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May 2001
South Dakota Jaycee
State Officers

Rick Huntimer, President
Mary Krizan, MemVP
Beth Delzer, IDVP
Louis Hentges, CDVP
Angie Weber,, COB
Steve & Rhonda Weidner, P. A.’s
Ross Determan, Treasurer
Julie Anderson
, Chaplain
Kim Williams, Secretary
Tom Mortland, Legal Council

Chapter Services Center
909 N. Main St.
PO Box 863
Mitchell, SD 57301

Phone # 605-996-6308
Fax 605-996-6322
Office hours
Monday - Friday
9am - 3pm
Executive Secretary
Pam Stransky

Greetings South Dakota Jaycees!

Wow, what a way to start the year! We finished the month of March at an amazing +57 members and were the top growth state in the nation. This was followed in April by another growth month of +23 or more. That makes four months in a row, something that has been accomplished by only a few states so far this year.

I'd like to take a moment to welcome our newest Jaycee chapters to the group. Welcome to the Lennox Jaycees and the Baltic Jaycees. Your chapters will be great additions to your towns, and I know that you will be able to have an impact.

With the Spring weather finally becoming somewhat normal (as close as South Dakota weather can be to normal) a lot of us have the opportunity to do those projects outdoors that we have been waiting to do. Be sure to use these times as some great public relations opportunities. Be sure that when you are doing those good things in your community, that people are aware that it is the Jaycees that are making it happen. There is no easier public relations program that just being visible in your community while you go out and make a difference.

Most important of all, make sure that you are reserving some time to go out and have fun! It is obvious from the successes that we have had that there are people working hard everywhere. Make sure that you are taking time to reward yourself for all the great things you have done.

Thank you to each and every one of you for the difference you have made this year. We have continued the traditions that our leaders in year's past have established for us. We've gone out and built up the team with people all across the state. Every project we do, every visit we make, every person we renew or sign up as a member definitely makes a difference. The South Dakota Jaycees are known as a group of people who can go out and change things. Thank you to each and every one of you for making that possible.

Take care and keep believin'

Rick Huntimer
65th State President, SD Jaycees

Presidential Points
25 points for presenting 3 new member adds during Membership portion of general membership meeting.


11-12 1st Trimester Convention
25 – State Mailing Articles due
31 – Close out & Early Retention

20-23 National Convetion – Dayton OHIO
25 – State Mailing Articles due
28 – Close out & Early Retention

25 – State Mailing Articles due
26 – Close out & Early Retention
28 – State Volley Ball – Sioux Falls

1 – Coyote Article Due
4 – Auction for the Camps – Watertown
25 – State Mailing Articles due
30 – Close out & Early Retention

25 – State Mailing Articles due
27 – Close out & Early Retention

25 – State Mailing Articles due
25 – Close out & Early Retention

1 – Coyote Article Due
25 – State Mailing Articles due

4 – Year End Close out
7 – Final Blue Chip Due
25 – State Mailing Articles due
31 – Coyote Article Due


South Dakota Jaycees,

How are you doing? I hope just fine. The Live Auction for the JC Camps for the Exceptional will be held in front of the Public at the Guest House in Watertown, SD August 4th starting at 6:00 pm.

We will still have a Silent Auction at the September Convention Here is a list of Motels you can stay at:

Days Inn 886-3500
Super 8 Motel 882-1900 $45.00
Comfort Inn 886-3010 $50.00
Stones Inn 882-3630
Guest House 886-8061

I am also writing letters and sending brochures about the Camps to business’. I will show you a great time in Watertown, at the Guest House. I hope I get a lot of Donations from the business’s that I send to. See you in Aberdeen at the Ramada In May 11-13th. I will give more information about this at convention in May.

Also Jaycee Camp T-shirts are $20.00 each sizes up to 3XL. 

