Be the Voice for Active Young People on April 23, 2015
Every day Jaycees impact the world by solving real needs and by defining what their community can look like for the next generation.
This week, all JCI USA members and Alumni are challenged to make sure our voice is heard to eradicate malaria in our generation and for generations to come.
Join the #JCIUSAEngage500 efforts and call your federal representatives on Thursday, April 23 to let them know that you, as a member of the Jaycees, support the President's Initiative to support funding for the eradication of malaria. This guide will help you know who to call, when to reach them, and what to say.
After you have called, use #JCIUSAEngage500 and tag your government officials (example: @senrandpaul) to let the social media world know that as a Jaycee, you are the voice for active young citizens representing change in our world!
Join the fight for World Malaria Day (April 25). Click here to access the Nothing but Nets toolkit of materials.
National President's Office Hour
National President Jennifer's Office Hour is this evening at 8:00 PM Central!
· Phone number:712-432-1500
· Access code: 404403#
Notice: The May National President's Office Hour has been rescheduled to May 11 (instead of May 18) due to President Jennifer's attendance at JCI's Conference of the Americas. The time and dial-in information remains the same.
The World is in Desperate Need of Leaders
A Jaycee Success Story
Your words impact others!
The world is in desperate need of leaders. There are many crises that we face. Leaders who can communicate effectively with others and can inspire others to action through their spoken word will have the greatest impact . Besides, meeting the love of my life through our Jaycee organization, one of the things I am most grateful for is training in the realm of public speaking.
Very early on in my career, I competed in Speak-up. The first go around, I didn't win. Instead of giving up, I looked for ways to improve, and even signed up to take a Toastmaster's class on public speaking. The next time I competed, I not only won the state competition but earned the right to attend my first national U.S. Jaycees convention in Las Vegas as a Speak-up competitor.
Topics were provided on-site once you were registered. I remember sitting in our room pouring over what story would relate to the topic and how we would choose the words to say. Fortunately, for me, I was lucky enough to have mentors former NVP Carol Bond and former NVP Cassie Evans, by my side. I remember struggling with trying to memorize that speech the night before competing. But Carol challenged me a little, she made me think about every word I was saying and reflect on whether or not those words were important, whether or not they were reflective of the topic, whether they would appeal to the audience and were they really absolutely necessary to share.
Sometimes, it is by keeping things simple, to the point and using repetition that you can emphasize the most important points.
That experience has stayed with me throughout not only my Jaycees career, but as a business owner and manager of 20 employees and as the Vice Mayor of a City of thirty thousand people. I have given countless speeches to audiences from 3 to 3000. I have given informative speeches, motivational speeches, constructive criticisms and persuasive speeches. On my good days, I remember back to Carol, questioning about what really is important to say that will make the most impact. And I choose my words wisely.....well, at least on some days, I succeed!
I challenge Jaycees at every level of our organization to choose their words wisely and speak with passion to inspire others to get involved in their communities and the Junior Chamber movement. Through our words, we can make impact.
Julie Metzger Aubuchon, O.D.
85th USJC President
Vice Mayor, City of Florence
6901 Dixie Hwy.
Florence, KY 41042
JCI USA 15645 Olive Boulevard, Suite A.
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017