Hall of Leadership, Grants and Spring Campaign Recap

At the Hall of Leadership Luncheon at Spring All State, the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation had the privilege to induct two new honorees into the Hall of Leadership!


The first honoree began her life as a Jaycee kid, watching her parents work on projects to improve the community and the whole time wishing she could be that person. After pushing her husband to join the all-men club and helping from the sidelines, her drive to become a Jaycee was finally achieved in 1984 when women were allowed to join. She then spent six wonderful years in the Jaycees culminating her career as President of South St Paul Jaycees. Although her official Jaycee career may have been short and her top recognition was a Presidential Medallion, her passion along with the skills she gained from the organization served her well into her post-Jaycee career. From raising almost a quarter-million dollars while chairing the Archdiocesan Stewardship program to serving as the Service Manager for over 20 Girl Scout, she constantly strivies to improve the world she lives in. And even during her Jaycee Retirement, she stays connected with her chapter and has helped them win the World Championship Booya Cook-Off! Twice! Please welcome with me, the driving force behind South St Paul being recognized with the All American City Award, the woman who continues to follow the mantra that “Service to humanity is the BEST work of life,” LouAnn Goosens!


The other honoree joined the South Dakota Jaycees just before moving to Minnesota. He then continued his affiliation with the Jaycees by joining the Hopkins Jaycees to quote, “meet and get to know other people”. During his extensive Jaycee career, he did indeed meet and get to know a lot of people, including his spouse Laura. But his involvement spanned much more than increasing his social circle, it truly made a profound impact on his life. By working on and chairing a huge variety of projects, he truly experienced “individual development through community service” leading him to open his own business. Although he has achieved the mandatory Jaycee retirement age, his impact on the community has not ended, as he continues to serve in various ways including as a City Council Member. Please welcome with me, Statesman #1299, Ambassador #3957, JCI Senator #67854, 2006 recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans Award, and the 78th President of the Minnesota Jaycees, Jason Gadd!

We also had the opportunity to hand out a couple of grants.


We pledged our support to JCI Minnesota to the tune of $10,000!


We also handed out one Chapter Grant. The project the receiving chapter is doing holds a very special place in the hearts of our trustees. To introduce the project, let me take you on a little journey. In 1800, the Library of Congress was established to serve the reference needs of Congress with 6,487 books. Since then, it has grown to over 16 million books and over 120 million other items that depict or store written communication. With that many choices, choosing something to read can be a daunting experience. In addition, the library has very strict hours of operation. In 2009, Todd Bol of Hudson Wisconsin changed the entire concept by building a small replica of a little red schoolhouse, filling it with books and placing it on a post in his yard. Acting as a free book exchange with the phrase “take a book, return a book”, the Little Free Library was born. In just 3 years, the number of Little Free Libraries grew to over 4,000 and they became a 501-(c)(3) organization. As of November 2016, that number has grown to over 50,000 registered units world-wide. Millions of books each year are exchanged allowing easier access to the printed word. And that brings us to one Little Free Library in South St Paul that is need of repair. To help cover the repair costs, the Foundation is proud to present JCI South St Paul with a grant of $250. This is more than they asked for, and all we ask is that they consider increasing the number of Little Free Libraries by building and stocking another one in the community.

As individuals and chapters continue to support the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation through tax-deductible donations, we have the opportunity to recognize them upon achieving certain donation plateaus. For a breakdown of the recognition categories, peruse the Donor Recognition Page.


We were privileged to recognize JCI Lake Elmo for total donations exceeding $100,000 with the Silver Vision Partner!

We also sponsored “How Many Kisses?”, and the winner was…
Melissa Anderson! Her guess of 500 was closest to the 504 kisses in the jar!

And finally, we held our annual fundraiser/pledge drive. This year, the event was themed “The Newlywed Game”!

So…Let’s begin!

Here are our three couples competing for fame and glory!

Brad and Eva!

Brian and Amie!

Tad and Mary!

Throughout the event, people made donations and pledges…

To add some excitement to the game!

And helping the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation support JCI Minnesota and the local chapters!

Everyone had a blast!

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Help Us Help You Better!

Calling all members of JCI Minnesota!

Please read the following letter from Al Lund, Executive Director of Allied Charities of Minnesota.  It contains important information about the Community Vitality Investment Act HF226, which, if passed, will make donations from the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Gambling exempt from state gambling taxes.  In other words, we would have more money to give to charities, including JCI Minnesota, because we wouldn’t be paying gambling tax on the money we give!  Please contact your representative and urge the passing of this bill!


Members and Associates,

We have our House file number for the Community Vitality Investment Act. It is HF226. This bill is a matter of fairness and common sense. It makes our donations exempt from the state gambling tax, giving us more to invest in our missions and our communities.

Contact your Representative and ask them to sign onto the bill. In the House every Representative can sign onto a bill. You can find out who represents you at http://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

How important is it that you educate your legislators? Earlier this week, we sent the Star Tribune opinion article (http://www.startribune.com/charitable-gaming-bears-more-than-its-fair-tax-share-time-for-a-change/410456545/) to all members of the state legislature. We heard back from several members that they already knew about the legislation and wanted to co-sponsor it BECAUSE they heard from a charitable organization in their community.

We have a long way to go; we are hearing that there is a possibility that the legislature will pick up the tax bill from last session that did not get passed. Tax relief for all charitable gaming was not in that bill. We need to make sure that we are all in any tax bill passed this year. And that won’t happen if legislators don’t hear from you. Your voice and your voice alone can provide legislators with the understanding they need of just how much you are doing for your communities and how valuable it would be to be able to make your contributions without also having to pay taxes on the donation.

Educate your Representative on the importance of charitable gaming in your community, what the extra dollars would mean to your community and what is not getting done in your community today because of the money you are sending into state government.

