State: Tennessee

City: Jackson

Chapters: 4,407

Members: 219,552 (205,099 regular - 14,453 associate)
(1954/55 first year that associate members were also counted)

Income: $848,0236 ($167,110 in sponsorships)

Convention: Atlanta, GA - June 19-22, 1961

Partner in Lumber Company, 33 year old, Robert D. Congor elected president for a full term.

Vice President: M. L. Benton Owosso, MI Membership
Vice President: Doug Blankenship College Park, GA State & Metropolitan Operations
Vice President: Robert W. Buckley Beech Grove, IN
Organization & Policy
Vice President: Bob Carter Baton Rouge, LA Chapter & Individual Development
Vice President: Marshall W. Cobleigh
Nashua, NH Health and Safety
Vice President: C. J. Doran, Jr.
Washington, D.C. International Relations
Vice President: Rex L. Flint
Riverside, CA Public Relations
Vice President: William F. X. Flynn
Trumbull, CT Americanism & Governmental Affairs
Vice President: Wayne Gentry
Moulton, AL Civic Activity
Vice President: Kenneth D. Johnston
Seattle, WA Sports & Recreation
Treasurer:* Wayne Matlock El Dorado, KS  
General Legal Counsel: * Maurice Coburn Chicago, IL


Associate Legal Counsel: * Isadore Lourie Columbia, SC  
Executive Vice President:* Max D. Nalley OK National Office
Tulsa, OK

* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.

Las Vegas, NV to host 1962 convention.

An administration featured by exceptional membership growth and programming innovations summaries the 1961-62 Jaycee year under the leadership of President Bob Conger of Jackson, Tennessee.

The determined Conger brought to his Jaycee position a solid background in the organization, including service as a local chairman, director, vice president and president. He was Tennessee state president in 1959-60 and a national vice president under Morgan Doughton, heading the Community, Health and Safety portfolio. His Jaycee career began in 1952, following his graduation from Georgia Tech where he majored in architecture.

At the time of his election, Conger was a partner in Conger – Parker Lumber and Supply Company in Jackson, as well as a director of the Kelley Food Company, a meat canning firm. He was 33.

Coming to Tulsa with Conger to reside in the Jaycee White House were his wife, Virginia, and their three children — Virginia Louise, 5, Robert Sidney, 4 and Rebecca Susan, 18 months.

The membership emphasis of the previous year was intensified under Conger’s leadership as a 6.76 percent increase was registered. Overall, regular individual membership went up from 192,119 to 205,099, a jump of 12,980 members. Conger stressed the goal of a 25 percent membership increase; in every chapter, along with his belief that Jaycees should attempt to bring more so-called “blue collar” workers into the organization.

A major programming innovation of 1961-62 was the holding of the first annual Governmental Affairs Seminar in Washington, D C., in April. Another first was the holding of the initial Jaycee tennis championships combining competition for both boys and girls at one site East Lansing, Michigan.

Another significant program launched during Conger’s administration was the Jaycee Foreign Journalists program, in which the USJCC worked with Reader's Digest Magazine to host journalists from abroad as they visited this country.

Two major sponsorships were secured, with Buick Division of General Motors providing new autos to state presidents and executive committee members, and the LP-Gas Council agreeing to give the financial backing to make possible resumption of the National Outstanding Young Farmer program the next year" National attention was focused on the Jaycees through their sale, on an exclusive basis, of the record, “Chicken Fat.” Written by Meredith Wilson of “Music Man” fame, this record was conceived by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, with the USJCC selected as the organization most capable of distributing it.

No.1 Internal & External Programs

Continuing the trend of the previous two years, there were again joint No. 1 programs. The top emphasis internal program was Chapter and Individual Development, with Community Development the No. 1 external effort of the organization. Their weight in the Parade of States Competition was somewhat less than in 1960-61, with 150 points possible in Chapter and Individual Development and 250 in Community Development, out of a possible 1,000 points. A total of 450 points could be earned in membership and 150 in extension.

