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The Washington Jaycees (Junior Chamber) gives young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.

 

The Washington Jaycees are affiliated with JCI (Junior Chamber International).  JCI is a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people ages 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world.  Each JCI Member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us.  We seek targeted solutions to the unique problems in our communities to build a better world, creating global impact.


Vision statement reads:  'To be the leading global network of active young citizens.'


Mission statement reads:  'To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.'


Please also check out the About JCI page for more information and videos.

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CURRENT / FUTURE CHAPTER & STATE PROJECTS

Pasco, Easter Egg Hunt
Date and Location:  April 19th
Pasco Sports Complex, near the TRAC
Contact Sean Challe for more info

Seattle, Rangers vs. Mariners
Date and Location:  April 26th
Safeco Field, Seattle
Contact Megan Farmer for more info

Washington Jaycees Senate, ID Retreat
Date and Location:  May 3rd-4th
La Quinta Inn & Suites, Tacoma
Contact Tracy Kessler for more info
For Registration Form, click here

Seattle, UW Relay for Life
Date and Location:  May 10th-11th
University of Washington
Contact Tara Winkler for more info

Washington Jaycees, Summer Board
Date and Location:  May 30th-June 1st
Sacajawea State Park, Pasco
Contact Sean Challe for more info

United States Jaycees, Annual Meeting
Date and Location:  June 25th-June 29th
Baltimore, Maryland
Click here for more info
or contact Kendra B. Demuth

Goldendale, 40th Annual Demolition Derby

Date and Location: July 4th

Goldendale, WA

Contact Kimiko Atkins for more info


Seattle, Charter Boat Fishing
Date and Location: July 19th
Westport, WA
Contact Danny Clyde or Megan Farmer for more info

United States Jaycees, GALS
(Governmental Affairs Leadership Seminar)
Date and Location:  September 27th-29th
Washington, D.C.
Click here for more info
or contact Kendra B. Demuth

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MARCH PRESIDENT'S CORNER

 


Hello Washington Jaycees,
  

As I write this, our State has suffered one of the largest natural disasters in its history. I'm referring to the Oso mudslide that occurred last Saturday morning. My heart goes out to all the families and people involved, along with the first responders and volunteers working tirelessly to locate and recover the survivors and victims. This event hit close to home last weekend, as I have family living in Oso. I am happy to say they are safe and accounted for, however they and their horses were evacuated. They are currently living with another family member until the flash flood warnings drop. Their house was not effected in the slide, however if a flash flood occurs, their house and horse field will be flooded.

 

There is a ton of relief efforts taking place and I am working on narrowing down options that we as Jaycees can help. There will be immediate needs and long term needs after this mudslide. Look for more information in the coming week for how you and your chapters can help.

 

Right now, the Snohomish County Red Cross is working to help the people impacted by the mudslide. Red Cross workers are providing food and shelter to residents of Oso and surrounding communities, their families and first responders.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to help the Snohomish County Red Cross:

Visit redcross.com (select 'Snohomish County' from the drop down menu)

Call 1-800-redcross (direct your donation to 'Snohomish County')

Mail check to: Red Cross Snohomish County, 2530 Lombard Avenue, Everett, WA 98021

At this time, the Snohomish Country Red Cross does not have the capacity to handle donated goods, such as clothing, furniture, etc.

Another way you can help is through the Oso, Arlington & Darrington Equine Relief Effort. The Northwest Equine Stewardship Center (NWESC) and Cedarbrook Veterinary Care are joining together to get much needed supplies to those that are caring for horses who have lost their homes and owners in the mudslide. As rescue efforts continue, horses are being found and taken to those who have offered to house and care for them until their owners can claim them. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to care for horses that are not your own.

 

The NWESC will have a horse trailer at 9812 215th Ave SE Snohomish, WA where they will be accepting donations daily from 10am to 4pm now through April 4th. This trailer will be hauled out to locations in need around the mudslide area on Saturday April 5th. What is most needed at this time is hay and grain items. If you would like to make a monetary donation, go to NWESC.org (note "Equine Relief Effort" through their paypal link). Monetary donations will be used to purchase medical supplies and other needed items as the rescue and recovery efforts continue.

