I’m proud to announce that I was recently elected the 2014 Naperville Jaycees President. I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming year, working alongside such amazing people who continually strive to make an impact in the Naperville community. I wanted to share with the Positively Naperville readers part of my nomination speech in hopes that it will give a glimpse into my vision and roadmap for the upcoming year and that anyone reading who is a young person ages 21-40, will consider joining us on our journey. We meet the second Tuesday of every month 7:30PM at the VFW Hall downtown Naperville 908 W Jackson St. Here is what we have in store for next year:
The Naperville Jaycees have a lot to be proud of. We’re the largest chapter in Illinois, and top ten in the country. For the love of our community we donate our time, we raise money for those in need, and we devote our lives to a little event called The Last Fling. An event that other Jaycees chapters look up to in complete awe. I consider myself lucky to serve alongside each and every one of you.
I’ve learned a lot in my years as a Jaycee… event planning, budgeting, recruiting, management, leadership, conflict resolution and motivating a team. But the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that every single one of these items revolves around a common theme. People. When people are engaged and passionate working towards a clearly defined goal, we bring out the best in each other. We create an infectious culture that everyone wants to be around, and where everyone gives their best effort.
This year will be about creating a culture that takes us from Good to Great. A culture where the membership is engaged and driven. A membership where we can individually answer, “what’s your why?” and that answer will be different for every single person in this room. We’re going to play to our strengths, empower people, and celebrate our successes.
This year will be fun. You’ve all heard the saying “find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” well the same is true when you find your passion, drive, and inner calling in community service. Ask Al DeGeeter. As a young person’s organization where leaders come to grow, there will be plenty of times when we fail. But we’ll fail small, and we will not be crippled by fear of failure.
I believe that the best way to learn is not through failure, but by learning from the experience and failures of others. If we lean on each other, ask questions, reach out to the roosters, and pass the torch from one person to the next. It’s scary to think how much we’re capable of.
As President, I want my legacy to be judged by how many Officers and Presidents come out of the 2014 board of directors. I hope that ten years from now people will be in leadership roles because of something they learned or gained this year.
I look forward to working alongside all of you. And I hope everyone who is eligible will put their name in for the board and officer positions. Help me to take this organization from good to great.