identified by putting an "@" sign in front of their name (for instance: @jsmith). Joining Twitter has value for many people, but it can also be a waste of time if you don't understand how the medium works and how best to utilize it. Twitter should be place where you want to share common interests and ask insightful questions, and, ideally, read the interesting answers you get back. The information flows to you, in contrast to more traditional mediums such as a news website, where you must click around and seek out information on your own. On Twitter, after you select followers, the information just comes to you. But following a lot of people can create unnecessary traffic that will render the service useless to you. It's important to remember that Twitter is a publishing medium. In many cases, Tweets can be picked up by Google. So remember to be careful what you say. Another caution: because a Tweet is so short, it's even harder for people to pick up context or tell when you're being sarcastic versus serious.
make you a success. You need to be willing to do the things necessary to succeed!‖
I can’t wait to have the gmail account filled with so many documents that it will take me days to decipher! Don’t wait, submit today and be ready to celebrate a successful year in December and an even larger celebration in March at the National Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Yours in Jaycees! Candace Hollis 2011 USJC Parade Program Manager 979-575-5218 Cell 979-822-7899 work [email protected]
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR TWITTER
1. Twitter.com Click on the "Join the Conversation" button in middle of the page. 2. Fill out basic information. This will include your full name, preferred user name, password and e-mail address. Remember that the user name is what people will see with an "@" symbol in front of it. 3. See if your friends are on Twitter. After you fill out basic info, you'll be prompted to look for friends in your Gmail, Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail or AOL accounts so you can begin following them if they're already on the service. 4. Twitter's suggestions. Twitter will suggest some people for you to follow as well. Check to see if anyone of them are relevant. 5. Setting up your profile. Click on "settings" in the upper right hand corner of your Twitter home page. You'll be brought to a tab-based menu that helps you build your profile and adjust settings. 6. Fill in the fields. Of particular importance is the "one line bio" under the "Account" tab. You have 160 characters to present yourself to the Twitter community. Many people choose to state their profession, and then maybe something outside of work that interests them as well. CIO's C.G. Lynch (@cglynch), for instance, has the following: "Staff Writer at CIO, New England Sports Fan." 7. Start looking for followers Regardless of how many people you found through e-mail search and Twitter's suggestions, start looking around for people you might find interesting. Use search.twitter.com.
All current Program Managers listed below: Abby Hanson – Passport to Leadership/Degrees/First Timers – [email protected]
Amy Roeder – International Relations/UN/Nothing but Nets – [email protected]
Angela Collins – Relay for Life – [email protected]
Candace Hollis – Parade – [email protected]
Chamene Plum – Blue Chip – [email protected]
Chris Hardee – Governmental Affairs – [email protected]
Chrystal Ramsay – Foundation/Senate Liaison – [email protected]
Fay Poissant – Ambassador/Alumni Relations – [email protected]
Jennifer Gracey – Training – [email protected]
Juanita Beauchamp – Support Our Troops/Toys For Tots – [email protected]
Laura Chesney Gadd – TOYA – [email protected]
Richard Lewis – Webmaster – [email protected]
Adam Bonarek – NAC Chairman [email protected]
Becky Williams – Social Media – [email protected]
Becky Williams 2011 US Jaycee Social Media PM [email protected]