"Back in 2004 I got a strange call saying they were starting a new young professional organization in my community and my neighbor mentioned that I may be a good fit. I wasted no time in letting them know I was already over committed with activities and wouldn't be able to get involved. They then informed me they would still like to come meet with me and get my input as an active person in the community to help give them suggestions as they build the new organization. About a week later, Jim Steiner and Kate McNally were on my back porch telling me all about the Jaycees and how it will not only improve my community but help me as well. They must have brought magic that evening because about an hour later I was handing them my membership dues, names of others I felt would be strong assets to ensure my community was in good hands.
I found myself making time to be involved and was reducing my time in other organizational activities because of the network of friends I was making, experience gaining and difference we were making in so many communities. I couldn't get enough. I realized that rather than attend just my chapter meeting a month and gain 20 minutes of a skill seminar, I could attend multiple chapter meetings a month and gain an hour of skill training. This was not only fun for me but helped give me an edge over most of my other peers and those I worked with since they were not taking extra time to improve.
I never found myself ending a year feeling burnt out or tired because I found the experience so rewarding. This continual journey gave me the opportunity to not only serve locally but helped me advance on a regional, state and national level; allowing me to be privileged in 2010 as the first National President from the State of Delaware.
June Focused Message
Intent: Building partnerships with local, state, and federal government officials to help build stronger communities. Highlighted Programs/Ideas:
* Government Involvement
* Active Citizen Framework
* National Summit (Washington DC)
* Annual Meeting (Houston)
July Focused Message
Health and Wellness
Intent: Healthier citizens today leads to a stronger community for tomorrow. We must first be proactive in our own heath to be the example as we also help others. Highlighted Programs / Ideas:
* Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
* Go Kickball, Health and Hotness
* Being proactive in your own health