State: North Carolina

City: Chapel Hill

Chapters: 3,778

Members: 196,788 (182,768 regular - 14,020 associate)
(1954/55 first year that associate members were also counted)

Convention: Los Angeles, CA - June 16-19, 1958

Income: $776,743

Clothing Store Owner, 32 year old, Robert V. Cox elected president for a full term.

Vice President: Addison E. Alber Tempe, AZ
Youth & Sports
Vice President: Robert H. Clark Des Moines, IA
International Relations
Vice President: Grover C. Gouker, Jr. Hanover, PA
Community Development)
Vice President: Seiji Horiuchi Brighton, CO
Vice President: Tom Marshall Jackson, MS
Vice President: Edward A. Merdes Fairbanks, AK
Leadership Training
Vice President: Thomas W. Ollie North Little Rock, AR
Organization & Policy
Vice President: Edward F. Selleck Williamsville, NY
Public Relations
Vice President: H. Milton Taft Auburn, AL
Public Affairs
Vice President: M. Keith Upson** Caney, KS
Safety & Health
Treasurer:* Walt Weller West Orange, NJ


General Legal Counsel: * Evan L. Hultman Waterloo, IA  
Executive Vice President:*

Roland T. Tibbetts until 9/58
Ben L. Swanson as of 9/58

Hartford, CT
Tacoma, WA
National Office
Tulsa, OK

* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.

** M. Keith Upson died in office and was replaced by Shad Old of Sikeston, Missouri,

Buffalo, NY to host 1959 convention.

Robert V. Cox, 32-year-old clothing store owner and former University of North Carolina football star, served as President of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce during the 1958-59 administration.

Highlights of Cox’s term in office included the construction of the third floor addition to national headquarters, and the holding of a March Board of Directors meeting that marked the organization’s first real attempt at advance programming. The year’s most saddening news was the death of national Vice President Keith Upson of Caney, Kansas, first top-level officer in Jaycee history to die during his term.

Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Cox was elected to the presidency in a tense 15 - ballot election at the national convention in Los Angeles, prevailing over Ohio’s Clarence Blasier, Wally Heatwole of Virginia, and Missouri’s Dixie Lynch.

The 1958-59 president stepped into the Jaycees’ top position following a term as the 1957-58 vice president in charge of Sports and Youth Welfare. The year before he was North Carolina president, and a Clayton Frost winner, as one of the five most outstanding state presidents in America. Cox had also been a local president, DSA recipient, outstanding state chairman, state vice president and national director.

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Cox was a wartime veteran of the Marines. He attended the University of Mississippi and University of North Carolina, and at the latter school was on the golf squad and a member of the football teams which appeared in the 1949 Sugar Bowl and 1950 Cotton Bowl games. While on these squads, he was an end playing along with All-American tailback Charlie Justice.

Following his graduation from the University of North Carolina, with his B.A. and Master’s degrees in education, Cox served the Tarheels for three years as an assistant football coach.

At the time of assuming the USJCC presidency, Cox and his wife Cathy had four children, all boys. A fifth boy was born to the Jaycees’ first family on February 18, 1959.

Number One Program for the Year

The No. 1 program for the 1958-59 Jaycee year was the two-phased Community and Chapter Development. To qualify for Jaycee Community and Chapter Development award certificates in this program, Junior Chamber locals were asked to complete requirements in both the external and internal areas.

The Community Development phase of the program called for a survey or resurvey of the needs and problems of the community, a planned program to solve some of these problems, and a report summarizing results and progress.

In the field of Chapter Development, locals had to meet eight of the basic ten fundamentals set down for the operation of an efficient Junior Chamber. These essentials included improving organizational structure, undertaking a planned year's program, using a planned year's budget, assuring adequate membership, undertaking activation of all members, establishing a regular Jaycee membership publication, participating in state and national Jaycee affairs, participating in the state and national awards program, holding regular meetings and recognizing Jaycee wives.

The Community Development phase of the No 1 program was co- sponsored by the American Motors Corporation, and this financing enabled the printing of a project kit of professional quality, American Motors' backing was also to make possible the holding of a Community Development Seminar in Detroit in July of 1959 at which the chapters doing the best job in this field would be recognized.

