State: Iowa

City: Marshalltown

Chapters: 1,939

Members: 124,208

Convention: Chicago, IL - June 24-27, 1950

Income: $307,300

Attorney, 35 year old, Richard W. Kemler elected president for a full term.

Vice President: Micou F. Browne
Raleigh, NC State Organizations
Vice President: Harry W. Clark
Gulfport, MS Meetings and Elections
Vice President: Don Eldridge
Mt. Vernon, WA Awards and Supplies
Vice President: J. R. “Pat” Gorman, Jr. Washington DC Public Relations and Publications
Vice President: Horace E. Henderson
Williamsburg, VA International Relations
Vice President: John A. Murch**
Logan, UT Public Affairs
Vice President: Lee Price, Jr.
Swainsboro, GA Personnel
Vice President: Joe Rebel
Denver, CO Promotional Activities
Vice President: Milton J. Smith
Boston, MA Public Welfare
Vice President: Harry G. Wiles St. John, KS Policy
Treasurer:* Elmer R. Shippee Providence, RI  
Associate Legal Counsel: * Kenelm L. Shirk, Jr. Lancaster, PA  
Executive Vice President:*

Robert Ladd

New York, NY National Office

* Appointed position.

** Recalled to armed services and replaced by Tom Childers, Sante Fe, NM

Miami, FL to host 1951 convention.

Richard W. Kemler, the U. S. Junior Chamber of Commerce president in 1950-51 had the difficult task of putting into effect the reorganization changes which had been adopted on June 17, 1950.

A lawyer from Marshalltown, Iowa, Kemler proved to be a capable man to insure that the revised by-laws and policy were actually implemented.

The new president, Kemler, had been graduated from the University of Iowa with his J. D., and was president of the senior class while in law school. He served during World War II as a navigator in the air force.

From the standpoint of Jaycee background, Kemler had been the state president of Iowa in 1948-49, and was the national resolutions chairman in 1949-50.

Kemler also has the distinction of being one of the few bachelor presidents of the organization.

There can be no doubt that Kemler faced difficult times during his administration, for there were some Jaycees who had not favored the extensive reorganization which took place under Cooper. By the conclusion of Kemler's term, however, it was generally accepted that the new concept in Junior Chamber operation was there to stay.

The most important change came in the way Junior Chamber financial affairs were conducted. Under Executive Vice President Bob Ladd, strict control over expenditures was exercised, and a Certified Public Accountant hired to keep things running smoothly. There were also staff changes during the year, as Kemler strived to smooth operation of the Jaycee headquarters machine. Kemler moved his home to Tulsa for his entire year as president, and was one of the few presidents who had completely severed hometown ties for his term of office. Since Kemler's time, however, all presidents moved to Tulsa during their year in office until .

The most important material progress of the year came as construction on the War Memorial Headquarters was begun and completed. The War Memorial trustees had decided to accept the bid from the H. R. Lohman Company, Tulsa, and official ground-breaking for 'the new headquarters took place on July 10, 1950.

Cornerstone ceremonies for the headquarters were then conducted on December 7, 1950, .exact1y nine years fo11owing the United States entry into World War II. An honored guest at these ceremonies was Mr. R. V. Allen, mother of the first Tulsa Jaycee to lose his life in World War II.

Since the Korean War had begun in late June of 1950, any hopes for 190-day completion time were ruined, due to building restrictions and shortages of some materials.

Nevertheless, these problems and other misunderstandings and difficulties were resolved, and by July 1, 1951, the structure was ready for occupancy. It was equipped with Hermann Miller modernistic furniture valued at $15,000.

Jaycee offices were switched to the new headquarters immediately following Kemler's regime with Lee Price being the first national president to head the organization from its new home. Official dedication ceremonies for the War Memorial Building came on August 4, 1951.

Playing a big part in the construction of the headquarters was Donald Honn, Tulsa architect who was in charge of day-to-day work on the building. He had been given authority to expend an additional $10,000 for necessary changes while the building was under construction. The final cost of the War Memorial was about $254, 000, relatively close to the contract bid figure of $240,127; considering the effect of the Korean War.