The full line-up of Active Community Service Programs (those receiving major emphasis) for 1961-62 was as follows, listed by portfolio:

  • Civic Activity Portfolio - Community Development, Agriculture and Scholastic Achievement Recognition;
  • Chapter and Individual Development Portfolio - Chapter Development, Individual Development including parliamentary procedure, Speak-Up Jaycee and SPOKE), and Records and Recognition;
  • Membership Portfolio -Membership Growth and Extension;
  • Health and Safety Portfolio - Community Health, Traffic Safety and Safe Driving Road-e-o;
  • Public Relations Portfolio – Jaycee Week-DSA-Bosses' Night;
  • International Relations Portfolio – International Relations;
  • Americanism and Governmental Affairs Portfolio – National Purpose, Governmental Affairs and Operation Survival;
  • Sports and Recreation Portfolio – Junior Champ, Junior Golf Development, and Junior Tennis Development

New Program Notes

A new program in the Civic Activity Portfolio was Scholastic Achievement Recognition co-sponsored by Minute Maid Company. It sought to encourage scholastic excellence by awarding certificates to students earning honor roll and straight ‘A’ grades.

The Membership program had an important new component, the Blue Chip Award. A Blue Chip Award could be earned by each chapter qualifying for the No. 1 Internal Program Award and also showing a 25 percent net membership increase for the year. The Blue Chip Award Program was an important element in the big emphasis given membership during the Conger administration.

Small Chapters Sweep CD Awards

The Third Annual Community Development Seminar was held July 16-18 in Chicago, Illinois. Garnering the top award of $1,500 were the Jaycees of Harvey, North Dakota. Located in a town of only 2,300 residents, the 50-man chapter did an outstanding job of financing and constructing an addition to the library, improving street lighting, backing a school bond issue and other work. Chapters in small towns also garnered second and third place awards, with the respective winners being; Grass Valley, California, and Oconto, Wisconsin. Keynoting the awards banquet was Richard Wagner, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. American Motors again co-sponsored the event

State Presidents Set Challenging Goal

Meeting in Tulsa in their July session, the state Jaycee presidents approved a demanding membership goal for 1961-62, calling for a 25 per cent across-the-board increase. There was unanimous agreement among the state presidents that the acceptance of a truly demanding quota was a move which had been needed for several years.

In the other major action at the meeting, the presidents heard Harry W. Morgan, 1960 TOYM winner, outline an international relations program in which Jaycees would play a role in hosting 12 journalists from abroad during their stay in this nation. More than 30 states volunteered to participate and a system was set up to pick the states which would host the 12 journalists as they actually worked on U.S. newspapers.

Colorado Youth Is Top Driver

At the 10th annual Jaycee Safe Driving Road-e-o in Washington, D.C., David C. M. Wood of Boulder, Colorado, won first place and a $2,000 scholarship. He was followed by Dewey Moss of Dalton, Georgia, and Mack W. Pitts III of Falls Church, Virginia.

The contestants from 50 states (49 boys and one girl) were greeted at the White House by Vice President Lyndon B, Johnson. Youngsters presented auto seat belts for use in President Kennedy's auto to one of his assistant John McNally.

Tennis Tourney Makes Sports History

A tennis tournament of unrivaled success was held August 6-12 in East Lansing, Michigan, as 275 boys and girls gathered for the Eighth Annual Jaycee Tennis Championships. The event on the Michigan State campus was the first Jaycee tourney to feature truly national girls’ competition, and also the first to blend both boys and girls play in one tourney.

The championships in East Lansing were the climax of a year in which 22,000 youngsters took part in 1,500 communities, 47 states, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. The program's scope and importance was dramatically summarized by awards banquet speaker George Barnes, president of the United States Lawn Tennis Association. He said:

“No organization is doing as much as the Junior Chamber of Commerce to help develop young tennis players in this country… and that includes the USLTA.”

