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Ypsilanti Area Jaycees Receive State Honors

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February 12, 2013
BIG RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – (02/10/2013) – The Ypsilanti Area Jaycees were honored by the Michigan Junior Chamber for attaining Blue Chip status at the Jaycees' 2012 Year-End Assembly held here on Feb. 8-10.
“I'm proud of our chapter, its members, and all of our accomplishments over this past year,” said 2012 Local President Kristen Mishler. “Our project chairpersons were committed to improving the lives of themselves, their fellow members, and those in the Ypsilanti community.”
The Blue Chip designation is given to chapters in recognition of balanced programming across the Junior Chamber areas of opportunity. The purpose of this year-long program is to track each chapter's overall health and to ensure each chapter is offering a variety of programming for its members.
The weekend long assembly celebrated the accomplishments of Jaycee chapters from across the state, and featured leadership development trainings for attendees.
Members of the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in 2012 in several areas.
Joseph Auker was recognized for the Business Relations Project of the Year by the Michigan Jaycees. Auker's project, a Business Tour of Arbor Brewing Co.  Corner Brewery, took a behind the scenes look at the breweries operation and their new energy efficient expansions.
Heather Durio's Cake Decorating project was recognized as the Personal Development Project of the Year by the Michigan Jaycees. Cake Decorating was an introductory class for chapter members and their guests, going from basic handling and frosting to using piping tips to create designs.
Several Ypsilanti Area Jaycees members took home honors as state-wide competitions winners for 2012. James Dreher was named the Prepared Write-Up winner for the Michigan Jaycees. The Write-Up competition is held to determine the most outstanding writers in the Junior Chamber for the year.
Lindsey Hall took home state honors in the Jay-Tube competition, a video competition that allowed members to create a video about any aspect of the Junior Chamber movement.
The team of Joseph Auker, Amelia Deschamps, and Robert Haeske were named the Michigan Junior Chamber's Debate winners for the year.
The Michigan Jaycees' Chapter Activities Project of the 3rd Trimester was awarded to Ypsi's Play Date, chaired by Jennifer Vroom. Play Date was a year-long project that provided an opportunity for chapter members with families monthly activities focused on their children first.
Toni Auker and James Dreher were both recognized in the Michigan Jaycees' Auxiliary Officers Parade for the 3rd Trimester. Auker, an Individual Development Director in 2012, placed 5th in the Parade, and Dreher, a Membership Development Director in 2012, placed 3rd in the parade.
The Auxiliary Officers Parade recognized non executive local officers from across the state for their contributions in their officer roles and as members of their local chapters.
Jr. Jaycees, the children or relatives of Jaycee members, were also recognized for their attendance and participation in Jaycee Projects and Meetings. Jr. Jaycees honored by the state this weekend were: Eli and Willow Vroom, son and daughter of Tim and Jennifer Vroom; Liam Auker, son of  Joseph and Toni Auker; Carly Hall, daughter of Randy and Lindsey Hall; Cadence Towler, niece of Kaylee Towler; and Aiden Hampton, son of Erica Hampton.
The Ypsilanti Area Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber, which represents more than 18,200 young adults in over 680 chapters across the country. Jaycee chapters focus on empowering its members to create positive change in their communities and in themselves by developing leadership skills. For more information, please visit
Kristen Mishler, Chairwoman of the Board, 734-332-9139


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