Q: How do I become a member of the Jaycees?
A: The process is very simple. You can fill out the online application here on the website or contact any member of the Board of Directors and they will be able to assist you.
Q: Are there membership dues?
A: Yes, $85 for the first year or $8 per month. Renewals are only $75 annually. Each new member will receive an Ann Arbor Jaycees t-shirt.
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 propose 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 Membership 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 to be be a Jaycee.
Q: How often are meetings held?
A: Our Membership Meeting occurs on the first Thursday each month. Guests are welcome.
Q: What goes on at the Membership Meeting?
A: The Membership Meeting is a great way to find out what is going on with Ann Arbor Jaycees in a given month. There will be an agenda with upcoming projects listed. Each area will talk about their upcoming events to get people interested in attending and helping out. The monthly meeting also provides members with the opportunity to catch up with each other and meet newer members.
Q: I don’t know very many people in the Jaycees, only the person who recruited me. How do I get to know others?
A: Almost every member started out the same way. Go to the Membership 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.