I welcome you to the 74th year of the Indiana Jaycees! As the 2004 State President, I look forward to working with you, the chapters, and the region teams as we set out to “Create Champions By Helping People!” In reviewing the grand history of the Jaycees and the traditions established by the Indiana Jaycees, I sincerely believe our purpose as an organization is to make our members and the local, state, national, and international community better for all.

As we embark on 2004, the Indiana Jaycees will be enacting new efforts to improve the communication and activity of our chapters. The State Office will be moving early in the year to provide a modern, efficient facility from which we can better serve the chapters and members. The Indiana Jaycees Project Fair will offer chapters a way to share successful projects and events with other chapters and to advertise their event within the organization. The Indiana Jaycees Blitz Week Program will provide a means for chapters to aggressively recruit new members with the assistance of other chapters and the State Executive Team. One Day 2 Jaycees will provide a regional New Member Orientation experience–providing the grounds for a mentor program as well as an immediate network of Jaycees contacts around the state. Our Pizzas 4 Public Safety initiative has already started and brought a number of chapters into a community service effort benefiting our local law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services. By the end of 2004, the PRIME training program will be offered in Indiana. Additionally, task forces are being established to revise our by-laws and to plan for the future of the organization. By bringing in new members and chapters to the Indiana Jaycees during this period of new activity, we can work together to set the “attitude of a champion” for several years to come.

A champion makes an effort every day to improve his / her performance. A champion sets his / her goals high, then is persistent in attaining such goals. A champion often experiences failure, setback and disappointment, but he / she makes a conscious decision to continue pressing on to attain dreams. The Jaycee organization can bring such capacity to all people–regardless of color, gender, ethnicity, or economics. What make the Indiana and the United States Jaycees the absolute best organization for young adults is there is a “place at the table for all” in Jaycees. One person or a small group can make a big difference in a community through Jaycees–this is why I am proud to be a Jaycee!

I look forward to hearing from you about how the Indiana Jaycees has created our champions in 2004. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as President and I wish you success this year!

Yours in Jaycees.

Steve Lythgoe
Indiana Jaycees
State President