Happy August everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying your summer and the beautiful weather we have been experiencing! This month’s President’s Corner is jammed packed with information, so here we go!
Bzzz Tour 2.0 is in full swing across the country and it is coming to Washington next week. Bzzz Tour 2.0 is a United States Jaycees (USJC) nationwide fundraising and awareness tour. USJC President Fay and USJC Immediate Past President Chrystal will be in town with Nothing But Nets officials August 13-15. Nationals has been coordinating meetings with local government officials in order to help increase awareness of the Jaycees and Nothing But Nets. The meetings dates are as follows:
· 8/14 – Congressman Rick Larsen (2-3 members from the state may attend)
· 8/15 – Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Jim McDermott (2-3 members from the state may attend)
If you are interested in attending these meetings, please email (email@example.com) or call me (206.229.5269206.229.5269). Outside of these meetings a special event has been set up by Nothing But Nets, please see below:
Please join us for an evening reception
Seattle: United in the Fight Against Malaria
Join us to learn how Seattle-area partners—from government,
to private- sector and non-profits, to individuals—are leading
the fight against malaria.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
World Trade Center Seattle
Executive Dining Room
2200 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
Opening remarks from David Brandling-Bennett,
senior advisor for malaria to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
recognition of Seattle-Area malaria champions and partners by Margaret McDonnell,
Deputy Director of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign
highlights from the 2014 BzzzTour in partnership with
Junior Chamber International USA
While this disease still kills one child every 60 seconds, partners in the Seattle area are
investing in research and development, control and prevention, advocacy, and other efforts
in order to achieve a malaria-free world.
heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served
RSVP for this event by August 11 at http://tiny.cc/Malaria_Partners
Upcoming State and National Events
WAJC Annual Meeting: The Seattle Jaycees are happy to host this year’s Annual Meeting in Renton the weekend of September 12th-14th. The meeting will showcase Keynote Speaker and Trainer Matt Booth (www.mattbooth.com). He is an internationally known attitude expert who engages any audience he is placed in front of. We will also have Pasco member Siomara Ruiz presenting JCI IMPACT. Impact is a course aimed for JCI members who want to become active citizens and create long-lasting positive change in their communities. The course discusses the active citizenship concept, covers the analysis of community needs, solutions addressing these needs and discusses the projects a Local Organization can conduct with all sectors of society in order to create sustainable and effective positive change in their community. The theme for this convention is 80s! Saturday night a costume contest will happen at dinner! So come dressed in your favorite 80s attire and win some awesome prizes!! For more information please contact Madalyn Lutsch (firstname.lastname@example.org), Karen Letourneau (email@example.com), or Jacob Winkler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
USCJ Government Affairs Leadership Seminar (GALS): Elected officials can be a chapter's best friend when it comes to finding projects to undertake and the resources to accomplish them. GALS gives members all the tools they need to understand how government works and how to work it to a chapter's advantage. Participants receive instruction and training on a number of important topics, including:
• understanding how government works
• understanding the role of advocacy and how to do it
• applying the Active Citizen Framework at the chapter level, which is the foundation of all chapter activity
GALS is open to all members and will be held in Washington, D.C. September 27-29. If you are interested in attending, please email (email@example.com) or call me (206.229.5269206.229.5269) so we can work on getting you registered, hotel booked and flight scheduled.
The GALS portion of the convention will start on Sunday morning where we will participate in trainings and speakers with Nothing But Nets and their partnership summit. We will discuss lobbying not only on the Hill but also at home with in district meetings. We will hear from keynote speakers. We will have breakout sessions on social media/marketing, fundraising and community building. We will end with logistics for the Hill day and fun activity that evening.
Monday is Day on the Hill. We will partner with Nothing But Nets and other partners they have in your area to meet with your Congressmen and Senators to discuss our partnership and other things you feel that are important to your local communities and states. The Hill day will start with buses leaving the hotel at 8 am to head to Capitol Hill. There will be breakfast served on the Hill with an opening address from Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation CEO. The visits will go until 2 pm.
A full registration for the entire seminar is $65, which includes all program materials, Saturday and Sunday lunches, Saturday evening social, Capitol Hill visit, ground transportation throughout the seminar.
Registration closes Sept 20
JCI World Congress: The convention is being held in Leipzig, Germany on November 24th-29th. Activities include the Global Village, General Assembly, Elections, Socials, Twinning Presentations, site seeing, fellowship and training. If you are interested in attending, please let me know. If you need more information you can check out the website, www.jciwc2014.com, I can get you in contact with past Seattle Jaycee Mike McCarty who traveled to several World Congresses during his membership to explain his experiences, or I can get you in contact with USJC ONTO Program Manager, Tracy Chagonon.
Current WAJC Membership Challenge: Calling all Washington Jaycees!!! After Summer Board weekend, I issued a challenge to the members of our organization!! At the time we had been at growth for 8 consecutive months, we are now at 10 months of consecutive growth and we need to see this growth continue!! On top of the membership incentives and Bucket Brigade program that were rolled out at Summer Board, I will provide the following at Annual Meeting; if the Washington Jaycees grow by 15 new members throughout the state by August 31st:
At the Board of Directors Meeting on Saturday, I will wear a Washington State University jersey! I am a proud alumnus of the University of Washington (GO HUSKIES!!!), but I am willing to show the colors of my rival college!
I know you would all love to see me in crimson and silver, so find those new members and lets grow by at least 15!! I know it can be done, 6 new Washington Jaycees have been added since the challenge has been issued!! Can you all get 9 more new members into our great organization? I hope so, because I know there are several of you that would love to see me in Cougar colors!!
WAJC Membership Incentives: All items will be accumulative for 2014 and items will be presented at Annual Meeting and YEC. All items (except iPad or tablet) will either have the generic WAJC logo (no theme) or they will have the 2014 themed logo. Items are as follows:
State Tumbler Cup: Recruit 5 members
State Hat: Recruit 10 members
State T-shirt: Recruit 15 members
State Polo: Recruit 20 members
State Duffle Bag: Recruit 30 members
iPad or tablet: Recruit 50 members
Bucket Brigade: A past WAJC program that has been implemented at state meetings. This year, the program will begin at Annual Meeting and happen again at YEC.
To obtain a bucket at Annual Meeting in September, you will need to recruit a total of 5 members between June 1st-August 31st. YEC qualifications will be explained at Annual Meeting. The buckets will include the recruiters beverage of choice (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and then will include one of the following random items:
Free registrations to YEC
Trainings by State Officers
Trainings by JCI trainers
Trainings by Senators
Closing Comments from your President: I am very happy to see the WAJCs growing!! 10 months of continuous growth is awesome!! It may be small growth, but it is helping us make a positive change in our communities and making our communities stronger. I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Annual Meeting in September!! Let’s keep up the hard work and continue to build strong chapters and communities!!
Kendra B. Demuth
75th WAJC State President