Below are descriptions of some of the chapter’s annual projects to help members understand the projects and how much is involved. There are several projects in each area, and all projects can have a committee or co-chairperson. The CPG gives more detail on how to run the project, but this guide gives a glimpse of what is required.
This area includes projects for the good of the community.
- Adopt a Kid for Christmas—-Buying gifts for children in need as referred to by the Foxboro Discretionary Fund. (The Discretionary Fund is a community organization that helps out any individuals and/or families in Foxboro)
- Candidate’s Night—Giving the opportunity to all the local candidates who are running for office to engage in a question and answer session. It is broadcasted live on Cable 8 (FCA). Requires sending information to candidates, coordination with FCA, a moderator and time keeper.
- Caroling on the Common—Coordinating with the Foxboro High School Band and the Doolittle Home. Carols are sung on the Common and then we travel to the Doolittle Home to sing to the residents. In past years we have held caroling in the Boyden Library due to the weather. We provide hot chocolate and cookies free to the public.
- Concerts on the Common—Booking bands for a free summer concert series which is held on the Common. Bands are contacted in March/April to line up schedule for the summer.
- Easter Egg Hunt—Bringing the Easter Bunny to the Common for the children of Foxboro to visit. Committee recommended. Moderate manpower required for set-up, manning each hunt age group area, handler of Easter Bunny, actual Easter Bunny, person taking money, picture taking.
- Founder’s Day Float—Creating a float for the Parade that occurs on Founder’s Day. Committee recommended. Manpower depends on the type of float. Many times the chapter just gathers up a group to march in the parade, hand out candy and carry our banner.
- Fruit Baskets—–Assembling fruit baskets which are then given to the Discretionary Fund. Committee recommended. Manpower needed for purchasing goods, assembling and delivery to the Discretionary Fund.
- National Night Out— Community night out against crime. Coordinating with the Foxboro Police Department and organizing participants for the event. Serving ice cream and assisting with manpower for the night.
- Nativity Scene Repair—Repairing the Nativity Scene as best as possible.
- Nativity Scene Set-Up and Takedown—Bringing up the Nativity Scene to the Common for the holiday season and then storing it after the New Year.
- PTO Calendar—Providing the PTO with any important information that the Jaycees want included in their calendar.
- Publicity—Providing the necessary information (dates and locations) for the Jaycee projects to the Foxboro Reporter (local newspaper)
- Sand for Seniors—Providing sand for the senior citizens of Foxboro during the winter months.
- Winter Common Decorations—Decorating the Common for the holiday season. We put garlands and bows on each lamp post, lights on the bushes around the Bandstand, as well as down by the South end of the Common. Committee recommended.
- Youth Scholarships— Providing college scholarships to Foxboro students. We read all the applicants essays and then decide on our top ten students. Committee required.
- Treats for the Troops—We collect and package up boxes filled with treats and other essentials for our troops overseas.
- Pine Street Inn Cereal Donation—We collect and deliver boxes of cereal to be distributed at Pine Street Inn.
WAYS AND MEANS
This area focuses on fundraising, allocating and dispensing funds approved by the Board of Directors and General Membership as needed.
- Concerts on the Common Concessions—Selling candy/drinks during the summer concert series.
- Craft/Vendor Fair— Securing different vendors for a craft fair. Money comes from vendor registration, possible concessions and raffle tickets.
- Founder’s Day Concessions—Running a concessions tent during Foxboro’s birthday celebration, Founder’s Day. We serve hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausage to name just a few. Committee recommended. Manpower required for purchasing food, set-up, cooking, serving, breakdown.
- Founder’s Day Glow Items—Selling glowsticks, LED lights and other glow items the night of Foxboro’s celebration, Founder’s Day. Manpower required for set-up, selling, breakdown, counting money
- Note Cards—We have a collection of note cards with photos of Foxborough. Each is blank inside and comes with an envelope.
- Paint Night—This project is a fun night out with an instructor who brings all the supplies and walks us through creating a masterpiece to take home.
- Shoe Recycling—We collect slightly used shoes and sneakers to be refurbished and distributed to the less fortunate. The chapter receives a donation of so much per pound sent.
Projects in this area allow us to educate, train, and entertain individual Jaycee members.
- Book Club—Organizing a group of members who read and discuss a book each month.
- Degrees of Jaycees—Updating of the member’s level of degrees that they have achieved within the chapter. Participating in different projects as well as being a chairperson can raise your degree. It is a way to track your progress within the chapter.
- How to Write a CPG and Chair a Project—Teaching members of the chapter how to write a CPG (a business plan) and how to chair a project.
- Installation Banquet—Organizing a banquet that serves as an end of the year award ceremony as well as the swearing in of the new President and his/her Board of Directors. Committee recommended.
- Kids Christmas Party—Bringing in Santa and Mrs. Claus for the children of the Jaycee members. It is a benefit of being a Jaycee. No standing in lines, a nice, warm location, and a free picture and gift.
- Meetings and Programs—Finding speakers and providing food for the Jaycee meetings that are held once a month. As chairperson, you can find people to sign up for food on a monthly basis.
- Pawtucket Red Sox Game—Organizing a group of Jaycees to see a Paw Sox baseball game.
- President’s Party—Hosting and organizing the party for the incoming president.
- Progressive Dinner—Organizing a night of holiday celebration. Members of the chapter travel to one house for appetizers, a second house for dinner and then everyone comes back to one house for dessert. Committee recommended.
- Providence Bruins Game—This project entails organizing a time when Jaycee members can go see the Providence Bruins play.
- Scat Night—Hosting and organizing a night of playing the card game, Scat.
These projects concentrate on recruiting, activating and retaining members.
- Activation Apparel—Giving out of Jaycee clothing to members who have worked a project.
- Activation/Mentoring Program—Matching up veteran members with new members as mentors/mentees.
- New Member Referral Incentive—You’ll receive a raffle ticket for each member you refer to us, a drawing is held on a monthly basis, the more members you refer, the more chances you have to win.
- Membership Booth—Promoting the Jaycees at various events. A membership booth contains pictures and information (i.e. pamphlets and business cards) for the public to see and take with them.
- New Member Social—Organizing and hosting a party for all the new members of the chapter. All members are invited but the party serves as a welcome to the newer members.
- Orientations—Teaching new members the ins and outs of the Jaycees. Here you will learn common terminology and all the important things we do for the Foxboro community.