State: Florida

City: Gainesville

Chapters: 1,486

Members: 138,437

Convention: Milwaukee, WI - June 25-29, 1946
This is only the 26th annual meeting, but the 27 administration since there was no annual meeting in 1945.

Income: $152,400

Attorney, 31 year old, Seldon F. Waldo elected president for a full term.

Vice President: Jack Reich
Indianapolis, IN Governmental Affairs
Vice President: Carl Cacciatore
Des. Moines, IA Supplies
Vice President: John Ben Shepperd
Gladewater, TX Veterans, Affairs
Vice President: W. Gwynn Edmonds
Huntington, WV Extension and Public Relations)
Vice President: James T. Kendall
Jackson, MS Awards
Vice President: Lofton Taturn
Portland, OR International Relations
Vice President: Carl F. Belkofer
Cleveland, OH Local and State Organizations
Treasurer:* William O. Kurtz, Jr. Chicago, IL


Executive Vice President:*

Rex McMorris

Chicago, IL National Office

* Appointed position.

Long Beach, CA to host 1947 convention.

Three of the most far-reaching decisions in Junior Chamber of Commerce history were made during 1946-47 under the administration of Seldon Waldo, an attorney from Gainesville, Florida, who had moved up from the post of a national vice president.

The most important of these, and probably as important as any decision ever made by the organization, came in fall of 1946 when the USJCC voted to establish headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Another move of great importance saw the national organization also take over the publication of FUTURE magazine, and put it under complete control of Headquarters.

A major step towards really adequate financing was also taken, as a dues boost from $1.00 to $2.00 per member was passed by referendum, setting the stage for a really big-time Jaycee operation.

During Waldo's term, growth of the organization also continued at a rapid rate, mounting from 105,048 to 138,437. Budget-wise, income jumped from $101,400 to about $152,400 as the tremendous surge in membership, which came under Kearns, began to be felt in the Junior Chamber's coffers.

From a program standpoint, the chief accomplishment also was the holding of the first national teenage golf championship in August of 1946 at Spokane, Washington. This same year, Ray Rice became sports director of the USJCC at staff level, with an office in Chicago.

During the 1946-47 term, Seldon Waldo demonstrated great administrative ability and traveled extensively in spite of poor health. Waldo was to die November 8, 1950, at the young age of 35, but his life had been an active one despite nephritis, which struck him when he was ten and brought about a lifetime of illness. The courageous Waldo is honored today by the Seldon Waldo Memorial Award, presented annually to the outstanding national chairmen. This is fitting since he literally gave his life for the Jaycees by his work.

The executive committee had been given permission to decide upon the publishing agreements necessary to continue FUTURE magazine, and the result was that, in September of 1946, the USJCC decided to take over the publication of the magazine. The Graffis Brothers in Chicago had helped to make FUTURE a first-class journal and were vitally interested in its welfare, but could no longer afford to continue losing money as publishers. Since no other suitable publisher could be found, the Junior Chamber decide to take over this publication itself.

This decision has since proven to be a wise one, since it has resulted in a publication which is completely controlled by the organization, and can unreservedly speak as its official mouthpiece. Prior to the 1946 administration, FUTURE was, to some extent, a separate entity with the publisher reserving the right to decide upon most of the contents. Since 1946, however, the magazine has essentially been a part of the overall Junior Chamber operation, with national officers having control over the editors.

Charles Bower continued as editor of FUTURE through February of 1947, when he resigned to go into the newspaper business with his father in Tennessee. The combined April and March issue was put out by Executive Vice President Rex McMorris and joint editors Robert J. Eck and Glen Roberts. Then, in May of 1947, Raymond E. "Tex" Roberts took over the job as managing editor, with Glen Roberts and Eck as his associate editors. Offices were in the Junior Chamber headquarters in the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago, and the magazine was also printed locally.

Insofar as the shifting of national headquarters was concerned, it was very evident in September that Tulsa had by far the best offer, and it was accepted at the fall board meeting. The move was supposedly to take place as soon as possible, but did not actually come about until July of 1947, early in the administration of John Ben Shepperd.

The Waldo administration wanted positive proof that Tulsa had the $100,000 it promised. At a board meeting in February in Dallas, Texas, the decision to move to Tulsa was ratified again, with the provision that this was to take place within 60 days of such time as Tulsa could prove that they had the $100,000. Finally, on June 9, 1947, the executive committee gave the go-ahead on the move, after Tulsa demonstrated that it had $60,000 in cash and $40,000 in notes acceptable to banks. The move actually began on July 3, 1947, early in Shepperd's administration, and the shift to Tulsa was completed by July 7. Offices were setup in the Akdar Shrine Building.

