Around the Mitten for May

Here’s our District Directors’ latest batch of Member Spotlights from Around the Mitten.

D1 | D2 | D3 | D4 | D5


District 1 with Sandy Bredahl

Alishia Hennigan jumped right into planning for the year as the 2020 President, helping to create motivation for the Cadillac Jaycees. She focused to make sure a Chapter Plan was turned in and reached out to members, via a survey, to find out what the membership was looking for.

Alishia Hennigan of Cadillac Jaycees, D1's member spotlightThis year hasn’t gone as planned, but it hasn’t stopped her from making sure the Chapter Plan doesn’t fall by the wayside. When the Easter Egg Hunt was cancelled, she thought of a coloring contest for kids to participate, virtually. Socials and meetings might not be held in person, but are being held by either Zoom or Facebook Messenger.

Alisha has a big heart, and I look forward in watching her grow as President.

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District 2 with Jen Groom

Wayne Bersano joined the Grand Rapids Junior Chamber in August 2018. Professionally, he works in financial planning at New York Life. He loves helping people navigate things like investing, retirement planning, insurance needs, college planning, etc., while, overall helping to create strategies for achieving financial goals and wellness.

Wayne Bersano, member of JCI Grand Rapids MichiganHis favorite memory as a Jaycee was the day of his first Grand Rapids Santa Parade. As a committee member, he spent countless hours preparing for this event, and it was rewarding for him to feel the energy and excitement of the crowd. Wayne feels that joining the Junior Chamber has been one of the most rewarding experience of any organization he has joined. The history of JCI in the community, and their continued impact, is something he’s proud of.

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District 3 with Carena TownsendMars Troupe has a heart of gold.

Working as respiratory therapist, she knows, first hand, what the concerns are and the importance of staying home during this time.

Mars Troupe, Respiratory Therapist and Member of JCI KalamazooMars recommended at the JCI Kalamazoo meeting in March that we write letters, send cards, or color pictures to send to retirement communities.

This is the exactly the type of thing we as Jaycees should be working towards in helping vulnerable communities. Join Mars and JCI Kalamazoo in helping bring smiles to your community.

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District 4 with Chris CrawfordChris Barbas has been a Farmington Area Jaycee for 3 years. He owns a branch of the Farm Bureau Insurance Agency of Michigan, and has recently taken up golf, and enjoys boating.

He is very passionate about helping people out in the community, as well as teaching people about managing risks. He has been married to his wife Courtney for 5 years and has an awesome dog named Brody.Chris Barbas, State Farm Insurance Agent, a member of the Farmington Area Jaycees

Chris recently started a campaign called Quotes for Charity — where each time he does a quote for a client, he will donate $15.00 to the charity of their choice.

He is heavily involved in the community. Chris has also recently created a program to donate meals to first responders, while working on a plan to cater meals to a hospital’s Emergency room staff.

He is an awesome example of being a young professional and leader in the Farmington community and the Junior Chamber is lucky to have him.

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District 5 with Kristen HarrisErin VerBerkmoes has stepped up to #BeTheOne this year, by joining the Burton Area Jaycees board, helping form the plan for their chapter’s rebirth & renaming in 2020 and specifically by intentionally building relationships between members with daily questions!

Erin Ver Berkmoes, JCI Greater Flint and Petoskey Area Jaycces. Client Services Coordinator, Domino's Smart Slice ProgramProfessionally, Erin is a Client Services Coordinator for the Domino’s Smart Slice Program.

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