“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi unite to impact

Do you want to make a difference in your community?   Join us July 8th during our happy hour  from 5:30-7:30pm at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 2425 Barrington Rd in Hoffman Estates.

Come share your ideas for a better community and meet other like minded people.   It only takes one active citizen to change the world. Be that active citizen today.

There is no cost to attend.  Free will donations will be accepted for Camp New Hope.  Camp New Hope is Illinois’ premiere facility for recreational programs for special needs individuals, offering several programs that bring fun, adventure, companionship, and activity to people of all ages with various disabilities. Camp New Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has changed and inspired the lives of thousands of campers since 1974.   Camp New Hope is located in Central Illinois.

Register Today at https://hejc070814.eventbrite.com

This event is sponosred by the Hoffman Estates Jaycees.  Jaycee  members take initative to solve local challenges. Not just focus on charity or service, we are focused on sustainable impact locally and globally.

We will be accepting donations for door prizes and raffles. By donating an item or gift certificate for the raffle, your business will be promoted at the event.  Please email us at Hoffmanestatesjaycees@gmail.com.


Question: What’s the number 1 paying profession out there? Do you know?
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If you answered Public Speaking then you’re correct! Donald Trump was paid $1 Million to speak for an hour. Speakers at Universities often get paid $35,000 – $100,000 for a commencement speech that goes for less than an hour! Keynote speakers are paid $5,000 for an hour presentation, and the list goes on!

Even if you don’t want to be a paid professional speaker, being a good speaker can help you in all aspects of life from negotiations, work presentations, and just every day conversations.

That’s why we had our special guest Brian Wolf of Remax share with us some tips and strategies he’s picked up from being a part of Toastmasters for over 5 years. Brian gave us some great advice such as:

- Start off with a question to get the audience engaged
- Tell lots of stories throughout your presentation
- Talk with your deep voice (diaphragm) to project to the audience
- Remember your intro, conclusion, and main points and the rest will follow
- How and when to use notes if any
- How to structure your presentation
- And much more!

Well, in continuation of that event, we’re holding a public speaking workshop! Space is very limited so register for this event today at: http://hejc062414-mujc.eventbrite.com

This workshop will be led by Chaffee-Thanh Nguyen. He started speaking over 20 years ago as part of his high school debate team and hasn’t stopped since! Chaffee-Thanh is an author, speaker, and personal and professional business coach and has spent countless hours and thousands of dollars learning how to be a great public speaker. He has spoken in crowds of less than 5 to over 1000 people in over 3 different continents! Find out more about Chaffee-Thanh Nguyen at his website http://www.KeyConceptCoaching.com or his blog at http://www.ChaffeeNguyen.com

He will be leading the workshop by sharing additional public speaking tips which Brian’s jam packed event didn’t have time to cover. In addition, YOU will get to present and be evaluated by the attendees – yes YOU!

We’re putting you in the hot seat in a SAFE and FRIENDLY environment so that you can practice your public speaking skills and apply the information you’ve learned! You’ll get feedback from the people who matter most – your audience – so you’ll know exactly what worked and what didn’t work. Remember, this is a SAFE and FRIENDLY environment, so even if you’re brand new to public speaking, you don’t have to be afraid. We are here to help and support you!

This workshop will be held at Panera Bread at the corner of Route 59 and Higgins Rd in South Barrington. It will start at 6:30 pm and go until 8:00 pm (with time at the end for additional Q&A, training, and feedback if needed). As always, it’s only $20 (includes a drink) to attend if you’re not a Jaycee and $5 (includes a drink) if you are a Jaycee member in good standing.

In fact, come with a prepared speech to be evaluated!

1) Pick a topic of your choice
2) You will have a maximum of 2 minutes and 30 seconds to present
3) You will get evaluated by the audience with positive criticism.
That’s right. COME WITH A PREPARED SPEECH FOR EVALUATION. (You can still attend if you don’t have one prepared though). We want to help you get better and the key is practice, practice, practice.

At the workshop, you will first receive some tips and techniques from Chaffee. Secondly, we’ll listen to the prepared speeches of those who bring them. Next, we’ll discuss each presentation along with additional feedback. We’ll then allow everyone to create an impromptu presentation (instructions will be provided). And again, we’ll evaluate the impromptu presentations.

Sample topics will include:
1) Convince us to travel to Australia
2) What was your best day ever and why
3) Describe your perfect day

We’ll then close with some final tips and any additional Q&A! This will be a jam packed workshop worth hundreds of dollars and you’re going to get it all when you register today to attend.

Here’s that registration link again: http://hejc062414-mujc.eventbrite.com

Get ready to take lots of notes, learn a ton, and have lots of fun! Space is very limited so register now and see you there!


More Details:

This training event is sponsored by the Hoffman Estates Jaycees and will be held on Tuesday, June 24 from 6:30 – 8 pm at Panera Bread at the corner of 59 and Higgins Road: 100 West Higgins Road, South Barrington.

A networking social with the Jaycees will precede the training from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Registration is only $20 for non-Jaycee members or $5 for Jaycees in good standing and includes a beverage of your choice.

Space is limited, so register now to secure your spot.
Who are the Jaycees:
The Jaycees are young active citizens (ages 21 – 40) all over the world who engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities by developing their professional skills, finding targeted solutions to community issues, and building their personal and professional networks. If you’re looking for community service, personal and professional development, or just want to get to know others in the community, then this is the organization for you. Join now for only $65 annually and become a local leader in your community. Go to http://www.HoffmanEstatesJaycees.org for more information.


Join the Hoffman Estates Jaycees’ team or make a donation in support of our participation in the CAC’s 7th Annual Champions for Children 5K Walk!


