TCYP December 2016 Brief
TCYP Brief
TCYP Morning Brew Schedule:
December 15: TCYP Holiday Reception & Donation Drive
Calling YPs! Come share in the holiday spirit, enjoy the company of Chamber Board Members and a delicious breakfast provided by Oryana Community Co-Op.

This will be an event to reflect with your fellow YPs on a great year, put your hat in for a 2017 TCYP committee seat and share in the holiday spirit. 
Save your seat by registering here
Calling YPs! Share in the holiday spirit by paying it forward!
We've arranged for two simple and easy to participate opportunities for TCYPs to give back this holiday! Choose one, or both if you can.
  1. Purchase an item from Salvation Army's Christmas Wish List (click on link) and bring your unwrapped gift to either our December 15 Holiday Reception OR YP Social Event on December 8 at The Parlor.
  2. Clean out your closet and bring your gently used winter coat or clothes to donate to the Women's Resource Center. A box to collect your donations will be provided at the December 15 Holiday Reception!

friday, january 20, 2017
grand traverse resort & spa - governor's hall
6 - 10 p.m.
NEW! Post Reception Party - aerie LOUNGE (top floor)
10:00 P.M. - midnight
A not to miss event! The 2017 Annual Celebration will feature a new experience and theme to celebrate and highlight our community. The evening provides an opportunity for mingling and networking as well as a venue for members in the business community to celebrate their collective successes. During the evening's seated program, the Chamber honors a valuable community member by presenting the Distinguished Service Award.
After delicious food and drinks, a NEW Post Reception Party will be hosted in the top floor Aerie lounge. Complimentary snacks will be provided to keep the party going! 
Tickets will be available to Chamber members and non-members soon, so keep an eye out for future Chamber communication to save your seat!
  • $105 for members
  • $155 for non-members
  • $89 hotel guest room
  • $109 tower
  • $119 one bedroom condo
  • $169 two bedroom condo
  • Call 1-800-968-7352 and mention you are with the Chamber Annual Celebration
The Annual Celebration is presented by:

City Recruiting for Boards & Committees
The City of Traverse City is seeking several new volunteer committee and board members. Their vacancies include seats on the Planning Commission, Human Rights Commission, Board of Tax Review, and the Local Officers Compensation Commission. The city is always looking for new board and committee members as terms expire etc. If you are interested in either of these boards or would like to submit your information for future opportunities please Click Here to access the application and feel free to direct any questions to  Kate Zeits.
TCYP L.I.F.E. Still Going Strong: Get Involved!

The newly developed TCYP L.I.F.E. program began in September and is in need of more volunteers to speak/mentor. The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for high schools students to learn key skills that are critical to their professional success - in high school, college, and their careers. The group is seeking volunteers to dedicate 90 minutes, once per month which consists of a 15-20 minute presentation from a YP lead presenter, followed by a 45-minute breakout session with hands-on skill building.
TCYPs interested in mentoring (as a lead presenter and/or as a mentor) 
For more information visit the TCYP L.I.F.E. page or contact Erika Lahti (Wiltse) at
Upcoming TCYP L.I.F.E. Dates and Topics:
Tuesday, December 13 - 7:30 - 9 p.m. 
Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave; Topic: Public Speaking and Public Presentation of Self Theme: Breakout sessions to improve public speaking and presentations skills, as well as development of personal/professional conduct in a group setting, and tips for improving networking skills.
Tuesday, January 24 - 7:30 - 9 p.m. 
Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave.; Topic: Social Media in the Workplace Theme: Understanding how social media can help and hinder your professional career - LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, Instagram, etc.
Volunteer Opportunity: Movies & Popcorn
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday December 27 from 5:15 -7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn! This is a recurring monthly commitment by the YPs. Come once or become a regular! Sign up or e-mail Lisa Pointe with questions.

Plan Ahead - Volunteering Opportunities on the Horizon:
January:  Safe Harbor/Goodwill Inn
February:  NMC Taste of Success February 17
TCYP Social Event: The Parlor- Northern Express Room
It's that magical time of year - Holiday gathering time! Join us for December's YP Holiday Mixer at the beautiful Northern Express Room at The Parlor in Downtown Traverse City. Mix, meet-up and mingle and toast to another great year!
Don't forget to bring your item from the Salvation Army Wish List! The first five people who bring an item from the list will receive a FREE DRINK complimentary of The Parlor and iOmni. 
 More details below:
Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2017
We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in table at the Chamber's Business After Hours (BAH) events. There will be plenty of chances to meet and mingle with fellow YPs and Chamber members at BAH in 2017. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact   Lisa Pointe.
The next BAH will be held on January 18 at Cambria Suites. We hope to see you there!
A2TC Update from Jim Bruckbauer

In case you missed it, November's YP Morning Brew brought us fellow YP Jim Bruckbauer, Deputy Director of Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, to discuss a few projects they have in the works included A2TC. A2TC is the project that is campaigning, researching and advocating for the redevelopment of a passenger rail system that runs from Ann Arbor to Traverse City as well as additional arms that stem from that system.  Jim gave a very detailed update on their efforts, the State's support, the ongoing process, as well as the prospective timeline. Thanks Jim for your insight and your efforts on this matter! For more information about this project, visit Groundworks' page HERE. Below are graphic representations illustrating the potential route as well as the estimated time line.

NEW! MYNorth Media partnership to bring even more BLOG Content for YPs!
Our Blog continues to be a great "insider's scoop" on what local YPs are doing in northern Michigan. Next month, we'll begin partnering with MyNorth Media to feature one of their many excellent articles to give you even more great content!
As always, our blog also keeps you up to date on local city, township, county, and TCAPS updates from our fellow YP government representatives.
Stay tuned for the next TCYP blog and MyNorth's post in our next posting!

Job Portal: A Popular Resource for Members & Job Seekers
The Chamber of Commerce has always strived for ways to help their members. One of these is by connecting them with top talent in the area. The Chambers job portal is always jam packed with great and different opportunities. Whether you are seeking to fill a position, looking for a career change, or just looking for some additional seasonal work, the Chamber Job Portal should be your first stop! 
Check it out   HERE.
December  8 -  TCYP Social Event (The Parlor); 5 - 7 p.m.
December 15 -  YP Morning Brew: Holiday Party (Chamber of Commerce); 8 - 9 a.m.
December 27 -  YP Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15- 7:15 p.m.
January 18-  Business After Hours (Cambria Suites); 5 -7 p.m.
January 20 -  Annual Celebration (Grand Traverse Resort & Spa); 6 -10 p.m.

Rachel Johnson- Cherryland Electric Cooperative.   Rachel , who works as the Member Relations Manager at Cherryland Electric, was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Michigan College. Congrats, Rachel!
Lindsey Schollard- iOmni.  Lindsey recently received a promotion at iOmni as the Manager of Information Technology. Congrats, Lindsey!
Eric Rizzio- Reynolds-Jonkoff Funeral Home.  Eric, who recently joined the team at Reynolds-Jonkoff as a licensed Funeral Director, successfully passed his National and State Board exams. Congrats, Eric!

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