Winner of the Junior title was Mike Belkin of Miami Beach, Florida. Seeded fourth, Mike knocked off top ranked Arthur Ashe, Jr. in the semifinals and then whipped second rated David Reed of California in the finals, 6-0, 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 7-5, Belkin’s march to the championship was featured by his deadly accurate baseline game, utilizing a backhand hit with both hands.

In Boys singles, Jeff Brown of Carmichael, California, downed fellow Californian Tom Karp, 6-3, 9-7.

Junior doubles play saw Rodney Kop and James Osborne of Hawaii defeat John Isaacs and David Reed of California, 6-2, 8-6, 8-10, 4- 6; 6-1. In Boys doubles Brown teamed with Dean Panero of California to defeat John Gilbart. and Bill Harris d Florida, 7- 5, 4-6, 13-11.

Unseeded Sharon Pritula, of Detroit won the Junior girls crown, downing Leora Trice of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 6-2, 6-1. Among Girls, Stephanie DeFina of Florida beat Jane Albert, California, 6-4, 7-5.

In Junior girls doubles, Leora Trice and Linda Hamel of Louisiana defeated Virginia Gilbane and Joanne Swanson, Rhode Island, 6-4, 6-8, 6-4. Girls doubles saw Jean Inez and Jane Albert, California, bump Gloria Sullivan and Miss DeFina, Florida, 7-5, 6-4.

Celebrities were plentiful at the event, with the tennis clinic featuring former Davis Cup Captain Billy Talbert and professionals George Jennings and Jack March. Also on hand was Don Budge, who handled the local telecast of the finals.

Sponsoring the tennis championships were the Jaycees, Pepsi-Cola Company, Tennis Manufacturers, the Athletic Institute and the National Sporting Goods Association.

Golf Championships Held in Denver

The 16th Jaycee International Junior Golf Tournament was held August 20-26 in Denver, Colorado. Winning the title was Jay Sigel of Narberth, Pennsylvania, who was competing in the national Jaycee tourney for the fourth time. His earlier ventures had been unfruitful, but 1961 was the year for him to win as he posted a four round score of 279 on the par 72 Pinehurst Country Club layout. In regulation play, Marty Fleckman of Port Arthur, Texas, and Bill Costello of Kingston, New York, tied for second with 290 totals. Costello took the second place trophy in a sudden death playoff.

As a result of his Jaycee win, Sigel was invited to play in the 21st Annual Bing Crosby Pro-Amateur Golf Classic, held in January at Pebble Beach, California.

The outstanding Jaycee event began with an instructional clinic led by Miss Patty Berg, one of the all-time great women players. Speaking at the Sponsors’ Night banquet was Bob Richards of the Wheaties Sports Federation. Actual sponsors of Jaycee golf for 1961 were Pepsi-Cola Company, the Athletic Institute, the National Golf Foundation and the National Golf Fund.

Locally, there were 25,000 participants in the Jaycee golf program for the year. In Denver 48 states were represented, along with Japan, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama.

53 Nations Represented at JCI Congress.

Some 250 delegates and wives from the United States were on hand October 1-8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the 16th Junior Chamber International World Congress. They participated in activities along with some 650 other Jaycees and friends from 52 nations.

Elected new president of JCI, to serve during 1962, was Leslie M. Perrott of Australia. Tel Aviv was chosen to host the next world meeting, winning out over Oklahoma City. Two U.S. members were elected to top JCI positions. Former President Bob Clark was chosen executive vice president for commissions, and Marion "Zak" Zakrzewski of Mobile was picked as a commission director. Immediate Past President Morgan Doughton was appointed special assistant to the world president. John K. Jones was named chairman of the 100 percent individual JCI membership committee, after being defeated in a bid for a vice president's post. Norman Schwarz of Miami Beach was appointed legal counsel.

Chatham, Canada, was again named outstanding chapter of the world.

First presented for discussion at this meeting was a proposal which was to become reality two years later, the combined publication of the U.S. Jaycees’ FUTURE Magazine and JCI WORLD.

TOYM Program Staged in Santa Monica

Beautiful Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, traditional site of the Academy Awards program, was the setting for the 24th annual Ten Outstanding Young Men Congress awards presentation ceremonies on January 20, 1962.