Mike "Kool" Grengs
Handicap Camp Sales & Promotions
Program Manager 2001

Camp for the Exceptional T-shirt order form

Yes I want _____ shirt

Mark the size you need of each.


Make checks payable to J&B Screen Printing
Please mail the order form & check to:

Mike "Kool" Grengs
222 8th Ave. S.W. #301
Watertown, SD 57201

Jaycee Camp
needs counselors

Jaycee Camp for the Exceptional is seeking to hire additional counselors for the summer months. We are primarily seeking college students wishing to spend a rewarding summer working with fellow college students and people with disabilities.

These 8-week positions are paid, with free room and board, and the potential to earn college credits through Augustana college.  The position descriptions are available at

Western Whispers from West DD-Janet Naasz

Yet another month has gone by, wow time flies when you are keeping busy. I have been having fun with the Chapters I serve & getting to know them better. We out West have good things to be proud of!!! We are doing well in the Parade of Chapters. Thanks to the hard work of the local Presidents & getting things done. Nan- way to go girl!!! Jerrid- way to go guy!!!! My hats off to you. You are doing an awesome job this year & it's only going to get better. I look forward to the rest of the year & the time I get to spend with these Chapters. Thanks for making my job easy with your positive attitudes. See you at Convention!!! WEST!!! WEST!!! WEST!!!!

This is an article for Sturgis. I told Jerrid I would do this one.

Sturgis has guests attend monthly meeting During the regular monthly meeting of the Sturgis Jaycees, they had the pleasure of having special guests in attendance. Not only were both DD's there, RD, but the Presidential Candidate for 2002, John Nygren with his traveling buddy, Keene Winters. During the meeting John was asked to address the members. During his presentation he shared his ideas for the Jaycees. One of them was making the Jaycees more diversified through the membership aspect. It was a honor to have him at the meeting & getting a first hand view of his future plans. John, if you read this, thanks for coming & sharing your time & ideas with us. Good Luck!!

Slide show Pictures

Chapters and Executive Team, Please submit any and all pictures you may have for the May Boards slide show to:

Rhonda Weidner
47378 SD Hwy 50
Elk Point, SD 57025.


Greetings South Dakota Jaycees,

It’s really hard to believe that we are already four months into the year. It’s also hard to believe that it’s taken that long for it to finally warm up and for winter to leave! Things have been going very well in the Northeast Region. I was proud to see so many members of the region show up and help evacuate the Baltic camp when the river was threatening to flood the grounds. Thank you for showing such great support. Thank you for your continued growth. If you’re not growing you’re dying and the Northeast Region is not Dying! We are growing!

Things are really about to heat up for us as Jaycees. Many of you are running Diamond Skills now or in the next week or so. If you have any questions, contact Elisa Bentler. The state competition for our area is in Madison on May 26.

There are many golf tournaments, street dances, and other events coming up the next few months. Take some time and go visit, help, or participate in some of these great events. It will help them and they will probably return the favor. Also, during the next few months, there will be a lot of work in your chapters because of these big projects. Don’t forget to thank all of your members and plan some projects that will allow them to have fun.

As always, continue to ask people to join in on the fun and become fellow Jaycees. Let’s not make Jaycees the best-kept secret in South Dakota. I look forward to seeing all of you in Aberdeen for May convention. Finally, just a date for you to put on calendar, the next Northeast Regional Rally will be in Watertown on July 14. Plan to attend!

Go out and make some "Thunder",
Todd J. Weber


I saw this little quote the other day and it made me think about the program that I am running. The quote is from a gentleman named Joe Sabah, "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great". What better way to get your new members started in their Jaycee carrer than to bring them to convention in Aberdeen and ask them to participate in the newtimers program. It is a simple and fun way for them to get a start in Jaycees. Local presidents, vice presidents, and anyone else who reads this, please let your new members know about this.

See ya in Aberdeen,

Summer slowdown?

