We’re going virtual to bring you all the best from Trimester 2!


SPE and Competitions Judging will be held October 3 starting at 10 am by appointment.

Join us on October 10th for our Virtual Fall Conference Featuring
* Business Meeting 8:30 AM
* Training Seminars starting at 9:00 AM
* JCI Talks – Following Training at 2:30 PM

At 4 PM join President Sarah and the 2020 Board of Directors to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of chapters and members across the state!

Keynote Address during the Recognition Program

Please dress Zoom Business Casual for the Morning sessions and dress to impress for the awards! We want to see your smiling faces on camera.

Training Seminars:

9:00 am – 9:50 am Fundraising Workshop Anna Versalle

10:00 am – 10:50 am Foster Care 101 Melody Montgomery

11:00 am – 11:50 am Bullet Journaling 101 Kristine Baker

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch Break

12:35 PM – 1:30 pm Extreme Project Makeover Programming Team

1:35 pm – 2:30 pm Make Some Noise Membership Team

JCI Talks featuring: Kristine Baker, Sarah Austin, Jocelyn Moellering, and Carena Townsend

Key Note Address during recognition: Ronald Dillard, PHD Student, WMU

Training Info:
Membership Training- Make Some Noise with the Membership Team
Since Membership is everyone’s responsibility, everyone is invited to join MVP Carol and the Membership Directors for an hour of discussion. We will go over how to close out strong, how to leave your membership better than you started and how to bounce out of The Summer of Covid.

Bullet journaling 101
Trainer: Krissy Baker, JCI Kalamazoo
You’ve heard the term bullet journaling (or bujo) everywhere. As a widely customizable alternative to a traditional planner, many want to get started, but how? What do you need? What do you put in it? How do you make those fancy letters and drawings that you see across Instagram? Bring your best pens, markers, and washi tape, and see one of Kalamacool’s craftiest in action! This class is suitable for beginners as well as current bullet journal users looking for inspiration or those who want to share their own tips and tricks!

Foster Care 101
Trainer: Melody Montgomery, Westland Area Jaycees
Have you ever thought about becoming a foster or adopting a child? Learn how to become a foster parent. Explore who is able to become a foster parent and what it entails.

Programming Training- Extreme Project Makeover with your Programming Team
Are you ready to take your projects to the next level? Not sure if it’s time to change them or how to change them to keep the project alive while still creating impact. Or maybe it is time to end a project that has run its course and put something better suited in its place. Join the Programming Team and Special Guests as we answer questions to take your projects to a new level.

Fundraising Workshop
Trainer: Anna Versalle, JCI Kalamazoo/JCI Lansing
Fundraising is an essential part of keeping our JCI chapters running. Join Anna for a workshop to help generate fundraising ideas big and small for your chapter. Changes in our post pandemic world have really affected the fundraising opportunities available and it’s more important than ever that we focus on the best ways to ensure financial sustainability for our chapters.

Key Note Speaker:

Ronald Dillard is a Detroit native who came to Kalamazoo to study at Western Michigan University (WMU). Ron studied secondary education in English and also received a master’s degree in organizational communication. Post-graduation he taught in several Public Schools including the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home. Ron also worked for WMU with students who have aged out of foster care and students who have had challenges being admitted to most universities. Currently Ron is the program manager for the Alpha program and the Reclaim the W program. Ron is pursuing a PhD in special education and sociology where his interests include investigating the challenges of students who have a disability and students who we’re born into poverty.