Convention: Miami, FL - June 6-9, 1951
Attorney, 33 year old, Lee Price, Jr. elected president for a full term.
||Alvan B. Adams
||William E. Allman
||Policy and Resolutions
||Robert C. Atkins
||Sioux Falls, SD
||Awards & Supplies
||Andrew G. Griffith
||Meetings and Elections
||William Adair Gossett
||Public Relations and Publications
||Douglas L. Hoge
Wilbur B. Nolen
||Dr. Philip W. Reames
||Long Beach, CA
||James B. Stanley
||Donald E. Werner
||Micou F. Browne
|| Raleigh, NC
|Associate Legal Counsel: *
||Kenelm L. Shirk, Jr.
|Executive Vice President:*
| New York, NY
* Appointed position.
Dallas, TX to host 1952 convention.
Under the direction of President Lee Price, Jr., marks the beginning of a new Jaycee era, since the reorganization of the past few years was nearly completed, and the organization had moved into its new home in the War Memorial Headquarters.
The 1951-52 president, Lee Price, was a 33-year-old former FBI and OSS agent from Swainsboro, Georgia. A law graduate of the University of Georgia, he joined the FBI just before World War II and did undercover work in South America, helping track down German submarines. After the United States entered the war, Price joined the OSS and was in charge of operations in Norway when the war ended.
In 1946, Price returned to Swainsboro to re-establish his law practice, and began taking an active interest in Jaycee work. He was subsequently elected a local president, Georgia vice president, state president, and national vice president before assuming the top Junior Chamber job.
Price was with Coca-Cola Company when he became president, receiving a leave of absence from that firm. He went on to become a vice president of Coca-Cola, and was in that position at the time of his death in 1962.
One of the most important events of the year came on August 4, 1951, when dedication ceremonies were held for the War Memorial Headquarters building.
Heading the list of guests at the dedication ceremonies was Secretary of the Army Frank Pace. Many past national presidents and other Jaycee greats were present for the greatest day in history for the young men's movement originated by Henry Giessenbier, Jr., in 1915.
The dedication of the War Memorial, which was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the board of directors, marked the culmination of a dream dating back to the Omaha War Conference in 1944. The words permanently inscribed on the building carry through the original desire of the organization to erect a suitable memorial to the war dead:
"May this memorial dedicated to young men of America who served the cause of freedom in time of war endure as an inspiration to young men everywhere to continue the search for peace.”
The Price administration was the first to operate from the USJCC's fine new headquarters.
The membership of the organization under Price advanced very little from that of the previous term, since the Korean War was still draining members and potential members off to the armed services. There were 2,022 chapters at year’s end compared with 1,939 for the previous year, and individual membership was up from 124,208 to 128,749.
From the standpoint of income, the figure under Price was approximately $325,000 as contrasted with $307,000 for the previous year.
The number one program for the year was concerned with youth activities and was called the Junior Citizens Crusade. It was essentially devised to curb delinquency, through such projects as. Voice of Democracy, the Junior Golf program, the backing of midget baseball, 4-H activities, and the work of the Boy and Girl Scouts. This program, under the chairmanship of Ed Dosek, was based upon the realization that 98.5% of American youngsters were non-delinquent, but still subject to influence which could turn them into delinquents. With this in mind, the Junior Citizens Crusade was designed to prevent delinquency on this vast group of normal young Americans by offering them constructive activities.
The other phase of the program was concerned with rehabilitation of the 1.5% who had strayed, and was based upon support of a uniform juvenile court system, the greater use of case conferences as a substitute for harsher measures, and offering help to teenagers through "Big Brother" backing when they were released from institutions.
Another interesting program during the year tied in closely with the Junior Citizens Crusade, as the International Shoe Company (makers of Red Goose shoes) put on a weekly television show to honor the "Kid of the Week. "
Jaycees at local level helped to pick the winners and the organization received much publicity from the program.
One of the organization's top current programs was born in January of 1952, when it was decided to sponsor a teenage safe driving road-e-o. Staffer Max Tyler was highly instrumental in developing this program, which was made possible by a $18,000 grant by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. The first Road-e-o was actually held in August of 1952, early in the administration of Hunk Henderson, and will be mentioned more fully in that chapter.
Adopted nationally in December of 1951 was the Christmas Shopping Tour, which had originated in Mobile, Alabama, .in 1950. The shopping tour was voted project of the month for December, 1951, by the USJCC, and has been a major promotion of the organization ever since that time.
The TOYM banquet for the year was held in January of 1952 at Dayton, Ohio. Named the TOYM for 1951 were:
- Col. Francis S. Gabreski, noted World War II and Korean War aviator;
- Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, inventor of mechanical and electronic aids for the physically handicapped;
- Stanley Hiller, Jr., youthful helicopter designer;
- John H. Johnson, publisher of EBONY magazine;
- Dr. Andrew Lawson, Jr., head of the physics department at the University of Chicago;
- Dr. Hugy C. MacGuire, pediatric surgeon who specialized in the rehabilitation of handicapped children;
- Gordon Manning, Managing Editor of COLLIER'S Magazine;
- Gordon B. McLendon, founder of the Liberty Broadcasting System;
- Charles Edward Potter, Congressman from Michigan; and
- Donald R. Wilson, national commander of the American Legion.
The Junior Golf championships were held in Durham, North Carolina, in August of 1951, With Doug Sanders of Cedartown, Georgia, the winner in a field of 210 contestants from 42 states. Another national event, the
"Voice of Democracy" finals were held early in 1952 in Washington, D. C.
An important staff change came in April of 1952 with the resignation of Clyde Hostetter as Editor of FUTURE. He was replaced by Don Lambert.
The administration of Lee Price concluded with the convention in Dallas. Among the important resolutions approved were ones calling for statehood for Hawaii, and curtailing of government building unless it was actually necessary for national defense.
Elected president for 1952-53 at Dallas was Horace E. "Hunk" Henderson of Williamsburg, Virginia. He was selected on the first ballot, defeating Doug Hoge of Ohio. The 30-minute election is perhaps one of the shortest in the history of the organization.
Presidential Speech referring to Junior Chamber/Jaycees:
June 4, 1952 Harry S. Truman - Remarks to Jimmy Carrick, Winner of "The Kid of the Year" Award