State: Georgia

City: College Parks


Members: 231,311 (217,137 regular - 14,174 associate)
(1954/55 first year that associate members were also counted)

Income: $949,282 ($211,099 in sponsorships)

Convention: Las Vegas, NV - June 19-21, 1962

Insurance Agent, 32 year old, Doug Blankenship elected president for a full term.

Vice President: Orval Caverhill
Ontario, OR (Safety and Health)
Vice President: Johnson E. Davis Miami, FL
(International Relations)
Vice President: Robert B. Dillon, Jr. Pittsfield, MA
(State & Metropolitan Operations)
Vice President: Richard Headlee Bountiful, UT
(Governmental Affairs)
Vice President: Waner Marks Little Rock, AR
(Youth-Sports Development)
Vice President: Wayne Matlock Wichita, KS
(Organization & Policy)
Vice President: Harry W. "Bill" Nelson, Jr. Denver J CO
(Chapter & Individual Development)
Vice President: Dan Stewart Pineville, KY
(Civic Affairs)
Vice President: Lewis R. Timberlake Stamford, TX
(Membership Growth)
Vice President: Richard W. Thomas Sedalia, MO
(Public Relations)
Treasurer:* C. A. "Biddo" Cosner Billings, MT  
General Legal Counsel: * Maurice Coburn Chicago, IL


Associate Legal Counsel: * Harold Melvin Laurel, MI  
Executive Vice President:* Max D. Nalley
Jack Friedrich
National Office
Tulsa, OK

* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.

Louisville, Kentucky to host 1963 convention.

The administration of College Park, Georgia's Doug Blankenship will always be remembered as the one in which Jaycees across the nation were asked to “Return the Favor" during the organization's most spectacular membership drive in a decade.

A Jaycee for 11 years, the 32-year-old Blankenship moved into the presidency with an impressive list of credentials. As a local and state level Jaycee, Blankenship held virtually every position of leadership including local president, state president and national director. For his work as a national director, he was honored with a Clint Dunagan Memorial Award as one of the ten outstanding men to hold that post in 1959'-60. The following year he received a Clayton Frost Memorial Award as one of the top five state presidents. As national vice president in 1961-62, Blankenship directed the work of the new State and Metropolitan Affairs Portfolio.

From a career standpoint, Blankenship was a highly successful agent for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company at the time of his election. Insurance selling took a back seat during 1962-63, however, as Blankenship and his family moved to Tulsa to occupy the Jaycee White House. Members of the family included his wife Katy and their three children David 10, Julie 6, and Wayne 4.

The unquestioned single highlight of the Blankenship administration was a giant membership, drive held during February of 1963. Bearing the name of the Return the Favor Sweepstakes, the recruiting campaign saw the organization set an all-time record by signing 16,272 members in a single month. This provided the momentum needed to record a total membership gain of 12,038 for the year -- with regular membership climbing from 205,099 to 217,137 in the period from June 1, 1962, to June 1, 1963.

From a programming standpoint, the USJCC tackled a complex job with the beginning of its work in the Uniform Vehicle Code field. In this new program, sponsored by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the emphasis was on well coordinated state programs rather than local chapter work alone. By year's end important strides had been taken in several states, and hundreds of chapters were surveying local problems related to traffic ordinances and street and highway signs.

Effectively utilizing a record $42,000 of internal program funds, the Jaycees developed a number of important new programming aids in the fields of Membership, Chapter Development and Leadership Training. This was part of the continuing emphasis on strengthening local and state organizations, to help them more effectively serve the community.

Successfully returning to the Jaycee scene was the Outstanding Young Farmer program. Following a two-year lapse, a national awards program was held in Tulsa in April of 1963.

For Blankenship, highlights of the year included a fall visit with President John F. Kennedy. Doug and Katy also made an around the world goodwill tour in conjunction with their trip to the JCI World Congress in Hong Kong. They visited Jaycees in Asia and Europe.

No. 1 Internal & External Programs

For the fourth consecutive year there were dual No. 1 programs. The key internal program was Chapter and Individual Development, with Community Development the No.1 external effort of the organization. As in 1961-62, 250 Parade of States points could be earned in Community Development and 150 in Chapter and Individual Development.

