State: New York

City: Buffalo

Chapters: 428

Members: 50,000*

Convention: Denver, CO - June 16-19, 1937

Income: $23,800

Attorney, 35 year old, Roswell P. Rosengren elected president for a full term.

Vice President: John Grammer Newark, NJ
Vice President: George Yancy Atlanta, GA
Vice President: Philip C. Ebeling Dayton, OH
Vice President: Rufus A. Putnam Evansville, IN
Vice President: Albert B. Boutwell Birmingham, AL
Vice President: J.C. Sinclair Sioux City, IA
Vice President: James H. Stewart Dallas, TX
Vice President: Paul L. West Pueblo, CO
Vice President: T.D. Lewis Glendale, CA
Vice President: Austin J. Salisbury Boise, ID
Treasurer:** Perry Pipkin Memphis, TN
Executive Vice President:***
National Office St. Louis

Marv Hurley**
Thomas R. Reid**

Tulsa, OK
Little Rock, AR

Raymond J. Bonini Grand Rapids, MI
Paul B. Brown Spartanburg, SC
Worth W. Caldwell Portland, OR
Jess H. Campbell Wichita Falls, TX
Harold C. Clark Milwaukee, WI
Mark E. Dabbs Meridian, WI
Fred J. Driver Omaha, NE
Harry H. Erbs St. Louis, MO
R.E. Fairhurst Paducah, KY
Neil Flenner, Jr. Spokane, WA
Jesse N. Fletcher San Antonio, TX
Minor Hudson Washington, DC
Byron B. Jeffrey Burlington, IA
A.W. King Jr. Duluth, MN
W.G. Low Coffeyville, KS
Billings McArthur Chicago, IL
Claude Melton St. Petersburg, FL
R.M. Parrott Raleigh, NC
Alex S. Vien East St. Louis, IL
M.C. Gale Oakland, CA
Harry H. Grossman Globe, AZ
Louis E. Haidek Oklahoma City, OK
C.R. Hughes Memphis, TN
B.W. Jennings Salt Lake City, UT
Ober Kobs Bismarck, ND
Mark S. Matthews New York, NY
Frank McNamee Jr. Las Vegas, NV
Robert E. Noonan Batavia, NY
Irving H. Petersen Cedar City, UT
Reese Wilkinson Greeley, C0

* estimated figure.

** Appointed position.

*** First time this designation was used.

Oakland, CA to host 1938 convention.

The administration of Roswell P. Rosengren will always be remembered because it was during his year that the revamped constitution was approved, and plans formulated to inaugurate Future the national magazine of the USJCC.

Rosengren was a lawyer by training, having received his B.S. at Colgate and L.L.B. from the University of Buffalo. At the time of his election, he was a practicing attorney.

Rosengren had been a charter member of the Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the organizers of the New York State Junior Chamber, as well as the first vice president and president during its inaugural year. As a national officer, he had served, respectively, as a vice president and director. This was unusual since most presidents had moved up from a vice presidential slot rather than from the position of director.

As a state president, Rosengren had done outstanding work in expansion and was honored with a DSA medal.

The first major development of the year came at the fall board meeting in St. Louis, when the directors voted to accept a sweeping new constitution which had been written by a committee chairman by Vice President Phil Ebeling of Ohio. The other members were Vice presidents Rufus of Louisville, Kentucky, Executive Vice president Marvin Hurley and Rosengren were ex officio members.

Once accepted by the directors, the new constitution had to be approved by referendum. This was done, and the new legislation went into effect on May 1, 1938.

Since the revised constitution actually did not affect operation under Rosengren, it will be described fully in the next chapter under the administration of Phil Ebeling its mastermind.

A major problem tackled by Rosengren concerned the national publication, Young Executive. The magazine did not contain enough Jaycee news to adequately serve as the national publication and Junior Chamber leaders realized that some revamped set up would be necessary to create a first class monthly.

The plans for a better magazine were actually formulated by James H. Stewart of Dallas, Texas, the Vice President in charge of Publications under Rosengren. Ideas had been promulgated at a Kansas state convention in 1937, and took form with the counsel of men such as Director Fred Driver of Omaha, Nebraska.

Board members had been wary of the publication problem at the 1937 Denver convention, and had given the executive committee power to act as it thought wise.

As a result, plans were laid during Rosengren’s administration, and the proposal for a new magazine Future was presented at Oakland in 1938. It was ratified by the executive committee, which in turn submitted it for approval by the directors, although that step was not necessary.

Thus, in September of 1938, under Ebeling, Future magazine was born. The plans had been mainly formulated in 1937-38 under Rosengren. Many men including Ebeling had been instrumental in ironing out details.

Another man playing an important role in the formulation of plans for Future was Thomas R. Reid, named new Executive Vice President of the USJCC after Hurley resigned in February of 1938. Reid became the first editor of Future.

Participation in a wide variety of programs hit a peak under Rosengren. One unique achievement was a City Planning Exhibit which had been assembled in New York City. The official opening on October 4 included displays of city planning projects submitted by Junior Chamber across the country.

Conferring of the national DSA award also was another big event, and the recipient was DR. G. Lyle Belsley, director of the Civil Service Assembly of the United States. He was recognized for outstanding work in public personnel standards.
Most noteworthy of new programs in 1937-38 was a bold venture into the field of public health under Chairman Roy L. Smith, M.D. The Public Health Committee was concerned with two major projects curbing venereal disease and suppression of marijuana traffic.

The Junior Chamber of Commerce committee functioned by asking that committees be set up in each state. The state groups were then to see that action groups were formed at local level.

The Jaycee venereal disease activity was planned as an aid to the U.S. Public Health Service, American Medical Association, and American Social Hygiene Association and states the city health boards. Much of the material used by Junior Chamber across the country was supplied by these groups.

Florida’s program in the VD area was one of the rest, and the state Jaycee chairman was able to organize 29 groups to assist him. The Florida Junior Chamber also campaigned for a passage of a law to require applicants for marriage licenses to be free of infectious syphilis.

Venereal disease remained a major project of the Junior Chambers for server years, and the USJCC was one of the backers of a bill which secured government appropriations to curb these infections.

A dynamic project in the field of economic education grew out of the trip to the Brookings Institute the year before. The Economic Education Committee set up a speaker’s bureau, with 74 representatives scattered across America to give talks to economics. In Texas, a speaker had actually appeared before every Jaycee chapter in the state.

The expenses of speakers appointed by the Economic Education Committee were paid by the Brookings Institute, and it is known that the total amount of financial assistance was extensive. During the following year, Chairman Dr. Alvord L. Boeck mentions that $16,00 was granted for the program by Bookings. Its basic purpose was to educate citizens in economics as a means of protecting the American system of free enterprise.

Travel by the national president continued and Rosengren spent eleven weeks on the road. He believed that it made a great difference where a president traveled and for what purpose, and Rosengren was thus selective in his trips. His goal was to visit the home city of every national director, and, when possible, to stop at the hometown of state presidents and committee chairmen.

Visitations arranged in his way honored cities which were the most influential in the movement.

The administration of president Rosengren was very successful from a financial standpoint, since he finished the year with a surplus of about $3,500 from income of about $24,000.

Concluding the year was the convention in Oakland. Featured speakers included DSA winner Belsley, and Julian Arnold, American Commercial Attaché to Shanghai, China.

Arnold pointed out that Japan did not want a prosperous China and that America and Japan had conflicting interests which could not be reconciled. Speeches like his were part of the growing awareness that war might come in the next few years. The United States was not safe from war clouds hanging over the world.
Phil Ebeling of Dayton, Ohio, was selected the new president of the Junior Chamber. 

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