State: Utah

City: Ogden

Chapters: 2,872

Members: 171,992 (159,307 regular - 12,685 associate)
(1954/55 first year that associate members were also counted)

Convention: Colorado Springs, CO - June 14-19, 1954

Income: $470,000

Insurance Executive, 32 year old, E. LaMar Buckner elected president for a full term.

Vice President: John F. Hendrickson Casper, WY Public Relations
Vice President: Van Richardson Grenada, MS Public Welfare
Vice President: Howard E. Norris Madison, WI Personnel
Vice President: Duke A. Garrison Cleveland, OH Leadership Training
Vice President: Hugh F. McKenna Omaha, NE Public Affairs
Vice President: Arthur W. Campbell Hawaii International Relations
Vice President:

Edwin H. May, Jr.

Hartford, CT Youth and Sports
Vice President: Ira D. Kaye San Pedro, CA International Relations
Vice President: Frank Pasquerilla Johnstown, PA Local Chapter Activities
Vice President: John M. King Wheaton, IL Organizational and Policy
Treasurer:* Tommy E. Cook Baytown, TX  
General Legal Counsel: * John C. Mitchell Kearney, NE  
Executive Vice President:*

Gordon T. Hicks

San Francisco, CA National Office
Tulsa, OK

* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.

Atlanta, GA to host 1955 convention.

The administration of President E. LaMar Buckner was marked by a number of important developments, including the construction of the Jaycee White House, the holding of the first Junior Tennis tourney, and Four Outstanding Young Farmers programs as well as a continued gain in membership, number of chapters and income for the USJCC.

President Buckner, a 35-year-old native of Ogden, Utah, had followed the traditional path to the top Jaycee position, having served as a local and state president and national vice president. Buckner was a business graduate of Brigham Young University, and saw action during World War II as a First Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force in Europe.

Under Buckner's guidance, the organization continued to grow during 1954-55, and, by year's end, had 171,992 members as contrasted with 162, 168 twelve months earlier. The number of local organizations jumped from 2,527 to 2,872, and income from $429,600 to $470,000.

The organization's number one program .of the year was entitled, SAL making it three years in a row for a top promotion to be designated with initials, The letters in SAL stood for Starting America's Leaders, and the program emphasized all kinds of Sports and youth activities designed to develop leadership in young people. The sports portfolio was under the direction of Vice President Edwin May, Jr.

Earl "Butch" Buchholtz, Jr.
Earl Buchholtz, Jr.

Buckner's year was a big one from the standpoint of Sports, for in early August of 1954, the first Jaycee Junior Tennis tournament was held in Springfield, Ohio, and the first Jaycee rookie league baseball tourney was staged in Salina, Kansas, an Labor Day of 1954.

The tennis tourney at Springfield was a particularly big success for a first-year event, since there were 141 contestants on hand from 37 states, Hawaii and the District .of Columbia. Mike Green of Miami Beach, Florida, snared the Junior title (ages 16-18) and a $500 War Memorial Scholarship, while Earl Buchholz, Jr., of St. Louis, Missouri, won in the boys' division (15 and under). Earl "Butch" Buchholtz, Jr. went on to turn professional in 1961, ranked at one time #5 in the world, became Executive Director of the ATP and Commissioner of World Team Tennis and inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Rookie league competition at Salina Kansas saw seven teams representing Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Montana and Louisiana. Winning the championship was the D. H. Holmes team from
New Orleans, which also copped the title the following year when the meet was held again in Salina.

Allen Geiberger first person in history to post a 59 in professional golf.
Earl Buchholtz, Jr.

The constantly improving Junior Golf program had another successful tourney, with Allen Geiberger
of Santa Barbara, California, stroking his way to victory in a field of 191 golfers from 48 states, who competed at Albuquerque New Mexico.

Another important contribution to sports came through a fundraising drive held in the fall of 1954 to help finance the United States' team in the 1956 Olympic Games in Australia. The organization was responsible for over $183,000 being raised, with the Detroit-Jaycees bagging $100,000 of the total.

Also in the field of youth activities, the Teenage Safe Driving Road- e- o was held in Washington,
D.C., in August, with Clement Wagner of Kansas City, Missouri, winning the championship. For the first time, .all 48 states were represented, as well as Hawaii, Canada, and the District of Columbia.

The eighth annual Voice of Democracy contest was culminated in February 1955, with winners
feted in Washington, D. C.

Topping all developments in Tulsa -- home city of the Jaycee movement was the construction of a Jaycee White House for the president of the national organization. The home, which was to be completed in time for occupancy by Hugh McKenna, the 1955-56 president was designed by Leonard Lundgren of Lundgren-Maurer and Associates of Austin, Texas the winner of a design contest. Certain modifications in the design were made by Joe Wilkinson of Tulsa to reduce costs, with the final estimate for construction standing at approximately $75,000, including furnishings, etc.

