State: Virginia

City: Williamsburg

Chapters: 2,235

Members: 144,400

Convention: Dallas, TX - June 24-27, 1952

Income: $345,600

Real Estate & Insurance broker, 35 year old, Horace E. "Hunk" Henderson elected president for a full term.

Vice President: David “Pappy” Bridges
Oklahoma City, OK Awards and Supplies
Vice President: Dain J. Domich
Sacramento, CA Personnel
Vice President: Robert L. “Bob” Hill
Kerrville, TX Public Affairs
Vice President: Earl William Hopp
Fargo, ND Meetings and Elections
Vice President: Roy Holland
Sioux City, IA International Relations
Vice President: Jack E. Meadows
Crossett, AR Public Welfare
Vice President:

Donald L. Schoedel

Spokane, WA Public Relations and Publications
Vice President: Harry E. Stewart
Raleigh, NC State Organizations
Vice President: Hulett C. Smith
Beckley WV Policy and Resolutions
Vice President: Alan Tully
Grand Island,NE Promotional Activities
Treasurer:* John Thomas, Jr. Gadsen, AL  
Associate Legal Counsel: * Kenelm L. Shirk, Jr. Lancaster, PA  
Executive Vice President:*

Robert Ladd until 8/52
Gordon T. Hicks as of 11/52

New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
National Office
Tulsa, OK

* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.

Minneapolis, MN to host 1953 convention.

Under the direction of President Horace E."Hunk" Henderson the year featured a marked increase in both number of chapters and individual members. This was the first major increase in the organization's size in four years, and actually brought the USJCC to a new peak in its history.

Back at the conclusion of the 1947-48 term, the Jaycee movement had had an estimated 143,427 members, and the figure was about the same in 1948-49. Then, in 1949-50, the total dipped to 124,000 members, and while some of this decrease was due to more accurate methods of determining membership, the totals remained about the same during the following two administrations.

Under Henderson in 1952-53, however, membership was boosted from 128,749 to 144,400, and the number of chapters increased from 2,022 to 2,235. As mentioned, both were new highs for the young men's movement, and an upward trend was begun.

Income for the year rose from approximately $325, 000 to $345, 000, but it was not until a year later that income was to match the $365,488 taken in during 1948-49.

Thirty-five-year-old Hunk Henderson, a small businessman from Williamsburg, Virginia, was well-qualified for the top Jaycee job, having studied at both William and Mary College and Yale University. In 1942, he enlisted in the U, S, Army as a private, and was discharged in 1946 as a captain. While in service, he participated in five European theater battle campaigns.

His Jaycee background included service as president of the Williamsburg local which he helped organize, and this chapter was honored when it received the national one-year milestone award under Henderson's guidance. Then came stints as state vice president and awards chairman and finally, Virginia president in 1949-50. In 1950-51, he was a national vice president, an in 1951-52 was also chosen as JCI vice president for North America.

Finally, in June of 1952, Henderson climaxed a brilliant Jaycee career by his election as national president. He was chosen in one of the shortest elections in history, winning on the first ballot.

Instrumental in bringing about the sharp increase in membership during his term was the organization's top program for the year, LEM, spearheaded by Vice President Dain Domich.

This successful program was conducted through promotion of the LEM theme (signifying Leadership, Extension and Membership). Under LEM, all-out promotion was given to boosting membership as well as development of leadership training at local level.

An intensive nationwide promotional campaign was undertaken early in the year with the establishment of state quotas for both membership and number of chapters to be extended. In an effort to create full active interest, an incentive program was established with prizes awarded with extension efforts to each state reaching its quota by May 1, 1953. Membership awards included "M" certificates, lapel attachments, and honor positions in the parade of states at the national convention.

What is today one of the Jaycee movement's best-known programs began in August of 1952 when the first Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o was held in Washington, D. C. The road-e-o, made possible by an $18,000 Liberty Mutual grant, saw contestants from 34 states and Canada compete in the first event. The national winner was Martin Desilets of Long View, Massachusetts.

