City: Los Angeles
Convention: Brooklyn, NY - June 11-13, 1930
In jewelry firm with his father, 30 year old, Durward Howes elected president for a full term.
||Joseph A. Esquirol
||Robert W Hall
||Henry M. Lutz
||San Antonio, TX
||Edward C. Barcome
||Los Angeles, CA
|Secretary to Board:
||Los Angels, CA
|| Los Angeles, CA
|John H. Armbruster
||St. Louis, MO
|Linton M. Collins
|Robert E. Corcoran
|Leslie B. Farrington
||St. Paul, MN
|Walter E. Holman
|William D. Nash
||New York, NY
|Waldner L. Sutter
|Edwin R. Thomas
||Fort Wayne, IN
|Lee B. Thompson
||Oklahoma City, OK
||Wichita Falls, TX
*Appointed officer. Elected under provisions of original constitution, but change instituted sometime in 1920’s.
** From 1928-34 Harry Krusz moved to home of national president.
Des Moines, IA to host 1931 convention.
Durward Howes the USJCC president in 1930-31, has the distinction of being remembered more for Jaycee innovations following his term in office than while actually serving as chief executive. This is not meant to stay that he did not have a successful year as president for he did. Nevertheless, Howes’ was to later become president of the first international Jaycee organization short lived as it was and is today also recognized as founder of one of the organization’s top programs the annual selection of Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM).
Of Howes accomplishments while in office, the designing of the Jaycee seal with the words “Officially Recognized Junior Chamber of Commerce” perhaps stands out more than the others. This was also to long outlive his own administration, and the seal he designed was the basis of the official pin which came into being a year later.
There were also program innovations under Howes, and, administratively, 1930-31 saw an end to mid-winter conferences and the adoption of regional meetings.
Howes, like all his predecessors, had a varied Junior Chamber career before taking over the presidency. It included heading the Los Angeles chapter in 1928, and a stint as both a director and vice president of the national group. As a local officer, he was instrumental in promoting the highly successful $10,000 Los Angeles Open which had been initiated in 1926. Howes was then a partner with his father in the jewelry firm of B.D. Howes and Son, and today his own son is in partnership with him in the same business. B.D. Howes and Son is one of America’s most respected jewelry firms.
The most unfortunate incident of the year was the discontinuance of Young Executive magazine, which had only come into existence the year before. Originally published in St. Louis, an agreement was reached in summer of 1930 to switch publication of the magazine to Brooklyn. This was accomplished, and the revamped Young Executive featured articles by such well-known guest columnists as Walter Winchell.
After the two issues of the magazine were published, the publisher and one of his employees also an officer of the USJCC became involved in a misunderstanding which led the board of directors to discontinue the magazine. The officer involved, Vice President Joe Esquirol of Brooklyn, resigned from the USJCC and was replaced by Courtlandt Otis of New York City.
The Howes administration felt that the membership at large should be contacted regularly, and initiated a monthly news bulletin to fill the part of the vacancy left by the death of Young Executive.
Mid-winter conferences, which had been important from a legislative standpoint since their inception in 1926, were also abolished, and regional conferences substituted in their place. Seven regions were established, and subsequent meetings held in Portland, Oregon, Omaha, Nebraska, Fort Wayne, Indiana, New York, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, Dallas, Texas, and El Centro, California.
Attendance in most cases exceeded that of pervious mid-winter conferences. These conferences were not full scale meetings of the Board of Directors as the mid-winter sessions had been, but key national officers were on hand to help promote the conclaves.
An important function of regional conferences was to enable officers to contact many organizations at once, without the necessity of visiting all member bodies individually.
Howes and Krusz, nevertheless, traveled extensively, covering 50,000 miles during three months on the road. Touring included attendance at the Chamber of Commerce meetings in Washington and Atlantic City, and Howes had a private interview with Herbert Hoover, President of the United States. In this interview, Hoover spoke highly of the work of the Junior Chamber and encouraged continued interest in civic affairs.
While on his tours, Howes emphasized that the USJCC should be the “Voice of Young Men of America,” an aim which remains one of the planks of the organization.