For 1962-63, the full listing of active community service projects was as follows, listed by portfolio:

  • Community Development Portfolio - Community Development;
  • Health and Safety Portfolio - Community Health, Traffic Safety: Safe Driving Road-e-o, Seat Belt Clinics and Uniform Vehicle Code;
  • Sports and Recreation Portfolio- Junior Golf Development, Junior Tennis Development, Junior Champ;
  • Public Relations Portfolio - Jaycee Week-DSA – Bosses’ Night;
  • Americanism-Governmental Affairs Portfolio - Governmental Affairs, Operation Free Enterprise and the Freedom Manifesto;
  • Civic Activities Portfolio - Outstanding Young Farmer, Agriculture and Scholastic Achievement Recognition;
  • International Relations Portfolio - You and the World, America Welcomes You, and On to Hong Kong;
  • Chapter and Individual Development Portfolio - Chapter Development, Individual Development, and Records and Recognition;
  • Membership Portfolio – Membership Growth, Extension and Retention,

New Programs Explained

The most significant new programs for the year were Uniform Vehicle Code, Operation Free Enterprise and Retention. As previously explained, Uniform Vehicle Code encouraged state and local Jaycee groups to work for uniformity in traffic ordinances and highway signs. Operation Free Enterprise encouraged Jaycees to become interested in preserving our free enterprise system through the education of both Jaycees' and the public, including students. The Retention program emphasized to Jaycees the importance of keeping members as well as simply signing up new ones. Another new program for the year, Outstanding Young Farmer, was simply an old-timer back in the fold with a few new angles. You and the World was not so much a program as a listing of many USJCC and JCI projects of an international relations nature , projects in which participation was encouraged, America Welcomes You was a special project approved by the USJCC Executive Committee at its fall meeting, encouraging Jaycees to help find home communities and employment for Cuban families fleeing the dictatorial rule of Fidel Castro.

Every Jaycee year sees the publication of dozens of important programming aids to assist chapters and no history could possibly comment on them all. A few of the materials introduced in 1962 -63, however, deserve special mention. Particularly significant was the publication of “You and the Jaycees,” a 32 page guide to personal growth for new members. It was introduced in the July, 1962, issue of FUTURE Magazine, with the special section then reprinted so one could be given to every new Jaycee brought into the organization during the year. The guide, originally visualized by President Conger, contained such things as articles on the history and principles of the Jaycee movement and leadership training. Another key program material was the Local Chairman's Guide - a kit which included a manual for project chairmen and a well-indexed booklet on parliamentary procedure. Extensive work during the year also resulted in development of a leadership training slide set, to be unveiled early in the following administration.

Coos Bay, Oregon, Is Community Development Winner

he Fourth Annual Community Development Seminar was held July 15-17, 1962, in Oakland, California. Winning first place and $1,500 were the Bay Area Jaycees of Coos Bay, Oregon. Second place and - $1,000 went to Windsor, Vermont, and third place and $500 to the District of Columbia Jaycees. Coos Bay was recognized for its gallant but unsuccessful efforts in trying to promote the consolidation of five small coastal towns. Speaking at the awards banquet was Mayor George Christopher of San Francisco, who said, "You Jaycees are not just sitting around cursing the darkness -you're out lighting candles."

State Presidents’ Meeting Has New Look

At the Fourth Annual Summer Meeting of State Presidents and Key National Chairmen, the Jaycees tried a new approach. Instead of holding the meeting in Tulsa, the July 19-21 session was conducted at the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. In addition, the emphasis shifted from a pure discussion of Jaycee programs and services to professionally led sessions on leadership, motivation, communications and management. Among the speakers were Dr. William R. Carmack, Jr., director of Oklahoma University's Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies; Oklahoma State Senator Fred R. Harris (later elected U. S. Senator); and John M. King, president of King-Stevenson Gas and Oil Company and a former national Jaycee vice president.

Highlighting the limited transaction of Jaycee business was the outlining of the Parade of States quotas. The state presidents called for an ambitious 51,961 member increase for the year.

