The President’s Page

“Don’t Stop Believin'”

Greetings. Congratulations on a job well done to the 2018-2019 Board and Program Chairman. President Bill Patterson #47979 did an excellent job of leading his team. I am fortunate to have a great leadership team in place for this year.

Thank you to all who traveled to Portland for the US JCI National Convention hosted by Oregon JCI Senate. Congratulations to our National Award winners and all of you who contributed your time and efforts to these programs.

The Bubba Bash Golf Outing was very warm, but well attended by 84 golfers and a dozen volunteers. It was once again chaired by Wayne Kiefer #36498 with an assist going to Brian Ziegle #42479. Thank you to all who golfed, volunteered and donated.

It will be a busy summer. In July we will travel to Ohio for their Pig Roast. Our Illinois Picnic will be a great time hosted by the Northeast Region Senators. Chairman Bev Olson #42473 and committee will provide a weekend of fun and great hospitality for all. It will be “Return to Paradise” in Savoy, Il. Please come out and join your fellow senators. We are looking forward to seeing all of you. In August, we will be traveling to the Kentucky Bourbon Bash and the Indiana Senate meeting in Portage. Please take time to visit our fellow senate organizations during the Summer Tour including the Ohio Pig Roast, Kentucky Bourbon Bash and the Indiana meeting.

On September 14th we will host the Larry Olsen Golf Outing at Deer Creek Golf Course in University Park, Il. This raises funds for the Illinois Jaycee Charitable Foundation Scholarships. This event is run in conjunction with the Sons of the American Legion. For $80 you get lunch at 11 a.m., 18 holes of golf with a cart, prize holes, complimentary beer cart, dinner and prizes at the Legion Home, followed by an auction at the end. If you have interest in playing or sponsoring, contact Bill Patterson at 708-280-3497.

I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve as your 53rd State President for 2019-2020. I promise to do my best to represent you on the State, Region and National level. I appreciate all the kind words of encouragement and advice. My theme this year is “Don’t Stop Believin’”.  We need to make sure that we continue to believe that we can make a difference in our community and that we can have a positive impact mentoring our current Jaycees. We also need to continue to have fun.

We are in the process of filling our board with some Region Directors and some committee members. If you have an area of interest and would like to serve in a position of responsibility, we would like to have you as part of our team. Please feel free to call me.

Wayne Huelsmann #30592

53rd President of the Illinois JCI Senate




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