State: Iowa

City: Des Moines

Chapters: 3,922

Members: 197,821 (184,010 regular - 13,811 associate)
(1954/55 first year that associate members were also counted)

Convention: Buffalo, NY - June 15-18, 1959

Income: $846,720 ($273,060 in sponsorships)

Iowa Power and Light Attorney , 33 year old, Robert H. Clark elected president for a full term.

Vice President: Uriel Blount, Jr.
Deland, FL
Leadership Training
Vice President: Jeff Davis
Decatur, GA
Public Relations
Vice President: Morgan J. Doughton Allentown, PA Public Affairs
Vice President: Dr. Robert Easton Norway, ME
Organization & Policy
Vice President: Byford Elwonger Auburn, NE
Records & Recognition
Vice President: A. M. "Red" Ghahremani San Jose, CA
International Relations
Vice President: Charles Rodermel Cheyenne, WY Youth & Sports)
Vice President: Tom Ruffin Shreveport, LA
Safety & Health
Vice President: F. John Taylor Beardstown, IL
Community Development
Vice President: Howard J. Thomas Silver Spring, MD
Internal Affairs
Treasurer:* Marvin Koonce Raleigh, NC  
General Legal Counsel: * Evan L. Hultman Waterloo, IA

 

Associate Legal Counsel: * Victor B. Levit San Francisco, CA  
Executive Vice President:*

Ben L. Swanson

Tacoma, WA National Office
Tulsa, OK

* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.

St. Louis, MO to host 1960 convention.

A swift climb to the top of the Jaycee leadership ladder became a reality for Robert H. Clark, Jr., of Des Moines, Iowa, when he prevailed in an exciting 11 ballot presidentical election at the national convention in Buffalo.

For Clark, the path to the presidency was covered in just five years from the time he first became a local member in Des Moines in 1954. Positions along the way included stints as local director, local president, state president and national vice president, responsible for the International Relations portfolio.

A graduate of Drake University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees in 1950 and 1953 respectively, Clark earned six varsity letters in football and track, and received the Holmes Couper award given the graduating athlete with the highest scholastic standing.

At the time he was elected, Clark was an attorney with Iowa Power and Light Company. Following the pattern of other modern presidents, he gave up this position to come to Tulsa "Young Men's Capital of the World" and take up residency in the Jaycee White House. With him came his wife, Mariann, and their two daughters, Debbie and Heidi.

It was to be a busy year for Clark, before it was over, the determined young Iowan had visited 49 states, logging almost 200,000 miles. The longest single trip of his administration was a journey to the JCI World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with stops en route at Caracas, Venezuela; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

While there were many important developments during Clark's administration, there were a few of particular significance. These included the increased emphasis on Community Development and the holding of the First Annual Community Development Seminar; publication of Booton Herndon's book about the Jaycees, "Young Men Can Change the World," and the organization's rejection -- at the 1960 national convention in St. Louis -- of a proposal which would have changed the name of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce to The United States Jaycees.

The Jaycee slate of programs during Clark's administration was an outstanding one and one which gained momentum swiftly as a result of the Board of Directors session held the previous March. Mapping of the year's programs late in the term of President Bob
Cox made it possible to prepare materials earlier than ever before, to enable chapters
to get off to a rapid start. In previous years, the Board had met to select programs
following the convention. (This is the first reference to a March planning session to plan the next year's programming. This was a long standing successful planning process including both corporate and operating committes and budget.)

Jaycees Have Two No. 1 Programs

There were 22 major emphasis or "Active Community Service" projects during 1959-60. Of key importance were the two No.1 programs of the organization, Community Development and Chapter and Individual Development.

In previous years, there had been but a single No.1, or top emphasis, program. But, at the March of 1959 board meeting, USJCC directors came to the conclusion you could not get a single goal as most important. Certainly, no chapter could be first rate without strong external programs, chosen on the basis of community needs as determined by an actual survey. Conversely, no local had much chance of success without strong internal workings. Thus, national directors logically concluded that two No. 1 programs would enhance each other, one external and one internal in nature.

