A new membership program that encourages Farmington Area Jaycees to join the Greater Farmington Area Chamber seems like a natural fit.
Not only is it a way for younger adults in business to make new, local connections, but the partnership takes both organizations back to their roots. The Jaycees originally formed as the Junior Chamber of Commerce, offering networking, civic engagement, and leadership development for men and women ages 18-40.
Through the new partnership, anyone who qualifies can join both the Chamber and the Jaycees for a $130 fee.
“First and foremost, I think it’s a huge benefit to younger professionals and business owners that might be getting started in the community,” said Jaycees president Andrew Buck. “It puts us both in a position where we are helping each other grow our membership, and we can work together on projects.”
The groups have been “warming up” to each other, Buck said. Last year, a Chamber team participated in the Jaycees Kindness Rally, and he has golfed on behalf of the Jaycees during the Chamber’s Bunkers and Bogeys fundraiser. Chamber president Annette Compo also invited Buck to the group’s anniversary dinner.
“I’m a mortgage loan officer, and one hundred percent of my business is referral based,” Buck said. “It’s important to me to be in groups where I can meet other professionals and network.”
The Jaycees has nearly doubled its membership this year. In addition to business networking, members appreciate social activities and the chance to become more involved in the community. “We’re working on balancing everything,” Buck said. “We want to have a little something for everyone.”
Executive director Mary Martin said the Chamber’s leadership is excited about the new partnership as well. They’ve created a non-voting, liaison position on the Board of Directors as a pipeline between the two groups.
“The board feels our focus and direction moving forward is mentoring the Jaycees through the Chamber,” she said. “This gives them the opportunity to see it from the inside out.”