RPJ takes on Operation Christmas Child

At the November Rising Phoenix Jaycees Board of Director’s meeting, Past Chapter President Nathan Martin proposed a challenge to the board members to participate in Operation Christmas Child. It has always been his goal to incorporate this program into a chapter project.

IMG_3373Operation Christmas Child is organized through Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to people hurting around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

The challenge was simple. First, find a shoebox. Next, decide whether the box is for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Third, fill the shoebox with gifts, such as toys, school supplies, hygiene items, accessories, and/or crafts. Next, pray for the child who will receive the gift. Finally, drop-off the shoeboxes at a local collection place during the National Collection Week (November 16-23).


The Board was able to donate 8 shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, books, clothes, and more toys. According to current Chapter President Karen Nakagawa, “This is so heart-felt, makes me feel like I have my very own child!” Chapter Secretary Erica Lee also said, “This is a great idea and I’m glad that we as a Board decided to do this. I would like to repeat this again with our members for Christmas next year!”

A tracking label was also affixed to each shoebox, so the board could track and see which country(ies) the shoeboxes were sent. Our boxes were given to children in Namibia, South Africa and the Philippines.

IMG_3420This selfless act of generosity during the holiday made a joyous impact to children across the world. We look forward to extending this project to the chapter’s membership in 2016.

For more information about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child, please visit their website at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/


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Time to choose your new leaders for 2016!!!

The Rising Phoenix Jaycees would like to invite you to our Nominations Meeting & Elections Meeting for the 2016 Board of Directors for the Rising Phoenix Jaycees. As members, we ask that you take this time to come out and be a part of an important process that will affect the future of our chapter. Your support and attendance is greatly appreciated!  YOUR VOTE MATTERS!

For those members who are interested in becoming a board member, please feel free to contact any of the current board members and visit our website: https://rpjhawaii.com/rpj-board-of-directors/board-member-positions/ that provides a description of what it takes to be on the board.

If interested, please email risingphoenixjaycees@gmail.com for instructions on how to put in your nominations.

What: Nominations Meeting
Purpose: To nominate the 2016 Board of Directors
When:Thursday, October 15, 2015 @6:30PM
Where: Side Street Inn (Ala Moana location)

What: Elections Meeting
Purpose: To elect the 2016 Board of Directors
When:Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Where: Side Street Inn (Kapahulu location)

Please confirm your attendance.
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Interested in a FREE Membership?

Interested in a FREE Membership!? All you have to do is attend 4 events and project chair 1 event!

Visit the MEMBERSHIP page for more information.

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Membership Retreat Recap

Crazy fun at camp this past weekend!!! We gathered at camp Malaekahana for our annual Membership Retreat. Our retreat served many purposes: educate & teach, group bonding, and planning for the future of our chapter. The severe weather held up for us and we were able to enjoy camp the best we could!

Friday – We enjoyed the pleasure of setting up camp. We also played volleyball, football, frisbee, and corn hole. As the night came, we got more intimate and played several games – So you think you know our board members, Two truths and one lie, Table topics, and Cards Against Humanity!

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Saturday – Rise and shine with breakfast and early showers. Morning nerf and water gun battles kept us entertained as we waited for more members to arrive.

We were fortunaFB_IMG_1440309388989te enough to have our very own past president, Eve Epitome, conduct our Jaycee Membership Orientation. With the organization’s rich history, it was important that we kept everyone in the loop of how we came about and what makes our organization unique from others. The chapter boFB_IMG_1440309331825ard members summarized projects completed in 2015 and talked about current, ongoing, and future partnerships with our community. One of our main goals is to build and connect with more organizations and provide more awareness about our organization. We also formally launched our Membership Incentive Program, please talk to one of our board members regarding this incentive!

To follow, the group did a Project Management Guide (PMG) Exercise, where their task was to plan a project that the chapter could do. The point of the exercise was to drill the importantance of PMGs, as this is necessary to planning successful projects and running a project in our chapter in general. Stay tunned for our hiking & clean-up event coming up!