Southerners Garners Girls' Tennis Honors

The second truly National Jaycee Girls' Tennis Championships were held July 29-August 3 in Wichita, Kansas. Girls' tennis had received its national Jaycee debut in Wichita in 1960,-with the first event of true national scope coming at East Lansing, Michigan, in 1961, when girls' and boys' competition was held at a single site. In 1962, however, separate tourneys were conducted, with Wichita an appropriate choice for the girls' event following its pioneering work of two years earlier.

Winning the 18-and-under junior girls title was Leora Trice of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who defeated Nancy Falkenberg of Fort Walton, Florida, by scores of 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Miss Trice had been beaten in the finals the previous year. The 16 -and- under girls title went to Gloria Sullivan, who downed Becky Vest of Jackson, Mississippi, 7-5, 6-1.

In junior girls doubles action, Miss Falkenberg teamed with Mary Arfaras of Tarpon Springs, Florida, to defeat Miss Trice and Peggy Moore of New Orleans, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. Girls doubles play saw Miss Sullivan and Christine Koutras of Miami beat the Iowa team of Sheilia Pearl of Des Moines and Mary Mrzlak of Waterloo, 6-2,6-2.

A feature of the tourney was an instructional clinic given by Maureen Connolly Brinker and George Jennings.

Californians Sweep Boys Net Play

Blazing 95 degree heat put extra demands on players in the Ninth Annual International Jaycee Tennis Championships held August 5 - 11 in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the beautiful H. E. Butts Tennis Center. Californians won all the major titles, with the junior boys crown going to Jerry Cromwell of Long Beach, who dumped defending champ Mike Belkin of Miami, Florida, in the finals. Jeff Brown of Carmichael repeated as boy champ by downing Steve Stockton of Riverdale, New York. In junior boys’ doubles, Cromwell teamed with Gary Rose of Orinda to upend Tim Sheehan of Chicago and William Power of Evanston, Illinois. Boys’ doubles saw Brown team with Jim Hobson of Los Angeles to defeat Stockton and Robert Dow of Buffalo, New York.

Two tennis greats were special guests. Jack Kramer led the instructional clinic and Bill Talbert spoke at the awards night, banquet.

Girl Places Second in Road-e-o Competition

At the 11th Annual Safe Driving Road-e-o event held August 6 - 9 in Washington D.C., Martin Pitney of Bakersfield California, won the championship and a $2,000 scholarship. Just behind him in the standings was Patricia Scherer of Cheyenne Wyoming, the first girl to place in the top three positions in the event. Richard Morris of East Long Meadow, Massachusetts, took third.

The Road-e-o contestants toured many of the governmental landmarks, including the capitol and FBI headquarters. A group of the youngsters visited Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and presented him with a set of seat belts.

Mike Riley Captures Golf Laurels

Combining powerful drives, courageous chip shots and putting .prowess, Mike Riley of San Diego, California, won the 17th Annual Jaycee International Golf Championship in play at the Green Valley Country Club in Huntington, West Virginia. Riley posted a four round score of 281 to edge Georgia's Mark Silvers by a stroke.

A highlight of the event was the hole-in-one scored by Mike Busch of Missouri, the first in the tourney's history. Awards banquet speakers included Grantland Rice, II, nephew of the famous sports writer, and Maurie Luxford, long time friend of Jaycee golf and director of the Bing Crosby Invitational Tourney (later to be known as the AT&T Pro AM) in Pebble Beach. Luxford was also official starter for the meet in Huntington, held August 22-25.

Riley went on to play in the Bing Crosby tournament, held in January of 1963. Teamed with professional Rex Baxter, Jr., Riley placed ninth among 168 teams competing for best ball honors. He won the Peter Hay Memorial Trophy, given to the amateur who assists his professional counterpart most effectively.

Blankenship Meets President, Other Leaders

One of Blankenship's first steps during his year in office was to take a trip to Washington, D. C., and New York City to visit with top leaders in government, business and publishing. While in the nation's capital he had an August 9 conference with President of the United State John F. Kennedy. Among other topics they discussed the Jaycee Community Development concept and its compatibility with the Peace Corps program. Blankenship also visited with Secretary of State Dean Rusk, a fellow Georgian and Anthony Celebrezze, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, He then outlined the new Uniform Vehicle Code program to Congressman Kenneth Roberts of Alabama, head of the special subcommittee on Traffic Safety.

