Members: 255,101 (239,339 regular - 15,762 associate)
(1954/55 first year that associate members were also counted)
Income: $999,994 ($223,940 in sponsorships)
Convention: Louisville, Kentucky -
June 25 - 27, 1963
Account Executive Burroughs Corporation, 33 year old, Richard H. Headley elected president for a full term.
||Don J. Brown
||(Health and Safety)
||(State & Metropolitan Operations)
||Bruce O. Kallos
||(Extension & Membership)
||Ernie Lewis, Jr.
||Pleasant Hill, CA
||Ronald G. O’Brien
||(Youth and Sports)
||Baton Rouge, LA
||(Chapter & Individual Development)
||Eric W. Schmidt
||(Americanism & Governmental Affairs)
|General Legal Counsel: *
|| Harold Melvin
|Associate Legal Counsel: *
||Newport News, VA
||Dr. Orson D. Wright
||Salt Lake City, UT
|Executive Vice President:*
|| Jack Friedrich
* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.
Dallas, Texas to host 1964 convention.
Richard H. Headlee brought to the presidency of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce a combination of imagination and energy which paid off in a year of progress on many fronts, including membership and program innovations.
Coming to Tulsa from Bountiful, Utah, Headlee had served under Doug Blankenship as national vice president in charge of governmental affairs. His local Jaycee background included experience as a committee chairman, vice president, and president. On the state level, he was a state director, national director, and state president.
A graduate of Utah State, Headlee was an account executive with Burroughs Corporation at the time of his election to the USJCC presidency. Coming to the Young Men’s Capital of the World with him were his wife, Mary, and their seven children: Michael - 13, Douglas - 12, Kathy - 10, Bruce - 8, Natalie - 6, Carolyn - 4, and Laura – 2.
For years the bottom had often seemed to drop out, from a membership standpoint, during the October dues billing period. This prompted President Headlee to launch a giant recruiting program, running in the month of October. Given the title of the "Go and Grow! Sweepstakes, results were impressive. The membership dip between June 1 and October 31 was less than 20,000 members, half that of the year before. This progress in minimizing the fall slump, coupled with fine spring gains, led to an overall increase of 22,202 regular members as the organization grew from 217,137 to 239,339 Jaycees.
Another significant accomplishment was the major improvement in the services of the Community Service Library at USJCC Headquarters. Headlee firmly believed that the organization should not only issue materials on major programs but stand ready to assist chapters no matter what their community service interests.
On the programming front, the Jaycee Mental Health program made its debut receiving major financial backing from Sears Roebuck Company and the Joseph Kennedy Jr. Foundation. Held for the first time during 1963-64 was the Physical Fitness Leadership Awards program. Also on the sports front, Headlee conceived the idea for a Jaycee Sports Spectacular, combining the national golf, tennis, and junior champ competition. This was to be held early in the following administration.
No.1 Programs Basically Unchanged
The No. 1 external program for the year was Community Development, with Chapter and Individual Development the No. 1 internal program. This marked the fifth consecutive year in which the two programs shared top billing. In the 1,000 point Parade of States competition Community Development could earn 250 points and Chapter and Individual Development 150 points, with the rest being allocated to Membership 50 points, and Extension 150points.