At the March, 1959, Board Meeting in Tulsa, the establishment of a separate Community Development Department was organized, with John Meek, Assistant in External Programming, moving up into this position. Hired as his assistant was Earl Miller.

By year's end, it was apparent that Community Development was an all encompassing Number One program which deserved continuing emphasis in years to come. This thought was evidenced at the March Board of Directors Meeting when Community Development gained recognition as co-Number One program of the organization for 1959-60, along with Chapter and Individual Development. To facilitate the Jaycee program, a Professional Advisory Council on Community Development was organized in spring of 1959 by representatives of various professional planning groups for the purpose of assisting the USJCC in this vital field, A Jaycee-American Motors Graduate Fellowship in Comprehensive Planning was also awarded for the first time for study during 1959-60.

Class One Programs for 1958-59

Class One Program,s for 1958-59, or those designated to receive extensive promotion by the USJCC, included the following, listed by area:

  • Community Development -- Christmas Decorating and Operation Library; Community Health - Community Health;
  • Leadership Training - SPOKE and Speak- Up Jaycee;
  • International Relations - 100% JCI Individual Membership, Host to the World, and On to Rio;
  • Personnel - Membership, Personnel, and Extension;
  • Public Affairs - Outstanding Young Farmer, My True Security, Religion in American Life, Get-Out- The- Vote, and Project Tax Reform;
  • Public Relations - Jaycee Week-DSA Bosses' Night;
  • Community Safety--Safe Driving Teenage Road-e-o, Traffic Safety Dolls and Home and Fire Dolls;
  • Sports -- Junior Golf, Junior Tennis, and Youth Fitness;
  • Youth Welfare -- Young Adult Placement and Christmas Shopping Tour.

National Awards Programs and Competitions

The 1958-59 Jaycee year featured the annual Safe Driving" Golf and Tennis competitions, as well as the Outstanding Young Farmer and Ten Outstanding Young Men awards programs. Other events of national Jaycee importance included the feting of Youth Fitness Week winners in New York City by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine, and the honoring of Project Tax Reform winners in Washington, DC.

Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o: The winner of the seventh annual Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o and its accompanying $2,000 scholarship was Edward Meade of Silver Spring, Maryland, who finished with 905 points -- 20 above the record for the event. Trailing him was Marvin Mack Lowry of Moultrie, Georgia, who received a $1,500 scholarship, and Donald Weeks of Portland, Maine, winner of a $1,000 grant. All-in-all, 51 contestants representing the top teen drivers in 48 states, Hawaii and District of Columbia were on hand for the event held August 11-14, 1958, in Washington, D. D. These youngsters were the best of 300, 000 who took part in the annual Jaycee program backed by Pure Oil Company, American Trucking Associations, Inc., Chrysler Corporation and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Jaycee Junior and Boys Tennis' Championships: Held August 5-9 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the fifth annual Jaycee Junior and Boys Tennis Championships saw more than 160 young netters from 41 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico participate in the tournament. Snaring the Junior Singles Crown was Richard "Denny" Ralston of Bakersfield, California, who defeated Ned Neely of Atlanta, Georgia, 6-1, 6- I, 4- 6, 6- 2. In Junior Doubles, Rod Susman and Bill Heinbecker of Clayton and St. Louis, Missouri, downed Ralston and Tom Edlefsen of Oakland, California, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Competition in the boys' category (15 and under) saw Charles Pasarell of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, snare the crown with a4-6, 6-3, 6-1 triumph over James Parker of Creve Coeur, Missouri. Boys' doubles play saw Ohioans Clark Graebner of Lakewood and Warren Daane of Cleveland lash Parker and Cliff Buchholz of St. Louis, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

Attendance at the tennis championships in Chapel Hill was excellent, with crowds of 1,000 and more on hand for many of the matches. Celebrities in attendance included Bill Talbert, former U.S. Davis Cup captain, who appeared in exhibition matches, including one with President Bob Cox!

Sponsors helping make the tournament possible included the Athletic Institute, Pepsi-Cola Company, National Sporting Goods Association and the Tennis Equipment Manufacturers.