Going to New York City he was a special guest at the Reader's Digest luncheon honoring the incoming and outgoing participants in the foreign journalists program. Blankenship later visited Reader's Digest headquarters and met with Allred Dashiell, managing editor. Then came meetings with Henry Luce, publisher of TIME-LIFE Magazines, and Gardner Cowles, publisher of LOOK. At the ABC-TV network he met with James Hagerty, vice president in charge of news. Blankenship also discussed the Jaycee sports programs with Herbert Barnet, president of Pepsi-Cola Company.

Summing up the trip, Blankenship cited the value in personally informing these top leaders of the Jaycee objectives. He also stressed the importance of “getting their ideas about what young men should be doing and how the Jaycees can become more effective.”

Executive Committee Goes Western

The fall meeting of the USJCC Executive Committee is traditionally held in Tulsa, but the Jaycee leaders had a change of pace in 1962. They were special guests at the ranch of John M King, near Granby, Colorado. A former national Jaycee vice president (1954-55) and member of the Illinois legislature, King was president of King-Stevenson Gas and Oil Company. He had renewed his acquaintance with the Jaycees while a guest speaker at the July state presidents I meeting. In addition to transacting their regular business at the September 20-22 meeting, the Jaycee executives went on an overnight camping trip, rode horses, tried their hand at skeet shooting and dug in for a little friendly poker.

JCI World Congress Held in Hong Kong

The 17th Annual JCI World Congress, held November 4-11 in Hong Kong, was highlighted by the selection of Oklahoma City as site of the 1964, gathering. Oklahoma City, which a year earlier failed in its bid to host the 1963 meeting of the international Jaycee federation, won the right to stage the 1964 session as it defeated Sydney, Australia. The congress in Oklahoma City would be the first in this country since Minneapolis was host in 1958.

In another key decision, JCI decided to accept an offer from the United States to publish its magazine JCI WORLD as a special monthly supplement in FUTURE Magazine. The decision was implemented in July of 1963. As a result of this step JCI was able to make substantial savings in publication costs, and also gain readership impact by making their magazine part of the esteemed FUTURE Magazine. JCI ran additional copies of its special section for separate mailing to English speaking members outside the United States. For members in this nation, the publication merger meant receipt of a 64-page FUTURE Magazine, rather than the previous 40-page book.

Key elections saw Erick Stevenson of Scotland chosen as world president. Fred Figge of the U. S. was picked as a JCI commission director and Morgan Doughton was appointed treasurer.

Attending' the meeting were approximately 1,100 delegates and wives from 54 nations, with the U. S. delegation numbering 70.

In conjunction with the World Congress trip, Doug and Katy Blankenship visited Jaycees in a number of Asian and European nations.

TOYM Honored in Little Rock

The 1962 list of TOYM winner s again proved that young men are registering significant accomplishments in a large number of fields. Honored January 18 - 19, 1963, in Little Rock, Arkansas, the TOYM winners were:

  • Curtiss M. Anderson, New York City, editor-in-chief of Ladies Home Journal;
  • James T. Beatty, Los Angeles, crack miler and middle distance runner who set seven American and two world records in 1962;
  • Jule Bergman, New York City, science editor for .American Broadcasting Company;
  • Berl I. Bernhard, Washington, D. C., staff. director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights:
    Congressman John Brademas of Indiana;
  • Guido Calabresi, New Haven, Connecticut, one of the youngest full professor s of law in Yale University's history department;
  • Father Robert W. Castle, an Episcopal minister in Jersey City, New Jersey, who transformed his once fashionable downtown church in a focal point of help for Italians, Negroes, Puerto Ricans and others;
  • Hugh Haynie, Louisville, Kentucky, editorial cartoonist for the Louisville Courier Journal;
  • Dr. James R. Jude, Baltimore, Maryland, surgeon at John Hopkins Hospital and co-developer of a non-surgical system of closed chest massage to restart stopped hearts; and
  • Dr. James W. Turpin, physician who gave up a profitable practice in this nation to establish “Project Concern,” medical clinic for refugees in Hong Kong's walled city of Kowloon.

