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
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
· Annual Meeting (Houston)
* The May Office Hour will be one week early due to NP Jennifer’s flight to Conference of the Americas. The Office Hour in May will be May 11 at 8:00pm Central.
* Phone number: 712-432-1500
* Access code: 404403#
· May 15 – A reminder from Treasurer Tom, ‘All calendar year 990 tax filings for state organizations and chapters need to be filed by May 15th with the IRS, or an automatic extension needs to be requested (to August 15th).’ If your state organization or chapter has either had its tax-exempt status revoked due to failure to file or has never filed a return, please contact Treasurer Tom (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>) and he will assist you with how to get your chapter/state in compliance with the IRS. Please also email Treasurer Tom with any other Jaycee related IRS filing questions.
• We have the following webinars scheduled for May:
o May 6 Junior Youth Chapters – learn what these are all about and how your chapter can launch one.
o May 17 Adopt-A-School – this program launched in Hawaii and continues to deliver results for the Hawaiian chapters and schools. The HI team will lead this webinar.
o May 27 New Member Orientation – offered monthly, it will launch a new member’s Jaycee career on the right foot.
Webinar start times and registration information is found here<http://www.jci.cc/local/media/usa/18989/2014-Webinar-Registrations-Now-Open>. Be sure to bookmark this page and check it frequently as webinars are continually added.
Additional Items of Importance
• JCI USA National Summit, June 6-8, 2015 – What is this all about?
The National Summit is a new event for JCI USA. Its designed to explore the issues affecting young people in the United States (as outlined in the UN Millennial Development Goals), consider big picture solutions, generate resolutions, and carry those resolutions and solutions to Capitol Hill on the concluding day of the conference. Many partners and groups engaged in these same efforts, from Johnson & Johnson to UNICEF to the EPA, will join us as speakers, trainers and attendees. The Summit is designed for big thinkers to rub elbows with fellow big thinkers. All members are welcome. Go here to learn more and register.<https://www.jci.cc/event/nationalsummit2015>
• A Live, Real Shark Tank Experience for Interested Jaycees
One of the training options at the JCI USA annual meeting in Houston in September is the opportunity to either participate in or observe a live Shark Tank experience. A Shark Tank experience, exactly as seen on the popular TV show, is where a budding entrepreneur pitches a business plan to venture capitalists. The capitalists dissect the business plan, providing the entrepreneur with valuable feedback and if the idea is solid enough, with funding. All members are invited to submit a business plan for consideration by the venture capitalists. Two will be selected for funding consideration at a live presentation at our Houston meeting. Anyone with a business idea is welcome to apply. Click here to learn more.<http://www.jci.cc/controlpanel/documents/Shark%20Tank%20RFP.pdf>
• Competitions will be held in Houston
Year-end competitions are typically held at the Year-End Convention in the Spring. However, beginning in 2015, in order to allow for more time to prepare the winners for international travel, as well as because the 2016 Spring Convention is being on a cruise (where competitions will not be held), the "Year-End" Competitions will be held at the Fall Convention in Houston, Texas. For this convention there will be changes in who will be able to compete and the number allowed to enter from each state in order to allow for a fair process given the change in the national competition date. More details regarding this will be released later this month.
• Project Impact 100
We are celebrating 100 years of IMPACT as an organization in 2015! How is your chapter taking advantage of this amazing anniversary to make an even greater impact in the community? Every chapter is encouraged to promote a project in 2015 that will impact at least 100 people. Go here to learn about more ways<http://www.jci.cc/100years/impact100> to get involved with Project Impact 100 and the anniversary celebrations!
• 2014 Draft Annual Report is Available
Click here to download<http://www.jci.cc/controlpanel/documents/Annual%20Report%20Updated.pdf>.
From the Desk of National President Jennifer
"Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important."
- Stephen Covey
How often do you find yourself running from deadline to deadline? We push ourselves to do more, get the most out of every minute of every day, and always be connected with everyone all the time through the digital world that we live in. This week, take a moment and slow down. Take a deep breathe. Think about what is most important to you. What is it you want most to accomplish that is meaningful and impactful? Now plan your time this week to focus on whatever that is, that item of importance. Work to live your life proactively instead of reactively.