The Santa Monica Junior Chamber of Commerce did an excellent job of hosting the program. This, combined with the feeling that peak publicity might be generated by holding the TOYM event in the Los Angeles-Hollywood-Santa Monica area, eventually resulted in the event being held in Santa Monica again in 1964 and 1965.

TOYM honorees for the year 1961 included:

In addition to the presentation of Jayson ("hands") awards, a highlight was a luncheon address by Richard M. Nixon, former U. S. Vice President and TOYM honoree.

Name Change Recommended at March Board Meeting

A change in name of the organization from United States Junior Chamber of Commerce to United States Jaycees was recommended by the USJCC Board of Directors at its March 15-17 planning meeting in Tulsa, as one of the highlights of the session. At the national convention in June at Las Vegas, delegates were again to defeat the proposed by-law change.

In another important decision, the board referred the Freedom Manifesto - a proposed statement of Jaycees external policy which had been published in the December issue of FUTURE Magazine - to a study committee. Jaycees had been encouraged to discuss the Freedom Manifesto in their local and state organizations, so the USJCC could make recommendations on the document and conceivably refer it to delegates at the national convention for enactment. The document was basically the work of Immediate Past President Morgan Doughton. The study committee was to shorten the Freedom Manifesto and this version was ultimately printed by FUTURE Magazine in its September 1962, issue. In retrospect, the document promoted a great deal of thought concerning the external policy of the organization but could never garner enough support for adoption in itself.

The Board adopted 22 Active Community Service Projects, eight of them internal and 14 external in nature. Among the external projects adopted were three newcomers: Seat Belt Clinics, Uniform Vehicle Code and Operation Free Enterprise. All these programs are discussed further under the history of the 1962 - 63 Jaycee year.

Other action saw Dallas approved as host of the 1964 national convention, with “Big D” having no opposition in its bid. Oklahoma City and Pittsburgh sought the honor as U.S. contender for the 1964 JCI World Congress, with Oklahoma City winning out. Oklahoma City was also to be chosen by JCI next fall to become the first U.S. host city since Minneapolis in 1958.

Featured speakers at the meeting included JCI World President Leslie M. (Kay) Perrott, Jr. and Charles Kothe prominent attorney and former national vice president of the Jaycees.

Top Officers Receive New Buicks

In late winter and early spring of 1962, executive committee members and state presidents began to receive new Buick Skylarks as the dividend of a new sponsorship. Skylarks were provided for use by the Jaycee officials by Buick Division of General Motors. The sponsorship was the work of California Jaycee President Felix LeMarinel, Santa Monica Jaycee Bill Cummings, a Buick dealer and Rex Flint, national vice president from California. The sponsorship continued in effect until 1964, with autos replaced frequently.

LP-Gas Council Agrees to Sponsor OYF

Good news came in spring of 1962, as the LP-Gas Council agreed to sponsor the Outstanding Young Farmer program and make possible resumption of the national awards program in 1963. The last previous national event was in 1960.

Jaycees Host Foreign Journalists

As part of a program conceived by Harry Morgan, 1960 TOYM honoree, Jaycees hosted 12 young foreign journalists during a portion of their stay in the United States. The journalists initially studied at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, then worked two months on American newspapers, and finally returned to Macalester College for more work. They ended their visit to the U.S. with a trip across the nation, including a stop at the Jaycee national convention in Las Vegas and a trek to Washington, D.C., where they interviewed President Kennedy.

Jaycees were host during the portion of the program in which the journalists actually worked on U. S. newspapers. A total of 37 Jaycee groups volunteered to secure jobs for the visitors and provide living accommodations, etc. Journalists and their hosts included: Samar Pal of India - Lincoln, Nebraska; Niklaas Heizenerg of Holland - Phoenix, Arizona; Mustafa Danbatta of Nigeria - Jamestown, New York; Antonio Rodriguez-Villar of Argentina - Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Edilberto Coutinho of Brazil - St. Louis, Missouri; Hernando Orozco of Colombia - Emporia, Kansas ; Giorgio Gabbi of Italy - Jackson, Mississippi; Reirnei Okamura of Japan--Minneapolis, Minnesota; Anthony Paul of Australia - Tulsa, Oklahoma; Ignacio Puche of Spain; Hennecke Graf Von Bassewitz of Germany;and Nicolas Ulloa, Jr. of Ecuador,; each worked on several newspapers during •internship in Charleston, West Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina, and Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The program had the financial backing of Reader’s Digest Magazine.