Highlights of the congress, in addition to the awards ceremony and TOYM forum, included speeches by Senator Roman Hruska of Nebraska and Howard K. Smith, newsman of ABC television. While Smith's speech was relatively non-controversial, his appearance drew moderate criticism, primarily because of his role in producing a television special on the life of Richard Nixon which included, among other things, remarks on the career of the former Vice President by traitor Alger Hiss.

The awards ceremony itself had a new slant, as Bob Richards, past TOYM winner, two time Olympic pole vault champion and television spokesman for Wheaties, served as emcee, scoring the highlights of the TOYM careers by conversing on stage with each honoree. Assisting in presentation of the Silver Hands (or Jayson) awards was Jackie Mayer, Miss America.

TOYM Program Scores Well in LIFE Magazine Survey

The Jaycee TOYM program is obviously no better than the quality of the men honored. An article in the September 14, 1962, issue of LIFE Magazine illustrated the effectiveness of the Jaycee selection process through the years. LIFE listed 100 men and women that they believed to be the most important members of the take-over generation. Of these, 19 were past TOYM.

Return the Favor Sweepstakes Held in February

February was selected as the month to hold the most successful membership drive in USJCC history. Called the Return the Favor Sweepstakes, the campaign ran from February 1 to February 28, and when it was over the organization had signed up 16,272 new members.

While President Blankenship and Vice President Lew Timberlake (membership portfolio) emphasized that the true motive for signing new members hinged on the importance of growth to each and every local chapter, the prizes offered in the sweepstakes added spark to the campaign. Each Jaycee who signed a new member was eligible to submit a sweepstake ballot and thereby be eligible for a prize in a drawing held at the conclusion of the contest. In addition, there were special prizes for the Jaycees signing the most new members -- with the name "Top Cat" being given to these championship recruiters. Prizes in each population division of the general contest included two Jaycee rings, five sets of Jaycee glasses and five Jaycee pen and pencil sets. In the "Top Cat" competition, a Jaycee watch was given to the winner in each division.

Winners in this contest were:
Division 1 – Jerry Saults of Gordon, Nebraska;
Division II – William Gaspar of Virginia Beach, Virginia;
Division III – Don LaR ue of Muscatine, Iowa;
Division IV – Barry Brown of Madison, Wisconsin; and
Division V – Bob Llewellyn of Houston, Texas

The real impact of the Return the Favor Sweepstakes came in the nationwide interest it created, as Jaycee membership hit an all time high of 215,114 at the end of February. Pacesetters in the campaign were Texas, Iowa, Illinois and North Carolina, each of which signed over 1,000 members in February. Texas was tops with 1,868, followed by Iowa with 1,310, Illinois at 1,222 and North Carolina with 1,017.

Sports Advisory Group Created

To more, effectively plan the direction of its sports programs, the USJCC created a Jaycee Youth-Sports Advisory Committee, Chosen as members were Charles "Bud" Wilkinson, Oklahoma University football coach and director of the President’s Council on Youth Fitness; Bob Richards of the Wheaties Sports Federation; women's tennis immortal Maureen Connolly Brinker; ace golfer Jack Nicklaus; and Bill Talbert, tennis champ and former Davis Cup captain. The group held an April meeting in New York City, speaking briefly to a luncheon gathering of Jaycee sports program co-sponsors and members of the press. The group was high in its praise of novice competition, to be' introduced into the golf and tennis programs at the national tourney’s in summer of 1963. Although not a member of the original group appointed, golfer Ed Merrins, a former Jaycee champ, represented his sport at the New York session since Nicklaus could not attend.

Physical Fitness Recognition Program Announced

A March 6 press-conference in Washington, D. C., announced the debut of a new program designed to honor the nation’s physical fitness leaders. Releasing the news to the nation of the Physical Fitness Leadership Recognition awards program were President Blankenship of the Jaycees, R. Carl Chandler, chairman of the board of co-sponsoring Standard Packaging Corporation and Charles "Bud" Wilkinson. The basic purpose of the program would be to honor Americans making significant contributions to physical fitness at local, state and national level. Since the program had its debut during the 1963-64 Jaycee year, it will be discussed in more detail in the history of that administration.