Summer's coming, and things can get pretty busy, with the kids home from school, summer sports, vacations, and other pleasant distractions. If your chapter is one that slows down a little over the summer, one important aspect that can slow down even more is recruiting.

Now is the time to plan ahead for how you will get new members over the summer. If you only have a few events coming up, be sure part of the preparation includes several ways of inviting prospective members, and that you will have applications on hand, or even a membership table. You may have to plan recruiting nights further in advance to work around sports and other activities. On the other hand, you may be better able to work around summer activities by "planning" to go recruiting on short notice – but plan on a range of dates when you will do something, or you may put it off too long! You may also be able to add some flexibility in recruiting times, since it’s light longer and in many families, kids don’t have to be in bed as early when school’s out. Look ahead now and see how many members are due in June, July, and August so you know when you’ll want to concentrate your efforts.

Summer events can be a great opportunity for people to see how much fun Jaycees have. Don’t let a summer slowdown keep you from adding new members!

Jo Wahle
Recruitment & Orientation Program Manager

South Central notes

Hello, I would like to thank Chamberlain, Mitchell, and Winner for their membership efforts. In April Chamberlain had 100% retention. Winner finished at plus 3. Mitchell at plus 4. These accomplishments gave the South Central region at plus 7 for the month and year. Thank you and keep up the good work! Mitchell will be having local Diamond skills May 5th at 8:00(Cadwell park). Winner’s to be determined. Chamberlains will be May 9th at 4:00.

Chamberlain good job on the Easter Egg hunt,

800 eggs gone in 10 minutes, WOW! See you around JC's

SCRD Bryan Titze


May 19th @ 6pm
(rain date May 26th)

The Best fun you will ever have!!!!
If you like to Golf, you’ll love this!

Cost is 20.00 per person.
This covers green fees, glow ball,
  and all you can eat cookout.  You can buy drinks at the course.

Bring your better half, bring a friend, bring a prospective new member.

Join in on the Fun.
To purchase tickets contact:

Jeff Rabbitt @ 232-3063

Individual Development VP

Beth Delzer

Way to go South Dakota Jaycees!!!!! Doesn’t it feel great to grow for the first four months of the year??? Pat yourselves on the back for a job well done. I am proud of each one who went out to make the South Dakota Jaycees the best state chapter we can be.

Now that we have taken the time to recruit new members, there needs to be a focus on keeping those members interested. What are the new members expecting to get out of joining the Jaycees?? Did they join to meet people? Did they join to take advantage of the leadership skills? Or did they join to just have fun? It is the chapter’s responsibility to give them as many opportunities to take advantage of this great organization.

One of the ways is through the Individual Development Programming Area. Through Speak-Up, Write-Up, S/B/A, Jeopardy, and Family Life programs, individual members are given the nuggets they need to improve themselves, however, as important as these programs are there also needs to be other ways of educating individuals on an unlimited array of topics. Members might be interested in financial, stress, or time management. They could be interested in how to landscape their yard, minor home improvements, or how to get a home improvement loan. Members may also be interested in scuba diving, parachute jumping, or water skiing. All of these are ways to give your members self-improvement nuggets, but you won’t know what nuggets will benefit which members unless you ask them. So here is a challenge set forth to all those chapters who are benefiting from adding new individuals to their chapter. Find out what they want, what they like to do, and how they could bring something to those other members in the chapter. Maybe you just recruited a professional landscaper and you don’t even know it!!

I look forward to seeing all of you at convention in a couple of days. Thanks to all the chapters who are giving the members nuggets in the state programming areas at convention. I appreciate your willingness to get competitors registered early.

