In case you missed it … 2009

This section of our website includes news and details of past events this year. Of course if you really want stay up to speed with all the inside stuff, you need to come to the monthly membership meetings!

If it’s the second Tuesday, well… Membership Meetings are always the second Tuesday of each month, 8PM at the Pinerock Firehouse 722 Longhill Ave. So far in 2009, we’ve had 5 new members join. Welcome new members: Kristian, Sharon, Sarah, Adriana, and Jim L. Monthly meetings are a great way to touch base with new friends and old. Upcoming project reports run about 20 to 30 minutes. Shooting the bull runs about another 15 to 20 minutes after that. Later we usually head out to a nearby pub or restaurant. Guests and prospective members are always welcome!

January 30th & 31st eleven of us attended the CT Jaycees 2008 Year End Convention and Awards Banquet. Melissa, Adriana and Jim Lee were first timers!? Our chapter had a lot to celebrate. Last year we increased our membership nearly 30% and we were the second highest growth chapter in the state. Our chapter was recognized for excellence for hosting the 3rd quarter Region 1 Meeting and we finished the year ranked #5 in the CT Jaycees Parade of Chapters. Nikole Lindley won State Director of the Quarter, Jim Nissen won an Outstanding Local VP award and Kate Jager won the Year-End Outstanding Local President’s award!

January 27th we ran our first of the year, 4th Tuesday Social. A group of 6 members went to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner and drinks. Food was hot and the drinks were cold.? Good times all around. The next 4th Tuesday social planned for February is a movie night.

January 14th through the 20th we held a series of New Member Orientation / M-Nights where new members and prospective members were invited to pick a night and join us for dinner. We held the events at Huntington Street Cafe and Panera Bread. Along with the new members from last year, 5 prospective members joined the club. Welcome Kristian, Sharon, Sarah, Adriana & Jim L.!

January 13th we held our first membership meeting of the year. Our new officers were sworn in. Kate Jager as Chairman of the Board & Executive VP, Jim Nissen as President, Melissa Abenante as Community VP, Michael Sheehan as Treasurer, Nikole Lindley as Director and Wendy Holden as Trustee.

We had a hot start on a cold day when on January 4th we held a brainstorming & planning session at Panera Bread. Members chose a bunch of new projects for the 2009 beginning of the year membership survey.