By walking or pledging, you will become a voice for children who have been traumatized by child sexual abuse or severe physical abuse. Your support will allow CAC to continue to provide a safe, comfortable and supportive atmosphere for children and their families as they begin the healing process after abuse.

The 5K Walk is designed to boost awareness about the FREE programs 5K_Walk_logoand services offered to children and families affected by abuse in 38 suburban communities within North and Northwest Cook County. The Walk will take place at CAC’s main office location in Hoffman Estates on 640 Illinois Boulevard. In addition to goodie bags and t-shirts, walkers of all ages will enjoy music by DJ Charizma, children’s games, face painting, balloon artistry and much more! Refreshments will also be provided.

Thank you for helping us reach our goal to support the good work CAC is doing in our communities!


Who doesn’t love pizza?  Join us for our monthly first Friday Pizza social!

We are making the rounds through our Pizza Contest participants. 

This month, we will be meeting at Frato’s Pizza located at 628 South Roselle Road in  Schaumburg.  They are past winners of several categories of pizza including oustanding specialty pizza.  You can order off the menu or go in and share a pizza.

It is fun, informal and everyone is welcome! Come meet some new people.  Feel free to bring friends.

RSVPs appreciated so we can call ahead to reserve our tables.


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Join us for our monthly 4th Tuesday Networking Social and Individual Development event on 5/27.

We are meeting at Panera Bread located at 100 W Higgins in South Barrington.  Join us for coffee or dinner as we gather to discuss topics of the day starting at 6pm.

At 7pm,  Brian Wolf will be our guest speaker. Brian has honed his skills through Toastmasters International and will teach us how to Become a Better Public Speaker.  Coffee social and networking will be from 6-7pm and the training will take place from 7-8pm at Panera Bread, located at 100 W. Higgins Rd, South Barrington.

Training fee, which includes a beverage of your choice, is $5 for Jaycee members in good standing and $20 for non-Jaycee members. Space is limited so register today:http://hejc052714-mc.eventbrite.com


Children’s Book Collection

This month, Hoffman Estates Jaycees are collecting new and gently used children’s books appropritate for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade for Bernie’s Book Bank. Bring books to any HE Jaycee event now through our April 16th meeting.

Reading is the single most important skill a child needs to learn. Yet studies show that 61% of low-income families don’t have any books at all in their homes for their children.  Bernie’s Book Bank aims to change that statistic by pouring quality children’s books into “at-risk” homes, ensuring that children have access to books from birth, and arrive to school “reading ready.”  This program significantly increases BOOK OWNERSHIP among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. Visit Bernie’s Book Bank to learn more!

The books you donate to Bernie’s Book Bank become part of a long-term, sustainable effort aimed at providing children with quality, advancing levels of books.The books you donate are processed and ready for redistribution within five days. Books are delivered directly into the hands of at-risk children to take home and enjoy forever.

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The Hoffman Estates Jaycees are proud to host Wine Wednesday on February 26th  from 5:30-7pm at Romano’s Macaroni Grill located at 2575 W Higgins Rd.  Come and network on Wednesday’s like it’s a Friday.

There’s always a crowd and always fun.  It is great way to meet new people and promote your business.  You can usually catch up with a few Village officials too.  All are welcome.

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2013 Best Pizza Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who helped make last night’s Best Pizza Contest a success.

We appreciate the generosity of our participating restaurants – for without you, this contest would not be possible!
California Pizza Kitchen
Danny’s Pizza of Streamwood
Frato’s Pizza
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub
Jerseys Pizza & Grill
Jet’s Pizza
Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
Riccardo’s Ristorante
Rosario’s Pizza
Rosati’s Pizza
Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza
Uno Chicago Grill Schaumburg

To all the volunteers who came out and helped facilitate the contest … thank you for your support of our event and we hope you had a great time too!

And we are truly grateful to have the support of the community who came out to sample these great pizzas!

And now, the winners …
Thin Crust
Winner – Frato’s Pizza (Chicago Style Italian Beef)
Runner Up – California Pizza Kitchen (Sicilian)

Thick Crust / Pan
Winner – Jet’s Pizza (BBQ Chicken)
Runner Up – Riccardo’s (Stuffed Spinach)

Winner – Rosario’s Pizza (Biaglo’s Favorite)
Runner Up – UNO Chicago Grill Schaumburg (Wild Mushroom & Cabot Cheddar)


Taste buds ready?

In just a few days, the Schaumburg Township hall will be filled with delicious pizza and hungry community members … will you be one of them?
Many volunteer hours have been spent to make this annual event a great experience.   So come out and vote for your favorite!

Thursday, November 7 from 6:30-8:00 pm
Schaumburg Township Hall – 1 Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates
Just $6 per person, kids under 4 are free

We are excited to have some long-time supporters return as well as new participants for this year’s contest.
Thank you for your donations for without you this contest is not possible!
California Pizza Kitchen
Danny’s Pizza of Streamwood
Frato’s Pizza
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub
Jerseys Pizza & Grill
Jet’s Pizza
Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
Riccardo’s Ristorante
Rosati’s Pizza
Wa-Pa Ghetti’s
Uno Chicago Grill Schaumburg

Please note that this information current as of this posting and is subject to change.

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High School Scholarships Available

The Illinois Jaycees Charitable Foundations offers two scholarships for high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools.

The Illinois Jaycees Chariable Foundation also offers the Roger D. Colbert Memorial Scholarship Award is for  high school seniors, residing in Illinois, who will be enrolling in their first year of full-time study at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational school who are related to an Illinois Jaycee member or JCI Senator are eligible for application.





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Hoffman Estates Jaycees

Mailing Address:
1590 West Algonquin Road #124
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
(847) 834-4352