State: Wisconsin

City: Milwaukee

Chapters: 30

Members: 7,718* estimated

Convention: Milwaukee WI - June 28-30, 1923

Income: $1,00 * estimated

Businessman, 28 year old, Harry B. Mortimer elected president for full term.

Vice President: Andrew Mungenast St. Louis, MO
Vice President: Lou Arland San Diego, CA
Vice President: Myron Hughel Indianapolis, IN
Secretary: Charles G. Crabb Milwaukee WI
Treasurer: Fred E. Winsor St. Louis, MO
Secretary to the Board: Elias Roos Milwaukee, WI

Howard C. Hodson East St. Louis, IL
L. R. Walter Bridgeport, CT
Carl Graeser Cincinnati, OH
Donald F. Abel Chicago, IL
G. W. Moore Dallas, TX
Orville G. Starke Milwaukee, WI
Roy LeCraw Atlanta, GA
Harold Agate Elyria, OH
E. Fred Johnson Tulsa, OK
Carl H. Sterk Flint, MI
L. G. Butterworth Marion, IN
J. W. Bricker Arcansas City, KS

Cincinnati, OH to host 1924 convention.

The fourth Junior Chamber administration, under leadership of Milwaukee's Harry. B. Mortimer, began operation on a sounder basis than had the regimes of either Wilson or Wilber. There was little money in the bank (only about $225) but, nevertheless, debts had been cleared. Fred Winsor was continuing as treasurer, and he had proven himself a highly competent and diligent worker by the job he did in bringing the books up-to-date under Wilber. Indeed Winsor had banked checks the year before which dated back to 1921!

The Milwaukee Junior Association had actually come into being in 1920 after founder Mortimer read of the the caucus in St Louis, and he felt that such a movement had great possibilities, particularly in the field of education and leadership training.

Within a short time, the young men had formed a Junior Association and became affiliated with the Milwaukee Associati9on of Commerce. This relationship was definitely a "father-son" type, with the junior group learning to take on more and more responsibility as it gained in experience. The Junior Association paid ten (10) percent of the operational expenses for the senior Chamber, and entirely financed its own operation (including salary for Shirmer, as executive secretary.) Milwaukee affiliated with he United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (as 10th charter member) in 1921.

Learning much about Jaycee operation at the Dallas convention in 1921, the Milwaukee Junior Association became an active force in the city. In 1922, it conducted the successful get-out-the-vote campaign, which was to be the predecessor of the national program in that field.

The Milwaukee Junior Association even had its own affiliate in the "junior Division," composed of boys 14-18. Actually, the youngsters' group had preceded the Junior Association and for several years had been operated by the senior body. With the formation of the Junior Association for young men 18-30, it seemed reasonable that the Junior Division (14-18) should work under its wing in a manner similar to the relationship between the Junior Association and the senior group.

This explanation of the Milwaukee set-up is important to make clear that the national Junior Chamber was now in control of leaders of proven organizational experience. The Milwaukee Junior Association, of course, maintained identity, and its secretary, Bob Schirmer, still devoted his time to the local group rather then the USJCC.

Mortimer did have a hard-working cabinet of Milwaukee Jaycees to assist him and the other national officers, however. Key men included Walter Melius, Elias Roos, as secretary to the board of directors, and the elected secretary, Charles Crabb.

Expansion was again the number one concern of the national organization, along with dues collecting and answering questions from the locals. By the end of the term, the number of paid affiliates was upped to 30, an increase of eight.

Among the new locals were the New York City Young Men's Board of Trade, headed by Bob Condon; the Phoenix, Arizona, Junior Chamber under Robert Hall, and the Macon, Georgia, chapter with Leo D. Sheridan at the controls.

Nationally, there were, as yet, no specific projects being promoted, but activity was keen at the local level. Dallas, for instance, had beautified one mile of Dallas-Fort Worth highway with American Elms. In Atlanta, the Jaycees established a psychopathic ward in the city hospital, and, in Chicago, a campaign hoped to put a flower box in every window. Americanization was the chief concern in Indianapolis, and, San Antonio, the Junior Chamber ran the Texas Open Golf Tournament, and it was reported that the San Diego organization sponsored a $30,000 project.

Affiliated Junior Chambers in June 1923

Arkansas City, KS East St. Louis, IL
Atlanta, GA Elryria, OH
Bridgeport, CT Flint, MI
Chicago, IL Galveston, TX
Cincinnati, OH Indianapolis, IN
Dallas, TX San Diego, CA
Jacksonville, FL St. Joseph, MO
Marion, IN St. Louis, MO
Milwaukee, WI Springfield, MA
New Orleans, LA Tampa, FL
San Antonio, TX Tulsa, OK

Non-Affiliated Junior Chambers in June 1923

Anniston, AL Pensacola, FL
Birmingham, AL Huntsville, AL
Charleston, SC Phoenix, AZ
Dublin, GA Stillwater, OK
Granite City, IL Sulpher Springs, TX
Greenville, SC Independence, MO
Houston, TX Macon, GA
Muskogee, OK Madison, GA
Nashville, TN Montgomery, AL
Omaha, NE Tacoma, WA
Tuscaloosa, AL Waukesha, WI
Waycross, GA  


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