The Star Tribune has an article in the Scene and Heard section on Sunday March 26th covering the Les Farrington Best 100 juried art exhibition sponsored by JCI St Paul. See link for more on the story.
As I look back on 2016 I am astounded at all that we have accomplished as a chapter. We have hosted nearly 60 events, raised over $15,000 and donated over $16,000 in monetary donations plus the countless item donations like books, school supplies, hygiene products, food items and more. We rebranded to more officially align with our international affiliate and become JCI St Paul, put on our first annual signature event and won awards from the state organization but overall had a great time getting to know one another and making a positive impact on our city and the people in it. I could not be more proud to have been a part of it.
The most important thing I learned from this crazy, whirlwind year is that you truly have to depend on and trust others to help you achieve your goals. Luckily, I surrounded myself with great people on my board who have stepped up and really made things happen and with fantastic past presidents who are always willing to listen and advise. But even so, I have had to learn, sometimes the hard way that you cannot do everything yourself, that when you count on others to help, the end product becomes all the better because you are sharing in the triumphs and overcoming obstacles together. I found myself under a pile of things to do many times, but several people reminded me to ask for help. It’s so true! People are willing to help and take on tasks, you just have to ask. So don’t let yourself drown in the task overload, there are always people willing to share the burden and get things done but they may not know you need help until you ask! So while it may seem overwhelming, many hands can make light work and it’s a lot less lonely with people there beside you.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year a great one, I look forward to 2017!
Author: 89th President Jenna Huntley
Chapter Road Runs are preeminently a fun and exciting experience. A chapter Road Run consists of three or more members from a Jaycee chapter attending an event or fundraiser of another chapter. Road Runs are a great opportunity to learn about other chapters; their events; and supports the community locally, internationally, and worldwide. Road Runs are also a method to uniquely bridge chapters together. It creates wonderful opportunity to get better acquainted with your neighboring chapters and to offer support to their events. Each chapter generally has a distinctive event or fundraiser. For instance, Hopkins is known for the “Raspberry Fest” in June; Lake Elmo has the “Huff and Puff” in August; and Saint Paul has “Grand ‘Ol Days” and “City Page Wine Tasting. Logs aredocumented to record the total number of chapter miles; chapter Road Runs, and the diverse chapters that were visited. Road Runs foster relationships across chapters and essentially it support chapters in their region and state. There are also individual Road Runs that are in existence. Road Runs are completed at the end of each trimester to the State.
As I look back over the past year at the various Road Runs, one of my personal favorite events that I’ve attended was the 2016 State Bowling Tournament at Mattie's Lanes and Grille. The event was hosted by the South Saint Paul chapter back in March, and six members of the Saint Paul Jaycees participated and won the Best Team Costume. There was fierce competition among thirteen chapters and a total of fourteen teams. I remembered walking into the event that morning and I immediately thought, “This is our community.” The event was a time to bond with your fellow Jaycees and make connections with new members.
By having my chapter alongside me, it encouraged me to step out my usual comfort zone and challenged me to meet other members from different chapters and learn more about their events. I enjoyed gaining knowledge and perspective in the innovative and exceptional events that each chapter delivered. There are plenty of networking opportunities to meet new people and also grow within your professional network. At every event I attended, I met someone new and that was an amazing experience. The Jaycees are committed to serving the community, as well as, giving back which is synonymous to who I am and my philosophies. Road Runs foster relationships across chapters and essentially it support chapters in their region and state.
There are all kinds of Road Run opportunities throughout the year. To learn more, check out JCIMN.org for all of those events and more!
2016 State Delegate