July Membership Update

Carol Z Pickelmann, JCI Michigan Membership Vice President
Carol Z Pickelmann, JCI Michigan Membership Vice President

Over the past few weeks, I have spoken with many of you about recruiting during quarantine. We’re in a Global Pandemic. This is new. This is scary. It’s hard enough even to ask our current members for their dues, let alone find new people to connect with… and then we have to ask those new people for their money too?! This feels impossible. But… What if I told you that is isn’t impossible at all?

What if I reminded you that JCI has been the greatest organization for young people for one hundred years? What if I reminded you that we build leaders who create positive change? What if we listened to young people in our communities and compared what they are demanding right now to a few Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations: Good Health and Well-Being, Health & Well-Being, Quality Education, Sustainable Cities & Communities and Reduced Inequalities.

Maybe, just maybe… there are hundreds of young active citizens out there, just waiting to find your chapter. They’re probably sitting at home right now making TikToks about it because they don’t know where to start. Here we are, having Active Citizen Trainings and Project Management Guides and 100 years off experience in getting things done.

We aren’t just taking people’s money. We are changing the World. And we need help. I know it is scary, but it really can be done. Have socials. Learn what people want. Make Plans. Host events that make a positive impact in your community. Invite strangers. See what happens.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at Livonia. They are currently the Queen Bees of Recruiting in Quarantine. They have recruited four whole humans since March 13th – two of whom were sworn in virtually at Thirsty Thursday which was 10/10 super cool.

After chatting with President Kimmy and a few other LIV members, I have learned that engaging virtual socials that bring people in are crucial for recruiting. Advertising in various social media platforms is crucial for recruiting. Being virtually hospitable and working as a team to follow through with potential members is THE MOST CRUIAL PART OF RECRUITING.

I have also learned that Livonia has some pretty big plans up their sleeves for upcoming projects and I for one cannot wait to see what happens. I also guarantee that they will have many more new members joining them before the end of the year. Why? Because they have been listening, planning and taking action.

And guess what? You can do that too! We all can. Because we are young, scrappy and hungry and Jaycees never, ever, EVER throw away shots.

#betheone

If you’re still skeptical, I challenge you to join in the next time you see this event pop up. You will not be disappointed. You may even learn how to make a cookie-for-one or end up with a TikTok account and 12 new friends before you leave.
If you’re still skeptical, I challenge you to join in the next time you see this event pop up. You will not be disappointed. You may even learn how to make a cookie-for-one or end up with a TikTok account and 12 new friends before you leave.

 

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