What does Jaycees stand for?
It stands for Junior Chamber.
How do I become a member of the Grand Rapids Junior Chamber?
Are there membership dues?
Yes, annual membership dues are $125/annually OR you may enroll in an $11/month option.
After I join, then what?
That depends on you! After you join, all that remains is for you to involve yourself in whatever projects stimulate your interests. If there is something that interests you that the Grand Rapids Jaycees don’t do, then you are encouraged to propose a project of your own! The Grand Rapids Jaycees are continuously improving their programming to better fulfill the needs of the community and the varied interests of our members.
How much time do I need to put in?
It’s that old saying, “You get out of it what you put in.” Any amount of time is appreciated and well worth getting involved. It is recommended that you attend the monthly Membership Meeting and consider working on a project or being part of a committee.
What is required of members?
There are no set requirements to be a Jaycee. However, like most organizations, our members get as much out of being a Jaycee as they put into it. Attending one meeting and one project per month is normally a two-four hour commitment.
How often are meetings held?
Our Membership Meeting occurs on the second Thursday of each month at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids. We start with a Networking Social at 5:30 pm and our Membership Meeting follows at 6:30 pm.
What goes on at the Membership Meeting?
The Membership Meeting is a great way to find out what is going on with Grand Rapids Jaycees in a given month. There will be an agenda with upcoming projects listed. Each area will talk about their upcoming events to get people interested in attending and helping out. The monthly meeting also provides members with the opportunity to catch up with each other and meet newer members. Plus, every meeting will include a community member guest speaker.
I don’t know very many people in the Jaycees, only the person who recruited me. How do I get to know others?
Almost every member started out the same way. Go to the Membership Meeting, attend projects, get involved in a project/committee, and you’ll get to know a lot of members just like you!
Why is recruiting so important?
New members bring in new blood into the organization. That means new ideas, new energy and enthusiasm. Our organization is in a constant state of change. Career advancement, family commitments, and reaching forty–these are some of the reasons Jaycees typically leave a particular chapter. Therefore, it’s very important for the organization to be identifying and recruiting good new members and sharing the Jaycee movement.
What do you mean by “leadership training”?
All aspects of our organization are devoted to polishing the leadership skills of our members. The programs and events with which we are involved generally mirror “real world” experiences. Jaycees regularly learn and practice speaking, writing, budgeting, teamwork, marketing, interpersonal and many other skills which make them more valuable to their employers and more successful in life. Members also gain leadership experience by serving on the chapter’s Board of Directors.
Are the Jaycees affiliated with any political party?
No. The Jaycees believe that government should be of laws, rather than of men. Each member has his or her own political views and the Jaycees respect those views. The Jaycees also do not fund any political parties or candidates who may be running for office at any level (even if the candidate was or is a Jaycee member).
Are the Jaycees affiliated with a specific religion or religious party?
No. We do not affiliate ourselves with any specific religion. All of our members have their own religious beliefs and the Jaycees respect each member’s views.
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