The Community Development Program again had major financial support from American Motors Corporation. This support made possible the holding of the First Annual Community Development Seminar in August of 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, as well as the establishment of a Community Service Information Center at USJCC Headquarters.

Basically, the Community Development Program encouraged Jaycee chapters to survey community needs, analyze the results and then institute action or projects to meet top priority needs. Groups completing requirements and summarizing their work on the so-called “Form A” received the Jaycee Community Development Award.

The No.1 Internal Program was Chapter and Individual Development. Its basic requirements included: completion of eight of the "Basic 10" fundamentals of chapter development; adoption and execution of either the Demonstration Course in Parliamentary Procedure or the Speak-Up Jaycee Course, and participation in the SPOKE program for new Jaycees. Chapters certified their completion of requirements on the "Internal Report Form" to receive the Chapter and Individual Development Award.

To give weight to the status of the No. 1 programs, both were made integral parts of the Parade of States competition. States could earn up to 250 points for Community Development participation and a similar number for qualifying the specified number of clubs in Chapter and Individual Development. So, between the two No. 1 programs, they made up a possible 500 of the 1,000 possible points in parade competition. Other points were earned in membership and extension activity.

The Parade of States had been discarded during the tumultuous March of 1959 Board Meeting, but it was promptly re-instituted at the national convention in June. Guidelines were mapped at the July State Presidents meeting in Tulsa.

Projects Listed by Portfolio

Between them the two No, 1 programs represented four active community service projects -- Community Development, SPOKE, Speak Up Jaycee and Chapter Development. The complete lineup of active community service projects for 1959-60, listed by official USJCC portfolio, was

Leadership Training Portfolio

  • SPOKE
  • Speak Up Jaycee

Internal Affairs Portfolio

  • Membership Extension
  • Personnel and Chapter Development

Public Relations Portfolio

  • Jaycee Week
  • DSA -Bosses' Night

Records and Recognition Portfolio

  • Records and Recognition

Public Affairs Portfolio

  • Political Activities
  • Governmental Affairs

International Relations Portfolio

  • 100 Percent JCI Individual Membership
  • On to Rio
  • Operation Friendship

Youth and Sports Portfolio

  • Junior Tennis,
  • Junior Golf
  • Youth Fitness

Safety and Health Portfolio

  • Community Health
  • Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o

Community Development Portfolio

  • Community Development

Third Floor Dedicated

As can be seen; the Board of Directors had adopted a challenging array of programs, and they were to form the basis of President' Clark's solid year of Jaycee progress.

The role of Lucy's doctor was played by vice-president of PepsiCo, Mitchell Cox, as Crawford was on the Board of Directors of the soft drink firm. Pepsi-Cola product placements include a scene in the kitchen with a carton of the soft drink displayed prominently on a counter.

Strait-Jacket

Clark's term began on an auspicious note, for at the July meeting of state
presidents and national chairmen in Tulsa, the new $200,000 third floor
addition to the War Memorial Headquarters was dedicated.

Dignitaries on hand for the program included Oklahoma Governor J, Howard Edmondson and Lt. Governor George Nigh, the political upstarts who had startled America in fall of 1958 by being elected to their positions at the ages
of 33 and 31 years, respectively.

Giving Jaycee flavor to the event were Past Presidents E. Fred Johnson and
Dick Kemler, Also present was the “father,” of the War Memorial, Tom Baldridge. It was Baldridge who first proposed the headquarters as a living memorial to Jaycees who died in World War II at the Omaha War Conference in 1944. Baldridge then went on to spearhead the concept in its early years.

Another highlight of the state presidents' session was a leadership forum, featuring D. Mitchell Cox vice president of Pepsi-Cola (see image to right); Dr. Bryant M. Kirkland, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa; and Charles Kothe, former national vice president from Tulsa.

