Kalamazoo Jaycees Blog

President’s Corner


For those of you who know my husband, Dave, you know he loves music. He’s always quoting song lyrics. As I was thinking about what to write this month I was inspired by a song that we often sing at church – “Go Make a Difference” by Steve Angrisano. Below is an excerpt from the song:

“Go make a difference, we can make a difference
Go make a difference in the world
Go make a difference, we can make a difference
Go make a difference in the world

We are the salt in the earth, called to let the people see
The love of God in you and me
We are the light of the world, not to be hidden, but be seen
Go make a difference in the world”

I think this speaks to the Jaycees and why we do what we do. As we look to enter the 3rd quarter, we have made a difference not only here in Kalamazoo but internationally. We participated in the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Relay for Life, Wanna make a millon (meals for Haiti), and are preparing for our first Fall Family Fest and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. We enjoyed socializing at Game Night, Conquer the Ice, Fantastic Fridays, Meet the Jaycees, and softball. We’ve also had an opportunity to make a little money for the chapter too at Island Fest and Taste of Kalamazoo. Thank you to everyone who participated in these events and others.

Speaking of the Festivals, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who worked a shift this year. I especially want to thank those of you who brought out friends, family, and coworkers to help out, and those of you who worked multiple shifts. We couldn’t have done it without your help.

As we look forward to the last quarter of the year I challenge you to bring us new ideas so we can make a difference. I love seeing the passion and enthusiasm of a chairperson with a new project idea. I know there are others in the chapter that have some great ideas too.  I challenge you to bring your ideas to the board of directors. You don’t have to work on the idea or project alone – we can help create a committee of people to help. Let’s make a difference!

Niki Worthams, 78th President


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