Please contact Program Managers if you need anything. They are all willing to help with their particular program. By the way, would anyone be interested in helping with the S/B/A programming area?? Contact me via e-mail at

Best Regards,
Beth Delzer—2001 IDVP

CPG JUDGING at Boards will be Friday night @ 8:00pm. CPG's will need to be dropped off @ the registration table no later than 8:00pm Friday. Any chapters having CPG's judged will need at least one person from their chapter or a proxy judging in order for their CPG's to get judged. Any question contact Deb Webb @ 605-363-3683 or

Jaycee Jeopardy Update………

Jaycee Jeopardy is a question-and-answer contest dealing mainly with the history of the Junior Chamber organization, its officers, goals, and activities. The competitions are held at regional and state meetings to determine the most outstanding historians in the Junior Chamber for that year. Sources of information may include The Jaycee Book, Jaycees Magazine, A Legacy of Leadership (the 75th anniversary history book), Annual Meeting, National Programs, and TOYA. Dakota Valley, Hartford, Pierre and Sioux Falls chapters sent in registration forms. 

JUDGING CRITERIA and PROCEDURES: For the preliminary round, each entrant will have 30 minutes to complete a questionnaire with 25 questions and one bonus question. Finalists will be selected from the hi-low ranking on correct answers given. The finalists will be given five questions with a one-minute time limit to write each answer. A winner will be selected after the five questions are answered.

Patricia Kontz
Program Manager

Community Development VP

Well here we are in May. Are you ready for convention? Bring everyone you can to Aberdeen, they will have a blast. I want to say congrats to Todd Weber and Ross Gardner for extending the new Baltic chapter. Welcome Baltic!!! Thanks to all the chapters that accepted the responsibility of running the Mission Inn four seasons program. Also thanks to the chapters that ran or are going to run Diamond skills. The
sectionals are in Chamberlain and Hot Springs on May 19, and Madison on May 26. Now is the time to think about Golf for Guardianship, contact me with the contact person in your chapter that will be running this.
Thanks to all who showed up at the camp clean up days, with your help this can be a great year for the camps and campers.
I'll keep this article short but I do have a couple other things to mention. Congrats to Chad Albers who will be getting married on May
19, there will be a dance at Taopi Hall in Colton. And last but not least Congratulations to Angela an Lyle Vohlken on the birth of twin girls on April 26.

In Jaycees
Louis Hentges
2001 CDVP

Commitment to Community

Hot Shot Bid is due at the Executive Board Meeting on Friday Night May 11th at Convention.

1st Lady

Hi everyone. I hope you are all drying out and enjoying the good weather.  Boards are coming up soon and we need to keep the momentum in our state going. In Colton, our busiest time is coming up soon so I am sure yours is also. Keep strong and if something bothers you enough to get real upset talk to the person that made you mad. It may be a small disagreement or just miscommunication. When we are busy we sometimes overlook potential problems in personal relationships, have faith in your relationship and
resolve problems don't ignore them and let them get bigger.
Enough of the preaching. 

As the one living in the house of the President, I will be assembling a scrapbook so Rick's whirlwind year can be documented.  If you have pictures you would like added bring them to boards or I can tell you how big the pages are and you can make a page for him. I will also bring it to boards to have you sign it. You may want to do it in May or wait until February. But take the opportunity to look through the few pages I have done. Rick will be able to look upon his success and our success as a team and be proud of the state of South Dakota.

See you soon.

Tammy Huntimer
First Lady of the South Dakota Jaycees

Write UP

Dear SD Jaycees:

This time of the year keeps me busy and waiting for the school year to end. Why? The kids are starting to become restless as are some of the teachers:) I thought I would send some helpful writing tips to each and every one of you and hope that you will in turn, pass this on to your members who may not receive this mailing.

Here are the "Top 10" Reason to Write:
10. To become a wealthy author (or not)
9. To impress a certain guy or girl (okay that is for some of us single folks)
8. To compose CREATIVE excuses why we can't do something
7. To fill up a notebook (like we have all this extra time)
6. TO BE DIFFERENT (and you know who you are)
5. To become a better thinker and learner
4. To share your experiences and ideas (we learn best from those around us)
3. To improve performance
2. To get ready for the next step in life, whatever that may be
...and the number 1 reason : To help you shape a meaningful life.