First Governmental Affairs Seminar Held

The First Annual Governmental Affairs Seminar was held April 16-18 in Washington, D. C., to give Jaycees an on-the-spot view of the federal government in operation. Attending were 50 Jaycees from 42 states, most of them picked in their states for outstanding work in governmental affairs programs. The seminar was co-sponsored by the USJCC and the District of Columbia Jaycees. Providing the spark which resulted in the new event were Bill Flynn, national vice president in charge of governmental affairs, and Jim Wesberry, national chairman.

Workshops were held on key legislative issues, including federal aid to education, Medicare and tax reform. Delegates met with many Senators, Representatives and other government officials. Among individuals addressing them was Ted Sorensen, 1961 TOYM winner and special assistant to President Kennedy.

Washington, D. C., Becomes 51st Jaycee State

With the presentation of charters for two new chapters, the District of Columbia became a full-fledged Jaycee state organization during spring of 1962. Previously only a one chapter group, the District of Columbia was recognized as a state organization only through a special provision in USJCC By-laws. Creation of multiple chapters within the District made possible formation of a state organization consistent with other states.

Jaycees Distribute Fitness Record

President Kennedy's Council on Physical Fitness picked the USJCC to be exclusive distributor of its record "Chicken Fat, " composed by Meredith Wilson of "Music Man" fame. Jaycees were encouraged to present records free to schools for use in gym classes, as well as to YMCA and YWCA groups, etc. The USJCC also handled the sale of the record on a non-profit basis to interested individuals. "Chicken Fat" featured a catchy 45 rpm tune on one side and a 33 1/ 3 rpm cadence version on the other. Both were designed for promoting participation in vigorous calisthenics. Sales were excellent for two years, with the USJCC ultimately selling many times as many records as the Council's original goal of 25, 000. Records were initially sold for 30¢ each in quantities of three or more.

Jaycee Organizations Stress Membership

The 1961-62 Jaycee year witnessed almost unprecedented enthusiasm on the part of local and state organizations in working for increased membership. With President Conger, Vice President M. L. Benton and National Membership Chairman Billy Hargiss of Louisiana setting the mood, the drive for growth seemed almost contagious. In chapter after chapter and state after state there were spirited membership drives and contests, all aimed at a 25 percent increase.

Even the past presidents joined the campaign, as a colorful Rooster Roundup was held to test the effectiveness of old timers in bringing in new members. Topping the past presidents was E. Lamar Buckner, 1954-55 Jaycee executive, who received credit for 175 members. Jus t a shade behind was 1955 -56 President Hugh McKenna with 174. Similar competition was held among past state presidents, with former local presidents also taking part. The Rooster Roundup covered seven administrations, dating back to 1954-55. Each of the working days in the January 8-16 period was set aside in honor of one of these past administrations. New members received at USJCC Headquarters during that period were credited to the administration being honored on the particular receipt date.

Year-end totals show the real story, as national membership climbed from 192,119 to 205,099. Even more impressive, two state organizations - Vermont and New Mexico - more than doubled membership. Increases of 25 percent or more were registered by North Carolina, District of Columbia, Maryland, Montana, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Utah, Nebraska and Arkansas.

Local Presidents Get Aid Kit

Late in the year a local Presidents aid kit was mailed to the newly elected chapter presidents across the nation. Valued at $13.40, the kit contained a SPOKE wall chart, membership counter card display, new member kit and other materials designed to help acquaint local presidents with the materials available to help them.