Portfolio Listing of Programs
The following were the major emphasis (active promotion) projects during the Headlee year:
- Community Development Portfolio - Community Development;
- Health and Safety Portfolio - Community Health, Traffic Safety, Safe Driving Road-e-o, Mental Health, Uniform Vehicle Code, and Jaycee Shooting Education;
- Youth-Sports Portfolio - Junior Golf, Junior Tennis, Junior Champ, and Physical Fitness Leadership
- Awards; Public Relations Portfolio – Jaycee Week-DSA-Bosses' Night;
- Americanism - Governmental Affairs Portfolio - Governmental Affairs, encompassing Tax Rate Reform, Volunteer in Politics (Project VIP), Operation Free Enterprise, Jaycee Sound Citizen, Governmental Processes, and Radio Moscow;
- Civic Activities Portfolio - Outstanding Young Farmer, Scholastic Achievement Recognition, Honesty, Today and Tomorrow, Operation Airpark, Clean Water;
- Religious Activities;
- International Relations Portfolio- International Relations and Onto Tel Aviv;
- Chapter and Individual Development Portfolio - Chapter Development, Records and Recognition, and Individual Development, taking in SPOKE, Spark Plug, and Speak-Up Jaycee;
- Membership Portfolio - Membership Growth, Extension and Retention, plus the Parade of States
New Programs Abound
The docket of programs was a heavy one in 1963-64, with a number of newcomers included. Among these were; Mental Health, which encouraged Jaycees to become involved in any of a broad range of projects concerned with mental health and retardation; Jaycee Shooting Education, sponsored by Daisy Manufacturing and concerned with teaching use of BB guns; Physical Fitness Leadership Awards, calling for the recognition of men and women who have made significant contributions to our nation's fitness; Honesty, Today and Tomorrow, dedicated to promoting honesty among students; Operation Airpark, sponsored by Piper Aircraft encouraging the building of inexpensive landing strips in communities without such facilities for light planes; Clean Water, designed to interest Jaycees in the pollution problem, and several new activities in Governmental Affairs. Of these, Jaycee Sound Citizen encouraged citizenship by Jaycees at local level, in a project geared for small chapters and Radio Moscow called for study of communist propaganda techniques through analysis of Soviet programs. Internally. The big new project was the comeback to the national scene of the Spark Plug program an activation program for Jaycees past their first year of membership.
At the July 26-27 State Presidents' Meeting, leaders from the 51 Jaycee state organizations displayed unprecedented enthusiasm as they adopted healthy membership goals. Rather than trying to cut down goals which had been suggested to them, the state presidents were literally leaping to their feet to propose more challenging ones, This spirit was to continue throughout the year, setting the stage for success in the "Go and Grow" campaign in the fall and a unique fun type "Wage War" membership drive in the spring.
The meeting was again held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, at the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education. This made possible leadership discussions by professionals in the field as well as the conducting of regular business. Among speakers was Roland Tibbetts, a former executive vice president of the USJCC.
The state presidents approved the mailing of a referendum, ballot to members of the national Board of Directors, as President Headlee and his Executive Committee sought permission to appropriate more funds for the Community Service Library, using money in the Future Expansion Fund; to eliminate novice competition in national tournaments in golf and tennis, effective the following summer (novice play was held in the 1963 summer tourneys), and to remove Blue Chip requirements in the Parade of States competition. All three proposals were given approval in the mail ballot which ensued.
Jaycees Blast Domestic Peace Corps
In late June during President Blankenship's administration, a referendum question had been sent to all Jaycee chapters seeking to determine whether or not the membership favored President John F. Kennedy's idea of a domestic Peace Corps. (Eventually established as Ameri Cops by President Clinton) Jaycees rejected the idea by a 2-1 margin, putting the USJCC, on record as officially opposed. Headlee was to later visit with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, personally telling the President's brother of the Jaycee viewpoint. Headlee proposed to the Attorney General a joint effort whereby the administration would work through the Jaycees and other civic groups.
Headlee Testifies Before Senate and House Groups
Headlee's convictions and those of the organization received other airings before important groups. Early in his administration, he testified against the proposed Kennedy Tax Bill (H.R. 8363) at hearings conducted by the Senate Finance Committee. Before the House Ways and Means Committee, he restated the USJCC opposition to Medicare.
Meeting with President's Cabinet Halted by Tragedy
A first-ever meeting between the USJCC Executive Committee and the Cabinet members of the U. S, Government was slated for December of 1963. The November assassination of President Kennedy made it impossible for the session to take place. The very fact that it was even scheduled, however, was a tribute to the ever growing stature of the Jaycees.
