ABOUT THE JAYCEES

A Jaycee is a member of the Junior Chamber, a worldwide organization of young professionals that is not affiliated with any particular religion or political party. Jaycee members are men and women between the ages of 21-40, who meet regularly in local chapters to build connections and community. Famous Jaycees include Bill Clinton, Tom Monaghan (founder of Domino’s Pizza), JFK, Elvis Presley, Al Gore, Charles Lindbergh, Ted Turner and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Our local Jaycee chapter is more than 80 years old, making us one of the oldest chapters in the state of Iowa, and the only remaining chapter in the Quad-Cities. We pride ourselves on blending social opportunities with service – like planning our Bridal Expo and having an after-party, hosting our Jaycee Santa program, and fundraising by connecting with the community through special brews! If you want to learn more, check out our Projects and Events pages.

JAYCEES CREED

We believe, that faith in God brings meaning and purpose to human life.

That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations.

That economic justice can best be won by free man through free enterprise,

That government should be of laws rather than of men,

That earth's great treasure lies in human personality,

And that service to humanity is the best work of life.

JAYCEES BOARD

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Forest Kane
President

Forest was a Cedar Rapids Jaycee before he moved to the Quad Cities and joined the Quad Cities Chapter in May of 2019! So far, Forest has made the most of his JCQC time by serving on the 2019 Brew Ha Ha committee and 2020 Bridal Expo Committee.

Forest is part of the inside sales group at Arconic, but has a extensive background in event planning. He enjoys visiting local breweries and coffee shops, and loves taking bike rides to the farmers market in spring and summer. His free time is also usually spent with his fiancé and their dog on runs at different parks in the QCA.

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Kate Mapes
Chair of the Board

Kate joined the Jaycees in 2017 and because she enjoyed the volunteer opportunities and friends, she's stayed around! Kate has assisted with 2019 Bridal Expo, was the 2019 and 2020 Treasurer, and is now the 2021 President. 

Kate is the Gardens and Special Projects Manager at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island. She grew up on a dairy farm in Port Byron, graduated from UW-Platteville, and interned in Epcot at Walt Disney World. Kate and her husband Steve are big Disney fans, and they look forward to taking their daughter Rachel there some day. Kate loves so many things, from their two dogs Satchmo and Harvey, to Dole Whip, cross stitching, Big Bang Theory, and visiting other botanical gardens. Kate is also active in multiple other volunteer organizations.

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Brandon Kane
VP of Individual Development

Born and raised in Bettendorf, Brandon joined the Jaycees of the Quad Cities in early spring of 2019. Right off the bat, Brandon got involved with the Jaycees by attending general member meetings and helping photograph events for the Jaycees hosted events such as Brew-Ha-Ha, Bridal Expo, and Community Awards Banquet. Brandon also had the opportunity to sit on a few committees, which brought great experience to him.

 

Outside of the Jaycees, Brandon owns Brandon Kane Photography, a local photography studio that focuses on weddings and events. In his free time, you can find Brandon grilling with his family and supporting local businesses, especially garden centers and coffee shops!

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Lucas Dengler
VP of Management

After visiting his first general membership meeting as a guest, Lucas officially joined the Jaycees in June of 2021. As a Quad City native, he was very excited to meet and work with other young professionals in the area while being able to partner and give back to local businesses, organizations, and individuals in the community. Quickly after joining, Lucas accepted the role of VP of Management in January of 2022. He looks forward to recruiting new, positive, young professionals to the chapter while also creating strong and valuable relationships with new organizations in the area.

 

Outside of the Jaycees, Lucas is a financial representative with Modern Woodmen of America. He specializes in life & health insurance, saving & retirement planning, and other individual investments. In his free time, Lucas is either with his family, working on projects around his house, on the golf course, or out with friends at different local events and businesses.

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Rebecca Ludin
Treasurer

Rebecca joined the Jaycees in 2021 after making new friends at the annual Community Awards Banquet. She jumped right in to attending Jaycees events including volunteering at Bar-B-QC and serving Thanksgiving Dinner at CASI. She looks forward to being more involved in the community and meeting new people through the Jaycees.

Rebecca is the Volunteer Coordinator and Family Services Director at Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of Iowa. She was born and raised in Rock Island, and now lives in Moline with her dog Charley and cat Socks. She loves to cook and try new recipes just as much as she likes going out to eat and trying new things on the menu of local restaurants. In the summertime you will most likely find her outside in her vegetable garden or running road races. 

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Julia McNeil
VP of Community Development

Julia is a native of Massachusetts and moved to the Quad Cities in early 2019. In 2021 she was introduced to the Jaycees and found the organization to be a perfect fit. After enjoying her time as a general member in her first year, she decided to become more involved and run for a board position. At the start of 2022 she became the VP of Community Development and is looking forward to working with various organizations throughout the QC!

 

Outside of the Jaycees, Julia is the Senior Director, Ticketing & Fulfillment for the Quad Cities River Bandits. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, cheering on her New England sports teams, and discovering new places in the Quad Cities area.

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Amanda Birch
State Director

Amanda joined the Jaycees in 2005. Throughout her Jaycees career Amanda has held numerous state and local chapter positions, including Chapter President in 2009, and has won various awards for her hard work and dedication to the Jaycees! Amanda has won 2010 M. Keith Upson Memorial Award from JCI USA. From JCI Iowa, Amanda has won Top Local Member, Top Management VP, Top Chapter President, 2010 David Tetmeyer Memorial Award for District Director of the Year, and  2011 Scott Brettmann Memorial Award for Regional Director of the Year.

Outside of the Jaycees, Amanda works for New Choices Inc. In her free time, Amanda loves to do arts and crafts including vinyl crafts, resin art, and coloring. She also loves to curl up with a good book or movie. Her favorite thing to do is hang out with friends and family.

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Hannah Thomsen
VP of Membership

A Quad Cities native, Hannah became a Jaycee in the spring of 2019. During her first year of involvement, she joined the Brew Ha Ha planning committee and served as the Marketing Chair. In the beginning of 2020, Hannah started as the VP of PR & Marketing. Being a Jaycee has become a big part of her life, and she can't wait to see where the Jaycee journey takes her.

Outside of the Jaycees, Hannah is a Marketing Manager for the American Rental Association. In her free time, Hannah is an assistant photographer with Brandon Kane Photography, creates hand lettering art, and loves to visit local establishments with friends. If something social is happening, you can be sure to find her there!

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Kelsey Watson
VP of PR & Marketing

Kelsey has been a Jaycee since 2017, and takes pride in her community involvement. On top of spearheading marketing and participating on the Bridal Expo Committee, Kelsey is involved in multiple organizations. She was born in California, but somehow made her way to the Quad Cities.

Kelsey is the Marketing & Sales Specialist at Solutions Management Group in Davenport. She adores her dog, Quentin, and cat, Gretel (with plans on getting a Hansel in the future) and considers herself an ice cream connoisseur. She absolutely loves to travel, plays volleyball as often as possible, loves designing things for her Etsy shop and tries to work out often (to balance out her ice cream addiction).

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Emma Young
Secretary

Emma joined the Jaycees in 2021. Originally from Iowa, Emma joined the Jaycees to learn more about the community she was living in and to meet more people. In less than one year, she has volunteered at several events (including our new event, the Bar-B-QC), and has become Secretary of the board with plans to join the Bridal Expo committee in the future! She is excited to further her involvement in the many fundraisers and volunteer opportunities our organization offers!

Emma is an Artisan at Isabel Bloom and loves sharing her creativity with the community. She spends her free time being a fiancee, fur mama, and an explorer of all that the Quad Cities has to offer.