First Community Development Seminar Held

The growing importance of the Community Development program was illustrated during 1959-60 by the First Annual Community Development

Seminar held July 13-15 in Detroit, Michigan, Attending on expense paid trips were delegates from the chapters that had taken top honors among state community development programs. American Motors Corporation sponsored the event.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards by President
Clark to the three chapters that had done the most outstanding work
in Community Development during the 1958-59 Jaycee year. First
place went to Canton, Ohio; second to Centerville, Iowa; and third
to Stinnett, Texas.

The Canton Junior Chamber was cited primarily for work in promoting overall development of the community, including backing plans for a new city hall and expressway. The Centerville group had, among other activities, been responsible for the formation of a city planning commission and community action committee.

The Stinnett Jaycees brought paved streets and local law enforcement to their community. For their efforts Canton received $1,500, Centerville $1,000, and Stinnett $500.

A real tribute to the first annual seminar came from Hugh Pomeroy of White Plains, New York, a luncheon speaker and dean of American planners. As he said, “This was the most impressive civic event I have attended.”

Other Community Development Progress

Two other developments during Clark’s year illustrate the growing importance of Community Development.

In one of them, an advisory committee was formed composed of planners, architects, engineers and landscape architects to help guide Jaycee efforts. The group was given the title, Professional Advisory Council on Community Development.

Still another sign' of progress was the growth of the Community Service Information Center, or library, which had been established in April of 1959.

Earl Miller, former free lance newspaperman from Henryetta, Oklahoma, was hired as assistant manager of Community Development and entrusted with the difficult job of organizing the center in its early stages. Much of the first material came from the American Planning and Civic Association, which gave up its own information center and turned material over to the Jaycees.

Jaycee summers are traditionally jammed with activity, and 1959 was no exception. Three major youth events were held; the Jaycee Safe Driving Road-e-o, Jaycee Junior and Boys International Tennis Tournament' and the 1959 Jaycee International Golf Championship.

Atlanta Youth Wins Road-e-o

At the Safe Driving Road- e- o event, held in its traditional Washington, D.C., location the winner was Ronald Hopkins, 17-year-old high school student from Atlanta, Georgia. “He bested runner-up George Barrier III of Kannapolis, North Carolina, and third place James M. Brantley of St. Albans, Wisconsin.

In scoring 878 out of a possible 1, 000 points to win the first place scholarship grant of $2, 000, Hopkins became the second native of Atlanta to bag a title. No other city had had two national champs. Two years before the winner had been Charles Earl Hopkins (no relation to Ronald). Both boys were groomed for the Road-e-o by J. B. Angelo Crowe, an instructor at Atlanta's North Fulton High School.

The Road-e-o was sponsored in its eighth annual running by the Jaycees, Pure Oil Company, Chrysler Corporation, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and the American Trucking Association, Inc.

Tennis Finals Held in Phoenix

A two-handed belter from Tucson and a cunning court strategist from Hawaii were crowned singles champions in the Sixth Annual Jaycees Junior and Boys' International Tennis Tournament, held in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Paradise Valley Racket Club.

In the junior division, for boys under 18, the winner was Tucson, Arizona's, Bill Lenoir. A netter reminiscent of professional star Pancho Segura since he hit most of his shots with both hands on the racket, he won his title by downing John Karabasz of Coral Gables, Florida, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1. Lenoir and Karabasz were seeded No.1and No.2 respectively, as the tournament rankings ran true to form in junior play.

The seedings, however, did not hold in play for boys under 16. Rodney Kop of Honolulu, Hawaii, ranked second, dumped top rated Jim Beste of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in an exciting 7-5, 3-6, 8-6 duel.

