(Deceased)

State: Minnesota

City: St. Paul

Chapters: 16-198*

Members: Unknown

Convention: St. Paul, MN - June 20-24, 1933

Income: $13,700

Public Relations Executive, 29 year old, Leslie B. Farrington elected president for a full term.

Vice President: Bob Roy Mac Leod Buffalo, NY
Vice President: Charles E. Norfleet Winston Salem, NC
Vice President: Clarence M. Mulholland Toledo, OH
Vice President: Paul Paulsen Milwaukee, WI
Vice President: Joseph H. Fox Birmingham, AL
Vice President: Bradford J. Williams Tulsa, OK
Vice President: Harold P. Klein Des Moines, IA
Vice President: Royal B. Irwin Denver, CO
Vice President: E. Richard West Los Angeles, CA
Vice President: Walter E. Holman Portland, OR
Treasurer:** Wallace L. Boss St. Paul, MN
Executive Secretary:*** Harry Krusz
St. Paul, MN

Robert H. Smith St. Louis, Mo.
Directors:
 
 
Charles H. Barber Lansing, MI
Carl R. Miller Decatur, IL
Edwin A. Clement Memphis, TN
James M. Milligan Orlando, FL
Louis A. Duane Louisville, KY
Donald H. Owens New York, NY
Harold Finger Appleton, WI
David D. Palmer Davenport, IA
Walter W. Finke Minneapolis, MI
Russell E. Pettit San Jose, CA
Erick G. Gambrell Dallas, TX
William F. Reichel Oakland, CA
Ethan C. Graham Blackwell, OK
Dan Goodykoontz Boone, IA
Ralph G. Thompson Oklahoma City, OK
Clifford Hendrix Atlanta, GA
S. E. Thompson Vancouver, WA
R. H. Hinkson, Jr. Topeka, KS
Verne W. Vince Omaha, NE
Corwin S. Johnson Wilmington, CA
George D. Wilson Houston, TX
Albert H. Kelley Seattle, WA
Lawrence Wingerter Indianapolis, IN
Lloyd J. Marti Lincoln, NE

* estimated figure.

** Appointed position.

*** From 1928-34 Harry Krusz moved to home of national president the position was an appointed position.

Miami, FL to host 1934 convention.

Any optimism which may have been held by President Farrington as he took office was soon dispelled because of financial problems facing the organization, but competent management resolved these by the end of the 1933-34 administration.

Making possible a fine financial record were economies put into effect by Farrington and his officers. Travel was cut to a minimum, “Vision” discontinued in January of 1934, and other similar measures taken to put the USJCC into solid financial condition.

When Executive Secretary Harry Krusz resigned early in 1934, a replacement was not hired, and the officers of the organization took over his duties. Krusz had served as executive secretary since 1928.

Farrington’s administration was a conservative one, but his retrenching was justified. As he states in a yearend report:

“I must observe that at the outset our efforts definitely, and for good reason, did not throughout the year, once approach the spectacular. The Executive concluded that adherence to the principles of sound business must sooner or later be initiated by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. We chose to apply those principles to the best of our abilities, always cognizant that this organization cannot hope to impress the country which gave it birth until our own house is in order.”

Farrington succeeded in his efforts, and, at the conclusion of the convention in 1934, the USJCC had more than $2,000 in the bank with which to begin operations under newly elected E. Richard West.

One opinion of Farrington’s operation of the USJCC on an economy vein is given by second President George O. Wilson, who wrote:

“… I hasten this minute to congratulate you for the most unusual and remarkable record which has been made at national headquarters as portrayed by the Treasurer’s Report, which I have just received. Your efforts have been perfectly great, and too much credit cannot be given to you.”

The highly commended treasurer under Farrington was Wallace L. Boss of St. Paul, currently a vice president of the First National Bank of St. Paul.

The financial record of the administration had been accomplished in a depression year which had seen the USJCC permit payment of the $25 charter fee on the basis of $10 down and rest in quarterly payments.

In addition to Boss, other members of Farrington’s St. Paul cabinet had included: Charles Blodgett, publicity, Quentin David, exhibits, Lewis N. Evens, International Executive Council, Armand W. Harris and William Jungbauer, extension, Henry C. Martens, national recorder, and Charles W. Moore, Vision Editor. It should be remember that these men were all local St. Paul men who were appointed to assist the president. They were not elected national officers.

