Convention: Minneapolis, MN - June 9-12, 1953
Controller, 35 year old, Dain J. Domich elected president for a full term.
||Harry W. Hoth
||Colorado Springs, CO
||Public Relations and Publications
||Richard W. Michaels
||E. LaMar Buckner
|| Ogden, UT
||John R. Hill, Jr.
||W. L. "Jack" Howard
||Youth and Sports
Charles Wesley Cannaday
||James Kirk Newell, Jr.
||Orvin B. Fjare
||Big Timber, MT
||Richard G. Matheson
|Associate Legal Counsel: *
||Kenelm L. Shirk, Jr.
|Executive Vice President:*
Gordon T. Hicks
| San Francisco, CA
* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.
Colorado Springs, CO to host 1954 convention.
For the second consecutive year, the major emphasis in the USJCC was concerned with membership and internal development. While the program was stabbed LEM (signifying Leadership, Extension and Membership) under President Henderson, the official title of the top program under President Dain Domich was ELMER.
The letters in ELMER stood for Enthusiasm, Leadership training, Membership, Extension and Retention. The success of the program is proven by the fact that membership again increased greatly, shooting upwards from 144,400 to 162,168. The number of chapters went up from 2,235 to 2,527.
Income also reached its highest point in history, climbing from $345,600 - to $429, 600.
The president, Dain J. Domich, was a 35-year-old businessman from Sacramento, California. Although he had no college training, Domich worked his way up from private to captain during four years of service in World War II.
Following the war, Domich plunged into the Jaycee movement and also was a local president, state president, and national vice president.
Domich, like all of his immediate predecessors, moved to Tulsa during his term of office. He was married and had five children, and, therefore, experienced difficulty in renting an adequate home. It was this problem which led to the building of a Jaycee White House during 1954-55.
From the standpoint- of staff changes, the year was marked by the official establishment of a separate public relations department in July of 1953, with Don Lambert as its first head. A public relations section under Lambert had been operating under the previous administration, but had not been instituted as an official department.
When Lambert took over the public relations department, he vacated his position as editor of FUTURE magazine and Charles Stiver took the job, moving up from associate editor.
Another development saw Bob Wood hired as meetings manager, but this post was eliminated during the year and Wood was given another position, eventually becoming programming manager.
Domich, who was the controller of a sand and gravel firm before taking the presidency, made a detailed administrative analysis of the national headquarters in Tulsa, and found the operation to be efficient. Certain minor changes were instituted to save both time and money, including installation of an IBM card system in the mailing list department.
From the standpoint of international relations, the most important venture under Domich was the JCI Congress held in June of 1953 in San Francisco at which Doug Hoge of the U. S. was elected world president. Although this meeting technically took place during the preceding administrative year, Domich headed the U. S. delegation since he had been elected U. S. president earlier in the month.
Another important project in the field of international relations was entitled, “March to the Mike,” which was an important part of the American Heritage Foundation’s crusade for freedom. In the “March to the Mike” program, prominent citizens in communities across the nation recorded speeches, and the best of these were used by Radio Free Europe and the National Committee for a Free Europe which are both supported by the American Heritage Foundation.
Approximately 111 chapters participated in “March to the Mike,” receiving help from the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters through that groups local stations .
A unique public relations project was the sale of a radio broadcast series by the national organization to locals at a price of $5 per program or $65 for a series of 13 broadcasts. The broadcast series was entitled "Freedom Forum."
The top money maker for the year was Lite-A -Lawn, involving the sale of lawn markers with profits going to the local, state and national Jaycee organizations, and the Damun Runyan Cancer fund. The national organization was to use its profit the next year to produce 'the movie, “The Jaycee Story.”
Negotiations were also made during the year for a national Junior Tennis tournament which would be held in August of 1954 to begin the next administration. Five thousand dollars was secured from the Athletic Institute, and additional help from HOLIDAY Magazine which printed posters, the Mars Candy Company which contributed trophies and Jack Kramer who helped with coaching.
For the second consecutive year, Jaycees sponsored Rookie League Baseball locally in conjunction with the National Baseball Congress. Rookie League Baseball was designed for boys 18 to 20 who were pas t the age limit for American Legion baseball. The Rookie Baseball program was to result in national tournaments in late summer of 1954 and 1955 before it was dropped.
The Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o was held for the second time in August of 1953, with James Micolick of Honolulu, Hawaii taking the title and $1,250 first place scholarship in the Washington, D. C. competition. All in all, 48 contestants were on hand for the Road-e-o representing 45 states, Hawaii, Canada and the District of Columbia.
The eighth annual Junior Golf tournament was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan in August of 1953. Winning the title was Jimmy Raines of Augusta, Georgia, who prevailed in a field of 221 golfers from 45 states. By 1953 overall participation in the Jaycee Junior Golf program at all levels was estimated to be 25,600. There was a rapid growth in interest from 1946 when only 1,025 boys took part.
The seventh annual Voice of Democracy .contest was culminated when the four national winners were honored in Washington, D. C. in February of 1954.
The Ten Outstanding Young Men for 1953 were named at an awards banquet held in Seattle, Washington in January of 1954. Named by the panel of judges were:
- Dr. Lloyd Thomas Koritz, general practitioner from Rochelle, Illinois;
- Douglas R. Stringfellow, U. S. Representative from Utah;
- Bishop William Jones Gordon, the flying Alaskan Episcopalian Bishop;
- Carl T. Rowan, reporter for the MINNEAPOLIS STAR and TRIBUNE;
- Mainard Malcolm Miller, geologist and explorer from Seattle;
- Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee;
- Billie Sol Estes, agricultural leader from Pecos, Texas;
- Sergeant Hiroshi Miyamura, Congressional Medal of Honor winner;
- Dr. Albert Schatz, research scientist; and
- Walter Horace Carter, weekly newspaper editor from Tabor, North Carolina who fought the Ku Klux Klan.
The convention to conclude President Domich’s term was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of the highlights of this meeting was the enthusiastic backing given to the idea of building a Jaycee White House for the president of the organization. The idea had originally come about when two Jaycees from Arkansas visited Tulsa and discovered that Domich was paying an outlandish rent for an unsatisfactory home.
The matter was discussed with the Fort Smith Jaycees and a pledge obtained from furniture manufacturers that if the USJCC built a house for its president, the Furniture Manufacturers Association would furnish it free of charge.
At Colorado Springs, Jaycee locals were highly enthusiastic about a Jaycee White House, and pledges were received for building materials of all kinds and many other services and accessories.
The official decision by the board of directors to go ahead with the White House was not made until August of 1954; a couple of months later, but in all practicality the matter was settled at the convention.
One of the men deserving the most credit for the White House idea is Mike Maloney, past president of the Arkansas Jaycees. He was to be a member of the committee appointed by the board of directors to plan the building of the White House.
Named president of the organization was E. LaMar Buckner of Ogden, Utah, who was elected after five ballots as he defeated Jack Howard and Kirk Newell.
Presidential Speech referring to Junior Chamber/Jaycees:
June 10, 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower - Address at the Annual Convention of the National Junior Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis, Minnesota.