Doubles play saw the top rated tandems bag trophies in both divisions. Among juniors, Dave Sanderlin and Tom Edlefsen of El Cajon and Oakland, California, downed unseeded Texans Butch Newman of San Antonio and Jerry Walters of Baytown by scores of 6-4, 6-2. Boys’ play saw the classy Puerto Rican combo of Charles Pasarell, Jr. and Jorge DeJesus outlast Kop and James Osborne of Hawaii, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Two famous tennis stars were present to add color to the event, Former Davis Cup Captain Bill Talbert was the keynoter of the early August event, while former amateur and professional champ Jack Kramer spoke at the awards banquet.

Handling the tourney in Phoenix was the local Jaycee chapter. National sponsors were The U. S. Jaycees, Pepsi-Cola Company, Athletic Institute, Tennis Manufacturers Association, and the National Sporting Goods Association.

Floridian Wins Golf Title

At the 14th Annual Jaycee International Golf Championship at Portsmouth, Virginia, the winner was the smallest in the tourney’s history. Coming out on top with a 72 hole total of 290 was Fritz Leffingwell, Jr., of Miami Shores, Florida, a l18-pound golfer with the swing of a heavy-weight. Nearest man to him was Ronnie Gerringer of Newport News, Virginia, with a 292. Third with a 294 total was Lynn Yturri of Ontario, Oregon.

Winning the team title, based on the first two rounds of play, was the Virginia squad, paced by Gerringer. Topping players from outside the United States in the international phase of competition was Leo Dehlinger of Panama City, Panama.

None of the contestants were able to challenge the 280 total which would have been par over four rounds of the tough Elizabeth Manor Course. Leffingwell, however, came prepared to win. Just before the Jaycee tourney he had been practicing in Greenbrier, West Virginia, where he played 12 rounds with famous professional Sammy Snead.

Sponsors of the event, hosted by the Portsmouth local, were Pepsi-Cola Company, Athletic Institute, National Golf Foundation and National Golf Fund

Fitness Winners Honored

A late November event in New York City saw the Jaycees and Sports Illustrated Magazine shine the spotlight on four division winners in the Annual Youth Fitness Week program. Winning chapters were Kingston, Tennessee; Greater Barre; Vermont; Fairmont, West Virginia; and Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas. They were honored for outstanding fitness programs they conducted in their communities. Also playing a role in the fitness program was the Wheaties Sports Federation.

My True Security Has Debut

While the youth fitness programs stressed physical factors, another program had its debut which put the emphasis on initiative and self reliance. The First Annual “My True Security” program was climaxed in July at a gathering in Washington, D. C., of 49 outstanding high school seniors. The high point of their visit to the nation's capital was a chance to meet President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“My True Security” was the replacement program for the old Voice of Democracy program which had been discontinued two years before. It was sponsored by the Jaycees and Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company.

At the awards banquet, the first prize of a $1,000 scholarship went to Martha Reynolds of Marietta, Georgia, Sharing runner-up honors-each receiving a $500 scholarship--were Herbert S. Edwards of Denver, Colorado, and John R, Williams of Fargo, North Dakota.

Young Mn Can Change the WorldJaycee Book Is Published

The unquestioned highlight of fall events was the issuance of the book. “Young Men Can Change the World.” authored by Booton Herndon and published by McGraw-Hill Company" The first truly complete story of the Jaycees, from the early days in St. Louis to the election of Bob Cox, it was written by a well-known free lance author who traveled thousands of miles to gain insight into the Jaycees - The book is fast-paced style helped it gain favorable comment by Junior Chamber readers across the country.

Its sale never hit the peaks some hoped for, but “Young Men Can Change the World” was nevertheless popular enough to result in the 1965 publication of a
revised edition, The book as issued in 1959 was in hard cover form and
sold for $3.95. The book was later available thorugh the USJC Supplies department
for years.

