JCI is about MAKING A CHANGE! We inspire young people to recognize their responsibility to create a better world and empower them to drive change.
JCI Hopkins (formerly the Hopkins Jaycees) has been creating positive change since 1950. We have supported the Hopkins community through numerous projects including Cops & Kids shopping, Little Free Libraries, Hopkins Students College Scholarships, and partnerships with other local nonprofits.
Our membership provides adults aged 18-40 a means to solve problems locally and around the world. We each share a passion for making a difference, a drive to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and a desire for personal growth.
Our members join for a variety of reasons. Some to be more involved with community service. Others to attend the free leadership and personal development trainings. And some just wanted to get to know cool people at our socials. Whatever your reason, we have a spot for you! Join us!
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 great treasure lies in human personality,
And that service to humanity is the best work of life.
Member Since: February 2016
Why I joined: to meet new people
Fun Fact: I've gone skydiving.
Our president runs our meetings, oversees projects in all areas, submits awards to the state for people and projects, communicates with all members and alumni, and overall makes sure we are a well balanced chapter.
Member Since: July 2006
Why I joined: I was new to the Twin Cities area and looking for a group of people my age who were interested in community service. I met with the chapter president and another member, and I immediately connected to the types of projects they did and the social aspect of the organization. It was exactly what I was looking for! I've been a member for more than 13 years and this organization has given me so many skills, including public speaking, project management, budgeting, leadership and more. But it's also given me pride in my community and some of the most amazing friendships! This is an incredible organization to be part of.
Fun Fact: I picked up Magic Johnson from the airport when he came to speak at my college. He's a fun guy!
Our immediate past president assists our current president however needed.
Member Since: July 2018
Why I joined: I was new to the area and was looking for a place to volunteer in the community and wanted to meet new people. I found one place to do both!
Fun Fact: I’ve never lost at movie trivia.
Our business VP is in charge of our fundraisers such as Raspberry Festival street dances and Mainstreet Day, as well as coming up with new ideas to raise funds.
Member Since: May 2018
Why I joined: I used to be a member of a volunteer organization when I lived in Michigan. After I moved to Hopkins, I wanted to find something similar to get more engaged in our community. A friend invited me to a meeting and I immediately connected with the people and the projects they were doing. I joined to help make a bigger impact in Hopkins.
Fun Fact: I’m a small business owner in Hopkins.
Our IDVP provides ways for members to grow as individuals and leaders, and plans social events in which members can become more engaged with one another.
Member Since: July 2018
Why I joined: I grew up in this area so I have known about the JCI Hopkins or Hopkins Jaycees Tent Dance for a long time now. When I joined was when I got my full time job after being a stay at home mom. I wanted to help out in the community and waited till I had money to do so. I found out later I didn't have to wait. I am so glad I joined. I have learned so much, made many friends, and traveled all because I joined JCI Hopkins.
Fun Fact: I love camping!!! I took my daughter camping four times last year. Best place was Grand Marias, MN. Best memory was Scout Camp November 1st when it snowed.
Our community VP helps build and maintain relationships with other local organizations and finds new ways to make an impact in our community.
Member Since: December 2011
Why I joined: I was a 4-H kid and did a lot of community service focused activities growing up. As a young adult I really started to miss volunteering so when a college friend told me about this fun group she'd joined, known as the Jaycees, I had to check it out. Between the community events, individual development opportunities, and socials it didn't take long for me to get hooked!
Fun Fact: I started playing piano at 12 and have played 10 wedding ceremonies over the years!
Our international VP is our state delegate for JCI Minnesota. They also help coordinate chapter “road runs”, which is where we visit other JCI chapters to help them with their projects around the state.
Member Since: August 2009
Why I joined: I wanted to volunteer for a community organization.
Fun Fact: I can touch the tip of my chin with my tongue.
Member Since: December 2009
Why I joined: I was looking for a group of like minded people to get more involved in my community. I found in the Jaycees, people that I could connect with and have made some really close friendships.
Fun Fact: I played rugby throughout high school and college.