Membership FAQs


Q: How do I become a member of the Jaycees?

A: The process is very simple. You can fill out the online application HERE or email for more information.

Q: Are there membership dues? 

A: Yes, only $85 for the first year, with subsequent annual renewals at $75.  

Q: After I join, then what?

A: That depends on you! After you join, all that remains is for you to involve yourself in whatever projects stimulate your interests. If there is something that interests you that the Ann Arbor Jaycees don’t do, then you are encouraged to chair a project of your own! The Ann Arbor Jaycees are continuously improving our programming to better fulfill the needs of the community and the varied interests of our members.

Q: How much time do I need to put in? 

A: In order to get the most out of your Jaycees experience, it is recommended that you attend the Monthly Meeting and consider working on a project or being part of a committee at least once a year. The more time you put in, the more you get in return. There are no set requirements!

Q: How often are meetings held? 

A: Our Monthly Meetings occur on the first Thursday each month. Guests are always welcome. 

Q: What goes on at the Membership Meeting?

A: Our Monthly Meetings are one of the main ways we keep people "in the know" about all the great things we have planned.  We also will often feature a guest speaker or two and there is always time to make new friends.  

Q: I don’t know anyone in the Jaycees. How do I get to know others?

A: Almost every member started out the same way. Go to the Monthly Meeting, attend projects, get involved in a project/committee, and you’ll get to know a lot of members just like you!

Q. I noticed that “faith in God” is part of the Jaycee Creed. Is the Jaycees a religious organization?

A. The Jaycee Creed is the international creed of the United States Junior Chamber (U.S. Jaycees) and Junior Chamber International (JCI) and has remained unchanged since 1953. The Ann Arbor Jaycees are not affiliated with any particular religion or political party.

Q. I heard that “Jaycees” is really short for “Junior Chamber of Commerce.” Is the Jaycees a business organization?

A. Not in the sense that most people mean. The U.S. Jaycees was established as the “Junior Chamber of Commerce” in 1920 as a reflection of its original mission—giving its members a chance to learn business skills outside the office or college setting. Though the Jaycees still offers leadership training for those interested, the organization has evolved into much more than that over the past nine decades, transforming into the community service and social organization it is today.