Planning for Tomorrow
With election season upon us, both in National Politics, as well as within our Jaycee organization, it is time to ensure that we are truly planning for the future. Amazing accomplishments of 2015 are most successful when the momentum can carry forward into the next year, be replicated, improved upon, and truly build a stronger organization year after year. This is the reason to lay out a Strategic Plan.
In March 2015, the JCI USA Board of Directors formally adopted the JCI USA Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020. The premise of this plan are five strategies: Impact, Motivate, Invest, Collaborate, and Connect! Many components of this plan are already being implemented in 2015 with a plan to continue the progress through 2020.
Every member is encouraged to read the JCI USA Strategic plan and use it as a guide to assist in building stronger chapters, states, and a stronger Jaycee organization. Use the example from other chapters to bring new ideas to your chapter such as what the Salisbury Jaycees (MD), New Baden Jaycees (IL), JCI North Jersey (NJ), and JCI Durham (Ontario, Canada), and JCI Bogota (Bogota, Colombia) are doing as they collaborate for greater impact! (article below)
What kind of thoughts run through your head, when your membership has a big idea to make an impact but the task list and the obstacles to success seem too daunting? Many people find it better to reject the idea, or they chose to table it, so it might be "possibly considered in the future." Instead of getting stuck in the trap of finding reasons against a great idea, change your mindset and think of it as an even better opportunity. By identifying and recruiting additional stakeholders, you can use collaboration to create a bigger than what your chapter can accomplish on its own.
I've had the opportunity to run two vision clinics with Global Vision 2020 in Kenya and Peru. I saw first-hand the lack of vision correction in the developing world, and the challenges that it creates for people. I saw a Massai elder cry when he clearly saw the landscape for the first time in his life, showing me value of the near perfect vision I've had my entire life. I saw team members from their teens to their 70's quickly learn the screener training and put these new skills to use, so I knew the system really could be lead by anyone. And it was clear that JCI has the kind of ideal, global footprint to make something like this work. For several years I've tried to figure out how to make a JCI led vision clinic a reality, but I kept running into roadblocks related to funding, manpower, and distribution.
While discussing the concept within our chapter's board of directors as a possible Impact 100 project, everybody loved the idea. But it was apparent that the financial demands would represent a significant strain on the organization's budget and ability to provide manpower. This year, the future of our chapter's largest annual fundraiser was uncertain. Raising a large sum of money for a public health initiative on another continent while we were worried about a huge shortfall wasn't in the best long-term interest of our chapter. And with an already established goal of running 50 projects in 2015, the board was worried that a new project of approximately 200 manhours might be too taxing on the chapter's membership. But rather than pass on the idea yet again, we went off in an entirely new direction. We decided to share the concept within the JCI Network to see if we could find help.
Within a few months, we found willing fundraising partners in the New Baden Jaycees (Illinois), JCI North Jersey (New Jersey), and JCI Durham (Ontario, Canada), who were also looking for opportunities to create a larger impact than their own resources allow. And we also found a willing distribution partner in JCI Bogata, who had already identified poor access to vision correction as a community challenge through their use of the Active Citizenship Framework.
For various reasons, we were all stuck trying to do something awesome on our own. And we found that collaboration was the tool that allowed us all to move forward. These new partners reduced our financial and manpower commitments and solved a key challenge of identifying a distribution partner within JCI. After many years of trying we finally had a project scope that everybody in our chapter could get behind, without creating an additional burden on our key management challenges.
And it turns out, the ability to collaborate by itself was identified as a valuable experience for our partner chapters. It's no accident that C. William Brownfield called us "the brotherhood of man" when he wrote the Jaycee Creed. I've said that line hundreds of times, but it took on an entirely new meaning to me in light of my new experience with collaboration. I was seeing firsthand the possibilities that become apparent when we work together without the boundaries of geography. And I wasn't the only one to come to this realization:
"When I heard about this project, I immediately understood the impact a vision clinic would have on an underserved community. But I also saw that this collaboration benefits our one year old chapter by introducing us to the JCI USA network, and show our members that we're a part of something really special" said JCI North Jersey member Shine Wann.
New Baden Jaycees President Brad Dulle had this to say: "My favorite part of this whole project is that it gives us the opportunity to partner with other Jaycee chapters outside of our area. Our members were able to experience connecting with Jaycees around the world and making a lasting impact. Through twinning with other chapters and joining forces with Global Vision 2020, we are able to be a part of a great project that we weren't even conceptualizing as a part of our annual plan. Collaboration is allowing us to make an impact where we didn't even know there was an opportunity."
To date, our fundraising chapters have secured nearly 80% of their fundraising goal. JCI Bogota has secured a clinic location and is working with Global Vision 2020 on the logistics and member training requirements to run a successful clinic in the fall. I'm happy to say that we are on schedule to accomplish our primary goal - to deliver 100 pairs of Global Vision AdSpecs to people in an area with limited access to vision correction services. It's something that I would likely never be able to do within my own chapter. And now this idea that I've had for nearly 5 years is finally becoming a reality.
We've just passed the mid-point of the year. It's a great time to check up on your personal and chapter goals for 2015. What are those critical roadblocks that lie before you? Collaboration just may be the tool that solves these big challenges.
Salisbury, Jaycees (MD)
Vote for JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) - TODAY!!
Three of our own JCI USA Ten Outstanding Young American (TOYA) recipients know that they have made it to the Top 20 of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) recognition program - the international equivalent of our national program.
Now they need YOUR help to be recognized for their amazing work to better their communities and the world.
Please visit the link below, read their bios and vote for all three:
Voting closes TODAY so be sure to vote RIGHT NOW! Please share this link with your social media networks to promote these three individuals as well as the entire JCI TOYP program! www.jci.cc/toypvote
JCI USA Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas
There is still time to register to attend the Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas at the end of September. It will be a weekend filled with training, excursions, elections, and conducting the business of the Association.
Featured events include:
CALLING ALL ALUMNI
JCI USA has an alumni association that anyone who has ever been a member of the Jaycee organization can join. Membership includes login access to all online libraries and resources, monthly communications, and is a way to show continued support of the Jaycee organization.
Please share this information with your favorite alumni members today and encourage them to join the JCI USA Alumni Association.
To join, visit www.jayceemember.com and click on "Alumni Join" on the right side of the page.
2015 JCI World Congress: Kanazawa, Japan
Every member has the opportunity to attend International events of the organization. World Congress brings together nearly 5,000 from all over the world to collaborate together for a week-long event. This year, members will celebrate 100 years of Jaycee Impact and every member is encouraged to attend.
The 2015 World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan is November 3-8, 2015. Registration closes October 19, 2015.
2016 JCI USA Spring National Meeting
JCI USA is going on a cruise to celebrate the year-end success of 2015 and continue momentum for 2016. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!
December 31, 2015 is the last day to register under the Jaycees room block. All reservations made after December 31, 2015 will be booked through the cruise line at the current rate the cruise line is charging.
Register here and take advantage of special opportunities for the first 300 people registered for the 2016 National Meeting on the Carnival Cruise Line.