Jaycee Junior Golf Championships: Even Georgians were surprised when Jerry Greenbaum of Atlanta captured the 1958 Jaycee Junior Golf title at Tucson, Arizona. Ranked only fourth on his states' team, Greenbaurn nevertheless led the field with a 72-hole total of 281, just one over par for the four rounds. Trailing him were Chuck Courtney of LaJolla, California with 285, and Biff Lovett, Portland, Oregon, with 286. The tourney medalist was Buddy Baker of Florence, South Carolina,' who carded an even par 140 in 36 holes of qualifying play. Georgia repeated as team champion in the 13th annual event which drew 196 golfers from all 48 states and Hawaii.

Sponsoring the Jaycee golf championships held August 18-23 was the Coca-Cola Company. On hand to represent Coca-Cola was Bobby Jones, retired golfer of Grand-Slam fame.

Ten Outstanding Young Men: The nation's Ten Outstanding Young Men for 1958 were honored by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in impressive ceremonies held January 21, 1959, which climaxed the two-day awards congress.

Beautifully staged in War Memorial Au4itorium, the awards ceremony was the first not held in conjunction with a banquet. The 1,800 visiting Jaycees, wives, local dignitaries and representatives of the press all agreed, however, that the program was an unusually impressive one, Press representation was the best in the history of the 21-year event, since the Fort Lauderdale Jaycees arranged for a press junket of 28 top New York newsmen in cooperation with Northeast Orient Airlines.

Since he could not give sufficient reasons for his inability to attend the awards ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale, another young man – Pianist Van Cliburn - was dropped from the list of winners. Cliburn had originally stated that he would be present to receive his award, but later announced that he would be unable to attend. As a result, President Cox deleted Cliburn from the roster of TOYM, using as his reason the fact that all candidates sign a statement on their nomination blank agreeing to be present barring extreme circumstances.

Many newspapers erroneously stated that Cliburn was being dropped to be replaced by Singer Pat Boone. Actually, Boone was one of the original ten choices, but, when he could not be contacted to confirm his attendance, he was deleted from the list. When Boone finally confirmed his attendance, it so happened a slot was open due to Cliburn's being dropped, but it was not a case of one man replacing the other.

Named the TOYM for 1958 were:

  • Dr. James T, Grace, Jr., 35, cancer research surgeon at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, New York;
  • Dr, Henry A. Kissinger, 35. Associate Director for the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University;
  • Loren E. Schnack, 32, county and probate judge in Quincy, Illinois, who did outstanding work in curbing juvenile delinquency;
  • Dr. Gus Turbeville, 35, youthful President of Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin;
  • Dr. Donald A. Glaser, Professor Physics at the University of Michigan;
  • Pat Boone, 24, entertainer;
  • Lt. Shepherd M. Jenks, 31, navigator of the USS Nautilus during its history-making run under the North Pole ice pack;
  • Dr, Hugh E, Wilson, III, 34, head of cardiac and thoracic surgery at the University of Texas' Southwestern Medical School;
  • Dr. Richard T. Smith, 34, head of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine; and
  • Warren H. Phillips, 32, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal.

Outstanding Young Farmer Program: The fifth annual "search" for America's Outstanding Young Farmers was culminated on April 8, 1959, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as the four national winners were named at a brilliantly staged awards' banquet. Selected as the top young farmers in America for 1958 were:

  • Paul Ames, 35, Indio, California, vegetable farmer and operator of a farm management service;
  • R. Sullivan Fisher, 31, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, tobacco and cotton farmer;
  • Dale Koester, 36, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, cattleman and general farmer; and
  • Willard Wilson, 31, Thermopolis, Wyoming, an agriculturist specializing in cattle feeding and sugar beet farming.

Participation in the OYF program hit a new high for 1958, as 935 Junior Chambers in 49 states participated. All of the state winners received trips to Cedar Rapids for the awards program, with the identity of the four top farmers remaining a mystery until the actual announcement was made. Serving as co-sponsors for the Jaycee program was the American Petroleum Institute Committee on Agriculture.

Project Tax Reform: Perhaps the most unique – if not successful – program of the year was culminated in Washington, D.C, in mid-April of 1959 as petitions were presented calling for reform in the nation's tax structure. Presenting the petitions was Mike Gravel of Anchorage, Alaska, costumed as "Jaycee Paul Revere."