Jaycee Tennis Has Coed Flair
The 5th Annual Jaycees Tennis Championships had a coeducational look July 14 - 20 in Provo, Utah. Girls and boys play was again combined at one site in the 1963 tourney. Playing on the luxurious concrete courts of Brigham Young University, and staying at the school's ultra-modern new dormitories, participating youngsters branded the event a big success. Introduced at Provo was novice play, restricted to youngsters who had never before participated in a major tourney. This was to be the only tourney for novice play in the national championships, since the Board of Directors rejected the idea in a referendum vote.
Winning the junior boys (18 and under) title was James Osborne of Hawaii, who defeated Alabama's Jack Jackson, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1, in open division battling. In girls 18-and under play, Jean Evans of South Carolina beat Nevada's Loni Alford, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. Miss Alford had an earlier upset defending champ Lenora Trice of Louisiana.
Boys 16-and-under play was highlighted by the victory of Alberto Carrero of Puerto Rico. Pixie Lamm of California took honors among girls 16- and under.
Open division doubles play (which saw a state's entrants in the 18-and-under and 16-and-under competitions join to form a team) was featured by the victory of the two brothers, James and Gerald Osborne of Hawaii. Girls’ doubles honors went to Miss Lamm and Marsha Koufis of California.
In the novice division, the following players won titles: 18 – and under boys - Richard Silbert of California; 16 – and under boys - Kenneth Bartelt of Minnesota; Boys’ doubles - Steve Grace and Richard Brooks of Missouri; 18 – and under girls - Jane Humenny of California; 16 - and-under girls - Patsy Metz of California; girls’ doubles - Miss Humenny and Miss Metz of California.
Present to conduct a tennis clinic were former women's champion of the United States, Maureen Connolly Brinker, and Bill Talbert .
Community Development Seminar Held on Campus
The 5th Annual Community Development Seminar was held July 21-23 at the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education" Norman. It featured professionals in the Community Development and planning fields as speakers. Special guests included William H. McGaughey, vice president of sponsoring American Motors. He was impressed by the new professionalism of the seminar - held on the campus rather than in a host Jaycee city.
There was a major change in the awards structure of the event with winners being chosen in the five official Records and Recognition population categories, rather than on an at-large basis as in the previous years. This meant that there were five first place winners, each receiving $600 checks.
Division 1 – Citronelle, Alabama;
Division 2 – Hoopestown, Illinois;
Division 3 – West Warwich, Rhode Island;
Division 4 –Wheeling, West Virginia; and
Division 5 – Washington, D. C.
Atlanta Youth Wins Safe Driving Road-e-o
Named the top teenage driver in the nation at the 12th Annual Jaycee Safe Driving Road-e-o was Julian Coe Jett, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia. Second place went to Ross Bottorff of Ottumwa, Iowa, and third to Ralph Priebe of Pueblo, Colorado. They won scholarships of $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 respectively, at the event in Washington, D. C., August 5-9.
The Road-e-o in the summer of 1963 was sponsored solely with Jaycee funds, but the good news about the following year was already out Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company would become the sponsor, thus insuring continuance of the unique safety competition.
Contestants from 43 states were treated to a full tour of the capital, including a visit to the White House, where they chatted with Press Secretary Pierre Salinger. At the awards banquet, the President's Marine Color Guard and Drum and Bugle Corps presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Junior Champ Pilot Meet Staged
The First National Junior Champ Pilot Meet was held August 9-10 in St. Paul, Minnesota, on the campus of St. Thomas College. Competing 'were more than a hundred 14 and 15 year old youngsters from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Almost as impressive as the actual track and field competition was the instructional clinic. In key roles were Francis Cretzmeyer of the' University of Iowa's championship team and Bob Richards, two time Olympic pole vault champ and director of the co-sponsoring Wheaties Sports Federation. A special guest was Kenneth "Tug" Wilson, president of the U. S. Olympic Committee. He praised the event as a tremendous way of
developing future Olympic talent.
Making its first appearance was an impressive new Jaycee award – the Bob Richards Sportsmanship Trophy. The first winner of this beautiful bust sculpted by M. Iacocca Giacco of the Youth Hall of Fame was Don Woosley of Monona Grove, Wisconsin. President Headlee gave the original casting of the award to Richards in appreciation of his work for the Jaycees.
