prepared me for being a district director by being more adaptable to change and willing to take on risks and try something new. Additionally, in my job, I manage over 600 chinchillas and have the ability to recall specific pedigrees and health issues, which will help me navigate juggling multiple chapters’ meetings, events, and needs.
What are the three most important skills or assets you will bring to the office you are running for?
I am a very outgoing person and I am pretty good with organizational skills and time management. Additionally, I am already a member of 2 of the 4 chapters in District 2 (Allegan and South Kent) and am familiar with both chapters.
What is the most important role of the position you are running for?
The most important role of a district director is to support the chapters within the district. We are there to assist the local presidents and their board with any questions they may have and offer guidance if they need it.
What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?
I’ve spent the past 2 years as President in Allegan and was thinking about having some role at the state level next. I am very passionate about the Jaycees and always thought about having a state board position, especially after growing up with parents who were both involved with the Jaycees at the state level.
Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?
I would like to see chapters in our district looking into doing projects in other areas, outside of our perspective towns/cities, possibly as a joint project with another chapter. District 2 is only 4 chapters, but Region C used to be 16 chapters. Even if we just did district events in areas we may be unfamiliar with, at least get our name out there and potentially recruit new members from areas where there is no longer a chapter.
What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now and how will you help JCI MI meet this need?
The greatest need of JCI MI right now is recruiting more members. I would help chapters brainstorm ideas for recruiting, encourage chapters to collaborate on projects, and potentially establish membership drives in areas between chapters to get into some untapped regions.
What are your plans for building relationships with your chapters, their leadership, and their members?
My plans for building relationships with chapters and their members is to connect with each chapter’s board members, attend GMMs and events for each chapter. I would check in with each president on a regular basis, to see how their chapter is doing.