Another important program in the field of safety was the Lite-A-Bumper program which was arranged when the Jaycees were given the first rights for the selling of Scotch-Lite, a luminous tape product of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, It is estimated that some 2,000,000 automobiles across America were marked with Scotch-Lite tape as part of this joint safety and profit-making program. The exclusive Jaycee rights to Scotch-Lite expired in December of 1953.

The Lite-Bumper program was extremely popular and over 1,400 chapters took part. Chapters purchased the tape through Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, and then used it to mark cars at $1 each. This became The greatest profit-maker in the history for local chapters.

All in all, it was a great year in the safety field for the USJCC. Topping all developments was a citation from the National Committee for Traffic Safety, honoring the USJCC for its sponsorship of the outstanding safety program in America in 1952 -- the Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o.

Jaycee Robert L. Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota, also received individual recognition for his work on the Road-e-o and other safety programs. He is credited with being the originator and inspiration behind the Mayor's Traffic Safety Conference.

Highly instrumental in the development of the Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o and Lite-A-Bumper programs was National Staffer Max Tyler. Tyler, who had been serving as program manager at national headquarters, assumed the position as manager of the newly-created safety department in the fall of 1952. It was possible to establish a safety department because Liberty Mutual was so pleased with the first Road-e-o that it came through with an additional grant of $46,000.

Before assuming the safety post, Tyler served briefly as acting executive vice president in summer and fall of 1952. This came about when Executive Vice President Bob Ladd had resigned in August of 1952 to direct the national committee for young men in government. His successor, Gordon T. Hicks, assumed office in November of 1952.

Hicks came into the top Jaycee staff post from a position as an official with the Bank of America in San Francisco, California.

Other major staff changes saw the sports department move from Chicago to Tulsa in fall of 1952, with Don Neer at the helm.

One of the major external programs for the year was in the field of religious activities. Projects included promotion of a Jaycee Devotional Guide, a special day of national prayer for guidance of government leaders, and a year-round program of religious emphasis.

The Junior Golf program was also expanded with additional financing of $3,000 from the National Golf Foundation, and assuming of transportation costs by Nash Motors. In August of 1952, the tournament was held in Eugene, Oregon, with 140 contestants representing 42 states. Because of the additional money received there were to be 221 boys competing at Ann Arbor, Michigan, in August of 1953, with 45 states represented.

In the field of public affairs, major emphasis was concerned with get-out-the- vote and the annual Voice of Democracy competition. FUTURE magazine and state, local and individual members received special awards from the American Heritage Foundation and the Freedoms Foundation for their outstanding work in furthering get-out-the-vote.

From an international relations standpoint, the 1952-53 Jaycee year was marked by two Junior Chamber International World Congresses. The first was held in Melbourne, Australia, in September of 1952, while the second came in June of 1953 at San Francisco, California. The Frisco meeting actually came, however, after the U. S. Jaycee convention and election of Dain Domich as new president.

At the Melbourne conclave, Roberto Villanueva of the Philippines was named president to serve from January, 1953, to December, 1953. In San Francisco, Doug Hoge of the U. S. was chosen to serve from January, 1954, through December, 1954. This meant that Hoge was actually elected six months before he took office. Since that time, JCI Congresses have all been held in the fall of the year, with the president assuming duties the following January. JCI operates on a calendar year basis as contrasted with the July-June fiscal year operation of the USJCC which was changed in 1999.

Mourned at the congress in Melbourne was Joaquin Gonzales, former secretary- general of the organization who had been killed in a plane crash in the Philippines on March 20, 1952, along with seven other Jaycees. Gonzales had been one of the organizers of the Junior Chamber in Manila.

In addition to the election of Villanueva as president, Doug Roge was named vice president for North America.

It also was decided at Melbourne to set up international secretariat in the USJCC War Memorial in Tulsa, and to hire a secretary-general.

Attending the Congress in Melbourne were seven top U. S. Jaycee leaders including President Henderson. Following the meeting, they took an around-the-world trip, which lead to the establishment of the Jaycee movement in Thailand, India, Turkey and Italy.