Success of the Junior Champ Pilot Meet, hosted by the St. Paul chapter, led to the initiation of national competition for all states the next summer.
Midland, Texas Hosts Golf Championships
The 18th Annual Jaycee International Golf Championships were held August 18-23 in Midland, Texas. Winning the open division title was Don Iverson of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, who shot a four under par total of 282 for 72 holes of play on the tough courses of the Midland and Ranchland Country Clubs. Second place went to Jeff Riley of Panama, with Wendell Coffee of Avondale Estates, Georgia nabbing third.
In novice shooting, Charles Harris of Tyler, Texas won with a 301, coming in ahead of Richard Ward of LaMesa, California and Brian Garman of Mendon, Michigan.
Second place in both open and novice play was determined in a sudden death play-off after players tied on the regular four rounds.
Passing along tips in a special clinic was Byron Nelson. The entire tournament was characterized by exceptional planning by the Midland chapter and an overflowing of hospitality by the people of the city who put up the 190 contestants in their homes.
Idea of Spectacular Conceived
Attending the Golf and Tennis Championships, as well as the Junior Champ Pilot Meet, President Headlee visualized the centralizing of the events at one site in a giant sports spectacular The Executive Committee liked his idea and work was initiated which would make this possible the following summer in the Twin Cities area with Minneapolis hosting Tennis and St. Paul, Golf and Junior Champ.
Membership Drive Cuts Fall Slump
President Headlee and his Executive Committee sized up the membership picture in terms of cutting the traditional decrease in the October dues billing period through the conducting of a giant fall membership campaign. It was called the “Go and Grow!” Sweepstakes.
The package that Headlee and Stan Ladley, national vice president for membership, put together was an exciting one featuring prizes valued at $11,250. Every Jaycee who signed a new member during October was in the running for an all expense paid trip to the TOYM Congress in Santa Monica to be determined on the basis of a drawing. There were a total of 65 other prizes in the general section of the, contest, 13 in each prize division, including a Jaycee ring, Heddon casting outfit, Daisy air pistol, five sets of Jaycee glasses, and five pen and pencil sets
There were also prizes for the championship recruiters or Go Getters in each population division, and for the ten top state presidents and five leading national vice presidents, as chosen on the basis of state membership records. Prizes were to consist of trips to a leadership style conference in Franconia, New Hampshire, sponsored by the DuPont Textile Fibers Department, along with engraved Jaycee watches. Some substitutions of prizes were necessary in relation to the DuPont conference trips in a few cases, and those winners received trips to the national convention.
Extensive promotion of all kinds was the keynote of the "Go and Grow!" program. Membership was the feature on both FUTURE and ACTION Magazine covers, and there were other promotional pieces such as special contest bulletins. The overall effect was to cast an overpowering emphasis on the need to minimize the fa11 decrease.
Final results were impressive. Membership as of October 31 stood at 197,472 compared to the June 1 starting figure of 217,147. This was a drop of almost 20,000 members, but far short of the previous year's experience for the same period when membership took a dip of 40,869. The improvement was registered through a combination of improved retention and the signing of 10,000 new prospects. An amazing total of 20 states actually had bigger member ships on October 31 than on June 1. Setting the pace were Alaska, Montana, District of Columbia, Michigan, and Kansas.
In a giant drawing, Tom Cox of Murphysboro, Illinois won the Santa Monica trip. Go Getters in the various population divisions, and the number of men they signed included:
Division I - Dave Justus of Rangely, Colorado, 25;
Division 2 - Bailey Harold of Springdale, Arkansas, 38;
Division 3 - Doyle Owen of Pinebluff, Arkansas, 19;
Division 4 - -Neil Steele of Huber Peights, Ohio, 35; and
Division 5 - Howard Vann of Omaha, Nebraska, 129.