100 U S Jaycees Attend JCI Congress

A delegation of 100 U S- Jaycees attended the 14th Annual World Congress of Junior Chamber International in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Held in November, the Congress highlight was the election of Milton Zapata of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to serve as world president during 1960. Immediate Past U.S. Jaycee President Bob Cox was elected treasurer, and Ross Smyth of Canada was chosen vice president for North America.

In a major program development; American Motors Corporation became the first true JCI sponsor, as it extended its support to Community Development. Also in the programming field, it was decided to raise $300,000 for Tibetan rehabilitation.

The Joaquin V. Gonzales Senator Trophy for greatest total increase went to the U. S. with 177 new senators. The Minneapolis Award for outstanding Jaycee local in the world was won by Calgary, Canada.

Puerto Rico was selected to host the 1961 World Congress, prevailing in competition with Seattle, Washington.

Three new nations were admitted to JCI membership - Chile, Denmark, and Switzerland. Okinawa was affiliated on a conditional basis.

Hartford Hosts TOYM Program

The Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1959 were honored during January of 1960 in Hartford, Connecticut. While TOYM programs are always impressive, this event was particularly successful. The Hartford Jaycees, led by President Ray Hoffenberg and Chairman Bob Watson, did an excellent job of coordinating all the program details.

Honorees make a TOYM event, and the 1959 winners were a fine group. They were also unusually congenial, freely mixing with Jaycee delegates at various social functions.

Honored were:

The reaction of the 10 men to the event was summed up by Dr. Prystowsky: “It has been said that a man’s life is measured by four major landmarks: his birth, his marriage, the birth of his first son, and finally, his death. As one who has enjoyed the first three, I must add one more--the receipt of an honor such as this.”

Young Farmers Honored

The Sixth Annual Four Outstanding Young Farmers program was climaxed in Bakersfield, California, in April. Winners from 48 states were on hand for activities in the program sponsored by the Jaycees and the American Petroleum Institute committee on agriculture.

Chosen as the Four Outstanding Young Farmers of America were:

  • J. B. Kelly of Socorro, New Mexico;
  • Merrill Brown of Thermopolis, Wyoming;
  • Ralph R. Wier of Lacon, Illinois;
  • Robert V. Call, Jr., of Batavia, New York

USJCC Board Maps 1960-61 Programs

For the second year the USJCC Board of Directors met in Tulsa in March to map programs for the coming administration. The most dramatic moment of the meeting came when the directors voted in favor of a name change for the organization, thereby submitting the matter to convention delegates in St. Louis. The Board voted to recommend the change from United States Junior Chamber of Commerce to U.S. Jaycees after a long debate, Delegates in St. Louis, however, rejected the idea in June.

In contrast to the March meeting of a year earlier, the 1960 session was relatively smooth. One reason for this was extension of the meeting to three days from the two days of 1959. This enabled planning groups to consider programs in a less .hurried fashion.

A total of 19 active community service programs were adopted for 1960-61. They will be explained in the chapter pertaining to President Morgan J. Doughton. Las Vegas, Nevada, was chosen as site of the 1962 national convention, winning out over Dallas, Texas. Atlanta, Georgia, had previously been picked to host the event in 1961. Directors gave approval to addition of girls' play to the tennis tournaments, to be initiated with a pilot tourney in late summer of 1960 in Wichita, Kansas,

Two outstanding speakers appeared at the meeting Former USJCC Executive Vice President Douglas Timmerman at the time executive vice president of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, discussed the means by which people can be motivated. In an address which none who heard it will ever forget, The Reverend Bob Richards "The Vaulting Vicar" of the Wheaties Sports Federation pinpointed the major challenges facing America.

Membership and Extension

The slight membership drop during the 1958-59 Jaycee year led to increased emphasis under Clark. The name of the year's primary membership campaign was “A Crusade for Henry” It was based on the statement made by Henry Giessenbier, founder of the Jaycees, that the organization would someday boast a half million members. A slight membership increase was recorded to halt the slump, with regular membership jumping from 182,768 to 184,010. The number of chapters rose from 3,778 to 3,922.