To help your writing become more alive, try to use the following traits:
1. Focus - Keep it simple, if you need one word to describe something, use one word
2. Concreteness - Be precise and colorful. Make your reader see, hear and feel things. Use specific terms over generic ones.
3. Vitality - Writing is lively, it crackles with energy. There are signs of emotion and intensity, speak honestly and share personal experiences.
4. Originality - Writing is fresh and original and involves risk taking even if it is negative in definition ( what soemthing is not instead of what it is).
5. Grace - Writint contains no unnecessary bumbs or rough spots. It links important ideas from sentence to sentence and from paragraph to paragraph. It reads smoothly.
6. Commitment - Writing that begins and ends with commitment. If you feel strongly about a writing idea, give it the proper attention.
7. Structure - Make sure that you have a clear beginning, middle and ending. The opening should gain your reader's attention and should identify the focus that you will develop in the main part of the paper. The middle is the heart of the essay and the closing should tie all of the important points together and draw a conclusion for the reader.
Leave the reader with a clear understanding as to what was said.
I hope this offers a little help to those who struggle at writing. I am not the expert on this topic, but I do teach students how to write creatively while still maintaining the rules. If you are ever in need of
help, look withing to find the best writing source. If that fails, call a friend. They can always pick you back up.

"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere." - Tim McGraw

Shanon Brinkman


North Sioux City Daze June 16

Don’t miss a chance to dunk President Rick or CDVP Louie in the Dunk Tank!!!

Included in this year’s Summerfest are:

  • Car Show (19 classes): Registration is 10:00 am to noon.  Show time will be Noon to 4:00 pm.
  • Carnival: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Craft Show: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Dunk Tank: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Mud Volleyball: Registration is 11:00 am to noon. Tournament begins at noon.
  • Pork Roast Dinner: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Street Dance: 8:00 pm to 1:00 pm (don’t forget Beer Bobbin’ !!)
  • Fireworks Display: 10:00 pm

Additional event will be Bungee Bull Riding; don’t miss the rodeo during the dance.

For more information on this event, or to register for the Car Show, Mud Volleyball, or the Craft Show


Membership Vice President-Mary Krizan

South Dakota Jaycees,

This is getting to be like old hat… CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER GREAT MEMBERSHIP MONTH!!! I must admit that I was nervous after the first 2 months, wondering if we could keep up the momentum and continue to grow. YOU have proven that we CAN, and together we have 4 straight months of growth!!! Everyone at NCI praised us for being the TOP GROWTH STATE last month. It was then that I realized that we have what it takes… a great team, working together to spread the word about Jaycees to everyone we know!! Of course, we now have lots of other states watching us very closely. That’s okay, because we have shown for 4 months that we are on a mission to grow each and every month, and bring the South Dakota Jaycees to more people than ever!!

Our time to celebrate these successes is coming up quickly. Bring as many people as possible to May Convention—I know you have lots of new members to bring for Newtimers and John Hammer is ready for them!! It will be a great weekend; full of competitions, training, and recognition for the hard work you have done in this most exciting first trimester!!! Reminder, turn in 3 new members at the general membership meeting to receive 25 presidential incentive points. We will also be unveiling the 2nd Trimester recruiting incentives!

Proud to serve!
Mary Krizan, Membership Vice President

District Director Dave

Hello Jaycees

How are you? I had a great time with the NCI (North Central Insatiate) in Deadwood. Well the Southeast has been growing in great numbers. Thanks for all of your support.

  • Alcester chapter’s meeting in May well be on the 27th Monday at 7:00 PM in the Alcester Steak House.
  • Brandon chapter is busy raising funds for their new City Library. Their Brick sale is May 5th. They also have their Sandbox Fill on the 12th of May.
  • Elk Point Jefferson chapter is having a Circus on June 16th in Elk Point.
  • Marion Area Chapter is having a Chislic Feed on June 15th and a walk-a-Thon on the 16th.
  • Vermillion Chapter has selected their executive team in April. Watch for there success in coming months.
  • Lennox Chapter’s first meeting was back on the 30th of May. You are going to half to wait until next month for the latest on the brand new chapter.