Jaycees Meet James Hoffa at Governmental Seminar

Sixty-four Jaycees representing 41 states discussed national issues with a host of top leaders at the Second Annual Governmental Affairs Seminar, held February 3 -8 in Washington, D. C. Among those talking with the Jaycees was James Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He stressed the importance of pressure in government, and the strength which came through his union’s tremendous treasury.

Delegates also met Speaker of the House John W. McCormack; Senator Hubert Humphrey; Congressman Ed Foreman and other legislative leaders. At the White House they were given orientation on the executive branch of the government by Presidential Adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and Special Assistant Brook Hays. Other features of the event included a lively debate on Medicare, pitting Dr. Edward Annis of the American Medical Association and Ivan Nestingen, deputy secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and a visit to the Soviet Embassy.

USJCC Board Maps Ambitious Program

At the March 21-23 session of the USJCC Board of Directors, an ambitious program was launched. Approval was given to a record $1,030,173 budget for 1963-64 and 13 new programs were approved. Buffalo was chosen over Detroit, Cincinnati and St. Louis as host of the 1965 national convention. Featured speakers were Amelito R. Mutuc, Philippine ambassador to the United States and one of the founder s of the Jaycees in his nation, and Noah Langdale, Jr., president of Georgia State College/University.

There were several prominent guests at the meeting. Representing their respective companies were W. T. Piper, president of Piper Aircraft, and Cass Hough, president of Daisy Manufacturing Company. With the approval of the Operation Airpark and Shooting Education programs by the directors, both firms joined the ranks of co-sponsors. Also at the meeting were two Jaycees greats, Andrew Mungenast of St. Louis and Ohio’s Bill Brownfield, author of the Jaycee Creed.

Adoption of 13 new active programs for 1963-64 upped the number of key Jaycee projects to 35, the highest in several years. New programs approved included Operation Airpark, Shooting Education, Project Concern, Spark Plug, Speak-Up Jaycee (reinstated as a major program with national finals Religious Activities, Jaycee Sound Citizen, Honesty, Today and Tomorrow, Mental Health and Clean Water. Programs will be considered in detail in the next chapter of the history.

No action was taken on the Freedom Manifesto, a proposed statement of Jaycee external policy which had been published in the September, 1962, issue of FUTURE Magazine. The matter was thus permanently tabled.

In key action by the USJCC Executive Committee, Jack Friedrich was named executive vice president to replace Max D. Nalley, who had submitted his resignation effective summer of 1963. More details in the section of this chapter concerned with the staff and headquarters.

FOYF Honored in Tulsa

America’s Four Outstanding Young Farmers in 1962 were honored at an impressive ceremony in Tulsa on April 9 at an event co-sponsored by the USJCC and the National LP-Gas Council. This marked the return of the national FOYF awards after a two year absence.

Selected as winners from the field of 43 state winners were:

  • Eldon C. Weber of Geneseo, Illinois;
  • James T. Moss of Youngsville, North Carolina;
  • Robert T. Alcott of Worland, Wyoming; and
  • Wayne D. Brown of Hastings, Minnesota

Featured speaker at the awards banquet was Charles Schuman, head of the American Farm Bureau. In its comeback year a total of 758 chapters held local OYF programs

Uniform Vehicle Code Presents Challenge

The USJCC never embarked on a more ambitious program than to support the Uniform Vehicle Code, joining with the co-sponsoring Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While Jaycee projects can traditionally be handled by a single Jaycee chapter, or a few chapters, Uniform Vehicle Code presented a major challenge to the state organization. The basic purpose of the program was to promote enactment of uniform traffic laws by all states, complying with the recommendations of the UVC. In addition, local organizations were asked to survey local traffic signs and ordinances with the idea of making them more uniform. Although a difficult program, progress was made in several states in the slow battle to push through legislation Hundreds of chapters made local surveys.

Emergency Funds Save Road-e-o

The sponsors of the Safe Driving Road-e-o program withdrew during 1962-63 and it was touch-and-go as to whether the event would be held in summer of 1963. At its meeting in January the Executive Committee voted a special appropriation of $12,000 to help insure continuation of the national event. Then, in spring of 1963, Vice President Orval Caverhill conducted a telephone vote of the group to tap emergency programming funds for additional money needed. A new sponsor, Lincoln-Mercury, was to step in the next year.