USJCC Income

Income during 1959-60 totaled $846,720, of this $273,063 came from sponsors.

Headquarters Operation - Staff

Executive Vice President Ben L. Swanson served his second full year in office during the Clark administration. From an administrative standpoint the 1959-60 term was a successful one. The new third floor relieved what has been a severe space problem, enabling improvements in virtually every phase of operation.

In other key positions, David C. Rohrer continued as program manager and David Mueller as controller. Charles Stiver resigned as editor of FUTURE in April of 1960 after eight years of service. He was replaced by Thomas M. Campbell, former historian and associate editor of FUTURE.

Incidental Highlights

Every Jaycee year has highlights which fall into no particular categories. Here are a few of them during 1959-60:

*The Warren County-Vicksburg Jaycees made it two in a row as Lynda Lee Mead of Mississippi captured the coveted Miss America Crown. The year before another one of their entries, Mary Ann Mobley, had won the title. Across America, 38 of the Miss America contestants were winners in either local or state contests run by the Jaycees, including eight of the ten finalists and all of the top five. Bob Clark served as a judge at the Atlantic City pageant.

*The far-ranging potential of state Jaycee organizations was demonstrated in New Jersey. The state organization got behind a crucial statewide bond issue to raise more than $68 million for higher education, and helped pull the measure out of the fire when it appeared it would be defeated. The New Jersey organization also held a unique President’s Invitational Dinner, with honored guests including chief executives of 25 leading firms. Also on hand was President Clark. The purpose of the program, spearheaded by State President Leonard F. Newton, was to cement relationships between Jaycees and business in hopes of securing needed financial support.

*In a September column, Hearst feature writer Phyllis Battelle featured an interview with Bob Clark, in which the purposes of the Jaycees were explained. The column appeared in all of the Hearst papers across America, thus bringing home a message about the Junior Chamber to millions of Americans.

*Jaycees and inmates of Summit Federal Correction Institution worked together in Ashland, Kentucky, to renovate a youth center. The inmates, all in their teens or twenties, teamed with the Junior Chamber through membership in a Jaycee Auxiliary at the institution. Instrumental in forming the unique group, were Jaycee First Vice President Clayton Hagans and Warden John Galvin.

*Finally, there were the humorous episodes involving Clark. In Nebraska, Clark was the victim of a rigged hijacking which gave newspapermen a field day. In Alabama, while enroute to Tuscaloosa, Clark was kidnapped by member s of the Jasper chapter. He was late for the scheduled visitation but did finally arrive!

Jaycees Return Home for Convention

Jaycees returned to their birthplace, St. Louis, Missouri for the 40th Anniversary Convention of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was one of the most exciting and colorful in the organization’s history as 6,543 delegates and their wives assembled in the city on the banks of the Mississippi.

The convention had everything: a tremendous get-acquainted party on the Mississippi River levee; a reunion of former Jaycee leaders; a keynote address by Vice President Richard Nixon; and a stirring business session, highlighted by the election of Morgan J. Doughton as new president, and the rejection of a proposal to change the name of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce to U.S. Jaycees.

GET-ACQUAINTED PARTY: There will never be a more memorable get-acquainted party than the one in St. Louis, held on the levee of the Mississippi River. The party was featured by rides on the Steamer S. S. Admiral; a topflight vaudeville show on the stage of the Goldenrod Showboat; the Glenn Miller - styled music of Tex Beneke: and a German band which roamed the banks, turning several hundred yards of riverfront into one gigantic dance pavilion. A 175-foot bar dispensed Falstaff Beer and Pepsi-Cola, The party closed at midnight as the bands began to play, “Meet Me in St. Louis Jaycee,” with every voice raised in the welcome home chorus. The final sparks from the fireworks display burned into oblivion and a never-to-be-repeated spectacular had closed.