Spring Membership Drive Has Zany Flavor
A membership drive of a different sort was held in the late winter and early spring months. There were no prizes and no goals other than those adopted at the start of the year. But there was a big emphasis on membership with a theme of "Wage War" being tossed out to Jaycees by Bice A. Faj, a completely fictitious past member whose identity was a puzzler to members who were not in on the secret. It was ultimately revealed that the letter in Bice A. Faj's name stood for “Because I Cared Enough And Found A Jaycee.” The very far out approach of this drive led to its significant contribution to the outstanding membership record for 1963-64.
Membership and Extension Figures
Regular members totaled 217,137 as of June 1, 1963. On June 1, 1964, the figure stood at 239,339. This was an increase of 22,202 members, a jump of almost 11 percent.
Extensions for 1963-64 set a new record of 521 with an advance from 4,750 chapters to 5,271.
JCI Congress Held in Tel Aviv
The United States was represented by a delegation of 158 at the 18th World Congress of Junior Chamber International held in Tel Aviv, Israel. No member of the contingent will ever forget this meeting for it was during the congress that news was received of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. Jaycees from around the world awaited the reaction of the U.S. representatives. It came through Dick Headlee’s leadership as he pointed out to his countrymen that in the United States a killing such as this would be followed by an orderly transfer of power and not by revolution and panic. With this he asked them all to attend a sunrise memorial ceremony the following morning and then to attend the congress sessions with new resolve.
This is what the U. S. delegation did, playing a key role in many congress decisions. Elected to offices from the United States were Charles Ford and Wayne Matlock as traveling vice presidents and Dan Stewart and Jerrold Lockshin as commission directors. Past President Blankenship was appointed treasurer of JCI by its newly elected president, Conrad O’Brien of the West Indies. The press of personal business later necessitated Ford's resignation of his vice presidency.
TOYM Honored in Santa Monica
America’s Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1963 were honored January 24-25 in Santa Monica, California. The Santa Monica chapter had hosted the event two years before and was given a .second opportunity to enable maximum exploitation of the publicity potential existing in the nearby Los Angeles-Hollywood area. Actual ceremonies were held in Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, annual site of the Oscar program honoring the film industry’s award winners. Publicity for the TOYM program included an article in the January 28 issue of LOOK Magazine and taped distribution in key cities by the Metro Media Network.
The TOYM for 1963 were:
- Senator Birch E. Bayh, Jr., freshman U S Senator (D) from Indiana;
- Dr. Zbigniew K. Brzezinski, director of the Research Institute on Communist Affairs at Columbia University;
- John Mack Carter, editor of McCall’s Magazine;
- Mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh of Detroit;
- Congressman Edgar F. Foreman, Jr. of Texas;
- A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., first Negro (sic) to become a member of a federal regulatory agency, the Federal Trade Commission, and youngest nominee for a U S district judgeship in 30 years;
- Thomas S Mackey of Texas City, Texas, manager of the world’s largest tin smelter;
- George Stevens, Jr., motion picture director and producer for the U. S. Information Agency;
- James W. Whittaker of Redmond, Washington, first American to climb Mt. Everest; and
- Ted Yates, television producer of David Brinkley’s NBC news documentaries.
Governmental Affairs Delegate Meet President
The Third Annual Governmental Affairs Seminar held in Washington, D. C. was highlighted by a visit to the White House where the 120 member Jaycee group was met by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Other features of the March 1-6 event included speeches by Senators Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois, and Mike Mansfield of Montana. Jaycees also quizzed officials in many departments of the federal government, and heard a panel forecast the political outlook for 1964. Hard hitting Texas Congressman Ed Foreman was the awards banquet speaker. Honored as the nation's outstanding Governmental Affairs local chairman was Erwin Knocke of Arkansas City, Kansas, for his work to combat a personal effects tax.
The Americanism and Governmental Affairs programs received strong backing in 1963 - 64 with leadership coming from Eric W. Schmidt, national vice president, and National Chairman Robert B. Young, assisted by Clymer Wright of Rosenberg; Texas, and George Martelon of Denver, Colorado. Portfolio activity again included the publication of "Go," a newsletter on Governmental Affairs programs which had been initiated a year earlier.
