Frequently Asked Questions / Jaycee Speak

Q: What does Jaycees stand for? A: It stands for Junior Chamber.

Q: How do I become a member of the Jaycees? A: The process is very simple. You can fill out the online application here on the website or contact any member of the Board of Directors and they will be able to assist you.

Q: Are there membership dues? A: Yes, annual membership dues are $80 per year or $8 per month.  Each new member receives a Redford Jaycees t-shirt.

Q: After I join, then what? A: 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 Redford Jaycees don’t do, then you are encouraged to propose a project of your own! The Redford Jaycees are continuously improving our programming to better fulfill the needs of the community and the varied interests of our members.

Q: How much time do I need to put in? A: 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.

Q: What is required of members? A: 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.

Q: How often are meetings held? A: Our Membership Meeting occurs on the third Monday of each month.

Q: What goes on at the Membership Meeting? A: The Membership Meeting is a great way to find out what is going on with Redford 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.

Q: I don’t know very many people in the Jaycees, only the person who recruited me. How do I get to know others? A: 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!

Q: Why is recruiting so important? A: 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.

Q: What does I.D. mean? A: I.D. stands for Individual Development. This area of the Jaycees is developed to help enhance your personal and professional life. Chapters hold courses, seminars, mini-courses or full-fledged events which help you to enhance your skills for business and personal life.

Q: What do you mean by “leadership training”? A: 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.

Q: Are the Jaycees affiliated with any political party? A: 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).

Q: Are the Jaycees affiliated with a specific religion or religious party? A: 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.

Jaycee Speak

Armbruster Award. Named for John H. Armbruster, one of the founders of the Jaycee movement in the United States, this award recognizes outstanding Jaycees who have been a member for at least 18 months. Each state may select one person each year to compete for the Armbruster award at the nation level, to be presented at the National Convention.

Brownfield Award. Named for C. William Brownfield, author of the Jaycee Creed, this award recognizes an outstanding Jaycee who has been a member for fewer than eighteen months. Winners of the annual award at the state level can then compete for the national award at the National Convention.

Chapter Plan. A chapter’s goals and plans for achievement developed each year by the Board of Directors and members.

Leadership Conference. Held on a regular basis, Leadership Conferences offer Jaycees from around the state the opportunity to meet other Jaycees, recognize outstanding achievement, elect state officers, participate in planning workshops and training sessions, and socialize with other Jaycees.

PMG (Project Management Guide). The PMG is a plan for a project. The PMG consists of two parts: the initial portion consists of the pre-planning work needed for the event, and the Final portion consists of an evaluation of the results of the project. The PMG becomes the official document of the project and is the basis for project awards given out at convention.

Passport to Leadership A 10-step “career path” for members, providing a sequence of events to be followed, including chairing projects, holding positions on the Board, and recruiting new members. After completing the listed tasks, a member will earn a Degree on their journey to being a 10th Degree Jaycee, which signifies that the member has gotten the most out of their Jaycee Membership!

Distinguished Service Award. Presented to up to five individual annually who are of Jaycee age, this award recognizes members of the community who have shown exceptional leadership qualities, an outstanding record of personal achievement and excellent service to the community. Winners can be submitted for consideration as one of the annual Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA).

Extension. The process of forming a new Jaycee Chapter.

First Timers. Program for first-time attendees to Leadership Conferences, designed to give members an opportunity to meet Jaycees from other chapters and learn about the state organization.

Jaycee Creed. Statement of philosophy and beliefs of the Jaycee organization that was written by C. William Brownfield. Recited at the close of meetings and other functions.

JCI (Junior Chamber International). Junior Chamber International, the worldwide Junior Chamber organization operates in more than 100 countries and territories. JCI’s purpose is to provide a medium for JC Organizations around the world to communicate ideas, exchange cultures, and come together to share, “the brotherhood of man”. All members of local Jaycee chapters are automatically members of JCI.

JCI Senator. The highest honor which can be bestowed by JCI upon a current or former member in recognition of his/her contributions to the Junior Chamber. A JCI Senator is a life member of JCI.

ON-TO. A slogan used in promoting attendance at a Junior Chamber meeting. Usually used in connection with a statewide meeting or The U.S. Junior Chamber Annual Meeting.

JCI Training Program. A series of presentation and training seminars offered by JCI Certified Trainers.

Project. The project is the heart of Jaycee activities. Whether it’s hosting a national softball tournament, visiting a nursing home, learning business skills, or a having fun at a membership social, any planned gathering of Jaycees is a project.

District. A group of chapters, located within a set geographical area. The Redford Chapter is part of District 4.

Robert’s Rules of Order. A guidebook of parliamentary procedure originally written by General Henry A. Robert (U.S. Army) in 1874. These rules provide for the protection of the rights of the majority, the rights of the minority, the rights of individuals and the rights of those absent, in the conduct of meetings.

Speak Up & Write Up. Competitors take a designated topic and compose a 5-7 minute speech or a 500-word essay. Several rounds of competition take place throughout the year, culminating in the crowning of state and then national champions. Winners may move on to a global competition at a JCI World Congress event!

TOYA (Ten Outstanding Young Americans). A program recognizing outstanding citizens under 40, and they do not need to be Jaycees. Chapters nominate and recognize individuals locally, and those nominees compete at the state and national levels. At the International level, this award is called the Ten Outstanding Young People (TOYP).

Visitation. The act of attending another chapter’s project. At least three members must attend and sign in in order to receive credit for a visitation.
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