State: California

City: San Diego

Chapters: 45

Members: 8,571* estimated

Income: $1,000 * estimated

Convention: Cincinnati, OH - June 5-7, 1924

Newspaperman, Louis J. Arland elected president for full term.

Vice President: Andrew Mungenast St. Louis, MO
Vice President: Robert E. Condon New York City, NY
Vice President: William M. Madison Jacksonville, FL
Secretary: A. C. Keller San Diego, CA
Treasurer: Claude Harrison Milwaukee, WI
Secretary to the Board: Charles Davies San Diego, CA

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 Arkansas City, KS

Tulsa, OK to host 1925 convention.

The fifth USJCC convention was held in Cincinnati, OH and attendance was good as a result of the central location. Chosen as president was a leading Jaycee form the West Coast, San Diego's Lou Arland.

Business transacted included revision of the USJCC constitution. The most important change eliminated three-year terms for directors, and substituted two-year stints of duty. Two years later, in 1926, the term of all directors was chopped to a single year since the longer terms were proving impractical in many cases.

Probably less is known about Lou Arland than any other Jaycee president. Available information concerning him is best summarized in a statement by John Armbruster, Keeper of the Log of the Good Ship Fellowship:

Lou Arland was a brilliant fellow and perhaps the greatest orator of the day. He was with Scripps-Howard chain of newspapers and can truly be called the father of the the Jaycee movement in California as it was through Clarence Howard's acquaintance with him during a trip to California that Lou was told of the great idea, and it was he who spread the gospel among the young men of California and gave it the start."

It is also known that Arland was the first of the Junior Chamber presidents to die. The exact date of his death is not known, but it was probably before 1930.

During his term of office, Arland was plagued by poor health and pressing personal problems which kept him form working as actively as he had expected. realizing this, Arland asked first vice president Andy Mungenast of St. Louis to take over the presidency for him. Mungenast refused to let Arland officially vacate the post, but took over most all of the duties of running the organization as a favor to him. Most of the correspondence during the fifth administration originated from St. Louis.

It was work like this which later earned Mungenast his honorary life membership and honorary presidency of the USJCC. Active in the days of the federation of Dancing Clubs in 1914, over 11 years later he remained a workhorse of the movement. His active participation was to continue for several more years, and Andy's interest in the Junior Chamber was as strong as ever in 1958, more than 40 years later!

One of the accomplishments during the 1924-25 term was to further survey the extent of the Junior Chamber movement through means of a questionnaire sent out by Mungenast under his title as chairman of the Expansion and Development Committee.

The questionnaire was particularly concerned with expansion, cooperation or lack of cooperation with the senior Chamber, and the holding of state conferences.

Dating back to the convention of 1920, Jaycee leaders had visualized a need for state organizations. It was only logical to be live that existing Junior Chambers in a state, when banded together, could most effectively go about forming other locals in the state.

The first state organization was likely formed in Missouri during 1924 by Harry Krusz, although state conferences of limited scope were held before then.

After the state movement began, it would grow rapidly, and the Florida organization was born during the Arland administration. Oklahoma may have also banded together at about this time, and Michigan was to take the step in 1926.

There were still no nationally promoted programs by the USJCC, but at grass roots level the Junior Chambers continued to grow in prestige as a result of their good work. Milwaukee was one of the strongest of chapters, and its campaigning actually lead to a $1,500,000 Federal Hospital being located in the city.

There is no indication that the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. and the USJCC ever ratified the resolution suggested by the senior body in 1923, but the relationship between the two groups did improve. The most notable step was that the Chamber offered berths on its civic development department advisory committee to two Jaycees Andy Mungenast and past president Mortimer were appointed. It is likely that Bob Schirmer also served.

The sixth annual convention, held in Tulsa at the new Mayo Hotel, was one of the most successful in the then short history of the USJCC. A feature was the stressing of attendance at all the business sessions, and the minimizing of playboy activities which even then were prevalent.

Ideas are what Arland wanted from the meetings, and to get them. Delegates were appointed to groups which would report in special hearing sessions. Reports were to be made on these “group hearings,” and the printed account of these proceedings and those at the Jacksonville, Florida, convention the next year, comprised one of the first real “How to do its” of the organization! This booklet, entitled “Group Hearing Reports,” was to be published in November of 1926. Helping work out questions for use in the booklet was Bob Schirmer, who was paid for thirty or sixty days for this purpose by President Arland.

Also making the convention a success was the extensive preparation by the host Tulsans. Funds for the convention had been raised in the Oil Capital by raffle of a $9,500 home. It is claimed that this is the first time in the country’s history that a home was offered as the prize in a raffle.

Politics played an important part of the Tulsa conclave. E. Fred Johnson of Tulsa was elected president, winning over Andy Mungenast, although the latter had the backing of St. Louis, Chicago and the Nominating Committee.

The most cheering report at the convention was that the number of Jaycees affiliated in the country had jumped to 45. There were approximately 30 other Junior Chambers in the nation which did not belong to the national organization.
The finances of the organization were given a slight boost with the raising of dues from 25 cents to 35 cents a member.


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