The fighting in Korea naturally had its effect on membership, and the total number of individual Jaycees dipped from 133,000 to 124,208. The number of chapters went down from 1,954 to 1,939.

From a financial standpoint, the new way of doing business meant a surplus of over $45, 000 at year's end, even with decreased membership. This surplus enabled an addition to the new contingency reserve, which totaled $25,000 at year's end. Total income was nearly the same as in 1949-50 or about $307,300.

Travels by President Kemler were extensive, and he visited every state as well as Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico for a yearly total of 150, 000 miles. One of his visits included attendance at the JCI convention held in Montreal in May of 1951. It was at that JCI meeting that Philip T. R. Pugsley of Canada was named president, with Horace Henderson selected as the North American vice president.

It was at the Montreal meeting where the words, "That Faith in God Gives Meaning and Purpose to Human Life," were added to the JCI Creed. The same creed is used by the U. S. Jaycees, and the additional phrase was also added in this country.

The number one project for the year was in the field of Americanism, and emphasis was placed on promoting projects designed to remind citizens of their" rights, privileges, and freedoms. Included were projects encouraging efficiency in government, civilian defense, and get-out-the vote. The single top phase of the Americanism program, however, was the Louisiana project entitled, "Democracy vs. Communism and Socialism."

There were, of course, wide-spread programs in other fields, and these included the TOYM Congress, Junior Golf Championships and “I Speak for Democracy,” which had been renamed Voice of Democracy. The Junior Golf championships were held in August of 1950 at Ames, Iowa while, the TOYM awards were conferred in Roanoke, Virginia, on January 20, 1951. The Voice of Democracy finalists were honored again in Washington, D. C., in February of 1951.

At the TOYM ceremonies in Roanoke, the men chosen for 1950 were:

  • Raymond A. McConnell, Jr., Editor of the Nebraska State Journal;
  • Edwin Eagle Dunaway, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas;
  • Alvin Martin Weinberg, Nuclear Physicist;
  • Erle Cocke, Jr., National Commander of the American Legion from Georgia;
  • William O'Neil, Attorney General of Ohio;
  • John Forrest Folberg, Assistant Secretary of the Navy in the field of aviation;
  • Philip M. West, Los Angeles, California, physician and medical researcher;
  • John Rutherford Everett, President of Hollins College Virginia;
  • Abe M. Zarem of the Stanford Research Institute; and
  • Robert S. McCollum, Denver, Colorado, businessman and civic worker.

An effort was made during the year to make FUTURE magazine more nearly self- sustaining through the sale of advertising by a recognized national agency. Another development in regard to FUTURE was the resignation of William D. Mandle as editor, and the hiring of Clyde Hostetter in October of 1950. FUTURE has shown real progress under Mandle, and, in 1950, earned a Brad Corbin Memorial Awards, given to industrial publications showing the greatest improvement.

When Hostetter assumed the editorship of FUTURE, a slight change was made in the size of the magazine. Back in May of 1950, FUTURE had switched from TIME magazine size to a pocket-edition format, but, in October, the size was slightly increased. FUTURE was still a handy pocket- sized publication, but the dimensions were increased to approximately match those of READERS DIGEST. There have been changes in size since that time.

The convention to conclude President Kemler's administration was held in Miami, Florida, and it was there that Lee Price, Jr., was named the new president on the ninth ballot. It was an interesting election, since after eight rounds of voting, neither Price or his opponents, Ed Rood of Florida or Bill McDaniel of Texas, had a majority. The convention recessed for the inaugural dinner -- without a chief executive -- but delegates returned to unanimously elect Price as McDaniel and Rood decided to withdraw.

Richard Nixon, then a senator from California, was a speaker at the inaugural banquet, and commended the Jaycees for their keen interest in organizational politics.

One of the somber moments of the Miami convention came as the delegates took time to honor past President Seldon Waldo, who had died on November 8, 1950.

With the election of Lee Price, the USJCC was ready to begin a new and more settled era in its history. The headquarters had been completed, and the reorganization of the organization nearly completed. Smoother years were ahead.


Presidential Speech referring to Junior Chamber/Jaycees:

February 20, 1951 Harry S. Truman - Remarks to the Voice of Democracy Contest Winners.

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