Kalamazoo Jaycees Blog

February GMM Recap

If you weren’t able to attend the February GMM, you missed a full agenda and a full back room at the Main Street Pub.

Management Area of Opportunity
CPG Training – 2/24 7pm – Chairperson: Michelle Lorimer
Blair and Michelle Lorimer’s House
Want to know how to plan a project using a Chairperson’s Planning Guide? Want to eat some tasty ice cream? You can do both at the upcoming CPG training! For more information, contact Blair – management@kalamazoojaycees.org

WebCom – Regular Meeting Set – 1st Thursday of the Month
Next Meeting: 3/3 7pm – Location TBD
Want to help redesign/develop the new Kalamazoo Jaycees web site? Curious to know how it all works? Join the Board of Nerds on the Web Committee (WebCom).

Taste of Kalamazoo/Island Fest Committee
Are you ready for Festival Season yet?! This year we’re going to form committees to help with some of the planning aspects/coordination of volunteers. We could really use your help – remember, these are our main fundraisers for the whole year! Want to join the committee? Contact Blair – management@kalamazoojaycees.org

Fundraising Brainstorming Committee
Our recent Membership Survey gave us some insight into what the Chapter is looking for this year. A few people commented that they’d like to investigate alternate fundraising options – so we’re putting together a thinktank! Want to join this committee? Contact Blair – management@kalamazoojaycees.org

Wonder where that printed Newsletter went? It’s turning into a quarterly publication. We’re looking for someone to assist with the layout/editing aspect of this publication. Interested? Contact Heather – membership@kalamazoojaycees.org

Membership Area of Opportunity
Green Ice Game – 3/17 Wings Stadium
Our annual trek to Wings Stadium for a hockey game on green ice and the chance to drink green beer. Tickets are approximately $18. Chair for this project is Jamie Helsen. Contact her or Membership VP Heather.

Fantastic Friday March Edition
John Hagan is chairing March’s iteration of Fantastic Friday. He’s looking at March 11th for the date, and Shifters (formerly Kansas City Dipping Grill) for the location. Please RSVP to John or Heather if you plan on attending!

Coloring Project
Looking to relieve some stress? New Members Anna Versalle and Stephanie Westrick are making some plans for a stress-reducing activity sometime in May. More info coming in the future!

Two Pair Are Better Than One (Part 2)
It’s time for another casino road trip! This one is scheduled for 3/5 and the destination is Gun Lake Casino. Contact Emily Elliott or Heather for more information.

March Art Hop
3/4 – Meet Up at the Epic Center at 5:30
Drop in and out of this roving project as members of the Jaycees wander around downtown Kalamazoo to visit local shops and galleries displaying art.

Community Area of Opportunity
Model Legislature
Saturday, March 12 – Lansing
This is an annual MIJC project, where Jaycees “invade” the House. Space is limited, so you must purchase your ticket in advance: http://modelleg2011.eventbrite.com/
For more information on this event, contact Heather McLaughlin – community@kalamazoojaycees.org

Scrabble Fest
4/16 – Chair is Emily Elliott
Looking for volunteers and players for this event! Contact Emily for more information.

Bowl For Kid’s Sake
3/5 or 3/6
Once again, we’re participating in the Big Brother Big Sisters fundraiser! We’re the defending top fundraiser in the service organization category, so make sure you get those pledges! Want to bowl? Want to show up and watch? Contact William Bales or Heather M – community@kalamazoojaycees.org

Egg Hunt Stuffing/Egg Hunt
Once again, we’re partnering with the City of Kalamazoo for the Egg Hunt. We’ll need volunteers to help us stuff baskets and work the day of the Hunt itself. Niki Worthams is the chair of this project. You can contact her or Heather M (community@kalamazoojaycees.org) for more information.

Relay For Life
Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.
Join us as we raise money for the American Cancer Society and support the caregivers, families and survivors right here in our community! Relay is a 24-hour event and our goal is to have at least one Jaycee on the track at all times. Ashlie Miller has stepped up to chair this project. Contact her or Heather M (community@kalamazoojaycees.org) for more information!

Individual Development Area of Opportunity
Book Group
The book group will have their first meeting on 3/21. For more information on the book and what to expect at the meeting, contact Heather M – community@kalamazoojaycees.org

Intro to Passport to Leadership
3/7 – 7pm – Main Street Pub on Gull Road
We will have State Program Manager Nina Perko here to Introduce us to the Passport to Leadership Program. What’s a Degree? Why participate? How do I advance? Get the answers to these questions and more!

DnD 101
Ever wonder what happens when we strip away the computer case, keyboard and mouse and replace it with pencil, paper and dice? Find out when we run DnD 101. Date and time to be announced soon. For more info, contact Eric Schmidt or Krista (id@kalamazoojaycees.org)

We love Bacon!! And to honor Bacon, we’re thinking of heading down to Baconfest in Chicago. Want to learn more? Contact Krista – id@kalamazoojaycees.org.

International Development Area of Opportunity
Ireland Presentation – Dara’s House, 2pm on March 13th
Learn about Ireland through Dara’s firsthand experience!

Got an idea for a project? Want to chair a project but don’t know where to begin? Contact one of your Board of Directors or Heather Stewart, Membership VP (membership@kalamazoojaycees.org) to get started.


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