Mark your calendars … it’s almost time for our annual Best Pizza Contest!

Come one, come all on Thursday November 6, 2014 from 6:30-8 PM to the Best Pizza contest at the Schaumburg Township Hall, located at One Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates.

Make your Thursday night dinner plans now, bring the family and invite your friends!

We will need your help. We have all these local pizza companies bringing their slices to us and we need YOU to help judge the BEST of the BEST! Can you help us? Gee, Thanks!

We’ll bring the pizza, and you bring your discerning taste buds! $7 per person. Kids 4 and under are free.

And … Volunteers are needed for the day of the contest. Set up starts at 5:30 PM. Tear down and clean up after the contest should be completed by 9 PM. If you are able to lend a hand, please email with your name and phone number and the hours you are available.


MADDMasterLogoSocialWe are looking forward to the Hoffman Estates Jaycees’ longest running project, the Make A Difference Food Drive on October 25, held as part of nationally recognized Make a Difference Day.


We will collect non-perishable food and personal items for the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry.


When: October 25, 2014
Time: 9am to 1pm
Where: Valli Produce, 850 N Roselle Rd, Hoffman Estates


Volunteers are needed to help collect items. The shifts are from 9am – 11am or 11am – 1pm. If you are able to spend some time with us, please email with your name and phone number and the hours you are available.




September Days to Remember

Too often, we jump into fall and fail to understand the opportunities that September gives us to plan
and host an event that brings people together. Whether a Jaycee event or not…hint, hint…September is
a great month to bring people together for any number of reasons – a nice meal, a celebration, perhaps
even a membership drive. Looking for a justification? Well, September is full of reasons to make a guest
list and have people over. When you get stuck thinking of a new reason to bring everyone together, try
one of these and you’ll always have an excuse for a September gathering.
 First Sunday after Labor Day: Grandparents Day – pick up the phone and invite them over for
lunch, dinner, or just to hang out. The chances you have to spend time with them aren’t
increasing, and you may just pick up a few nuggets of wisdom.
 September 21st: International Peace Day (U.N.) – a day to celebrate a world without war and
think about the sacrifices that all nations make while in conflict. Recognized by many nations
around the world, we haven’t reached the goal of zero conflict between countries yet, but we
are a more peaceful world than a decade ago.
 September 23rd: Autumnal Equinox – the beginning of fall is celebrated when there are exactly
12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness in a particular day. Say good-bye to beautiful
weather, hello to football, and party like it’s 1799 at the Colonial Harvest Festival…yeah, these
have been around a while.
 Fourth Friday of the month: Native American Day – this day honors and celebrates Native
Americans as the first residents of this great land. A perfect opportunity to learn about the
traditions and cultures of a treasured part of our nation’s history.
Do you have any suggestions for an off-beat event that brings people together? It can be to educate or
to celebrate, but whatever the reason, tell us about it on our Twitter or Facebook pages. We want to
know what motivates you to get out of the house and together with your friends or people you don’t
know as well. Share your experiences with your Jaycee brothers and sisters…then send your invites!


Join us for Lucky Number 13!

Did you know that the number 13 is the sixth prime number, and the smallest emirp (a prime that is a different prime when reversed).  It is also a Fibonacci number, a happy number, the third centered square number, and one of only 3 known Wilson primes.  And of course who hasn’t seen a Friday the 13th movie?  For some, it has also been superstitiously feared as an unlucky number.  For me (and Italy – weird, I know) the Number 13 has traditionally been a lucky number though!  And remember, the first flag of the United States bore thirteen stripes representing the original Thirteen Colonies of the United States.  But I digress!

This year, the number 13 has significant meaning for the Hoffman Estates Jaycees come August 20, 2014.


Because it’s our 13th Anniversary!

That’s right, back in August of 2001, we had our first chapter meeting where we elected Charter board members and started what has now been 13 years of community service, leadership development, and most importantly, lifelong friendships.

We’re making strides in the chapter this year and we want you to come out and celebrate our anniversary of making an Impact!  Come out and join us as we continue to change people’s lives and make the world a better place – one project at a time.

In fact, we’re on a goal to get at least 13 new members to join this year and to kick-off the membership drive, we’re going to offer$13 off your first year’s membership if you come and join at the meeting.

And that’s not all!!!

What kind of celebration would it be if we didn’t give away gifts and prizes?!?!

