United States Junior Chamber

United States Junior Chamber (U.S. Junior Chamber)

Annual Meeting
June 24-28, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland


The Jaycees gives you a reason to travel, it gives you a purpose. Last week 9 members from the Hawaii delegation (4 from the Rising Phoenix Jaycees – Eve Epitome, Elvin Berzabal, Nathan Martin, Karen Nakagawa) represented in Baltimore, Maryland. Our mission is to provide opportunities for members to create positive change. This conference is one of those opportunities. Each general session and training session is dedicated to this theme – how we can take what we learn here and create positive change back home.

We started off the week with a day in Capitol Hill in DC, where Jaycee members all over the U.S. went door to door visiting our congressman talking about “Nothing But Nets” – the fight against malaria. After sixty days of travel on the “JCI – Nothing But Nets Bzzz Tour”, the Capitol Hill tour was the culmination of weeks spent journeying across the country aimed at fundraising, awareness building and advocacy. The delegation was able to talk to several congressman including Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and staff of Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa.

This conference also gave members the opportunity to develop individually by participating in competitions. Hawaii’s very own Michi Villaluz competed in our Durward Howes National Speak-Up competition answering the questions, 1.) “What should the Jaycees organization be doing today to continue to empower tomorrow’s members and remain relevant in our communities for years to come?” 2.) “You were given the keys to the Jaycees today. What would you change to keep the Jaycees relevant for future generations. Use a personal example.” Congratulations to, Michi, as she did an amazing job representing Hawaii! She brought home the title and has the opportunity to move forward to compete in Bolivia!

The week was full of training, key note presentations, election of our national officers, and our annual Ten Outstanding Young Americans honoree banquet. For 76 years, the United States Junior Chamber has been honoring young active citizens who have dedicated themselves to creating sustainable impact. Each recipient has created long-lasting positive change and shared stories that has amazed and inspired us all. Please visit http://www.jayceemember.com/toya/ to read about their stories!

This conference was truly an opportunity for our members to enjoy fellowship and gain wisdom from members all across the country. We were able to spend time meeting new members from other states, making friends and getting fresh perspectives. It allowed us to renew our inspiration and excitement! Let’s make a difference, Right Now!

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About RPJ Hawaii

The Rising Phoenix Junior Chamber of Commerce (RPJ) is a leadership development organization for individuals ages 21-40. Members develop leadership skills through the planning and management of various projects and events in three key areas: community development, business development, and individual development. RPJ is one of nine chapters of the Hawaii Junior Chamber, and it is affiliated with the United States Junior Chamber and Junior Chamber International (JCI).
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