At the World Congress in San Francisco, Hoge was named president and J. Roger Flumerfelt of Canada was selected as North American Vice President. It was at this time that Philip Van Slyck, Jr., was hired as first permanent paid secretary-general of JCI. Headquarters had been situated in Tulsa since late fall of 1952, but no suitable candidate for the paid secretary-general's position had been found until Van Slyck was employed.

The services of a paid secretary- general made it possible for JCI to begin publishing a monthly bulletin.

Honored as the TOYM for 1952 by the USJCC in award ceremonies at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in January of 1953 were:

  • George de Carvalho, San Francisco CHRONICLE correspondent;
  • Brig. Gen. John P. Henebry, President of Skymotive Machine Corporation;
  • Robert L. L. McCormick, Assistant to former President Herbert Hoover on the Hoover Commission;
  • Frank N. Piasecki, aeronautical engineer;
  • Nils S, Josefson, President of Paraplegics Manufacturing;
  • Texas J. Foster, Houston Police Officer;
  • Heinz J. Gerber, engineer and inventor;
  • Dr. William H. Muller, Jr., physician who devised two new heart operations;
  • Robert Mathias, Olympic decathlon champion in 1948 and 1952; and
  • Ross M. Hedrick, chemist.

The term-ending Minneapolis convention was featured by an unprecedented event in Jaycee history -- the President of the United States spoke to the assembled delegates. In his talk, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was high in his praise of the USJCC, emphasizing:

"Yours is one of our nation's most distinguished and enterprising organizations. You are young and responsible people, with impressive careers and achievements already recorded to your credit ... Because you are both young and responsible, you know what is your greatest responsibility of all -- tomorrow; the whole future of freedom. "

Another important event at the convention saw Thomas Baldridge and Charles P. McCormick named as honorary members of the USJCC.

Baldridge was instrumental in giving birth to the War Memorial headquarters and McCormick was a long time backer of the USJCC, as well as the father of “Multiple Management.”

Key resolutions included on approving the controlled fluoridation of water supplies. Named president was Dain J. Domich of Sacramento, California, as Chal Denny of Indiana and Burton Thornal of Florida conceded their votes to him on the first ballot. This was an unusual election, in that both Denny and Thornal were outgoing state presidents rather than national vice presidents. None of the vice presidents chose to run against Domich.

JCI Senator #1

JCI-World President Philip Pugsley of Canada (1951-1952) is the Jaycee behind idea of the JCI Senatorship to recognize achievements of outstanding members of Junior Chamber Chapters Worldwide. The concept of "honored" members was to afford a lifelong link with Junior Chamber International and provide a much needed revenue source to the worldwide organization.

Junior Chamber World President Philip Pugsley is honored as a life member and as the world's #2 Jaycees International Senator. Who and why was someone else honored with Jaycees International Senator #1??

Joaquin V. Gonzalez of Philippines is Junior Chambers member honored as Jaycees International Senator #1.

The following story was told by 1952 JCI World President Philip T.R. Pugsley of Canada.

"Jake as all his friends knew him, acted as Voluntary Secretary General of JCI for the 1950-1951 term. This was in the old days when JCI operated almost wholly out of its officers pockets.

In 1951 Jake was elected President of the Philipine Jaycees; three and a half years after the first chapter had been established in Manila. The Philippine movement was then thirty chapters strong. In or about March,1952,Jake completed his year of office,but the job he had done was so amazing and inspiring that at the Annual Convention held in Baguio City on Northern Luzon Island it was unanimously decided to change the constitution of the National body to enable Jake's re-election for another year.

Jake's wife was five months pregnant with their first child in Manila. On the Sunday after the convention was over, Jake was speaking to her over the phone and sensed that she was not feeling well.

Jake rushed to the Luzon airport to where a charter flight of Jaycees was about the take off for Manila and one of his friends agreed to change places with Jake.

A few minutes later the plane started to take off, but instead due to some malfunction with the landing gear, crashed into a steel fence and burst into flames. Eleven Jaycees and Jaycettes were killed or severely burned. Jake was killed.

When the JCI Senatorship was launched at the World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, in September 1952, Jake was nominated posthumously by the Canadian delegation and became Jaycees International Senator #1."



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