30, 2005] The Illinois Jaycees and the Illinois Junior
Chamber International Senate are seeking nominations for the top
young people in the state for their 2006 Ten Outstanding Young
People award program.
"We are looking for the top 10 men and women in Illinois between the
age of 21 and 40," said John Gill, Illinois Jaycee TOYP co-chair.
"Nominated individuals need not be Jaycees or nominated by Jaycees.
You can get an application by writing to the Illinois Jaycees
Service Center, 6405 Canadian Cross Drive, Springfield, IL
62711-7386; calling us at (217) 529-5379; e-mailing us at
firstname.lastname@example.org; or by visiting our website at
applications must be postmarked by Nov. 30. Completed applications
should be mailed to Mrs. JoAnn Smith, Attn: TOYP form, 11802 Country
Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Each of the individuals honored will
receive a special medallion and photo plaque from the Illinois
Jaycees at their statewide general meeting May 6, 2006, at the
Holiday Inn Select Conference Center in Decatur.
The outstanding young people are selected on the basis of
achievements in a number of areas, including personal improvement or
accomplishment, technological contributions, legal reform, cultural
achievements, financial success, economic innovation, or social
improvement to major contemporary problems. Other areas of
achievement may include philanthropic contribution, academic
leadership or accomplishment, moral or religious leadership,
athletic accomplishment, and influencing public opinion, as well as
government and volunteer service.
Each year the Illinois Jaycees and the Illinois Junior Chamber
International Senate select and honor 10 outstanding men and women
between the ages of 21 and 40 from across Illinois. Past winners
include Gary Fencik, Chris Zorich and Bill Self.
"TOYP winners exemplify all the best qualities in young leaders
as well as an overwhelming commitment to helping others," said JoAnn
Smith, Illinois Jaycee TOYP co-chair. "Their compassion, dedication,
drive and enthusiasm must have changed their communities, the world
around them, and make them living examples of the most important
line of our Jaycee Creed, "Service to humanity is the best work of
The Jaycees provide individuals between the age of 18 and 40 the
opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving
their community. There are over 4,000 Illinois Jaycees in nearly 120
chapters throughout the state. Illinois has the second-largest
number of Jaycees of any state in the United States.
Every year, each chapter in the Jaycees conducts numerous
programs to serve the community and accumulate funds for operation
of the chapter and community donations. Included in these projects
are Fourth of July festivals, Christmas tree sales, haunted houses,
garage sales and other projects that benefit the community and help
The Illinois Junior Chamber International Senate, registered as a
not-for-profit corporation in Illinois in 1967, mentors the Illinois
Jaycees and engages in activities that help communities and
individuals throughout the state. Currently the JCI Senate has 721
members. In order to be named a senator, individuals must be
nominated by their Jaycee chapter and approved by the JCI Senate.
For further information on the Illinois Jaycees, membership or
any of their sponsored events, write to the Illinois Jaycees Service
Center, 6405 Canadian Cross Drive, Springfield, IL 62711-7386; call
them at (217) 529-5379; fax them at (217) 529-5293; e-mail them at
email@example.com or visit their website at