NIXON KEYNOTES CONVENTION: The convention keynote speaker was Vice President Richard Nixon, His address turned out to be far more than a traditional convention message, since it received nationwide attention. Nixon stood up for the Eisenhower administration's defense policy and outlined his own economic theory of “growthmanship.”

FORUM IS OUTSTANDING: With a theme of “Life is Worth Living,” the convention forum featured four speakers: Lt. General Jimmy Doolittle; Erwin D. Canham, editor of the Christian Science Monitor; former professional football coach Jimmy Conzelman; and Howard E. Butt, Jr., prominent Christian layman from Corpus Christi, Texas.

PAST LEADERS HOLD REUNION: Seventeen past presidents were on hand in St. Louis for activities commemorating the birth of the USJCC 40 year s earlier. One of the most impressive of commemorative activities was a beautiful memoria1 service for founder Henry Giessenbier, Jr. at Valhalla Cemetery, held the Sunday before the convention opened. The ceremony was featured by placement of a wreath of native flowers on Giessenbier’s grave by each state president. Honored guests were Mrs. A. N. Soell, wife of the founder, along with Giessenbier’s son and daughter.

A special 40th Anniversary program was held on the opening day of the convention, at which past presidents received special Giessenbier medallions. This part of the program was appropriately closed by the recitation of the Jaycee Creed by its author, Bill Brownfield.

Past presidents attending the St. Louis Convention included:

  • Herbert McCulla, 1929-30;
  • Phillip Ebeling, 1938-39;
  • E. Richard West, 1934-35;
  • E. Fred Johnson, 1925-26;
  • George- Olmsted, 1931-32;
  • Bob Cox, 1958-59;
  • Perry Pipkin, 1939-40:
  • Dick Kemler, 1950-51;
  • Clifford Cooper, 1949-50;
  • Wendell Ford, 1956-57;
  • Bob Clark, 1959-60;
  • William Shepherd, 1942-43;
  • Chuck Shearer, 1957-58;
  • Hugh McKenna, 1955-56.

Other Jaycee greats present included Honorary President Andrew Mungenast; Honorary Vice Presidents John Armbruster and M. R. Latimer; and Honorary Members Tom Baldridge and Bill Brownfield.

Also on hand were Past Executive Vice Presidents Sherman Humason, Hal Herman, Tom Reid, Douglas Timmerman, Frank Fister, Bob Ladd, and Gordon Hicks.

NAME CHANGE DEFEATED: At their March meeting, the members of the USJCC Board of Directors had recommended that the organization change its name from the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce to the United States Jaycees. It was not to be in St. Louis, as the measure failed to gain the two-thirds majority which would have been necessary for a change in the by-laws.

MISCELLANEOUS HIGHLIGHTS: Every convention has a myriad of events, and St. Louis was no exception. The Parade of States was as colorful as ever with South Carolina, Oklahoma and Mississippi leading the way, in that order, under respective state presidents Ramon Schwartz, Jr., Charles Ford and Charles Crumbley. Miss America, Lynda Lee Mead, was on hand to extend greetings to delegates on the opening day of the convention. Addressing the traditional Keyman Luncheon was Dr, E. Vincent Askey, newly elected president of the American Medical Association, Bagging the coveted Harold A. Marks Memorial, the highest honor any chapter can win was Monticello, Illinois, led by President Dean Gordon. Among resolutions approved, one called for Jaycee backing of the Herlong-Baker Tax Reform Bill.

DELEGATES CHOOSE DOUGHTON: It was all over in six ballots as delegates chose Morgan J. Doughton, national vice president from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He won out in a race which included Vice Presidents Tom Ruffin of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Howard J. Thomas of Silver Spring, Maryland. Thomas led through the first six ballots, with Doughton second and Ruffin third. Then, Ruffin dropped from the race and Doughton picked up enough of his support to win the victory. In winning, Doughton became the first bachelor Jaycee president since Dick Kemler served in 1950-51.

 

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