As mentioned, the first Junior Golf program had been held in August of 1946 at Spokane, Washington, and other advances in the youth and sports program of the organization were to come during the year. Most important was the selection of Ray Rice of East St. Louis, Illinois, to assume the duties as sports and recreation secretary.

In the field of sports and recreation, Rice is one of the organization's all-time greats. In East St. Louis, he developed a Jaycee baseball league for boys, and sponsorship of such leagues was subsequently adopted as a national Junior Chamber project. Rice was honored with a local DSA award for this work.

Rice also served for two years as vice chairman of the National Sports and Recreation Committee, and interested the Athletic Institute in sponsoring the Jaycee program. Ray was, therefore, appointed to direct the Junior Chamber sports activities, and, to do so, moved to Chicago. Making this move meant that Rice had to mortgage his home, but he was interested enough in the furthering of Jaycee sports activity to make this sacrifice.

Since the Athletic Institute was sponsoring the Jaycee sports program, it was natural that the director work closely with the office which actually paid his salary. As a result, therefore, when the USJCC headquarters moved to Tulsa in July of 1947, the sports director remained in Chicago. The Jaycee sports director continued to operate from Chicago until 1952, when Don Neer moved the sports office to Tulsa.

The sports program of the organization has grown tremendously since Rice's time. The first Junior Golf tournament in 1946 at Spokane showed entries from only five states. Just a year later, there were 26 states entered at Peoria, Illinois, and a total of 87 players. At this second tourney, Spokane's Al Mengert was to repeat as champion, defeating Gene Littler.

With the continually expanding concept of service to member organizations, it had been apparent for several years that more adequate financing would be necessary. This came in January of 1947, as a dues increase from $1.00 to $2.00 was approved by referendum. The $2.00 dues scale remained in effect until 1957, when a boost to $2.50 was approved.

The new $2.00 dues enabled the organization to properly finance FUTURE magazine, in addition to many other services. Approximately half of the income was set aside to see that every member received FUTURE.

Remarkable enough, this dues increase was approved with less of a fight than had faced the organization in 1941 when it upped the charge from 50¢ to $1.00.

Actually, dues were computed upon chapter strength, but the charge was based upon a $2.00 per member figure. All chapters were required to pay at least $40.00 dues per year, and the maximum for any group was set at $800.00.

Instrumental in pushing through the dues increase were Waldo, and his treasurer, William 0, Kurtz, Jr., of Chicago.

The naming of the TOYM was again highlighted by a banquet in Chicago. 'Honored in January of 1947 as the Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1946 were:

  • Joseph A. Beirne, President of the Communication Workers of America;
  • Charles G. Bolte, former Chairman of the American Veterans Committee;
  • Dan Duke, Assistant Attorney General for Georgia and an active Fighter against the Klu Klux Klan;
  • John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts;
  • Joe Louis, former heavyweight boxing champion;
  • Bill Mauldin, famed Pulitzer prize cartoonist;
  • Dr. Philip Morrison, physics professor at Cornell University;
  • John A, Patton, management engineer;
  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Associate Professor of History at Harvard;
  • Harry M. Wismer, sports announcer

Another major development in 1947 came in February at Dallas, as the United States was host to its first Junior Chamber International Congress. The Congress was a bustling affair, and one of the biggest parades in many years was held in conjunction with the assembling of delegates from all over the world. Named President of JCI was Taylor Cole, former USJCC vice president, from Midland, Texas.

Much of the success of the JCI Congress can be attributed to the work of the Dallas Jaycees who raised approximately $60,000 for purposes of the meeting. The Dallas chapter, under President Ed Sammons, actually assumed meal and hotel expenses for all 210 delegates.

The year's greatest tragedy came when former Texas President Clint Dunagan of Midland was killed, along with his sister, in an airplane crash near Lampasas on November 5, 1946. As Texas president in 1944, Dunagan visited every chapter in the state within two months after his election, traveling 12,000 miles. He was subsequently honored as one of his state’s Five Outstanding Young Men.

Dunagan, who died at the age of 37, is honored with the Clint Dunagan award, given annually.

In June of 1947, as the administration neared its close, Rex McMorris resigned as executive vice president, this lead to the hiring of Frank Fister, who officially took over the post in July of 1947. McMorris was commended for his splendid service to the USJCC since first joining the staff as an assistant in 1944, but Waldo also commented upon the organization's fortune in securing the services of an experienced businessman like Fister as a replacement.

Other developments during the year saw the USJCC recognized as an official observer organization in the United Nations and the naming of the first legal counsel in the history of the movement. The man named to this post was William Saltiel of Chicago, an unsuccessful candidate for the Jaycee presidency in 1927. He was also convention keynote speaker in 1947.

The term-ending national convention was held in Long Beach, California, with John Ben Shepperd of Gladewater, Texas, chosen as president for 1947-48.


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