Membership and Extension Figures

Individual Jaycee membership climbed from 192,119 to 205,099-an increase of 12,980. From a percentage standpoint this was an increase of 6.76. This was the best membership record since 1955 - 56. The extension record was also excellent, with the number of chapters going from 4,141 to 4,407 - up 266.

USJCC Income

Total USJCC Income during 1961 - 62 was $848,023. Of this, $167,110 came from sponsors.

Headquarter s Operation- -Staff

Taking over as executive vice president in summer of 1961 was Max D. Nalley, who had been selected at the national convention in Atlanta.

David Mueller continued as controller of the organization. In spring of 1962 David G. Rohrer, program manager, resigned from the staff after almost eight years of outstanding service. He was replaced by Thomas M. Campbell, previously editor of FUTURE Magazine.

Death Claims Three Outstanding Jaycees

Dr. Jerry R, Bruce, president of the Idaho Jaycees, was killed in an automobile accident near Boise on April 23, 1962. His death came just three days before the opening of the state convention, on which he had been working.

A heart attack claimed Lee Price, Jr. of Atlanta, national president in 1951-52.

Diabetes led to the death, in Denver, Colorado, of William E. (Ted) Anderson of Salt Lake City, Utah, a national vice president in 1957-58.

Las Vegas National Convention

The magic appeal of Las Vegas paid off in the largest convention attendance in history, as 7,796 Jaycees and their wives made the trip to the gambling and entertainment mecca.

Reverend Bob Richards, two-time Olympic pole-vault champion, was the convention keynoter, with TOYM Harry Morgan addressing guests at the Keyman Luncheon.

Two outstanding convention forums were held, marred only by scant attendance. One featured a discussion by JCI officials. The other was a debate on two topics of great importance – federal aid to education and Medicare. An advocate of federal aid education - Roy Archibald of the NEA - debated Dr. John R. Miles of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Nicholas H. Zumas of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare spoke in favor of Medicare against the strong arguments of Dr. Edward R. Annis, president of the American Medical Association.

From the standpoint of pure spectacle, the Get Acquainted Party was one of the greatest shows ever assembled. Stars who appeared on one program at Las Vegas Convention Center included Red Skelton, Al Hirt, Candy Johnson and the Exciters, Frankie Laine, Louie Prima, the Mary Kaye Trio, the Kim Sisters, the Newton Brothers and Freddie and the Bell Boys. The party also included a barbecue feed from the Odessa (TX) Chamber of Commerce chuck wagon gang.

In convention business, the proposal to change the name of the organization to U. S. Jaycees was defeated. A count of voting delegates showed 1,692 against and 1,187 in favor. Only one new resolution was approved, endorsing the proposed Freedom Commission and Freedom Academy. Several resolutions from previous years were reaffirmed, including ones calling for telephone excise tax repeal, support of Crusade for Freedom and Radio Free Europe, limiting of veterans' benefits and return of certain rights to the states.

Chicago received the Harold A. Marks trophy, while North Carolina marched first in the parade of states, followed by Vermont and New Mexico. All had perfect 1,000 point totals, as did Utah and Rhode Island, with the final three places decided by a tie-breaking membership formula. Leading North Carolina was President Fred Swartzberg. Vermont's president was Richard Workman and Willard Green led New Mexico.

In balloting for national president, there were four candidates - Rex Flint of California, Doug Blankenship of Georgia, William Flynn of Connecticut and Kenneth Johnston of Washington. The first ballot showed Flint with 1,414 votes, Blankenship with 1,261, Johnston with 482 and Flynn with 422. There was no change through 10 ballots, but on the 11th round Johnston and Flynn dropped out. Blankenship picked up the bulk of the votes to win 1, 796 to 1,783, with 1,790 needed for election. It wasn't over until 4 a.m., an appropriate note in Las Vegas, a city which swings around-the clock even when the Jaycees aren't in town.

Presidential Speech referring to Junior Chamber/Jaycees:

February 14, 1962 John F. Kennedy - Remarks to the Policy Committee of the Communications Workers of America.


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