Hello State and Chapter leaders,
This is your First Monday e-mail, sent to all state and local leaders to help you help your members take advantage of every Jaycee opportunity.
April Focused Message
Sustainability / Global Impact
Each of us has a responsibility to maintain the environment. As a global organization, Jaycees work together to create better environments and sustainable communities. Highlighted Programs / Ideas:
• Nothing but Nets (World Malaria day)
• Earth Day
• JCI Resources
• Active Citizen Framework
• Global and National initiatives (such as Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
A Look Ahead: May Focused Message
Building the Next Generation
Intent: Working with children to help them develop as healthy, strong, young people to be the next generation of leaders. Highlighted Programs / Ideas:
• Adopt-A-School (kick-off to build strong programs for September implementation)
• Junior Chamber Youth
• April 30 – last day to take advantage of installment payment options if you wish to attend JCI World Congress in Kanazawa. Return pages 3 and 4 of the attached ONTO Kanazawa document.
Additional Items of Importance
• JCI USA National Summit
Just as your chapters must meet with elected officials and community leaders to make an impact locally, the same holds true at the national level. The Jaycees have a long and storied history of making national impact (seat belt laws, statehood for AK and HI, airmail). The JCI USA National Summit continues that tradition of Jaycees making positive national impact. Go here to learn more and register.<https://www.jci.cc/event/nationalsummit2015>
• The Annual Meeting of the Corporation
JCI USA members convene in Houston in September to elect 2016 national officers and conduct the business of the association. Trainings focus on specific personal and business skill development. Go here to find out more.<https://www.jci.cc/event/annualmeeting2015>
• Mary Ann or Ginger? Gilligan or the Professor?
Its official. The 2015 year-end convention will be held aboard a cruise ship! Registrations are now open. The first 300 members to register receive a discount on ports fees and a waiver of the tip to the wait staff. While the cruise is not until April 2016, anyone can register now<https://www.jci.cc/event/nationalmeeting2016> and everyone is encouraged to do so.
• At Long Last
JCI has released its new web template for chapter use! Like the existing template, the new web template comes with no hosting or maintenance fees to chapters. It is a membership benefit included in one’s JCI membership dues. LPs have automatic access and edit rights and can assign access rights to chapter members. Among other things, chapters have complete control over the 8-panel home page and the Projects tab. Chapters interested in upgrading to the new template, and chapters interested in using it for the first time, can obtain all information by reaching out to ED Joel.<mailto:execdirector@@usjaycees.org>
From the desk of National President Jennifer
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today."
We have completed the first quarter of 2015 and have accomplished so many amazing things within chapters, throughout states, and across the country.
And yet, we have so much more to accomplish this year; building stronger chapters, creating impactful projects, becoming the most relevant organization in our communities as we celebrate 100 years of making a difference. It is easy to look at what we "should have started" as we reflect on the first three months, but today, look at what you still can start and lets work together to make the second quarter of 2015 even stronger than our first quarter. Reach out to other chapters in your state, to neighboring states, and to your National Officers as resources to truly make your chapter the best organization to join and support in your community!