From The President
Michael Lee, 82nd President

I’ve been a member since April 2013, but have been to few Jaycee events well before that.  I made many good friends that year and have had great and educational experiences with this group. In that first year, I had a lot of fun serving on the Fourth of July Parade Committee and was responsible for putting an Imperial Marching Band together to add another musical group to the lineup, I also had a really good time co-chairing a Road Rally, and on top of that I attended numerous social events as well as projects that taught me a thing or two. Right away I saw the value of being a member.

There are many benefits to being an Ann Arbor Jaycee: the friends you make are lifelong friends, you learn all about event planning and project management, you get to meet great people around Ann Arbor, and you get to go to some fun places and learn new things. In 2016, we had many opportunities to experience all of this and we still have many more. Our goal is to make you grow as a person while making your dues worth while.

Dues for a new member is $85, while a returning member is $75.  Of that, $70 goes to the Michigan Jaycees, JCI USA, and Junior Chamber International. The return you get on your dues gets repaid to you many times over if you take full advantage of what the Jaycees have to offer.

For example, when I was the treasurer in 2014 we spent over $4,000 on membership activities (i.e. social, individual development, and membership appreciation). Dues in 2014 was $65. Taking the average attendance for events that year we spent about $250 per person, that was almost 400%!

At the beginning of the year, we sent a survey asking what you all would like to do this year.  The board took all of your recommendations and set up the calendar for the year with a budget. We knew full well that this calendar is not set in stone. I’m sure you noticed we cancelled a few events, rescheduled some of them, we even changed events. If there is something you think is lacking in our calendar, please talk to any of our board members of your ideas.

At our September Monthly Meeting we will be talking about our upcoming events, one of which is our final signature event of the year: Boo Bash. We will also be listening to Mayor Taylor talk about Ann Arbor (bonus points if you get him to sing - he is a great singer). We will also be asking you for input for more events for the end of the year, as well as the beginning of next year. I hope to see you all there.

The key phrase for this issue is the month and year I joined the Ann Arbor Jaycees. The first person to give me the correct answer will get a fun prize.

Monthly Meeting: 

Thursday, September 1
The Tap Room at Arbor Brewing Company
144 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
6:30 pm socializing, 7pm meeting
Afterglow to follow


We would like to give a shout out to people celebrating their Jaycee anniversaries!  Thank you for your dedication to our chapter!

Brian Bickley, Anna Calderon, Kelly Fenker, and Emma Lim have been in the A2Jaycees for one year in September while Carena Townsend is celebrating her 5th anniversary with us!
August Monthly Meeting
Thank you to everyone that showed up and brought food for our Olympic style games at the August monthly meeting picnic.  We hope you enjoyed testing your olympic skills with games at Gallup Park.  Congrats to all the medalists!!  Thank you Bob Jean and Rose for planning!

Superhero Bar Crawl Recap
Thank you to all the superheroes and villians that showed up to the Ann Arbor Jaycee's 2nd Annual Superhero Bar Crawl on August 2nd!  The amount of participants was great and many smiles were shared!  Thank you to the SUPER committee for all the planning that was put into the preparation for this large event - your hard work definitely showed!

September Second Saturday

Emily Seipel, Social Vice President

Members, you're invited to celebrate Second Saturday with laughs, popcorn and your Jaycees family. Join us as we see Frank Roche headline with his rapid-fire antics with dead-on celebrity impressions. Admission for current members is free and you're welcome to bring a plus-one to this event.

Please sign up at the September Monthly Meeting or email to confirm your attendance.

Show will begin at 8 pm on Saturday, September 10th. Please meet at the Comedy Club box office at 7:30pm to guarantee seating. We will purchase tickets for the group no later than 7:45pm.

Boo Bash Event!

Megan Brooks-Planck, Community Vice President

We’ve started committee meetings for our brand new signature project, the Boo Bash! Come join us at the Sweetwaters downtown (123 W. Washington St.) at 6:30pm, on Monday September 12th, and help to build this new project, brick by brick. This fun family event will be taking place on October 23rd, so mark the date on your calendar now, and get ready to help out!

Due to scheduling conflicts our meal preparation for the Ronald McDonald house has been rescheduled. Look for it early next year!
Upcoming Fundraising Opportunities

Save the Date for our next fundraising events, I am looking for chairpersons for both events if you want to try an easier event to chair, email me at Both are fun volunteer opportunities that we need all hands on deck!

Oktoberfest at Arbor Brewing Company on October 7th and 8th. Fun event on Washington Street downtown where we serve beer, check ID’s, and sell tokens.

KindleFest at Kerrytown on December 2. We serve beer and mulled wine, check ID’s, and sell tokens.
Rewards Program

In March, the Board of Directors introduced a Reward Program for working at least one shift at each of our signature events; Eggstravaganza, Carnival, Parade, and Boo Bash. Each person that works at least one shift at each of these events is eligible to receive a quarter zip with our brand new logo on it!

Three of these events have occurred and were very successful and heavily attended by you all.  Here is the list of eligible members on their way to getting a quarterzip:

  • Lisa Bradley
  • Megan Brooks-Planck
  • Emily Bush
  • Anna Calderon
  • Andrea Crist
  • Kelly Fenker
  • Erika Griffith
  • Rosie Qiao
  • Andrew Radamis
  • Michael Schultz
  • Emily Seipel
  • Lance Sharp
  • Carena Townsend
  • Russ Trapp
  • Ed Verhamme
  • Maddie Wujcik
  • Mary Jo Zechiel

Let Michael Lee know if you notice any errors in this list.


In July we introduced a secondary rewards program. All who attend at least 50% of all the events for the rest of the year will get a beanie with our logo.

We have had three events since then: Wine and Tapas Party, August Monthly Meeting and Picnic, and the Superhero Bar Crawl.  Here is the list of eligible members:
  • Lisa Bradley
  • Megan Brooks-Planck
  • Emily Bush
  • Anna Calderon
  • Alison Huey
  • Bob Jean
  • Melissa Knitter
  • Michael Lee
  • Andrew Radamis
  • Michael Schultz
  • Emily Seipel
  • Carena Townsend
  • Ed Verhamme
  • Fay Walsh
  • Maddie Wujcik
  • Mary Jo Zechiel

There are many more events coming up between now and the end of the year, so if you don’t see your name on this list, that can be changed very easily!


Camaro Raffle Tickets

You could win a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro*! Raffle tickets are being sold now! Tickets are $50.00 each.

Drawing will be held on September 24, 2016 between 8pm and 10pm in the Detroit Marriott Renaissance, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI 48243.

*If minimum 1,000 tickets are sold. If less than 1,000 tickets sold it will revert to a 50/50 Raffle. Do not have to be present to win.

See Michael Lee for tickets.
Calendar of 2016 Events



1           Monthly Meeting - Arbor Brewing Company

10             Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

22-25     USJC Annual Meeting – Detroit



6           Monthly Meeting - Arbor Brewing Company

7-8         Oktoberfest - Ann Arbor Brewing Company

23          Boo Bash – Lilley Park



TBD         Food Gatherers - Ann Arbor

TBD         Yoga - Chelsea

3           Monthly Meeting - Arbor Brewing Company

12             LOTS and T2 Recognition/2017 Inauguration -
Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City

19             Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner



TBD     Foundation Breakfast with Santa

1           Monthly Meeting (Holiday Party) –  Ann Arbor

2           Kindlefest - Kerrytown, Ann Arbor

8     Holiday Helpers - Ann Arbor

17     Foundation Gift Wrapping



TBD     Ann Arbor Year Ender



10-12     T3/2016 MIJC Conference Frankenmuth

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