State: Oregon

City: Portland

Chapters: 367

Members: 50,000*

Convention: Memphis, TN - June 2-4, 1936

Income: $21,100

Mortician, 35 year old, Walter E. Hoffman elected president for a full term.

Vice President: William D. Becker Louisville, KY
Vice President: John J. Gillin, Jr. Omaha, NE
Vice President: John A. Grammer Newark, NJ
Vice President: Glen E. Howe Murray City, UT
Vice President: Clarence A. Michel Venice, CA
Vice President: Leroy M. Ober Norfolk, VA
Vice President: Perry Pipkin Memphis, TN
Vice President: Rufus A. Putnam Evansville, IN
Vice President: Austin J. Salisbury Boise, ID
Vice President: William O. Turner Fort Worth, TX
Treasurer:** Edward P. Kautsky Des Moines, IA
Executive Secretary:
National Office St. Louis
Sherman Humason**
Marv Hurley**
Minneapolis, MN
Tulsa, OK

Will D. Alton Spokane, WA
Frank Beer Phoenix, AZ
Raymond J. Bonini Grand Rapids, MI
Lawrence Bray Waukesha, WI
D.D. Briggs Meridian, MI
A.J. Brioschi St. Paul, MI
Paul Bruner Yakima, WA
Dr. Robert E. Christie Miami, FL
Oliver Paul Dix Mobile, AL
Philip C. Ebeling Dayton, OH
M.C. Gale Oakland, CA
J.H. Grant Houston, TX
W.N. Hovis Charlotte, NC
Byron B. Jeffrey Burlington, IA
M. Tilton Keefe Cheyenne, WY
August J. Lassus, Jr. Forth Wayne, IN
T. Darrell Lewis Glendale, CA
D.W. Lindsey Oklahoma City, OK
Billings McArthur Chicago, IL
John Pendergast Lewiston, ME
Paul D. Pyche Lincoln, NE
Roswell P. Rosengren Buffalo, NY
Francis C. Schroeder Detroit Lakes, MN
Vincent J. Smith Topeka, KS
George A. Spencer Columbia, MO
James H. Stewart Dallas, TX
Paul L. West Pueblo, CO
Luther Williams Tulsa, OK
Otis T. Wingo,Jr. Washington, DC
George B. Yancey Atlanta, GA

* estimated figure.

** Appointed position.

Denver, CO to host 1937 convention.

The Junior Chamber of Commerce was full of life following Allen Whitfield’s administration, and President Walter E. Holman was to maintain it in that condition, although key developments could not match those of the previous year. Still, change comes in flurries, and, under Holman, the groundwork was being prepared for the 1937-38 term of Roswell Rosengren, and the monumental achievements of 1938-39 by Phil Ebeling.

Like his predecessors, Holman brought a sound background into the job as president. One of the founders of the Portland chapter, he was its first president, a national director, state president, and national vice president. He attended college at the universities of Oregon and Washington.

One of the first major steps taken in this administration came at the fall board meeting in 1936, when the board of directors ratified constitutional changes of the “Ohio Plan” the changes were then submitted to the general membership for approval by referendum, and this was received. However, the legislation - which was slated to go into effect the next year – was all thrown out the window at the Denver convention in 1937 and a committee appointed to completely overhaul the constitution. This committee was to make its recommendations in fall of 1937, have them approved by the board and referendum. The changes actually went into effect in May of 1938 during the last months of President Rosengren’s administration.

An interesting by law change voted in fall of 1936 – although it was also thrown out and then readopted in fall of 1937 – concerned the age requirements for Jaycee officers. Long a matter for debate, it was decided that an officer was eligible as long as he had not reached his 36th birthday on or before the day of his election.

As far as the age limit for general membership, the stipulations during the 1930s had provided for an upper age limit of 35. The constitution permitted 18 year olds to joining, however, although in practice this had not been sanctioned for many years, and officers always spoke of the USJCC as an organization for young men 21-35. During the 1930s and World War II, there were many members who violated actual age requirements, but relatively little could be done.

As mentioned, another big development in 1936-37 was the receiving of a grant of $2,400 from the Brookings Foundation in Washington, D.C. This money was used to pay the expenses for 20 members of the Education Committee for a three day meeting at the Institution’s headquarters to lay plans for Jaycee cooperation with Brookings to explain to the American people the readjustment necessary to obtain full and complete recovery from the depression. Affiliation with Brookings, under its president, Harold G. Moulton, led to a project in economic education by the USJCC.

Equally important, the receiving of funds from an outside group showed that there were other ways of financing important programs than through charter fees and dues money. As Holman mentions, no other important national organization even attempted to maintain operation with dues as low as 50 cents per man. Holman pointed out that many other young men’s groups had dues from 400 to 80 per cent higher than those of the USJCC.

A dues increase had been part of the short lived constitutional changes voted in 1936, but had never gone into effect.

When the completely revised constitution took over in May of 1938, it did not include any increase in dues. It was not until 1941 that dues were hiked to $1.

The only financial boost from within the organization in 1936-37 was that of raising charter fees to $10, which was $2.50 more than during the previous term. Holman operated on a budget of $21,000, about the same as the 1935-36 administration.

National programs for the year included Americanism Week in February and the newly initiated Library Week in April. Americanism Week was featured by speeches by Senator Josh Lee of Oklahoma and Senator R. Burke of Nebraska, on Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays respectively.

The national DSA award was conferred for the second consecutive year, with President Holman going to Hollywood in February to honor Cartoonist Walt Disney.

Two national awards were established in March in commemoration of Hy Giessenbier and Director Harold Marks. Marks’ was the Jaycee killed in a plane crash the year before. Ken Goodrick of Iowa received the first Giessenbier award and Ben Hadley of Columbus, Ohio, won the first Marks award.

The midway point in the administration was marked by the resignation of Sherman Humason as executive secretary. He was replaced by Marv Hurley, previous secretary and publicity manager of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce.

Issuing of a great volume of informative material continued under Hurley, and the supply business was also picking up.

Available to Jaycees from headquarters were lapel buttons, plaques, windshield stickers and other insignias, luncheon bells, highway markers, standard membership application blanks and appreciation certificates for newspapers and radio stations. Total sale of supplies in 1936-37 came to about $800.

Junior Chamber chapters in the Ohio and lower Mississippi valleys provided valuable assistance to distressed flood victims to spotlight local level activity.

The international aspect of the movement was emphasized at the 1937 Denver convention. Two representatives from the Junior Chamber of Canada were present, and one from the Honolulu, Hawaii, Junior Chamber. An application for affiliation was approved and Fairbanks, Alsaska, became an active member. A group composed of American Jaycees in Shanghai, China, was authorized as an associate member. A report of the last annual meeting of the British junior Chamber was also heard, and an invitation received for the USJCC to send a representative to an international meeting scheduled in Germany in July. There is no record of U.S. attendance or of any accomplishments at the Berlin get together.

Chosen as President at the Denver convention was Roswell P. Rosengren of Buffalo, New York.


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