Jaycees president focuses on work with youth

2013-02-22T16:30:00Z 2013-02-22T20:28:17Z Jaycees president focuses on work with youthBy MARY PICKETT mpickett@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Chrystal Ramsay-Dyess networked her way into her current job through the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Ramsay-Dyess was working for a staffing company when she met a life coach at a Jaycees meeting who needed a marketing and sales rep.

It wasn’t long before Ramsay-Dyess was hired for the job.

That’s just one way the Junior Chamber of Commerce, an organization for people aged 18- 40, helps its members, Ramsay-Dyess said Friday.

Now the national president of the organization, she is in Billings to speak to Montana members gathering for a state convention Friday and Saturday.

Eighty members from around Montana and Wyoming have registered.

Ramsay-Dyess, 39, lives in Ocala, Fla. She and her husband have an 8-year-old son, Aaron.

Some people think the group is an arm of a local Chamber.

It’s not. Instead, it’s an organization that trains young people who eventually may become members of a chamber, Ramsay-Dyess said.

The organization is also is a good way to meet other up-and-comers who work at any kind of job. Through service projects, members learn how to organize, run and finance events.

“Jaycees is a friendly place to try something new,” said Justin Wutzke, of Billings, who is the Montana Jaycee president.

Experience working on those projects is a great addition to a resume.

A major focus of Ramsay-Dyess’ presidency is helping young people to make positive changes in their lives.

Billings Jaycees already are doing that by having young offenders completing community service youth court requirements to work at a Haunted Hallow Halloween event to raise money for CASA and Tumbleweed programs, Wutzke said.

Other local community projects include serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House, and adopting elderly adults for the holidays through Adult Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County.

Jaycee also is starting junior chamber youth chapters to get young people involved in Jaycee while still in school. Havre has started such a group and Laurel is looking into it.

During her stay in Billings, Ramsay-Dyess will be training Jaycees in how to recruit more members and motivate current members.


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