Mid-Year Convention Fun
Did we forget to mention what RPJ was up to? Fellow RPJ members gathered on August 29th-31st at Ward Warehouse and the Japanese Cultural Center to participate in the Hawaii Jaycees Mid-Year Convention. The kick off began with the Friday night Casino Social where RPJ had fun gambling, socializing, and drinking the night away. However, only to wake up bright and early the next morning to compete in the Speak-up and Write-up competitions. Thank you to Jenny Migita, Anna Lee, Ryan Lee, Erica Lee, Karen Nakagawa, and Ryan Murabayashi, for competing in either or both competitions! After competitions were over, the afternoon was filled with great training workshops on networking and branding, JCI opportunities, tax, and grant writing. Saturday ended in bang with members enjoying lunch and a presentation by the US Jaycees President, Fay Poissant. Later in the evening, the Awards Banquet was held where fellow members and Chapters were recognized for various awards. RPJ ended up taking 1st place in Parade of Chapters! However, that was not all the awards won for RPJ that night. For Speak-up competition Jenny Migita took 1st, followed by Erica Lee in 2nd, and Ryan Lee in 3rd place. For Write-up competition Erica Lee placed 1st, followed by Jenny Migita in 2nd, and Anna Lee in 3rd place. Ryan Murabayashi, Anna Lee, and Erica Lee were even recognized as Outstanding Directors followed by our very own Karen Nakagawa as Outstanding President! And to top it off, RPJ was recognized as the #1 chapter in the state! What an exciting night it was for RPJ to be taking home so many awards! And all thanks to our members and their commitment to being better and doing better for others. The Mid-Year Convention came to an end on Sunday with the Hawaii State Jaycees Board Meeting. A huge Mahalo to Eve Epitome, Anna Lee, and Karen Nakagawa for representing RPJ at the meeting!