Katie Steffensmeier - 79th President
Career: Economic Development and Community Outreach Coordinator, ECIA
Melanie Bressler - Chairwoman of the Board
Career: Eagle Point Software
Honors: 78th Chapter President
Lisa Kloft - Executive Vice President
Career: A.Y. McDonald
Honors: JCI Iowa Chapter VP of the Year, 2020,
JCI USA Chapter VP of the Year 2021
Chris Demmer - Vice President, Membership
Career: Field Sales Specialist, Rheem Manufacturing
Honors: JCI USA Vice President, JCI Senator #78909,
JCI Iowa President, JCI Iowa Governor #463
Hilary Forrester - Vice President
Career: IT Web Project Manager, Westmark Enterprises
Honors: 77th Chapter President
Hunter Lisk - Vice President, Event Management
Career: Realtor, Ruhl & Ruhl
Josh Volgarino - Vice President
Career: Wealth Advisor, Carson Wealth
Honors: 76th Chapter President
Libby Butt - Treasurer
Career: Supply Management Specialist, John Deere
Justin Rickman - Secretary
Career: Web Application Developer, Westmark Enterprises
Honors: JCI Iowa Governor
Chris Mill - Building Manager
Career: Service Engineer, Martin Automatic Inc.
Val Vorwald - Marketing Director
Anne Osterholz - Chaplain
Career: Kunkel and Associates
Wade Fuerste - Beverage Manager
Career: Chemist, East Dubuque Nitrogen
Sara Carpenter, 2004
Alyson Tasker, 2006
Katie Bahl, 2008
Val O’Brien, 2008
Derek Combs, 2009
Jason Fuller, 2009
Jennifer Even, 2010
Megan Vorwald, 2010
Matt Vorwald, 2010
Justin Rickman, 2010
Val Vorwald, 2010
Anne Osterholz, 2011
Heather Blackmore, 2012
Adrienne Breitfelder, 2013
Scott Breitfelder, 2013
Kevin Koch, 2013
Chris Demmer, 2014
Hayley Taylor, 2014
Alison Fuller, 2014
Anna Hoppmann, 2015
Karen Smith, 2015
Eric Even, 2016
Tim Schaffer, 2016
Austin Hansen, 2016
Melanie Bressler, 2017
Joshua Volgarino, 2018
Hilary Forrester, 2018
Wade Fuerste, 2018
Miranda Anderson, 2019
Chris Mill, 2019
Jeremy Gallagher, 2019
Lisa Kloft, 2020
Hunter Lisk, 2021
Taylor Knuckey, 2021
Brandon Noel, 2021
Hunter Helwig, 2021
Meghann Toohey, 2021
Libby Butt, 2021
Aaron O’Brien, 2021
Matt Steffensmeier, 2022
Brenna Burgart, 2022
The Jaycees (or Junior Chamber) is a worldwide community of young active citizens between the ages of 18 and 40 who share the belief that, in order to create positive change, they must take collective action to improve the community, the world, and themselves. Engaging in activities covering everything from local food drives to highly impactful international projects, members demonstrate social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership and action.
The goal of the Jaycees is to provide leadership training through community service. What sets the Junior Chamber apart from other organizations is a focus on individual development. While most volunteer groups offer community service and social activities, the Jaycees offers its members the opportunity to improve themselves. By chairing a local project, a young person can practice organization, delegation, time and resource management, public relations and motivational skills. Training programs are usually offered by the Jaycees, usually at no cost to the member, that also teach these skills.
The whole Jaycees organization starts with a local chapter serving one or more communities. Chapter members are then automatically members of a state organization (JCI Iowa), as well as the national organization (JCI USA) and the International organization (JCI).
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That government should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth’s greatest treasure lies in human personality;
And that service to humanity is the best work of life.
This creed, or our set of values, was written and adopted by the Junior Chamber of Commerce (now the Jaycees or JCI) in the 1940s. While our values have evolved beyond the words written, this still holds value and encompasses each area of focus within our organization.
Individual Area of Opportunity
Embodying the line of the Jaycee Creed which states “Earth’s great treasure lies in human personality,” this area provides an opportunity for individual members to realize their personal potential through training programs. Programming in this area would encompass all how-to programs, not related to Leadership, which falls in the Business Area of Opportunity.
Community Area of Opportunity
Embodying the line of the Jaycee Creed which states “Service to humanity is the best work of life,” this area develops the sensitivity of individual members to societal problems and community dynamics by providing experience in community problem solving. Programming in this area would encompass any project or program that either educates community members or improves the quality of life in a community.
Management Area of Opportunity
Embodying the line of the Jaycee Creed which states “Government should be of laws rather than of men,” this area develops the managerial skill of the individual member at all levels of the organization. Programming in this area would encompass any program or project that enhances a member’s management skills.
Business Area of Opportunity
Embodying the line of the Jaycees Creed, which states, “Economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise,” this area provides an opportunity for individual members to contribute to the development and enhancement of the economic infrastructure, prosperity, and well being for all nations. Programming in the area would encompass any business-oriented training or other program that contributes to the economic prosperity for members and the community.
The Jaycees Passport to Leadership program is a tracking method to help members get the most value from their involvement. Those that are able to complete all 10 Degrees of the Passport to Leadership program will have mastered the Involvement, Experience, and Leadership phases.
Phase 1: INVOLVEMENT – The first three degrees provide newer Jaycees with opportunities to experience orientation, training, community awareness, and sharing Jaycees values.
Phase 2: EXPERIENCE – Degrees four, five, and six are designed to let Jaycees use their experiences from the first phase to develop skills in activation, action, and recruiting.
Phase 3: LEADERSHIP – The last four degrees use the participants’ training and leadership skills gained in the first two phases.
To learn more about this program, log in to your Jaycee Member account.