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On Thursday, January 29, three of our members — President Noah Jackson, Community Development VP Crystal Gleason, and past president Jason Hancock — joined other community members in packaging meals for Meals From the Heartland at their packaging facility in West Des Moines. Together, we packaged over 13,000 soy and rice meals that will be sent to those less fortunate around the world.

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The chapter’s annual Year-End Banquet was held at the Chicken Coop in West Des Moines on January 10, 2015. Outgoing President Jeff Steinmetz recognized these members as the most outstanding of 2014:

  • Jaycee of the Year: Emily Vaughn
  • New Member of the Year: Aaron Zeigler
  • Board Member of the Year: Crystal Gleason
  • Matt Benjamin Friendship Award: Jeremy Gracey

Members also bid on items donated by local business using the points earned from projects that they participated in throughout 2014.

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Less fortunate families in the West Des Moines area will have a happier holiday season thanks to our second annual holiday shopping project. Members Crystal Gleason, Jason Hancock, and Noah Jackson shopped for a total of nearly $200 worth of food and toys for the West Des Moines Human Services Food Baskets and Toyland programs at Target in West Des Moines.

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Our chapter was proud to host not one, but two 2015 JCI state presidents during November Dinner Club! C.J. Derlein-Hoffman of Cedar Rapids, the 2015 Iowa Junior Chamber President, and Becky Bradl, the 2015 President of JCI Wisconsin, joined nine Clive members and guests at Cool Basil in Clive.

l-r: Jennifer Gracey, Emily Vaughn, Crystal Gleason, Jason Hancock, Becky Bradl, Noah Jackson, C.J. Derlein-Hoffman, Paul Crawford, Scott Johnson, Derek Grittmann, Dawn Scott

 

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While their annual holiday cheer box wrapping project had already been completed, five members of our chapter helped Amanda the Panda with various other tasks at their Family Grief Center in West Des Moines on a Tuesday night after work.

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l-r: Scott Christopher, Emily Vaughn, Crystal Gleason, Jason Hancock, and Jeff Steinmetz

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Two members of the Clive chapter, Noah Jackson and Jason Hancock, received awards from the United States Junior Chamber during the Iowa Jaycees’ Fall All-State Convention in Cedar Rapids on September 20.  The awards were originally presented during the United States Jaycees’ National Convention in Baltimore on June 24.

Noah Jackson received the Heidi Juttner Memorial Award for Top Local Vice President. He is one of only ten local VPs, including three in Iowa, to receive this award from the United States Junior Chamber. Also, Jason Hancock received the John W. Clark Jaycee Spotlight Award for being on the winning team for the Jaycee Spotlight competition during National Convention in Baltimore in June.

During the afternoon, the chapter picked up two awards for projects held during the second trimester (May through August). The July 24 Dinner Club at LT Organic Farms was recognized as a Top Member Development Project, while the Our World Survey during 80/35 festival during July 4 weekend was recognized as a Top Government Survey project. Also, the Woofin’ It 5K was one of several Iowa Junior Chamber projects that were exhibited at the project showcase during the day of convention.

Paul Crawford and Crystal Gleason represented Clive as delegates for the state election on Sunday, which saw C.J. Derlein-Hoffman of Cedar Rapids be elected as the 87th President of the Iowa Junior Chamber. Nicole Thiede (Ames), Angie Miller (Ames), Erin Flage (Ames/Hampton), and Marty Walsh (Mason City) were elected as vice presidents for 2015.

National award winners Noah Jackson and Jason Hancock

Noah receiving his award from 2015 JCI USA President Jennifer Ray

Crystal Gleason and Jason Hancock hold up the awards that the Clive chapter picked up for 2nd trimester.

Jason Hancock, Crystal Gleason, Emily Vaughn, and Noah Jackson at the Outstanding Young Iowans banquet.

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Members who attended tonight’s meeting learned about Opportunity on Deck, a new organization that provides children from low-income families the chance to play organized sports. Founder Dylan DeClerck — the son of two former Clive Jaycees members — spoke at the meeting, and the chapter made a $500 donation to help their cause.

Dylan is shown in this photo with President Jeff Steinmetz.

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Dinner Club in August took more of a hands-on approach as seven current and former members attended Cooking with Alessandra’s class in Des Moines’ East Village. Those who attended learned about Italian culture from instructor and native Italian Alessandra Meschini while learning how to cook their own pasta dishes.

Alessandra in action

Crystal Gleason and Jen Gracey

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l-r: Noah Jackson, Jason Hancock, Crystal Gleason, Jeff Steinmetz, Jennifer Gracey, Brian Walker, and Andy Crandall