Even with his economies, Farrington was responsible for outstanding programs. Perhaps tops was a Press Testimonial project in which newspaper editors from coast to coast were presented handsome scrolls of appreciation by the local Junior Chambers. The scrolls were supplied to the locals by the national organization to foster friendship with newspapers across America.

Expansion was also good under Farrington, and en estimated 40 chapters were added to the Jaycee rolls. In addition, some 75 Junior Chamber groups were launched which did not affiliate during the year, but later came into the USJCC fold.

The DSA banquet was held for the third consecutive year, and nationwide radio was made possible by NBC. Speakers included Farrington and Governor Floyd B. Olson of Minnesota. The gold keys, which were provided free to all locals which conducted the DSA program, were financed this year by a gift of $280 from the DSA founder, George Olmstead

Most of the local dinners were held on the same night, January 22, 1934, to enable them to tune in on the broadcast.

Farrington had indicated by both of these ventures that he had real ability as a Jaycee leader. His experience in the movement before assuming the presidency had included two terms as local St. Paul president, and service as national director and vice president. In 1932, he received a DSA award in St. Paul, and while president of the USJCC was named chairman of Governor Olson’s Liquor Study Commission. The findings of this group became the Minnesota State Liquor Laws.

Another of Farrington’s accomplishments prior to assuming the Junior Chamber presidency had come in 1930, when he organized the St. Paul Open Golf Tournament, a big time links competition held annually.

Perhaps one of the St. Paul leader’s most welcomed opportunities while President of America’s young men’s organization was his personal conference with President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Progress in other fields was recorded in 1933-34, and the convention proceedings in Miami in 1934 reveal some of the most complete committee reports which had been recorded to that point.

Of unusual interest was the report on Juvenile Crime Prevention, for even in 1934 much of the blame of delinquency was being placed on parents!

The report of the Aviation Committee showed a change in emphasis. Airport marking and construction were still being pressed, but more sensational local promotional stunts like air circuses were discouraged in favor of more conservative activity. Aviation was growing up swiftly and “pioneering” days were nearly over. Air mail itself had been temporarily suspended by President D. Roosevelt, and, upon resumption, the era of private air mail was forever ended.

Other committees were operating in the fields of Christmas activities, city beautification, conservation, municipal taxation, retail trade cooperation, street and highway traffic, and sports, Anti Loan Shark that old timer was still on the agenda, although nearly at the end of the line. The rapid development of local and state loan legislation was making it more and more difficult for such an activity to remain constructive without being controversial.

The National Councilor’s League, under W. W. McEachern of St. Petersburg, Florida, also had one of its better years. Accomplishments included publication of two pamphlets, one on the duties of the National Councilor, and the other listing the addresses of all these officers. The funds for both were put up by McEachern himself.

The National Councilor’s League, in addition, helped sell over 600 Jaycee pins to finance the national body. The sale of insignia by national had begun the year before under President Otis. Total revenue from this source under Farrington was about $200, a preview of the one time huge supply business out of national headquarters.

One of the biggest disappointments during 1933-34 was the failure to establish permanent headquarters for the organization. It had been voted at the St. Paul convention to move to St. Louis and establish a permanent home. The arrangement fell through, however, when Krusz resigned and no new secretary was hired. St. Louis had promised to give $1,000 a year for two years to help defray expenses of a headquarters, but did not feel that its offer should hold unless was a paid employee in the national organization. As a result, all action was delayed for the year.

It was in Miami, Florida, convention in 1934 that Jaycees witnessed the first appearance of sponsored exhibits. President Farrington looking for a means to increase revenue had decided that national advertisers might be willing to buy space to display their products at the convention. He assumed correctly, and income from this source hit $1,500. Since that time, exhibits became a regular money making feature of the conventions.

The first convention parade was also staged in Miami.

A resolution which will be remembered as long as any ever considered by the USJCC was approved at Miami. With E. Richard West as the driving force, it denounced the methods and objectives of the Communist Party.

Appropriately enough West was named president, and the Jaycee headquarters for the coming term was to be in Los Angeles.

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