You know how sometimes if you ask 20 people why they do something you get 20 different answers? That's also true in our case when we ask members why they joined the Ann Arbor Jaycees. These are the most popular answers:
To Meet People and Make Friends
This isn't surprising since Ann Arbor is a dynamic community and there are always a lot of new people in town.
Community Service Opportunities
Where else would you have the opportunity to do such diverse things as hold an auction to support a substance abuse recovery program, fix up a house for an elderly couple or take a bunch of underprivileged kids shopping for the holidays?
Your participation depends on your schedule, not ours. You get out of the organization what you put into it and more. You decide what you want that to be.
How many times have you heard "It's not what you know, it's who you know"? As Jaycees, we have many opportunities to interact with the movers and shakers of this community including the mayor and a variety of business and community leaders. Our members also come from many different industries and professions and are a great group of people to get to know.
Do you want to prove you have project management skills? How about telling your employers that you planned and carried out a parade with over 60 participants which was viewed in person by over 15,000 people? For people who want to make a more formal commitment, members have the opportunity to run for the Board of Directors so they can take a more active role in the planning, running, and direction of the organization.
Learn New Skills
We encourage people to stretch their comfort zones and take on things they've never done before. A case in point is the fact that past newsletter editors have been a biochemist and an architect. We've had engineers writing press releases and marketing folks keeping our books. We also offer a lot of one day events to teach people things like CPR, massage therapy, Internet basics, car maintenance, and a whole host of other things.
If you would like to check us out before you decide to join our group, you can sign up at any of our events, including our monthly meetings. Our calendar will show you where we'll be over the next few months.
We're always available by e-mail and/or voice-mail ((734) 531-9626) if you would like for someone to contact you to answer questions or send you more information.
Membership dues - $85 for the first year with $75 renewal rates in the following years of membership.