I am proud to be the State President of such a great organization especially after just coming off of our Annual Meeting in Renton hosted by the Seattle Jaycees. They did a totally tubular job taking us back to the 80’s where we Named Those 80’s tunes, dressed up sporting side pony tails, short skirts, torn shirts, bright colors and lots of cheek makeup. That organized awesome Secretary of the Seattle Jaycees, Megan Farmer worked her magic and made sure everything was arranged. The convention committee Jake Winkler, Karen Letourneau and Madalyn Lutsch brought you the decorations with cassette tapes included. Great Job Seattle Jaycees on a very fun and professional convention! Thank you Sentaor Candy Starowski for helping with registration and all of the great things you do for us!
Congratulations to all of the new Jaycees that attended their first convention that participated in the Frist Timers Program! Cassie Ahlgren from Pasco, Dustin Black, Joalie Cruz, and Courtney Ahlgren from the Seattle Jaycees. We also have potential Wenatchee Jaycee members Reynaldo Carmargo and Michael Kinder. After a tight race of getting signatures, talking to everyone at the hotel (Jaycees and non-Jaycees) and writing very heartfelt essays, Courtney Ahlgren was the winner! Also great to meet new Jaycees Amanda Griffith, Kaiya Hunsaker and Charlie Griffith. It is a great group of “baby” Jaycees!
Let’s not forget about the awesome training! I mean WOW! Siomara Ruiz, newly JCI trainer presented IMPACT training – Great Job! If any chapter is willing to have her come do IMPACT at your chapter, contact her or State IDVP Tracy Kessler for training ideas. Matt Booth was “out of this world” and talked to us about the importance of engagement, eye contact, body language and the power of a smile. Also, we all know we have the abilities to do anything we set out minds too! Jaycees I truly believe that and look forward to seeing what each and every one of you will accomplish.
Thank you to the Senators for their guidance and support this year! It is reassuring to know that help is there. Thank you for providing the hospitality and Name that 80s tune! Thank you all that came out to support us this weekend: Bev Briskey, Dan Harries, Pam Jahnke, Ketra and Jay Stumpf, Carolyn and Lance Ahlgren, Candy Starowski, Jill Camp, Shelly Hempleman, Sherri Hess, Bob Havens, Tara Winkler, Linda Smith and Larry Olson.
It is fantastic to announce that the Washington Jaycees have had 12 months of continuous growth. We are growing. Although I didn’t have to sport the WSU Cougar jersey, I am up for more challenges! Remember what I said on Sunday morning – get your EGO on! Means Everyone Gets ONE! Be working on your one and let’s finish 2014 strong. Thank you again to the 2nd quarter recruiters: Jacob Winkler, Amanda Griffith, Madalyn Lutsch, Jessie Blakeman, Megan Farmer and Tara Winkler.
Congratulations to all of the 2nd Trimester Award Winners:
Presidential Awards of Honor: Kyle Monk (Pasco), Jacob Winkler (Seattle) Karen Letourneau (Seattle), and the Pasco Jaycees.
Rookie: Jessie Blakeman, Seattle
Outstanding Local Officer: Fernando Galvan, Pasco Jaycees
Recruitment: Seattle Jaycees
State Staff: Megan Farmer
Project: Seattle Jaycees Food Lifeline
I am already looking forward to how we are going to finish this year and can’t wait to give out 3rd Trimester and Year End Awards at the next convention in Ellensburg tentatively scheduled the weekend of February 7-8, 2015. Mark your calendars because there will be trainings, competitions, awards, announcement of new officers, first timers, and lots of fun too!
Let me know when your meetings are and your upcoming projects because I want to be there! We are in the final stretches of the race and it is the most important because no one remembers the race but how it was finished! How will you finish your year?
Yours in Jaycees,
Kendra B. Demuth
Proud Washington Jaycee 75th State President