Gravel was selected by the USJCC to tour the nation, speaking for Project Tax Reform along the way. His ride, which began in January of 1959, was designed to secure more than five million signatures calling for tax reform, but the project was not adopted by any sizable number of local chapters and total signatures on petitions did not total much over 100,000. Paul Revere and his steed -- in this case a Rambler station wagon rather than a horse -- did garner good publicity for the organization, however, and the Jaycee spokesman brilliantly outlined the need for tax reductions along his journey across America which saw him stop in most of the 48 states in the continental U. S., and meet many governors and other top officials.

The conclusion of the program came in dramatic style, as Paul Revere rode a horse up the Capitol steps in Washington to present the signed petitions to Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois. Attending the three-day Tax Reform Program in Washington were representatives from the 35 states which had conducted the project. Making possible Project Tax Reform was the financial help of the co-sponsoring National Association of Manufacturers.

Youth Fitness Winners Feted: Representatives of the chapters in each of the five population divisions conducting the best Youth Fitness Week programs were honored with a special October trip to New York, courtesy of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine, a co-sponsor of Youth Fitness, along with the Wheaties Sports Federation. Enjoying a good time in New York as well as receiving SPORTS ILLUSTRATED trophies were the representatives from Hagerstown, Indiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Zanesville, Ohio; Sydney, Ohio; and Springfield, Illinois.

Youth Fitness Week was actually only one phase of the four-part Youth Fitness Program, the other projects in the program including Junior Champ competitions, Youth Fitness testing and a facilities and programming guide, all sponsored by the Wheaties Sports Federation.

Junior Chamber International Programs

The most important USJCC program from the international standpoint during 1958-59 was the active promotion of 100% individual membership in Junior Chamber International. Results were excellent along those lines, for, at the beginning of the year, Kansas and Ohio were the only states requiring payment of $1 yearly JCI dues by all their members. By year's end, however, Nevada, Minnesota, Washington and Virginia were on the 100% rolls, and 16 other states had voted to go 100% JCI effective with the dues billing in October of 1959. Many locals also decided to back 100% participation in JCI during the year in states which had not yet decided to make it mandatory for their chapters.

The holding of the 13th Annual JCI Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was another monumental program, and total attendance for the meeting held November 16-22 totaled 1,200, including 500 overseas delegates, representing 55 nations. Highlight of the Congress business was the selection of Maurice Sexton of New Zealand as the 1959 World President to replace 1958 President Alberto Phllippe of Mexico. Chosen as the Vice President from North America was 1956-57 USJCC President Wendell Ford, while 1957 - 58 President Charles Shearer was named Treasurer. In other business, Paris, France, was chosen as the site of the 1960 meeting. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, had been previously selected to host the 1959 meeting. Keith Upson, deceased USJCC Vice President: was posthumously conferred the Joaquin V. Gonzales Award.

In conjunction with the Minneapolis World Congress, the U. S. Jaycees conducted an extensive array of projects, all coming under the general category of "Host to the World," Efforts were taken to not only promote the meeting, but to see that every courtesy was extended to the visitors from overseas both at the Congress and as they traveled across country.

Within Junior Chamber International itself, the year was marked by the resignation of David Haxton as Secretary General of JCI Headquarters in Miami Beach, Florida. He was replaced by Robert Green, formerly Assistant Secretary General, with John Nesbitt moving up from the editorship of JCI WORLD to the assistant's post.

Construction of the Third Floor

In October of 1958, construction began on the $203,000 third-floor addition to War Memorial Headquarters in Tulsa. It was originally hoped to complete the addition by March, but rain and snow delayed work by the DeWitt Construction Company of Tulsa, and the third floor was not actually ready for occupancy until June. The third floor added 9, 300 square' feet of space to the headquarters, and many staff offices were promptly shifted to this new area to make possible mo re efficient operation of the USJCC staff operation. Extending over the back patio, the third floor is larger than either of the other levels.

Dedication of the third floor was to officially come during July, 1959 early in the administration of 1959-60 President Bob Clark.

Individual Membership and Number of Local Organizations

At year's end, total regular membership in the USJCC stood at 182,768, plus 14,020 associate members. This was a slight decrease from the 187,446 total of the year before. The number of chapters increased from 3,694 to 3,778.

USJCC Income

Income for the 1958-59 Jaycee year was $776,743 compared with $706,600 for the previous year.