EVERYONE who comes to the meeting will receive a raffle ticket for a door prize.   And … if you bring a prospective member to the meeting, you’ll receive another raffle ticket for a door prize.

Prizes will include a lollipop, gum, and stickers.  Just kidding!  Prizes will include Jaycee T-Shirts, Books, Gift Cards, A Bluetooth Headset, and possibly more (lollipops, gum, and stickers… or other stuff)!  Who cares what you get?!?!  Heck, bring a gift to give if you’d like.  Just come and celebrate with us and more importantly, join us for another 13 PLUS years of making an Impact… one Jaycee at a time.

We will order pizza and have snacks and drinks. A $5 donation is suggested. So join us on August 20, 2014 at the Hoffman Estates Village Hall starting at 7:00 PM.

Here’s to lucky number 13… and seeing you at the next meeting.


Join us for our monthly 4th Tuesday Networking Social and Individual Development event on 8/26.

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,  Joanne Rinaldo will be providing a Training in Excel.  The course will cover many topics including basic formulas, formatting, data analysis and pivot tables.   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:

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Presenter Training is full day course designed for a JCI members who want expand their presentation skills in order to make better project reports and intervene during local meetings. This course focuses on the concepts of creating and delivering an effective presentation utilizing visual aids and strong delivery methods with a mind towards understanding the audience.

During the course, participants will participate in several presentation activities; create and deliver a presentation; participate in activities that demonstrate the process to create an effective presentation and explore opportunities to enhance presentation self-confidence.  It is a great class for people who are terrified of public speaking to good speakers who strive to get better.

The course will be held at the Board Room of the Hoffman Estates Police Station located at  411 W Higgins Rd in  Hoffman Estates.  The training will begin at 9am and should be completed by 6pm. Cost is $10 which will cover snacks and drinks.  There will be a short break for people to grab lunch on their own.

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As Jaycees, it’s inspiring to learn about the activities and successes of fellow members. Each year, the United States Junior Chamber (JCI-USA) dedicates a portion of the national convention to celebrate individual accomplishments. This recognition serves as a reward for Jaycees making an exceptional difference in changing the world, and to motivate other chapters and members to be active and get involved. JCI-USA recently announced the winners of the 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans award at the 94th Annual Jaycees National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Joining a distinguished list of previous recipients such as Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and Wayne Newton, this year’s nominees were stoyaelected for their service and dedication in exemplifying the highest levels of cultural, economic, and personal progress as one of our nation’s emerging leaders under 40 years old. Through a competitive process, honorees were selected by a panel of distinguished judges for their contributions in one of ten specific areas, and for their overall adherence to the principles embodied in the United States Junior Chamber Creed.

“Since the beginning of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) program, JCI-USA has recognized young men and women who are truly dedicated to the world around them.  Each class of winners represents the best of the best in a variety of categories, but they are all bound by one common belief – that service to humanity is the best work of life,” said Fay Poissant, President of JCI-USA.  “I have no doubt that the 2014 TOYA recipients will continue to create positive change through their selflessness and willingness to create sustainable solutions in their communities, much like the Jaycees have been doing for nearly 100 years.”

The JCI-USA’s Class of 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans includes:

Lauren B. Beach, 30, Lawyer & PhD Candidate 
Minneapolis, MN

Taryn Davis, 28, Founder/Executive Director, American Widow Project
Buda, TX

Amelia Rose Earhart, 31, Aviatrix; Founder/CEO, Fly With Amelia Foundation
Denver, CO

Colmon Elridge, III, 32, Senior Advisor to the Governor of KY
Georgetown, KY

Lieutenant Commander Michael Files, 39, US Navy
Battle Creek, MI

Tevan Green, 36, President/CEO, Citadel Logic, LLC
Yorktown, VA

Jennifer L. Livingston, 38, News Anchor, WKBT
La Crosse, WI

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr, 39, Entertainer
Logan, WV

Ruth Riley, 34, WNBA player
Miami Beach, FL

Michael Schultz, 32, Athlete; Founder/Inventor, Biodapt, Inc.
St. Cloud, MN

Learn more about this year’s winners and use their successes as motivation and a blueprint to begin your journey. We’d love to hear how you’re getting involved. Share your stories on our Twitter and Facebook pages and help inspire other Jaycees to be active.


“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.

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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


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