Winds of Change Blow Through JNET
By Jackie Mendelson
Chairperson, JNET National Board of Directors
Change is in the air! First off, I want to say thank you to Victor Schwartz for stepping up to the plate last year and helping start up the first morning JNET meeting in the San Fernando Valley. He has handed the gavel over to Phil Blum, who we know will knock it out of the park. Phil has proven to be a pivotal member of the Tarzana AM leadership team, and now as President his energy will enrich our morning chapter. Welcome him at Tarzana AM’s next meeting on August 9.
Stuart Fried has taken a fuller than full time position at CSUN, using all his talents to move students into fantastic employment opportunities upon graduation. His time will be dedicated to his daughter Cara and work, so we will be saying goodbye to him on the JNET Board of Directors and as Chair of the Public Relations/Communications Committee. Every minute he has spent with us on the Board has been a gift of his expertise and ideas for a better JNET and we will all miss him. Thank you, Stuart, for your contributions!
The Bel Air chapter has changed its meeting date to the second Tuesday night of each month and its meetings now will be held in the Main Sanctuary of Stephen Wise Temple. President Sandy Rosenholz also has added some new faces to the JNET Bel Air leadership team. Be there for the kickoff for all these changes on August 9.
JNET Westwood at Sinai Temple is taking a hiatus for the months of July and August. But never fear, the Westwood chapter will start its meetings again in September. Mark your calendar for 9/9.
Guidelines for Effective Troikas
I am still getting a lot of feedback about our JNET Connects get-togethers. Most of it is good, but there are concerns that members might need a refresher course on the purpose and protocol for our “troikas.”
Every chapter has the freedom to set up the JNET Connects in whichever way proves successful, but the purpose never waivers. We all feel better about doing business and referring business with people that we come to know and trust. It is very difficult to gain that bond in a JNET meeting, so we have a structured plan to help you make those more personal connections: JNET Connects.
Whether you like a morning meet-up or prefer to finish your day and then meet, that is up to you and the group. We meet to learn a little more about each other, our businesses, and how we can lend and gain support in hopes that we all succeed and prosper.
Here are some DOs and DON’Ts for JNET Connects (troikas):
- DO limit the number of participants to three.
- DO connect with people you don't know whenever possible.
- DO appoint one of the participants to be the coordinator to email everyone the date, time, and location of the troika a few days after the chapter meeting. The coordinator also should send a reminder a day or two before.
- DO consider the location of the participants when choosing a meeting spot.
- DO consider a troika a commitment just like any other business meeting.
- DO be a good listener and take the time to get to know others personally rather than just talking about yourself and your business.
- DON'T invite others to join the troika who were not a part of the original group.
- DON'T flake out on attending. If you absolutely must cancel, please call, text, or email the other members so they do not wait for you to show up.
- DON'T meet at a restaurant and order water. Remember that we are taking space meant for providing service and should patronize the venue we select.
- DON'T pass up an opportunity to utilize every aspect of your JNET membership.
Please know that everything JNET provides--chapter meetings, JNET Connects get-togethers, opportunities to be a part of the JNET leadership teams, parties and mixers, monthly newsletters, Facebook page, LinkedIn group, member profiles on the www.jnetonline.org website, speaking opportunities and introductions, referrals, social events, and community interaction—all are designed to offer you every chance for increased prosperity and to build new relationships with likeminded Jewish business professionals. So many of our members, myself included, have made friends for life as a result of JNET. I also give all the business I can to JNET members and am grateful for those who support me as well.
On behalf of the JNET Board of Directors, I offer you our thanks for your participation in JNET and for promoting our mission.