State: Oklahoma

City: Bartlesville

Chapters: 5,660

Members: 275,076 (257,013 regular - 18,063 associate)
(1954/55 first year that associate members were also counted)

Income: $1,057,138 ($211,327 in sponsorships)

Convention: Dallas, Texas - June 23-25, 1964

Sales Engineer Phillips Petroleum, 33 year old, Stan Ladley elected president for a full term.

Vice President: Doyle Balko
Jal, NM (Youth and Sports)
Vice President: Frank E Brawner Portland, OR
(Chapter & Individual Development)
Vice President: Harrison G Fagg Billings, MT
(Civic Activities)
Vice President: Paul Graves Oak Ridge,TN
Vice President: Alfred M Helo Albany, NY
(International Relations)
Vice President: G Merritt Martin Saline, MI
(Health and Safety)
Vice President: E Larry Moles Lima, OH
(Community Development)
Vice President: Dr. Fred Rainey Elizabethtown, KY
(Governmental Affairs)
Vice President: James A Skidmore Brick Town, NJ
(Public Relations)
Vice President:

Bill Suttle

Marion, NC
(Metropolitan Operations)
Treasurer: * Jim Wesberry Atlanta, GA  
Associate Treasurer *

Nolen C Allen

Louisville, KY  
General Legal Counsel: * Herbert Bateman Newport News, VA  
Associate Legal Counsel: * Charles Brown Little Rock, AR  
Chaplin: * Bruce Barrow Tampa, FL  
Executive Vice President:* Jack Friedrich
FL National Office
Tulsa, OK

* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.

Buffalo, New York to host 1965 convention.

A Jaycee career which began in 1957 was climaxed for Stan Ladley during 1964-65 as he served as the organization’s 45th president. His year was one of significant progress in both internal and external programming, and will always be remembered for two landmark decisions made at the national convention in June of 1965; adoption of the title “United States Jaycees" as the organization's official name, and a dues increase from $2.50 to $3.00 per member.

The 33 year old Ladley had served as a chairman of several committees and as vice president of his local chapter in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.He was the Sooner state president in 1962-63, earning a Clayton Frost Award as one of the nation’s top five men in that post. Ladley served as vice president for membership under President Headlee in 1963-64, helping guide two successful national recruiting drives.

Honored in 1964 as one of the Three Outstanding Young Oklahomans, and also the recipient of the award as Bartlesville's Outstanding Young Man, Ladley was a sales engineer with Phillips Petroleum Company at the time of his election to the USJCC presidency. Activities in addition to the Jaycees included the United Fund, Red Cross, Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, and the Mason.

A native of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, Ladley was a graduate of the University of Illinois. Coming to Tulsa with him during his term as national president was his wife, Ena, and their children Steve, 9 and Jan, 7.

Membership hit a milestone figure of 250,000 during 1964-65, as President Ladley continued the growth emphasis. Particularly important was the Jaycee Membership Sprint held during October to reduce the drop which always came during the fall billing period, The Sprint’s success is shown by the fact that the organization retained 91.66 percent of the June 1, 1964 membership total. This combined with a year round accent on growth led to a total increase in regular members from a starting figure of 239,339 to a June 1, 1965 total of 257,013.

There were many programming highlights. The first Jaycee Sports Spectacular was held in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities area in August with NBC covering the Junior Champ phase on its Sports Special TV show. To insure the success of our nation's Olympic effort, the USJCC staged a colorful "Run for the Money" fund-raising campaign. The Mental Health and Retardation program continued to gain in stature, and new programs born included Outstanding Young Educator and the Independence Hall Essay Contest.

The U, S, Jaycees also played host to the world, as the XIX World Congress was held in October of 1964 in Oklahoma City.

Two Programs Get No. 1 Billing

For the sixth year in a row Community Development and Chapter and Individual Development were the No 1 external and internal programs of the organization; respectively. In the 10,000 Parade of States competition, 425 points could be earned in Membership, 125 in Extension, 150 in Chapter and Individual Development,250 in Community Development, and 50 for Activation- based on chapters qualifying members as SPOKES and Spark Plugs in accordance with C & ID rules.

