Welcome to a New Year! I sincerely hope 2020 will help you and your student council hit their peak so your leadership symphony reaches the ears of all the people in your school and community. I encourage you to keep working to make your leadership “music” fun, exciting, and inviting for all. Work hard to complete your school year and “Conduct the Leadership Symphony!”
Things are in full swing for the upcoming 61st Annual IAJHSC State Convention. Our keynote speaker this year is Mr. Scott Backovich, a nationally recognized speaker. He is so popular that we had to contract him two years ago to make sure we could get him as out speaker for convention this year. His leadership messages and his ability to really connect with middle level students will make him a speaker you won’t want to miss!! Scott will be doing the Friday night and Saturday morning keynotes as well as the smaller group sessions on Saturday during the lunch rotations.
We will also be presenting the results of our annual pop tab collection service project for the Ronald McDonald Houses and for this year’s State Service Project. The SSP chosen this year was Make A Wish ~ Illinois. More information about this charity can be found here on our website. I would encourage all of you to get involved and raise money to donate to this very worthwhile organization.
All forms are updated and ready to be posted to the Members’ Area of this website. Remember that the password to access the Members’ Area changes on Monday, February 3, 2020. You will not receive the new password if your 2020 IAJHSC dues have not been paid. If you have not already done so, send your $75 dues to our new Executive Treasurer, Mrs. Martha K. Reilly, as soon as possible. Your 2019 membership officially expired on December 31, 2019, but a one-month grace period has allowed you to continue to enjoy membership benefits and services until January 31, 2020. At that point you will no longer be able to access the Members’ Area of the website where all the convention information will be posted until your 2020 dues have been received by the Executive Treasurer.
We are looking for some dedicated, strong student leaders to run as candidates for District Representative in each district for the coming year, 2020 – 2021. If you have such a person on your council, I invite you to seriously consider running her/him for the District Representative position in your district. Becoming a board member is a phenomenal leadership experience for all those who are elected each year. I hope you will encourage your council members to review the duties, responsibilities, and guidelines for being a District Representative and then submit a District Representative Candidate Intent Form to run as a candidate at the state convention. Be sure you review all the rules and guidelines as some of them were clarified and updated from those of previous years.
We have had some really wonderful district leadership workshops in the fall, and many more are scheduled as mid-year workshops in the next couple of months. Be sure to check the calendar on the website for your district’s scheduled workshop. They are extremely worthwhile to help keep your council energized while continuing to develop their leadership skills.
Don’t forget to begin planning to send your council members to the IAJHSC Summer Leadership Camp. Camp dates this year are June 21 through June 27, 2020, at the 4-H Memorial Camp in Allerton Park, Monticello. Illinois. Camp fees this year are $375 per delegate with several scholarships being available. All camp information and registration forms will be available on April 1, 2020. Those who have attended camp previously simply rave about how much they learn and how much fun it is to be there. Lifelong learning and friendships are developed there every summer!
I sincerely wish you the very best for you and your council for the rest of the school year. I hope to you at the 61st Annual IAJHSC State Convention on April 17 – 18, 2020, in Springfield, Illinois
Conduct the Leadership Symphony!