The nation was caught in its worst depression at the time, and so the Business Development Committee, created in fall of 1930, was one of the most important. Each local organization was supplied with a quantity of posters and enclosures, upon which was pictured a man with his shoulder to the wheel and the words, “Make Business Better,” followed by a slogan “Work More Earn More Buy More.” The bottom of the poster identified “The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce.”
Business development activities also included the supplying of radio luncheon club addresses. Most chapters sponsored radio shows on the business improvement theme, and were represented on many speaking programs in their own city.
Tangible results of the campaign were of course, not noticeable in the midst of such widespread depression, but the general spirit of optimism was advanced, and business leaders commented favorably on the efforts of the Junior Chamber.
The Jaycee fight against depression was also waged by means of the City Beautification, Clean Up and Paint Up committees under William G. Elder of Phoenix, Arizona. Each organization was urged to conduct a campaign in order to create employment and thus assist in relieving the unemployment situation.
Herman Schram of Brooklyn headed the newly formed American Patriotism Committee, which was primarily concerned with research. Its objectives were to make American institutions better understood. It was thus another one of several “Americanism” type programs which had come into being under the USJCC.
The reforestation project had been broadened into the category of conservation, but was again chairman by George D. Blair of Michigan. It issued a pamphlet dealing with conservation of trees, fish, wildlife, soil and minerals.
Leighton Avery of Tulsa was in charge of the Aviation program, but results across the country were not as good as in some previous years due to the depression. The aims were still the same airport marking, airport development and encouraging use of air mail.
The Brooklyn convention had accepted the invitation from the Better American Federation to act as cosponsors of the 1931 Inter Collegiate Oratorical Contest, but the depression forced cancellation by the BAF.
Other committees in operation were concerned with music and drama, political education, athletics and sports, local publications, as well as foreign relations.
In this field of foreign relations, Howes reported contact correspondence during the year with W.G. Ibberson of Sheffield, England, and scored the great opportunity of furthering international development in 1932 when young men from all over the world would come to the U.S. in conjunction with the Olympic Games. Actual committee work was directed by E. Rollins Dunn of Brooklyn.
From a financial standpoint, the chief gain was the establishment of a new bookkeeping system introduced by Los Angeles CPA George H. Rudd. National Treasurer Edward G. Barcome reported total expenses of $8,000 at the year’s end, which was a deficit of about $1,500. The depression had hindered the dues paying ability of chapters across America and several expected contributions had not been received.
During the year, fine support was received from the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. While recognizing the benefits of operating in the president’s home city, Howes still recommended that some time in the near future that permanent headquarters in St. Louis should be established. Such a move was still four years away.
Under the new agreement, which had gone into effect in April of 1930, relations between the junior and senior Chambers were very smooth, and the report of the Committee on Participation of Young Men in Chamber of Commerce Work was approved by the senior directors. Serving on this committee which made the report commending the Junior Chamber operation and principles were President Howes, past President McCulla, and Henry D. Sharpe, and Robert S. Beach, representing the Chamber.
Clarence Howard, who was to have been the other Chamber of Commerce representative, had been unable to serve. He died in December, 1931, following Howes’ administration.
Expansion during the year was fair considering the times, and there were 12 new affiliates. Three groups officially resigned and some others evidently did not pay their dues in full, for only 88 chapters are listed in the report of 1931 an advance of two over the previous administration. Among other noteworthy new groups was Seattle, Washington, and the USJCC was once again in the great northwest.
The convention to conclude the Howes’ administration was held in Des Moines, June 10-13. Elected president was hometown George Olsted. Pasadena was chosen as the site of the next annual meeting. An interesting resolution adopted at Des Moines called for greater use of young men on committees considering the vital problems of the day.
This petition to utilize “The Young Man’s Point of View” was sent to the President of the United States and to Congress.
The keynote speaker at Des Moines was Henry A. Wallace, Editor and head of the Wallace Homestead Publishing Company, who was later to become Vice President of the United States. Wallace also appeared as chief speaker at the 1933 convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.