FB_IMG_1440309247300We breaked for lunch and had the blessed opportunity to have 3 of our past chapter president’s share their experiences in the chapter with our Hours of Powers session. We were fortunate to have, Past President Jon, Past President Nadine, and Past President Bertha join us during our retreat. As a result, it definitely instilled excitement and power to do better and do more for ourselves and our community.

New members are imp20150822_140459_resizederative to any organization. This weekend, we had the blessed opportunity of installing 4 new members to RPJ – Andy, Casey, Ashly, and Jenson. It’s refreshing to see how excited and involved they have been over the past couple of months and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in the near future. 😉

We enjoyed a few hours in the sun by swimming and burying President Karen in the sand. Saturday night came and we enjoyed playing rounds of beer bong and minute to win it games.

Members were able to get very intimate with each other this weekend as you see with the photos. It was an amazing weekend that we will always remember.

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Hawaii Jaycees Year-End Convention and Training

The Hawaii Jaycees is offering training on Write Up and Speak Up! Learn tips to prepare for the End of Year Convention Competitions and or in your every day work and personal lives.  The Winner of the Speak Up & Write Up Competitions will have the opportunity to represent the State of Hawaii at the National Convention.  Hawaii has a long and storied history of WINNERS at the National Level.

Date: Saturday January 17, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Moiliili Community Center (Room TBD)
Cost: FREE TO ALL MEMBERS ($10.00 to non-members)
RSVP Deadline: Wednesday January 14, 2015
Email: info@rpjhawaii.com to RSVP

Date: Friday January 23, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Moiliili Community Center (Room TBD)
Cost: FREE TO ALL MEMBERS ($10.00 to non-members)
RSVP Deadline: Wednesday January 14, 2015
Email: info@rpjhawaii.com to RSVP
Year-End Convention Information:
As we put a close to 2014, we would like to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our organization and our members.  We welcome our members and guests to be a part of this opportunity and experience.  Schedule and costs can be found below:

Friday, January 30, 2015
7:00-10:00pm     Social, First Timers/Networking/Pupus/Fun.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
(Location – State Capitol – Room 325)  Parking free on weekends in Capitol Lot or Iolani Palace

7:00am                Check-In
7:30am                Speak-Up
8:00am                Write-Up
8:30am                Brownfield/Armbruster/Kamisato Interviews
10:00am              Training #1: Topic TBD and Instructor: Dr. Zach Oliver, Argosy University
11:00am              Training #2:  Topic and Instructor TBD
12:00pm              Lunch
1:00pm                Speak-Off
2:00pm                Board of Directors Meeting
6:00pm                Awards Dinner (Jade Dynasty)

$65 Jaycee Member Package
Includes delegate fee + Friday Nite Social + Saturday Lunch + Training Fee + Award Banquet

$120 Non-Jaycee Member Package

Includes delegate fee + Friday Nite Social + Saturday Lunch + Training Fee + Award Banquet + $50 Jaycee Membership Voucher

Ala Carte Rates
(Jaycee Members)

$20  Delegate Fee (includes Friday Nite Social)
$20  Training Fee
$10  Lunch
$50  Awards Banquet

(Non-Jaycee Members)
$20  Registration Fee
$15  Friday Nite Social
$15  Lunch
$30  Training Fee
$55  Awards Banquet

Registration deadline is Jan 21, 2015.
Email: info@rpjhawaii.com to RSVP

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Mid-Year Convention Fun

Mid-Year Convention Fun

Did we forget to mention what RPJ was up to?  20141002_101322Fellow 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!

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Community Involvement: Special Thank You!

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The Rising Phoenix Jaycees (RPJ)  would like to extend a big MAHALO to Corey Haitsuka at Painter’s Warehouse, Inc. for donating paint to our recent & past painting projects at Aiea High School.  RPJ continues to offer opportunities for members to give back to the community and works to develop and strengthen relationships with organizations and companies in the community!

A big MAHALO also to our volunteers at our recent Aiea High School Painting event that was held on Sunday, July 27, 2014.


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