Jaycees Again Host Foreign Journalists

The USJCC again took part in the hosting of 12 foreign journalists as part of their support of the World Press Institute, a special group based at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and headed by former TOYM Harry Morgan. Financially backed by the Reader's Digest, the program included study at Macalester College, actual work in American communities in the phase backed by the Jaycees, and a tour of the nation.

Journalists, their native lands and the cities visited were: Alexandre Gambirasio,-of Brazil to Des Plaines, Illinois; Finn Marc Andersen of Denmark to Louisville, Kentucky; Santiago Jervis Simmons of Ecuador to Gastonia, Greensboro and Mecklenburg, North Carolina; Mohammad Kamal Abdel Raouf of Egypt to Dayton, Ohio; Jean-Marc Garry of France to St. Paul; Eugene Forson of Ghana to Billings, Montana; Ramesh Verma of India to Emporia, Kansas; Leonardo Vergani of Italy to Portland, Oregon; Takashi Wada of Japan to Seattle, Washington; Sufian Bin A bdul Ghani of Malaya to Boise, Idaho; Gabriel Parra Ramirez of Mexico to Bangor, Maine; and Dong Jae Yim of Korea to Columbia" Ohio.

Death Takes Former President Philip C. Ebeling

One of the most outstanding of Jaycee presidents, Philip C. Ebeling of Dayton, Ohio died April 28, 1963. The 19th man to lead the USJCC, Ebeling served in 1938-39. Under his administration the first issue of FUTURE was published, and reorganization was implemented which set up the modern structure of the USJCC--with all local and state groups affiliated with the national group on a mandatory basis.

Brief Notes on the Jaycee Scene

Real Jaycee history is made in the local chapters and state organizations, and no account such as this can tell the story of all these groups. Similarly, each year is filled with little highlights, items of interest but not fitting any particular category. Here are a few of them for 1962 -63:

  • The Schenectady Jaycees took notice of the pollution problem on New York's Mohawk River and decided to take action. Working within the framework of the state organization, virtually every chapter on the river became involved. Concrete action was taken in cities such as Utica, Canajoharie, Gloversville, Johnstown and Rome. The project received the endorsement of President Kennedy, Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall.

  • Fifty mile hikes were the craze early in 1963, following the physical fitness interest whetted by President Kennedy. A group of USJCC headquarter employees were the first to try the 50 mile hike in Oklahoma, and three of seven challengers completed the trek Terry McCann, Tom Campbell, and Secretary Joan Hicks.

  • For the second straight year the Texas Jaycees completed an extension across the border in Mexico. Turning the trick in 1962 was the McAllen chapter, extending Reynosa. In 1961, the Laredo, Texas local gave birth to a chapter in Monterey.

  • Virtually a dead chapter a year before, the Cushing, Oklahoma Jaycees began an extension binge which included the simultaneous chartering of five chapters in nearby communities. On December 14, 1962, Oklahoma President Stan Ladley presented charters to the Davenport, Drumright, Oilton, Pawnee and Stroud groups at a meeting in Cushing. Setting the pace for the Cushing chapter during its remarkable comeback was J. C. Knoch, president.

Headquarters Operation - Staff

Max D Nalley served as executive vice president of the USJCC in 1962-63, his second full year in that post. Early in 1963, however, he announced that he would not serve the traditional third year as executive vice president electing instead to accept employment with General Electric Company. Meeting in conjunction with the March session of the Board of Directors, the USJCC Executive Committee picked Jack A. Friedrich, internal affairs manager since 1962 and a staffer since 1961, to succeed Nalley. Friedrich was able to work closely with Nalley through the spring and early summer months, thus making possible for a smooth transition.

In other key staff positions, Lewis E. Burns of Tulsa was named controller in January, replacing David Mueller. Under Burns' direction the USJCC began a painstaking study of its mailing list operation, attempting to determine what data processing equipment would be needed to keep pace with the organization's growth, Another major staff change saw the naming of James. L. Stafford to the new post of director of public relations and publications. This came as part of an early winter reorganization of the Public Relations and FUTURE Magazine Departments, Tom M. Campbell continued as, program manager.

