John H. Armbruster “Keyman” Memorial AwardArmbruster - Brownfield

The John H. Armbruster “Keyman” Memorial Award is presented annually to up to three (3) outstanding members who have continued to show support, dedication and enthusiasm following their first two (2) years of membership.

The award is named in honor of John H. Armbruster in recognition of his long and faithful service to The U.S. Junior Chamber. He was a charter member of the St. Louis Junior Chamber and throughout his life he contributed to the organization. John H. Armbruster founded The Junior Chamber Crew and through his publication, Log of the S.S. Fellowship, he kept up correspondence with members across the nation and throughout the world for more than 40 years.

Members who have been a member of the U.S. Junior Chamber for more than two years are eligible to compete, provided they meet all other eligibility criteria listed under the “General Eligibility Requirements” section. Members who have competed in the Brownfield competition on a state or National level in a previous award year are eligible to compete in the Armbruster competition, provided they meet all other eligibility criteria listed under the “General Eligibility Requirements” section.

This award is based on the following criteria

  • individual’s impact on local and state organization
  • community impact through individual’s actions
  • participation in USJC and JCI events
  • exemplification of USJC values

To see the names of those who have been honored with the John H. Arbruster "Keyman" Memorial Award visit the award winner search and enter the category code JA.

C. William Brownfield Memorial Award

The C. William Brownfield Memorial Award is presented annually to up to three (3) outstanding first-year members.

The award is named in honor of Bill Brownfield, the author of the Jaycee Creed. Bill Brownfield recognized that the spirit and enthusiasm of the Junior Chamber movement came from the spirit of first-year members.

Items in competitor’s portfolio shall be reflective of only the member’s first 12 months of membership in the Junior Chamber and will not necessarily encompass a calendar year. New members are eligible to compete for the Brownfield any time during and up to their first 24 months of membership. In no case would a member be eligible for this award after the second Year-End Meeting following the nominee’s initial entry into membership of the U.S. Junior Chamber.Jaycees that were members of the organization for more than two years, left the organization (for whatever reason and for any time frame) then joined the organization again as a new member, are ineligible to compete in this competition.

This award is based on the following criteria:

  • individual’s impact on local organization
  • community impact through individual’s actions
  • participation in training and orientation programs
  • participation in community and international events
  • exemplification of USJC values.

To see the names of those who have been honored with the C. William Brownfield Memorial Award visit the award winner search and enter the category code WB.

Andrew and Charlotte Mungenast Memorial Award (Family of the Year)

The Andrew and Charlotte Mungenast Memorial Award is presented annually to up to three (3) outstanding families in the United States Junior Chamber. These are families who have promoted and exemplified the objectives and beliefs of the Jaycee Creed.

The award is named in honor of Andrew and Charlotte Mungenast. Andrew was one of the founders of The United States Junior Chamber and served as its first Secretary. Both the United States Junior Chamber and Junior Chamber International considered his wife, Charlotte, to be “The First Lady of Jaycees.”

A “family” is defined as: a married couple with or without children, a single parent with one or more children, and siblings (i.e. brother/sister, brother/brother, sister/sister) living in the same household.

At least one (1) member of the family unit must be a Jaycee in good standing and meet the criteria listed under “General Eligibility Requirements.” Any family may enter this competition regardless of the member’s length of membership in the organization. All members of the family group that are 18-years-old or older must be present and participate in the competition. Children under the age of eighteen are welcome to attend and participate in the competition, but are not required to do so. Members who are competing in the Brownfield or Armbruster competitions on a state or National level in the current award year or who have competed in either or both competitions in a previous awardyear are eligible to compete in the Mungenast competition, provided they meet all other eligibility criteria listed under the “General Eligibility Requirements” section.

This award is based on the following criteria:

  • family’s impact on local and state organization
  • community impact through family’s actions
  • participation in USJC and JCI events
  • exemplification of USJC values.

To see the names of those who have been honored with the Andrew and Charlotte Mungenast Memorial Award visit the award winner search and enter the category code ACM.

John W. Clark “Jaycee Jeopardy” Award

Jaycee Jeopardy is a question-and-answer contest dealing mainly with the Junior Chamber organization, its history, officers, goals and activities. The competition is held to determine the most outstanding historians in the Junior Chamber for that year.

