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Online registration has opened for the 2016 Woofin’ It 5K, our annual event that raises funds for Furry Friends Refuge. You may register online here.

The 2016 Woofin’ It 5K will be held on Saturday, May 14, at Campbell Recreation Area. Registration costs will be $25 (+fees) in advance and $30 the day of the event. Check out our Woofin’ It 5K page or the Woofin’ It 5K Facebook page for more details.

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The Clive Junior Chamber presents the 2nd Annual Barrel Into Spring Beer and Spirits festival to be held on Saturday, March 26th, 2016, at Miss Kitty’s in Clive. This event will showcase the products of a number of breweries and distilleries with a focus on barrel aged beverages.

Tickets for this sampling event can be purchased by going to https://www.tikly.co/events/443; they are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The price includes a commemorative glass and samples from craft breweries and distilleries. Designated driver tickets are also available for $5.

You must be at least 21 years old and provide a valid ID to attend.

Proceeds from the event go to local charities.

Additional information can be found on our Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/452272248314492/) or Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/BarrelN2Spring).

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Our annual Holiday Shopping Trip was tonight at the Toys R Us on University Avenue (just west of 86th) in Clive. Our members shopped for the Clive Lions Club’s Holiday Baskets project, as they are putting together gift baskets that include toys for pre-school and elementary school-age children in Clive who are less fortunate. We were joined by Donna Krupko of the Lions Club and the Clive Festival committee.

The Lions will deliver the baskets on Saturday, December 12, at the Faith Lutheran Church on University across from Best Buy.

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Noah Jackson, Crystal Gleason, Adrienne Skilbred, and Jason Hancock

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On Saturday night, July 18, President Noah Jackson presented Britt Gagne of the Furry Friends Refuge with a $1,000 check from the proceeds for the 2015 Woofin’ It 5K. This is the largest amount that the chapter has donated in the five-year history of Woofin’ It and brings the total amount donated throughout the event’s history to $3,900. We appreciate the community’s support for this great cause.

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For the second year in a row, the Clive Junior Chamber hosted a tent at the 80/35 Music Festival in downtown Des Moines. People who attended the festival had the opportunity to stop by our tent and charge their phones, play bags to win free Frisbees, and sign up for the Jaycees’ mailing list for free Woofin’ It 5K T-shirts.

Noah Jackson and Jennifer Gracey at the Jaycees’ tent at 80/35.

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Four of our members — Megan Sullivan, Noah Jackson, Jason Hancock, and Crystal Gleason — volunteered at the information table at the Des Moines Arts Festival today.

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JCI Iowa’s spring All-State Convention was held the weekend of May 15-17 in Clear Lake. Attendees were treated to the sights of Clear Lake on Friday night as the Clear Lake chapter hosted a pub crawl.

On Saturday, 2008 chapter president and JCI USA training director Paul Crawford conducted a JCI Impact training class at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake. Members then had the opportunity to work on various projects in the afternoon to help Opportunity Village, an organization that benefits individuals with disabilities.

During the awards banquet Saturday night at PM Park, 2013 chapter president Jason Hancock was honored as Governor #444 by the Iowa Junior Chamber. A governorship is the highest honor that an individual can receive at the state level. After the banquet. members responded to a challenge by JCI Iowa Chairman of the Board Chris Puetz to raise enough money for Nothing But Nets for current JCI Iowa President C.J. Derlein-Hoffman to jump in the lake.

Members of the Gold Region of JCI Iowa, which includes Clive, pose for a group photo. l-r: Emily Vaughn, Breanna Wetzler, Jennifer Gracey, Lisa Shipley, Jessie Frerichs, Jason Hancock, Sarah Spotts, MaeLee Ung, Paul Crawford, Sabreana Johnston, Adam Petersen, John Parsons, and Noah Jackson.

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The fifth annual Woofin’ It 5K to raise funds for Furry Friends Refuge was held at Campbell Park on Saturday, May 9. More than 70 runners and walkers joined us on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Thank you to the sponsors of this year’s 5K:

Thanks also to Fareway for providing water and to It’s a Ruff Life Doggy Daycare, Fitness Sports, and Massage Envy Clive for donating prizes for the winners of this year’s 5K. Also, thanks to Jaycee alumnus Newton Standridge for providing the T-shirts for this year’s event.

Times from this year’s 5K are posted on OnlineRaceResults.com. Congratulations to our top finishers:

  • Top male: Tyler Walker, 21:54
  • Top female: Emily Hanson, 24:30
  • Top youth (18 and under): Katie Simon, 34:25
  • Top senior (50 and over): Robert Gagne, 32:32

Chapter President Noah Jackson was interviewed by WOI-TV Local 5 News during the event — check out the video link for more details.

Also, photos of the event are available on our Facebook page, courtesy of Jaycee alumnus John Sprole.

The top two finishers of the 2015 Woofin’ It 5K, runner-up Charlie Hahn and top finisher Tyler Walker.

Your 2015 Woofin’ It 5K crew (l-r): Jennifer Gracey, Brian Witte, Emily Vaughn, Kim Loy, Jason Hancock, Sarah Spotts, Melissa Angstrom, Scott Christopher, Lisa Shipley, Adam Petersen, Susan Junge, Kelly Junge, Andy Crandall, Noah Jackson, Jeremy Gracey, Jeff Steinmetz, and John Parsons.

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The Clive Junior Chamber is holding the first annual Barrel Into Spring Beer and Spirits festival to be held on March 14th, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm at Miss Kitty’s, 8800 Swanson Blvd in Clive. This event will showcase the products of a number of breweries and distilleries with a focus on barrel aged beverages. Tickets will be limited to 600 for this exclusive event.

Tickets for this sampling event can be purchased by going to or at Miss Kitty’s; they are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The price includes a commemorative glass and 25 samples from craft breweries and distilleries. Designated driver tickets are also available for $5.

Participants must be at least 21 years old and provide a valid ID to attend.

Participating breweries for the event include:

  • 515 Brewing Company
  • Firetrucker Brewery
  • Granite City
  • Millstream Brewing Company
  • Peace Tree Brewing Company
  • Rock Bottom
  • Thunderhead Sports Bar & Grill

Participating distilleries include:

  • Dehner Distillery
  • IngeniOz Vodka
  • Iowa Distilling
  • Mississippi River Distilling

Proceeds from the event will go to fund community projects and non-profit organizations dedicated to creating positive change.

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During the February 9 membership meeting at the Dymond Public Safety Center, our members showed their creative sides by creating valentines for The Ken Eaton Foundation‘s Valentines For Victims program. Jennifer Bertagnolli, founder of the Ken Eaton Foundation, attended the meeting tonight to give more information about the foundation which benefits victims of hate crimes. The valentines created tonight are being contributed to the foundation’s main Valentines For Victims event at St. Anthony’s Church in Des Moines on February 20.

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