In June of 1963, USJCC headquarters acquired a handsome new sign for the front entrance. Donated by the Del Webb Corporation, it was valued at $1,000. It cons is ted of custom-built letters of satin finished steel in a black porcelain shadow box, 36 feet long The sponsorship was secured by Mel Martin, 1962-63 state president of Arizona.

Individual membership during 1962-63 climbed from 205,099 to 217,137. This was a net increase of 12,038. The total number of chapters climbed from 4,407 to 4,750, a gain of 343.

USJCC Income

Total USJCC income during the 1962-63 year was $949,282. Of this, $211,099 came from sponsors.

Year Concludes With Convention in Louisville

A colorful climax to the year came at the June 24-27 national convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Delivering the keynote address was dynamic Frank G. Clements, governor of Tennessee. He refuted the "Ugly American" idea and stated that the image that the Jaycees projected was far more accurate of young Americans today. Speaking at the traditional Keyman Luncheon was Major General Robert E. Condon, national Jaycee president in 1926-27 and current director of Civil Defense in New York City.

Four excellent forums were held. Past Presidents Wendell Ford and Morgan Doughton discussed the duties and responsibilities of state officers. Past National Vice Presidents Jeff Davis and Mel Johnson answered questions on how to be better local officers. Presiding at a community development forum were John Whisman, one of the program's founders, and Harry Boswell Jr., of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. In the political action forum, participants were Mayor William O. Cowger of Louisville, Past President Paul Bagwell, and U. S. Representative Albert Watson of South Carolina.

The Convention Get-Acquainted Party began at an appropriate spot, Churchill Downs Race Track, with Early Times Distillery serving up the mint juleps. Later in the evening the Jaycees and their wives danced to the music of Ralph Marterie, with Philip Morris the sponsor.

In official convention business, the Jaycees readopted resolutions supporting tax reform and the Uniform Vehicle Code. They also supported resolutions favoring the retaining of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, urging local and state organizations to adopt mental health programs, and advocating the adoption of fair tariff and trade regulations.

A tense situation arose when Reverend Robert Castle, 1962 TOYM honoree, sought to present a civil rights petition to the convention delegates. Father Castle actually went to the podium in an attempt to speak without permission, but the microphones were cut off. President Blankenship explained to Father Castle that no external policy could be considered by the convention without advance notice, as outlined in the By-Laws and Policy. Only after prolonged discussion would Father Castle leave the stage. The USJCC felt that to let Father Castle speak, in violation of policy, would have been unfair to both delegates and other individuals with strong viewpoints.

One of the convention's most touching moments came as the ailing Bill Brownfield, author of the Jaycee Creed, spoke to delegates and told of the impact the organization had made on his life.

Named as the nation's top Jaycee chapter was Houston, Texas, awarded the Harold A. Marks winner for 1962-63. Pacing the Parade of States was Colorado, followed by Oklahoma and Indiana. Both Colorado and Oklahoma scored perfect 1,000 point totals but the Buffs won out when a membership tiebreaker was applied. Leading Colorado was President Eric Schmidt. The state presidents of Oklahoma and Indiana were Stan Ladley and Ajax Arvin.

There were initially six candidates in the race for president, but Vice Presidents Johnny Davis and Dan Stewart dropped out before the election actually began. This left Dick Headlee, Bob Dillon, Waner Marks, and Dick Thomas in the race. Headlee led on the first ballot with 1,294 votes, trailed by Marks with 943, Thomas with 685, and Dillon with 513. For four ballots there was no change and Marks, Dillon, and Thomas came to the podium with intentions of conceding jointly. Their supporters would not have it, drowning out any attempts to speak with roars of disapproval. After almost an hour's delay the fifth ballot was about to begin when Dillon returned to the speaker's stand and pulled out of the election. Shortly after balloting started Marks took the podium to release his support. By this time the Headlee signs were appearing everywhere and Thomas stepped up to call for unanimous election of the man from Utah. It was 2:00 a.m. when Headlee was sworn in as president. 

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