Well Good Luck to ya. Well see you in Aberdeen at the State Convention.
Dave Pond, South East District Director

SD Jaycees On-To Dayton Membership

USJCC National Convention

June 20-24, 2001
Dayton, OH

NAME: ______________________________________ CHAPTER: ______________________


ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________________________


PHONE: _____________________________________ EMAIL: _________________________

The On-To registration is $60.00 and the membership includes: 2 T-Shirts, 2 Trading Pins, and all the food and beverages you can consume at the SD Jaycees Hospitality Room in Dayton! J


Proud to Be…

South Dakota Jaycees!

The OnTo Dayton Committee will be hosting an ‘Executive Officer Auction’ on Saturday following the general membership meeting in Aberdeen. More information will follow on which lucky officers have agreed to participate. The minimum bid, for 3 hours of time, is $30. So, get your chapter together, (individuals may bid as well!!) and be prepared to have some FUN!


More OnTo DAYTON!!!!

There will be a ½ and ½ raffle in Aberdeen beginning Friday night and running throughout the day/evening on Saturday. The drawings will be held at midnight on Saturday!!! Must be present to win. Here is your chance to make some BIG BUCKS!!! J

South Dakota has been know to have THE BEST hospitality room at National Convention! Help us to continue that tradition by taking part in the ONTO fundraising efforts at State Convention in Aberdeen and by submitting your ONTO registration form and money as soon as possible! We can’t make plans without your help and information! THANKS!!!!!!

South Dakota Jaycee State co-ed Volleyball Tournament

Hosted by the
SiouxFalls Jaycees
Saturday, July 28th
10:00 A.M.
Riverdale Park ,SiouxFalls

$50.00 Registration [Post marked byJune 30th] No entries after this date

Mail entries to Tim Boehmer Checks payable to SiouxFalls Jaycees 1000 N. West Ave Suite100 A 57104

Tournament rules

*Teams made up of at least three women
*Double elimination

Winner will receive trophy

Check out for more details

Entry form

Chapter Name________________________________________________________

Team Captain________________________________________________________



Team Members

__________________________ _____________________________

__________________________ _____________________________

__________________________ _____________________________

__________________________ _____________________________

Tentative Agenda for May Convention

Ramada Inn Aberdeen, SD May 11-13

Friday May 11

6-10pm Registration
7 - 9pm Speak Up
7 – 8pmWrite Up
7 – 9pm Springboard/Brownfield/Armbruster
8:00pm CPG Judging
8 – 9pm Executive Board meeting
8 – 9pm Jaycee Jeopardy
8 – 9pm Newtimers
9:30-11:30 Opening Ceremonies
11:00 – 12:00 Regional Caucuses

Saturday May 12

8:00 – 11:00am Registration
8:00am Donuts, Juice, & Coffee by Senators
8:30 – 10:00 Local Presidents Training
8:30 – 10:00 RD& DD Training
8:45 – 10:00 Local VP Training (all areas)
8:45 – 10:00 Program Manager Training
8:45 – 10:00 General Member Training
10:00- 11:00 Recruiting Training  (open to all members)
11:00 – 11:30 Excitement Session
12:00 – 2:00pm Awards Luncheon
2:00 – 4:00pm General Membership Meeting
2:00-3:00 Foundation Meeting
4:00 – 5:00pm Free time
5:00 – 6:00pm Presidential Reception
6:00 – 10:00pm Awards Banquet
10:00pm - ??? Dance

Sunday May 13

8-9am 2001 Exec Board Meeting
8-9am Local Presidents and local VP
9:15-9:45 Spiritual Wakeup
9:45am Closing Ceremonies