JA Yazoo gets leadership and education training

By THE YAZOO HERALD,

Members of the Junior Auxiliary of Yazoo City gained valuable skills needed to better serve their community through hands-on service by attending the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries annual Area Meeting held on August 18 at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson.

The 76-year old non-profit based in Greenville encourages members of its 96 Chapters in eight states to render charitable service to children and families.  With the 2018-2019 national theme of "Let Your Light Shine Through Love," the Junior Auxiliary of Yazoo City is guided by the ideals represented by NAJA's five-pointed crown symbol: youth, health, charity, service, and leadership.

The Area Meeting speakers and workshops energize members as the new school year gets under way and as Chapters begin their fall service projects.

"Our Association's Area Meetings provide members with an opportunity to network with other Chapter members, learn from each other's experiences, and get inspired to go out into their communities and do good," said Anna Pieralisi, NAJA Executive Director and member of the Junior Auxiliary of Indianola, MS.

Members of the Junior Auxiliary of Yazoo City dedicated around 500 total hours to Yazoo City in the 2017-2018 service year.

The Yazoo City Chapter also received an award at the Area Meeting recognizing them for increasing their total membership by 33 percent last year.

The Area Meeting offered many training opportunities for the 16 Yazoo City Chapter members who attended.

A Treasurer's workshop gave members guidance on how to be the best stewards of money raised or donated to support service projects.

Members gained the tools and knowledge to train Provisional members in serving their communities and representing the national organization.

Members shared ideas during roundtable discussions on conducting successful Service Projects, inviting speakers to talk on timely topics during Chapter meetings, and networking with each other and their community leaders.

A Mississippi author who grows plants, people, and ideas delivered an inspiring message to help Chapters better serve their communities.  Jeff McManus, Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, came to campus in 2000 charged with implementing a multimillion-dollar landscaping beautification project.  The experience inspired him to develop "GROW," his approach to managing people and resources: All humans either strive for, or have within themselves, the elements of Greatness, Resiliency, Opportunity, and Wisdom.  McManus is the author of Growing Weeders into Leaders: Leadership Lessons from the Ground Up.

"NAJA hosts Area Meetings to provide members opportunities to gain training for their positions in the Chapter, foster new ideas and answer questions they might have about policies and procedures.  This training equips our members with the needed resources to effectively serve their community,"  said Leslie James, NAJA President and Associate member of Junior Auxiliary of Crittenden County, AR.  "Chapters invest in their members by having them attend these meetings where they can meet members from other chapters and share best practices for serving their communities.  Junior Auxiliary members are dedicated to making the lives of children in their communities better so they can become the leaders of tomorrow."

NAJA's slogan is "Care Today, Character Tomorrow." For more information on Junior Auxiliary of Yazoo City, visit their website at www.jayazoocity.com, email them at jayazoocity@gmail.com, or visit them on Facebook.  For more information on NAJA, Visit www.najanet.org, or find them on Facebook.