Sources of information may include, but are not limited to, The Book, USJC Website, Jaycees Magazine, A Legacy of Leadership (the 75th anniversary history book), Annual Meeting program book, National Programs and TOYA program book. Up to three winners will receive the John W. Clark Jaycee Jeopardy Award.

The award is named in honor of John W. Clark, author of the book A Legacy of Leadership, which describes the
first 75 years of the U.S. Junior Chamber movement. Mr. Clark also serves as the organization’s official historian.

To see the names of those who have been honored with the John W. Clark "Jaycee Jeopardy" Award
visit the award winner search and enter the category code BB.

Write-Up AwardWrite-Up

Write-Up competition is held to determine the most outstanding writers in Junior Chamber for that awards year. It is not the intent of this award to recognize professional writers. A “professional writer” is defined as a member who is currently or previously earned at least 25% of their income in a profession in which writing or publishing is required. The winning essay from the competition will be published in the official publication of The U.S. Junior Chamber.

The entry is judged on:

  • comprehension and clarity of the topic
  • format and presentation (logic)
  • development of the entry (creativity)
  • mechanics (spelling, neatness and correct use of grammar)

To see the names of those who have been honored with the Write-Up Award visit the award winner search and enter the category code WU.

Durward Howes Memorial Award

This award is given to up to three (3) outstanding speakers who are general members of the U.S. Junior Chamber. The award is named in honor of Durward Howes, President of The U.S. Junior Chamber in 1930-31. Howes is known as the father of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans program.

Speak-Up competition is held to determine the most outstanding speakers in the U.S. Junior Chamber for that year. It is not the intent of this award to recognize professional speakers. A professional speaker is defined as a person who currently or previously earned at least 25% of their income in a profession in which speaking is the primary component of the job description. The first-place winner must deliver his or her winning prepared speech at the general assembly meeting following the announcement of winners.

The first place Speak-Up winner at the Year-End Celebration is eligible to represent the U.S. Junior Chamber at the JCI World Speaking Competition. This competition is held in May at the Area C Conference of the Americas. The winner of the Area C competition is eligible to compete at JCI World Congress.

To see the names of those who have been honored with theDurward Howes Memorial Award visit the award winner search and enter the category code DHSU.

Master’s Speak-Up

The Master’s Speak-up competition is designed to recognize the best of the best! This award is given to up to three (3) outstanding speakers. Anyone who is a current member of the U.S. Junior Chamber may compete in the Master Speak-up competition, with two exceptions:

  • Current members of the USJC Board of Directors, USJC Staff Members and all National Awards Committee Chairmen (past and present) are NOT eligible to compete in any of the competitions.
  • A State Chair/Program Manager who was responsible for organizing state competitions during the year in which national judging is based, may not compete.

The Master’s Speak-up competition allows speakers more time to speak on a topic in greater depth, and topics chosen for this competition tend to be more thought-provoking and often speak directly to how to address those challenges which may be facing our organization at any time.

To see the names of those who have been honored with the Master's Speak-Up Award visit the award winner search and enter the category code MSU.

Jaycee Debate

The Jaycee Debate competition is held to determine the most outstanding debate team in the U.S. Junior Chamber for the awards year. It is not the intent of this award to recognize debate professionals, including, but not limited to, litigators, mediators and lobbyists. The first, second and third place winning debate teams will be recognized during the awards ceremony. Any teams (regardless of if they placed during National competition) may represent the United Stated Junior Chamber in competition at the JCI Area C Conference of the Americas, held in the spring. Members should consult the JCI Website (www.jci.cc) to obtain additional information regarding competing on an international level, including eligibility, deadlines and registration procedures.

A Jaycee Debate team must include three (3) members: a “Captain” and two speakers. All three members must be from the same state, but do not have to be from the same chapter. One member of the team may be a current State Officer. “Current” is defined as having served during any portion of the year on which judging is based. “State Officers” are defined as: President and Vice Presidents. Both of the remaining two members of the team must meet the same eligibility criteria for all other competitions listed under the “General Eligibility Requirements” section.

To see the names of those who have been honored with the Master's Speak-Up Award visit the award winner search and enter the category code JCD.

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