State: Tennessee

City: Memphis

Chapters: 861

Members: 63,490

Convention: Tulsa, OK - June 21-24, 1939

Income: $40,300

Insurance Executive, 34 year old, Perry Pipkin elected president for a full term.


Vice President: Robert T. Ashmore Greenville, SC Convention
Vice President: A.J. Brioschi St. Paul, MN Awards
Vice President: Harry T. Ice Indianapolis, IN Public Affairs
Vice President: Joe E. Levitt San Jose, CA Extension
Vice President: Mark S. Matthews New York, NY Publications
Vice President: Hugh F. Owens Oklahoma City, OK Committees
Vice President: Jay E. Sullivan Detroit, MI Internal Affairs
Treasurer: Raymond J. Bonini Grand Rapids, MI  
Executive Vice President:**

Thomas R. Reid

Memphis, TN National Office
Moved to Chicago
Washington Representative: ** Fred R. Reid Little Rock, AR  

** Appointed position.

Washington, DC to host 1940 convention.

Newly elected Perry Pipkin had a Jaycee background. One of the organizers for the Memphis, Tennessee, chapter, he had served as local president and national director, vice president and treasurer. He actually held the treasurer’s job in both 1937-38 and 1938-39, and so was especially well versed in financial operations. He was an insurance broker by occupation, and had attended the University of Tennessee.

Pipkin’s term was marked by several important changes from an administrative standpoint. These included the moving of national headquarters from St. Louis to the Merchandise Mart Building in Chicago, and the addition of Linton, the Washington representative, was also given the official title of public affairs secretary.

Addition of Milliard to the headquarters staff in Chicago to assist Tom Reid, marked the first time that the USJCC had two staff officers. The results proved the merit of hiring Millard, for services maintained the level of the previous year, and additions and improvements were made. Mailings included printed forms, letterheads and the like to be used as implementations to the usual manuals and how to do it materials. Tops among the new manuals were the first comprehensive theme on membership.

Programs on Venereal Disease prevention and control, Safety With Light, and After Hours Work Safety were continued through distribution of manuals, and the organization was also cooperating with the FBI to further the spread of civil identification fingerprinting.

The number of national committees was decreased to 15, and the projects which had fallen under the discontinued committees were put on a service level. That is, national headquarters would still mail out information pertaining to them, but there would be no committee structure to help in promotion of activities. Dropped from the general committee list were conservation, economic education and sports.

Public Affairs were being given increased attention, and Linton was serving as Public Affairs Secretary out of offices in Washington, D.C. a public affairs vice president Harry Ice of Indiana was also operating for the first time in Jaycee history. The board of directors strived for a unified Public Affairs policy concentrated on opposition to state trade barriers and combating of unemployment.

The number one Jaycee venture in public affairs was to come at the 1940 convention in Washington D.C., when the organization after hearted discussion backed a national defense resolution which endorsed compulsory military training or selective service. The USJCC thus became the first young men’s group to back the principle of the draft. This was a courageous stand, since Jaycees were in the age bracket which was to be hit hardest by the war.

Under Pipkin, program activity had maintained its high level in all fields and incentive awards for prize winning groups and individuals shot up to a value of $2,400.

Expansion was about equal to Ebeling’s as 215 chapters were added to bring the top number of affiliated groups to 861. Total individual membership also was up to 63,490.

Of the USJCC members, 65 percent were subscribing to Future, which meant that the magazine was progressing, although the publishers lost money.

It was also during this year that National Councilors were finally abolished. The new constitution had made them unnecessary.

The number of state organizations increased to 40, and a particular plum was affiliation of the Georgia state group, which had been holding out. A state organization was also formed in Hawaii, with Pipkin becoming the first national president to make a trip outside of the North American continent on national Junior Chamber business.

The TOYM selections, which had come into existence as a Jaycee promotion the year before, were not named. The national DSA award went to Harold Stassen, youthful Governor of Minnesota. In addition, Pipkin’s DSA address was read into the Congressional Record from the U.S. Senate on January 25, 1940. January of 1940 also witnessed the first officially designated Jaycee Week.

From a monetary standpoint, Pipkin’s year was the best in the history of the organization. Income exceeded budget expectations and, as a result, the administration left a surplus of $5,00 from $40,000 taken in.

The convention in Washington, D.C. to conclude the term was featured by the presence of many governmental and military leaders. Among the speakers were: Admiral Harold R. Stark, Chief of Naval Operations, James S. Kemper, President of the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. Henry F. Grady, Assistant Secretary of State and Charles P. McCormick, President of McCormick and Company of Baltimore, Maryland. McCormick, an honorary member of the USJCC, discussed “Multiple Management.”

Jaycee endorsement of a national defense resolution, including the backing of compulsory military training, was far the most important of resolutions. This resolution, appropriately enough made in the nation’s capital, probably gained the organization more credit than any other resolution in Jaycee history, before or since. Chosen as president of there organization for the coming term was Mark Mathews of New York City.



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