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THE FRANKENMUTH JAYCEES...are one of the state's leading Jaycee chapters and this year, for the first time, they hosted the Michigan Jaycees' Year-End Conference at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. (Photo courtesy/Dan Moellering)
Frankenmuth Jaycees leaders in the State of Michigan
The Frankenmuth Jaycees have an illustrious history that reaches further than this community.
The local chapter is one of the more vibrant in the State of Michigan and the members demonstrated that last weekend, hosting the Michigan Jaycees Year-End Conference.
The three-day event marked the first time the conference was held here, more specifically, the Bavarian Inn Lodge, and it likely won’t be the last time.
Frankenmuth’s Steve Pickelmann, the 92nd state chapter president for 2016, worked on the conference, along with chapter member Tom Quackenbush, who is also heavily involved on the state level. Some 300 Jaycees, JCI Senators, roosters and family members of Jaycees attended the conference, which included awards, break-out sessions, networking and entertainment by local musicians The Bromantics, Polka Riot and the Frankenmuda Frat’zen.
One of the sessions was led by Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Jamie Furbush. Furbush, also a Jaycee, instructed some attendees on how to connect with their local chamber and businesses.
Using a Frankenmuth and German theme, the stage was decked out with Bavarian décor.
“It was an honor to host the Michigan Jaycees in Frankenmuth for our year-end celebration,” Frankenmuth Jaycees Board of Director Jessica Haynes said. “Not only was our chapter able to promote our local partnerships and show off our hometown, but we were able to celebrate the successes of 2016 and learn how to transfer those successes to 2017.”
Pickelmann was honored to host the conference for the first time ever in Frankenmuth.
“The theme of 2016 was ‘Ignite YOUR Passion.’ I challenged the Michigan Jaycees to bring whatever they were passionate about, and make it a part of their Jaycee life. Also, integral to the platform was for chapters to build and/or cultivate relationships with local chambers of commerce and governments. Finally, it was to get the state organization growth for the second consecutive year,” Pickelmann said. “That goal was accomplished on the final day of the year and the state reached a growth of plus six members.”
Several Frankenmuth Jaycees earned recognition at the end of the year conference:
Pickelmann was awarded the honor of a Lifetime Membership as past president. Matthew Sernau, the 2016 Chairman of the Board, presented Pickelmann with his past president’s plaque for a successful completion of his year as Michigan Jaycee’s 92nd president. Pickelmann currently serves on the JCI USA Membership Committee. And will be the 2017 MIJC Chairman of the Board.
Frankenmuth’s Gary Rupprecht, the community’s only other person to serve as state president, was in attendance. Rupprecht was the state’s 52nd president in the mid-1970s.
Quackenbush received the Bradley Trafton Memorial Award, recognizing the most outstanding appointed state officer.
Mike Walsh received the Seiji Horiuchi Memorial Award, which is presented annually to up to five outstanding state chairpersons/program managers in the state of Michigan. Horiuchi is credited with originating the Chairman’s Planning Guide, now known in Jaycee circles as the Project Management Guide.
Jessica Haynes received the 2016 C. William Brownfield Memorial Award for an outstanding Jaycee in her first year of membership.
Jacquelyn Leary received her third semester impromptu speak-up competition and year-end competition award.
Brent Weiss, the 2016 Frankenmuth Jaycee president, received a Presidential Medallion from Pickelmann. Also, earning Medallions were Steve’s parents, Gary and Pat, 44th MJIC Senate President Kim Hubbell and Taylor Quackenbush, the daughter of Tom and Tanya Quackenbush.
Lauren Surrock received her first and second degree in the Passport to Civic Leadership Program and Leary received he first degree.
Kieshan Counts was recognized for first place in the First Timers competition at the state conference.
Ashley Hopp and Jacob Bierlein won raffle prizes as part of the Spark Plug Competition, for exhibiting Jaycee behavior during the state conference.
A dozen past state presidents made the trip to Frankenmuth, with Rupprecht the oldest. They included Adam Pieczynski of Posen, Gerald Boik Jr. of Howell, Cindy Tomaszewski of Cadillac, Fay Walsh of Ann Arbor, David Q. Worthams of Kalamazoo, Sarah Nelson of Grand Rapids, John Badeen of Livonia, Jay Johnson of Redford, Matthew Sernau of Grand Rapids and current president, Peter Behrmann of Livonia.