Director s Approve Record Budget
Jaycee national directors meeting at their annual March planning session in Tulsa approved a record budget of $1,180,259. They selected Detroit to host the 1966 national convention in a spirited eight ballot election which also involved Baltimore, Hawaii, Atlantic City, New Orleans, and Portland.
Donald Kendall, president of Pepsi-Cola Company, delivered the featured address at a luncheon on the meeting's final day. Another development saw the endorsement of Doug Blankenship as the U. S. candidate for JCI president. (Blankenship later found it impossible to run for office because of business considerations.)
In other business, the Board voted its approval of a by-law change which would make the written referendum to chapters the only method of adopting external policy or resolutions. This was later rejected by delegates at the national convention in Dallas.
The idea of building a park at the Dallas convention was terminated because it was felt the results might not be satisfactory and truly representative of the Junior Chamber's intent to leave a fine monument. It was instead decided to build a park at the 1965 convention in Buffalo.
Relatively few new programs were adopted, but extensive restructuring of many existing ones were mapped. New programs adopted included a major fund-raising effort for the U. S Olympic team, and work to promote and execute the JCI World Congress slated in Oklahoma City the following fall.
The meeting was held for the first time in the Tulsa Assembly Center, a roomy and well lighted facility which provided ample room in contrast to the confined quarters of the Mayo Hotel, previously the only site in Tulsa suited for the session Present were a record 288 voting directors, in addition to many international directors, national chairmen, representatives of bidding cities and other observers, among them many state vice presidents and executive vice presidents.
Fitness Leaders Honored in Washington
A successful first year program was climaxed April 7-8 in the nation's capital. Honored in Washington were the twelve regional winners of the Physical Fitness Leadership Awards program. Singled out for special recognition were 1963's three most outstanding physical fitness leaders;
- Bill Bowerman, coach of the Oregon University track team and an advocate of running as a key to fitness;
- Alph Stanphill, Muskogee, Oklahoma; physical educator who directed the pilot program used as a model by the President's Council on Physical Fitness; and
- Frank J. Manley, Flint, Michigan, assistant superintendent of schools who opened the school physical education facilities for night time and weekend use by citizens.
All of them received $1,000 checks from the Jaycees and co-sponsoring Standard Packaging Corporation.
During the first year of the Physical Fitness Leadership Awards program 46 states and hundreds of chapters joined the campaign to honor the nation’s fitness leaders. States presented bronze medallions to their winners with regional winners chosen for trips to Washington While in the capital city, the fitness leaders toured the city and were hosted at a Pentagon luncheon. A special reception honored Stan Musial, special consultant to the President's Council on Physical Fitness.
Honored in addition to the top three fitness winners were nine other leaders. They were:
- Henry Boucher of Fairbanks, Alaska;
- Robert Kiphuth of New Haven, Connecticut;
- Ted Bleier of Miami, Florida;
- Wes Santee of Lawrence, Kansas;
- Ernest Jokl, M.D., of Lexington, Kentucky;
- Edward J. Bradley of Milltown, New Jersey;
- Leland Brissie of Greenville, South Carolina;
- Roland Carlson of El Campo , Texas; and
- Stephen Bindas, Hastings; Nebraska
Top Farmers Honored in Madison
In the second national event since the program's comeback of a year before, the nation's Four Outstanding Young Farmers of 1963 were honored in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12-14, 1964. The winners were:
- Marvin Dillman of Twelve Mile, Indiana;
- Bill Lane of Comanche, Texas;
- Sam E. McGregor of Hopkins, South Carolina; and
- Steve Reimers of Bordulac, North Dakota.
Special guests at the program included Richard Reuter, special assistant to the President and director of the Food for Peace Program, and Winthrop Rockefeller, Arkansas philanthropist. Reuter was the main speaker at the awards banquet and Rockefeller was chairman of the judging committee.