Regards,

Al Lund
Executive Director
Allied Charities Of Minnesota (ACM)
3250 Rice St
Saint Paul, MN 55126-3080
Office #: 651-224-4533
Fax #: 866-240-6160
alliedcharitiesmn@gmail.com

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Give to the Max Day!

Help JCI Minnesota by “Giving to the Max” through the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation.  All monies given from this event go to assist JCI Minnesota chapters and the JCI Minnesota state organization.

Our goal this year is $5,000.00!

Make a difference in your community, and “Give to the Max” on November 17, 2016.

givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-Jaycees-Charitable-Foundation

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New Donor Levels Added

Hey, everyone!

The Vision Partner donor-recognition level has become more refined! The Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation is proud to announce that rare metals have been found hiding within the Vision Partner, and now you too can bring some of that metal home!

Previously, the Vision Partner was anyone or and JCIMN chapter who donated over $10,000 (individual) or $25,000 (chapter).  But now, with these rare metals, we will recognize the following:

  • Bronze Vision Partners:
    • Individual contributing $25,000-$49,999
    • Chapter contributing $50,000-$99,999
  • Silver Vision Partners:
    • Individual contributing $50,000-$99,999
    • Chapter contributing $100,000-$249,999
  • Gold Vision Partners:
    • Individual contributing $100,000-$249,999
    • Chapter contributing $250,000-$499,999
  • Platinum Vision Partners:
    • Individual contributing $250,000 and above
    • Chapter contributing $500,000 and above

But don’t despair as you approach the Platinum level!  I heard a rumor that someone spotted some precious gem stones in the Vision Partners field! But that’s just a rumor. After all, we need to build a strong Foundation with these metals before we bling it with gemstones!

You can review all of the levels of donor-recognition right here.

Ready to help support the Foundation? Make your tax-deductible donation at: givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-Jaycees-Charitable-Foundation

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Spring All State Convention is HERE!

Welcome all to the JCI Minnesota Spring All State convention at Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids, MN!’ (5/13/2016-5/15/2016)

While you’re here enjoying the hospitality of fellow Jaycees and celebrating achievements, stop by our Hospitality Table (6:00 – 8:00 PM) and ask a Foundation Member any question you would like!  Want to learn how to get money for your JCI Minnesota-affiliated chapter?  We’ll tell you how!  Want to hear all about our chapter membership incentives?  We have the answers!

So stop by!  (We have treats!)

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Claim Your Cash!

It was announced on January 15th. You were reminded of it on March 2nd. You only have 3 days left to get in on it. Don’t miss the 1st quarter Chapter Incentives sponsored by the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation!!

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Only 12 Hours Remain!

“Holy deadlines, Batman!  The deadline is TONIGHT!”  Robin nailed it!  You have just 12 hours remaining to submit your Hall of Leadership nomination and your Chapter Grant (that you want presented at the Hall of Leadership luncheon)!  So what are you waiting for?  Get on it NOW!

Get on the (brand new)Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation website, and click on “Hall of Leadership” to start your submission!  And then submit your request for a Chapter Grant!

Do it TODAY!  For tomorrow is too late!  Tick-tock-tick-tock…

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Deadlines Are Fast Approaching!

JCI Minnesota!

“Holy deadlines, Batman!  It’s already March 2!”  Robin nailed it!  We are fast approaching the set of first-quarter deadlines, and you do NOT want to miss out on any of the opportunities brought to you by the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation!

Tick…Tick…Tick…You have only 29 days left to submit your Hall of Leadership nominations! What are you waiting for? Jump on over to the (brand new) Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation website, and click on “Hall of Leadership” to start your submission!

Tock…Tock…Tock…You also have only 29 days left to submit your request for a Chapter Grant for presentation during the Hall of Leadership luncheon.  So after you’re done with you Hall of Leadership nomination, submit your request for a Chapter Grant!

Bong!  Bong!  Bong!  Don’t let the clock reach midnight, especially if your chapter is at growth for the first quarter!  The deadline to submit for the First Quarter Chapter Incentive is just over a month away!  Don’t to forget to submit that by April 10 to receive $25.00 from the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation!  (And if you’re not at growth yet, get your game on and get recognized!)

Don’t miss out on these awesome opportunities!

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Announcing the Chapter Incentive Program

The new Chapter Incentive Program has arrived!  Check out the details of how your chapter can earn money from the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation!  All of the details of this great program can be found right here!

 

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Welcome to the Foundation’s website!

You’ve seen us at conventions.
You’ve received mailings from us.
Perhaps we’ve even visited your chapter.

Now, coming to you 24/7 via the Internet, the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation website has arrived!

Use our new site to:

  • Answer that burning question: “When are chapter grant applications due?”
  • Get in touch with one of the Foundation officers! (“What was that email address again?”)
  • Find out more about the Hall of Leadership and then download the application! (You DO have a past Jaycee worthy of induction, right?  Someone who took their Jaycee experiences and applied them to their non-Jaycee life?)
  • Learn more about our brand new Chapter Membership Incentive! (Well, after we announce it at Annual Convention. We need to hold back some of the surprises, right?)
  • Help guarantee the financial stability of the Minnesota Jaycees by making your tax-deductible donation to the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation! (The link is on the Home page.)

So enjoy exploring the new site.  Bookmark it.  And come back often, as we will continue to add more content and features.  You can even help us out!  Our “Links” page is a bit sparse right now.  Help us out by supplying a link to your chapter or your Jaycee organization.  Feel free to make suggestions; simply use the Contact Us page to send the Webmaster a suggestion.

And, of course, “Like” us on Facebook!  (There’s a handy-dandy link on the lower-right to get you to our page.)

Once again, welcome to the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Foundation website!  We hope you like what you see!

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