Executive Committee Meetings

The 1958-59 Executive Committee met on seven occasions during the Jaycee year, commencing with its sessions at the conclusion of the convention in Los Angeles. Other meetings were in July and October in Tulsa, in Minneapolis in November in conjunction with the World Congress, in January at Fort Lauderdale in conjunction with TOYM, at the March Board Meeting in Tulsa, and prior to the beginning of convention activities in Buffalo.

Board of Directors Meetings

The 1958-59 Board of Directors met immediately following the Los Angeles convention in a dual two-day session with the 1957-58 Board to plan the Jaycee program s for 1958-59. The 1958-59 Board then met again in Tulsa in March of 1959 to initiate the new USJCC advance planning concept and layout the programs for the 1959-60 Jaycee year. This March meeting in Tulsa marked the first time the Board of Directors for one administration actually convened for the purpose of passing on programs for the coming year. A by-law change in Los Angeles had initiated this new advance planning concept in the belief that it would eliminate the programming lag following the convention when project materials were not yet available. The meeting naturally had its snags in its first year, but, on the whole, went smoothly. Key developments of this meeting included the selection of Atlanta, Georgia, as 1961 convention site, and the adoption of two separate number one programs for 1959-60, to be known as Community Development and Chapter and Individual Development. The Board also gave its backing to mandatory 100% JCI membership, although this was to be voted down by delegates at the Buffalo convention. Another move saw the Board abolish the traditional Parade of States competition, but this was to be reinstated when the Board met again in Buffalo before the convention. Since this was the only major decision changed by the Board after its advance planning session, the March meeting, as a whole, was a success.

Programs adopted by the Board at this March meeting will be described fully in the history of the 1959-60 Jaycee administration.

Presidential Visits and Invitations

During his year in office, President Bob Cox visited every state, including the District of Columbia, Hawaii and Alaska. He also attended the Mexican and Canadian national conventions served as a judge at the Miss America contest in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and appeared at many other important functions. The high spot of the year came, however, as Cox and Executive Vice President Ben Swanson conferred with President Dwight Eisenhower on March 3 while in the nation's capital. President Eisenhower talked with Cox and Swanson for almost a half hour; commenting favorably on the Jaycee movement, The President in particular, recalled that he had received a red jacket in conjunction with an appearance at the Teenage Driving Road-e-o a few years back, and had vivid memories of the 1953 national convention in Minneapolis, at which he was keynote speaker.

Cox also met President Eisenhower two other times during the year, and came into contact with Vice President Richard Nixon on five occasions.

The Jaycees were also accorded the honor of being one of the two organizations in this country invited to send a representative to a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) briefing held from January 12-16 in Paris, France, in conjunction with that organization's 10th anniversary. Since he could not attend personally due to the TOYM program in Fort Lauderdale, President Cox selected A. Park Shaw as the Jaycee representative. Shaw, from Bridgeport, Connecticut, was the 1957-58 Vice President in charge of International Relations, and well qualified to represent the USJCC. As it turned out, Shaw was the only representative from this country on hand for the briefing, and only representative from a civic organization from any of the 15 NATO countries.

Death of Vice President Keith Upson

The USJCC was saddened on October 29 by the death in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, of Keith Upson, 33, national vice president from Caney, Kansas, Upson, who served in 1957-58 as Kansas State Jaycee President, thus became the first member of a national executive committee to ever die while in office. He left behind a wife, Marsha, and five-year-old daughter, Karsha.

In a vote taken by mail, the Board of Directors selected Shad Old of Sikeston, Missouri, to replace Upson, and assume responsibility for the Safety and Health portfolio, and the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri. Old, the national treasurer in 1957-58, was chosen over 1957-58 State President from Massachusetts, John Dator.

Death of Former President Mortimer

One of the Junior Chamber's real pioneers - Harry B Mortimer, fourth president of the USJCC (1923-24) - died on September 19 in Chicago, Illinois. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he founded the Junior Association in 1920 after reading about the national organization's initial caucus in St. Louis. Mortimer later moved to Chicago where he was a tax consultant. Mortimer was survived by his wife and two daughters.