UVC Regional Coordinators Appointed
To assist states in mobilizing their Uniform Vehicle Code programs, President Headlee appointed 14 regional coordinators to work with state chairmen. These coordinators, along with National Chairman Dick Zeis and Don Brown, national vice president for Health and Safety, met in Tulsa in September to plan the year's work on this program. The overall objectives of UVC remained as they were in 1962-63, to promote state legislation along lines of the Uniform Vehicle Code, and to encourage local communities to survey signs and markers and to adopt municipal codes patterned after the model traffic ordinance. Again providing sponsorship funds was the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Mental Health Program Draws Major Support
Adopted at the March Board session in 1963, the Jaycee Mental Health program made significant gains during the Headlee administration. Joining the USJCC as co-sponsors in the program were Sears-Roebuck and Company and the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation.
Major progress included the formation of an advisory council which met in Atlanta, Georgia in December to review progress in 37 states where Jaycees were active in programs related to mental health and retardation. Among the advisory board's members were Mrs. A. Felix du Pont, past president of the National Association for Mental Health; Mrs. Winthrop Rockefeller, board member of the National Association for Mental Health; Dr. Hardin Branch of Utah, president of the American Psychiatric Association; Dr. Robert Cooke, head of the John Hopkins Hospital Department of Pediatrics; Mrs. Sargent Shriver; and Doug Blankenship, past Jaycee president.
Serving as national chairman was Dr. Ronald Goldstein, an Atlanta dentist. Contacts made by Goldfstein and other Georgia Jaycees who had been involved in mental health programs for several years were instrumental in the progress recorded in 1963-64. A fine Mental Health and Retardation program manual was mailed to chapters in the spring. It was developed through work of the advisory committee.
In late spring, Goldstein and Don Brown, national vice president for Health and Safety, visited with President Lyndon B. Johnson, explaining the program to him and presenting a manual.
Clean Water Program Launched
The Clean Water or Water Pollution program also secured a sponsor, the National Clay Pipe Institute. Originally the program was to be backed by the US Public Health Service. However, a change in the Jaycee policy enacted at the national convention in Louisville had made it illegal for the organization to accept federal aid. Implementation of the program commenced with the entry of the Clay Pipe Institute as a sponsor at midyear.
Jaycees Back Dr. Jim Turpin
As one of the International Relations activities during 1963-64, Jaycees worked to raise money and equipment for Dr. Tim Turpin, 1962 TOYM honoree and head of Project Concern. The USJCC wanted to help Dr. Turpin more effectively provide medical care to Chinese refugees in Hong Kong through his clinics, one in the Walled City of Kowloon and the other a floating facility in the teaming harbor.
Religious Activities Program Strengthened
With leadership provided by the hardest working USJCC chaplain in many years, Dr. Orson D. Wright organization’s Religious Activities program was greatly strengthened. ACTION included a publication of a comprehensive Chaplain’s guide and Religious Activities manual, which Wright authored. At the March Board Meeting, directors also took a new look at the importance of religious activities, making it one of the optional qualifying activities in the individual development section of the Chapter and Individual Development program as it would be conducted in 1964-65. Finally a new award was presented for the first time at the national convention in Dallas, going to outstanding state chaplains. The 1963-64 winners were David Douglas of Utah and Glen Klapperich of Wisconsin.
Big Comeback for Spark Plug, Speak-Up Jaycee
The Spark Plug and Speak-Up Jaycee programs made big comebacks in 1963-64. Spark Plug, which had been officially absent from the Jaycee scene for several years, was developed as a companion program to SPOKE.
While SPOKE established an activity scale for first year Jaycees, Spark Plug offered the challenge of meeting its requirements to veteran members – thus serving as a retention tool. In Speak-Up Jaycee, the upcoming return of national competition at the national convention in Dallas had generated keen interest. Two fine program tools were developed, the first in several years in this field. One was a chapter guide to speaking programs and the other a comprehensive speaking course for members -- both designed to complement each other.