 

For more information, please email these organizations at info@cedarbrookvet.com or info@nwesc.org

 

  

 

 

Along with the devastating mudslide, Seattle saw a horrific helicopter crash by the Space Needle. Two long standing KOMO news employees, Bill Strothman and Gary Pfitzner lost their lives. Please keep their families and the KOMO News family in your thoughts as the NTSB investigates the crash. Please also keep Richard Newman in your thoughts as he recovers from the second and third-degree burns on his body after being trapped in his car after the helicopter crashed.

 

 

 

On a lighter note, I am happy to say I am impressed with the turnout the Washington Jaycees showed at the Great American Institute Meeting in Las Vegas this month! 17 participated!!! Those include of age Jaycees, Senators and advisors! Those who participated interacted with other members from the Great American Institute (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii). They also participated in JCI training from our National President Fay Poissant (JCI Achieve) and Civic Leadership Certification Program Manager Heather Vardell (JCI Impact). They also participated in a fun hula training put on by National Vice President Eve Epitome. The National Vice President assigned to Washington, Carla Kramer, as spoke during our State Executive Meeting and we also heard from National Membership Director Jen J. Ray. Thank you again to all who participated and made Las Vegas memorable. Those people are as follows:

 

Danny Clyde , Megan Farmer, Tara Winkler, Jacob Winkler, Karen Letourneau, Madalyn Lutsch, Jill Camp, Tracy Kessler, Siomara Ruiz, Lance Ahlgren, Carolyn Ahlgren, Ketra Stumpf, Jay Stumpf, Brad Bowers, Will Lafferty, and Alyssa Tolison.

 

I would also like to thank the Washington Jaycees for continuing to grow our organization!! January we were +2 for the month and February we were plus +8!!! As I type this, the state is -1 for the month of January but I know we can pull it out and continue our growth!!

 

In the coming week, information on upcoming projects, trainings and Parade will be coming out!! Stay tuned and let's build stronger communities in 2014!!



Kendra B. Demuth
75th President
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The United States Junior Chamber continues to work with the American Cancer Society.  Since 2007, the Jaycees have raised over $1,000,000.00 for the American Cancer Society.  Relay For Life CELEBRATES those who have beat cancer, REMEMBERS those who have lost the battle and FIGHTS BACK until a cure is found.

To register your team and show your Jaycee Pride as a Non Corporate Partner with the American Cancer Society, it is very easy to get started.

Speak with your local Chapter President or the State President for more information.  Or you can visit the US Jaycees Relay for Life Page HERE

Click on Find a Relay, and search by zip code or City and State to find the RFL that your team wishes to participate in.

  • Once you have found your event, click on the blue "event website" link
  • Select Sign Up
  • Select Start a Team
  • Enter your Team Name.  Please Use your Chapter Name and two letter state code in your team name (Example "Your City, State Jaycees")
  • Next, VERY IMPORTANT STEP, Click the Team/Company Organization Drop down box, scroll down and select JAYCEES
  • Continue through the registration process....and save.  In order for your team to show immediately on the USJC/RFL website, please make a minimum of a $15.00 donation.  (Even though your team is registered it will not show online until your first online donation is received)
  • Please make a print screen of your registration confirmation, for future reference if needed.

 

You are now registered to FIGHT BACK with ACS and the US Jaycees.  Your team will be viewable through your local RFL event website and on the US Jaycees/RFL Non Corporate Team Page.  The best part.....no additional reporting is required for US Jaycees, all online donations are tracked automatically through the website.  Offline donations are also reported to your USJC RFL Program Manager on a regular basis.  Of course teams are encouraged to verify their information from time to time and report any discrepancies or ask any questions...anytime!

The next step...encourage your team members to go online and register too.  Follow the same steps but select, join a team.

You can fundraise directly through your team site, team members can email friends and family, personalize their individual pages, and share their fundraising efforts with their Facebook Friends.

Banners will be available this year on a limited basis and will be available for teams who are registered on the USJC/RFL website and are actively fundraising only.  These banners are recyclable and are the same as last year.  If your team already has a banner and it is in good condition, please do not request a new one.


Please be sure to take photos at your Relay Fundraisers and Events.  Photos and stories can be submitted to your USJC Relay PM. Chapters are also encouraged to submit their stories to the US Jaycees Magazine.

The US Jaycees are committed to FIGHTING BACK alongside the American Cancer Society.  We ARE making a difference and saving lives together!!

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