USJCC Staff Operation

The most important staff change of the year came on September 1, 1958, as Ben L. Swanson of Tacoma, Washington, moved up from the position of controller to become executive vice president of the USJCC. Swanson, who first joined the headquarters staff in April of 1956 as chief accountant, was promoted to controller three months later and held that job until being named executive vice president by the Executive Committee. Swanson replaced Roland T. Tibbetts of Hartford, Connecticut, who left the organization following a three-year term of duty to become program manager of the National -Small Business Men's Association in Washington, D.C. Tibbetts was soon advanced to Executive Secretary of the NSBMA, but then resigned to take an executive position with the Hazelton Laboratory in Washington.

Another major change came as Internal Affairs Manager Dave Rohrer was promoted to program manager, replacing Dean Borton, who also left to join the National Small Business Men's Association. Kyle Goddard moved up from his assistant's post to take over Rohrer's job as internal affairs manager, and Jim Thaxton of Tulsa was hired as Goddard's assistant.

Other key staff changes during the year included:

Roger Reid of Tulsa was promoted from public relations assistant to public relations director, upon the resignation of Ted Howell. John Hedley of Tulsa was hired as Assistant Director.

Roger Graham moved up to controller to replace Swanson, but resigned shortly thereafter and was replaced near year's end by Dave Mueller of Marshfield, Wisconsin. Ted Holt of Tulsa was advanced to the post of Chief Accountant, and Harold Porterfield of Tulsa was employed as Associate Accountant.

Two new assistants were hired in the External Programming Department, John Meek of Syracuse, New York, and Ken B. Done of Salt Lake City, Utah. Meek was placed in charge of the Community Development Program, while Done headed Project Tax Reform. Effective July 1, 1959, Community Development was advanced to full department status, with Meek as manager and Earl Miller of Tulsa (hired in May of 1959) as assistant. Done resigned in summer of 1959 and was replaced early in 1959-60 by Frank Hampton of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

In the Production Department, Carl Harrison resigned and was replaced by Terry McCann, an AAU championship wrestler at 125 pounds and only American able to defeat his Russian opponents when the Soviet team invaded the U.S. in spring of 1958.

Paul Lehman was promoted from general helper in the Supplies Department to the post of assistant manager.

1959 Convention - Buffalo, New York (June 15-18)

The 1959 convention in Buffalo, New York, which canceled the 1958- 59 Jaycee year, was branded one of the most successful in history by veteran members. Some 7, 000 Jaycees and their wives were on hand for the conclave, featured by the election of Bob Clark of Des Moines, Iowa, as the new president. Clark, who served under Cox as vice president in charge of international relations, captured the presidency on the 11th ballot in an exciting election which did not wind up until 1:12 a.m. Friday, June 18.

Ed Merdes, national Vice President from Alaska took the first ballot lead, followed by Clark and Vice Presidents Ed Selleck of New York, Tom Marshall of Mississippi and Milton Taff of Alabama. All of the men were far short of a majority of votes, however, and the situation remained unchanged during the second round. Early in the third ballot, Selleck withdrew, and then, with him out of the battling, all of the candidates picked up votes – Clark gaining the most and almost catching Merdes. Taff stepped out of the race after the fourth ballot and, with his withdrawal Clark forged ahead. Proceedings were interrupted for the inaugural banquet following the fifth round -- the presidential inauguration of course, being impossible - and then resumed after dinner. There were no major shifts in voting until the 11th ballot when Marshall came forward and conceded.

It became apparent as voting continued on the 11th go-around that Clark would gain a majority, Merdes took the platform to concede and asked for a unanimous vote for Clark, who then took the oath of office from outgoing President, Bob Cox.

The real feature of the Buffalo convention was the city's tremendous hospitality, as well as the interest shown in the meeting by the local citizenry. Over 100,000 turned out to see the Parade of States - headed by West Virginia under President Dr. Frank H. Fischer. Following West Virginia were Maryland under Howard J. Thomas and Minnesota under Kelton Gage:

Educational highlight of the convention was the keynote address of George Romney, dynamic President of American Motors. Romney remarked that if he were a young man he would be a Jaycee.

Another outstanding feature was the Leadership Forum, based on the theme that “Earth's Great Treasure Lies in Human Personality.” Appearing on the forum were Rev. Leon Sullivan, Pastor of the Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dr. Shane MacCarthy, head of President Eisenhower's Council on Youth Fitness; and Chancellor Clifford C. Furnas of the University of Buffalo. 

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