Jaycees Again Host Foreign Journalists
The USJCC again worked with the World Press Institute and former TOYM Harry Morgan to host a group of jou.rnalists from abroaa during their period of internship on newspapers in this country. Fifteen cities hosted journalists including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Elgin (Illinois), Houston, Miamii:(Florida), Nashville, Newark, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Syracuse, and Tulsa. This was to be the third and last year that Jaycees served as exclusive host groups during the phase of the program in which the journalists lived in American communities.
Headquarters -Staff Developments
Assuming the position of executive vice president in the summer'of 1963 was Jack A. Friedrich, former internal affairs manager who had been selected to replace Max D. Nalley who resigned. Friedrich capably shouldered the responsibilities of coordinating headquarter activities. Working with President Headlee, intensive study was given to the organization’s mailing list and accounting operations. As a result, a new data processing system was installed, utilizing a Univac 1004 computer. This was to greatly alleviate the problems the organization had been facing in this area for several years, due to its rapid growth and ever expanding list of services.
A striking addition to War Memorial Headquarters, put up late in the year, was an illuminated Jaycee shield sign, in full color. It was installed on the west end of the building.
President Headlee and Friedrich also negotiated with the city of Tulsa to obtain permanent permission to use the parking space at the west of the Jaycee property boundaries. The Jaycees agreed to pave and beautify this land.
In key staff positions, Thomas M. Campbell resigned as program manager in April, being replaced by Frank Hampton. Lewis Burns stepped down as controller in December, with Chief Accountant Don Lawson assuming his responsibilities. Jim Stafford continued as director of public relations and publications. Bob Cronk, Iowa state president, joined the staff in June as administrative assistant to the president and executive vice president. A professional writer, Mrs Beatrice Levin, was hired to coordinate the Community Service Library.
Beginning with the July, 1963 issue, FUTURE Magazine and JCI WORLD were published under one cover by the USJCC, thus implement ing a decision made the year before.
Income during the 1963-64 Jaycee year was $999,994. Of this, $223,940 came from sponsors.
Dallas Hosts National Convention
The June 23-25 national convention in Dallas was featured by a one ballot presidential election in which Stan Ladley won over Ron O’Brien. Ladley, from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, had served as national vice president for rnembership O’Brien, from Fairfield, Iowa was youth- sports vice president.
Speaking at the traditional Keyman Luncheon was the Honorable Ed Foreman, U S Representative from Texas and 1963 TOYM honoree. The convention had joint keynotes, Governor John Connally of Texas and Governor George Wallace of Alabama. Wallace actually spoke in the traditional keynote time slot at the opening session on Tuesday, but Connally’s address at the Wednesday awards luncheon was also given keynote status.
The convention also included a forum devoted to a look at the future of American business. Entitled “Focus on Our Future,” speakers were Ken T. Bement, vice president of marketing for Burroughs Corporation; Arch N. Booth, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States and Richard R. Salzmann, director of public affairs at the Research Institute of America, Inc.
The traditional Keyman Luncheon was addressed by Ed Foreman, 1963 TOYM honoree. Dallas’ get-acquainted activities appropriately included a barbecue, rodeo, and dance.
In a program decision: Outstanding Young Educator was approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting It had been discussed at the March session, with final decision postponed until the convention. Negotiation had been instituted by Headlee and Vice President Richard McJilton which led to securing of major sponsorship the following year.
Honored at the convention as the nation’s top chapter was Layton, Utah, awarded the Harold A. Marks winner for 1963-64. The amazing total of ten states tabbed perfect 1,000 point scores in the Parade of States, but Louisiana marched first on the basis of tie-breaker membership points related to percentage of increase. Following Louisiana were Montana, Iowa, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas, South Dakota, Oregon, Colorado, and Rhode Island, in that order. The presidents of the top three states were Charles Hickman, Harrison Fagg, and Bob Cronk, respectively.
Presidential Speech referring to Junior Chamber/Jaycees:
April 18, 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 271 - The President's News Conference
June 15, 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 403 - Remarks on Mental Retardation to a Group From the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Foundation.