Handling the architectural contest and arrangements for construction had been a special committee appointed by the board of directors in August of 1954, consisting of President Buckner, Executive Vice President Gordon Hicks, and Mike Maloney, Phil Stover, Rocky Ford, James Cashman, John Luton and Jean Miller. Stover, Tulsa Jaycee president, was particularly active, along with Hicks.

One of the main jobs of the committee was to coordinate the flow of materials which had been donated by state and local Jaycee organizations throughout the country. Donations ranged from steel windows to cement, and wiring to ceramic tile, so that progress by the Nuckolls Construction Company was largely dependent upon Jaycee groups getting the materials to Tulsa. There were some delays, but, as a whole, construction went smoothly and the house was completed by time for occupancy by Hugh McKenna in July of 1955.

America's Ten Outstanding Young Men for 1954 were honored at a banquet in Louisville, Kentucky, in January of 1955 and further publicity also was given to the winner's when they appeared on the nation-wide Arthur Godfrey television program.

The TOYM for 1954 were:

  • Arthur Mayfield Kraft, artist and sculpture from Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ernest Frederick Hollings, Lt. Governor of South Carolina;
  • Major Charles E. Yeager, Air Force test pilot;
  • J. Herbert Holloman, research metallurgist from Schenectady, New York;
  • Hamilton F. Richardson, budding young tennis star from Baton Rouge, Louisiana;
  • Dr. Wendell Phillips, explorer from Concord, California;
  • Terry Brennan, football coach at Notre Dame;
  • Dr. Frank A. Rose, President of Transylvania College;
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Assistant Counsel of the U. S. Senate Subcommittee on Investigations;
  • Dr. William A. Spencer, head of the nation's first regional polio respirator center, Houston, Texas

A program somewhat similar in nature to TOYM, but designed to honor agriculture leaders, was climaxed in June of 1955, when the 1st annual Four Outstanding Young Farmer Banquet was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Forty-one state winners were on hand for the program, co-sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute's Committee on Agriculture, and the USJCC. None of the state titlists knew who the winner s would be until the names were called, which added suspense.

The four winners were:

  • Alvin B. Hansen Stanton, Michigan;
  • Jack Thomson, Buttonwillow, California;
  • Clinton J. Harbers, West Point, Texas; and
  • Homer R. Beedle, Cle Elum, Washington.

All had started virtually from scratch and built their farms to the point where their combined worth was almost a million dollars.

The FOYF competition was staged with local and state Jaycee organizations first naming their winners, and then the state winners were honored at the national banquet with a panel of judges picking the top four men from among the state champions.

All-in-all, 1954-55 was a big Jaycee year from the standpoint of public relations, and one of the top achievements was the filming of “The Jaycee Story.” The 30-minute movie in sound and color was produced by Dallas Jones productions of Chicago, with the lead part being played by Rusty Morris. The movie was premiered at the term-ending convention in Atlanta.

Services to locals were expanded during the year and key officers were kept well informed by a new publication, “Top Topics."

From the international relations, standpoint, JCI held its World Congress in October of 1954 at Mexico City, with Peter B. Watts of New Zealand named the president for 1955, and Richard C. Matheson of the U. S. selected the vice president for North America.

It was at this congress that the project “Operation Brotherhood” also was adopted, and it was approved for promotion in the U. S. at a fall meeting of the board of directors.

During the year, "Operation Brotherhood" was the organization's top international relations project, as Jaycees went all out to raise funds and help the refugees fleeing the communists in Vietnam. During the final month of his term, President Buckner went to Vietnam to personally inspect the operation. Buckner was accompanied by Richard Matheson on his 28 day trip which saw them visit 15 nations.

Widespread support around the world eventually saw this become a million dollar project, as 350 special villages were created to handle the refugees. JCI worked with the International Rescue Commission of New York to put over “Operation Warmth” and greatly enhance its position as an international organization.

June of 1955 was to see JCI open its own world headquarters in Miami Beach, Florida, moving from offices in the War Memorial Headquarters in Tulsa. A formal banquet marked the opening of the new JCI headquarters, with approximately 1,000 attending. The big turnout was made possible by the fact that it was convenient for those attending the USJCC convention in Atlanta to go on to Miami Beach for the opening.

At the convention in Atlanta, Hugh McKenna of Omaha, Nebraska, was elected president for 1955-56 on the third ballot. Vice President Ed May of Connecticut had led on the first ballot, but when Howard E. Norris of Wisconsin withdrew, the complexion of things changed since it left only a three-way race between McKenna, May and Mississippi's Van Richardson. From there, McKenna overcame a 425-vote first ballot deficit and went on to snare the presidency.

Presidential Speech referring to Junior Chamber/Jaycees:

November 19, 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower - Remarks to Executive Committee of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce and Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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