Programs by Portfolio

The following were the major emphasis projects during the year:

  • Community Development Portfolio -- Community Development;
  • Health and Safety Portfolio - Community Health, Traffic Safety, Uniform Vehicle Code, Safe Driving Road-e-o, Shooting Education, Mental Health and Retardation; and What’s Your Verdict?;
  • Youth-Sports Portfolio -- Junior Golf, Junior Tennis, Junior Champ, Physical Fitness Leadership Awards;
  • Public Relations Portfolio--Jaycee Week, DSA, Bosses’ Night;
  • Americanism-Governmental Affairs Portfolio -- a multi phased Governmental Affairs program including Economic Understanding, Americanism, Political Awareness, Radio Moscow, Governmental Processes, and the Independence Hall Essay Contest;
  • Civic Activities Portfolio -- Clean Water, Outstanding Young Farmer, Careers, Operation Airpark, Religious Activities, Scholastic Achievement Recognition, Approved Reading, Constitutional Prayer Amendment, Honesty, Today and Tomorrow, and Outstanding Young Educator;
  • International Relations Portfolio -- International Relations, including Foreign Student Jaycee, Project Concern, People-to-People Relations, Because Jaycees CARE, 100% JCI, International Relations Forum, Jaycee Ambassador, Operation Friendship, Operation FLOW, and “Host to the World”;
  • Chapter and Individual Development Portfolio - Chapter Development, Individual Development, including SPOKE, Spark Plug, and Speak-Up Jaycee, and Records and Recognition;
  • Membership Portfolio -- Membership Growth, Extension, Activation, and Parade of of State

Comments on New Programs

Of the programs listed several were newcomers to the ranks of major emphasis USJCC efforts, "What's Your Verdict?" in the Health and Safety Portfolio encouraged the presentation of a one act drama to junior and senior high school classes, emphasizing the tragic consequences of auto accidents"

There were four new programs in the Civic Activities Portfolio Careers was designed to combat school drop outs by means of a program to be presented to eighth grade students. The Constitutional Prayer Amendment program encouraged Jaycees to actively support the work of the Constitutional Prayer Foundation. Approved Reading gave backing to wholesome reading material for youth and encouraged newsstands to remove objectionable publications. Outstanding Young Educator was a major awards program sponsored by the Field Enterprises Educational Corporation, publishers of the World Book Encyclopedia. It was designed to honor the outstanding young teachers of the nation. Within the Americanism- Governmental Affairs Portfolio, newcomers included the Independence Hall Essay Contest in which seventh and eighth grade students competed for trips to the nation's capital on the basis of Americanism essays providing sponsorship was the Independence Hall Association of Chicago.

State Presidents Meet in Tulsa

The Jaycee state presidents returned to Tulsa in the summer of 1964 for their annual meeting to kick off the year. The previous two years they had met on the Oklahoma University campus in Norman. The feature of the meeting was the establishment of membership goals, with 273, 000 set as the figure to shoot at nationally. Presidents also previewed a television show featuring President Ladley designated “Jaycees in Action.” The 15 minute program was an outgrowth of a TV show he had staged in Tulsa on a weekly basis while national vice president and as state president "Jaycees in Action” was a feature of Ladley’s year as president. It was shown regularly in Tulsa and also picked up for taped use in other cities.

CD Seminar Held in Norman

The Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education in Norman was again the site of the USJCC Community Development Seminar Eighty-five delegates representing 50 Jaycee states were present. Honored as first place winners at the sixth annual session were;

Division 1 - Langley, Bath, Clearwater, South Carolina;
Division 2 - Wahiawa, Hawaii;
Division 3 - East Hartford, Connecticut;
Division 4 - Jamestown, New York;
Division 5 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The event was again cosponsored by American Motors Corporation Dates were July 19-21

Michigan Youth Awarded Road-e-o Title

Named as the nation’s top young driver among 49 finalists at the 13th Annual Jaycees Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o was Ned Aberly of Oak Park Michigan. He was awarded a $2,000 college scholarship and a Comet Caliente convertible by co-sponsor Lincoln-Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company . In winning Aberly scored 897 points out of a possible 1,000. Second and a $1,500 award went to John Rupprecht of Baltimore, Maryland, with John Whitney of Cheyenne, Wyoming finishing third, earning $1,000.

While in Washington, D.C.July 27-31 event, contestants were received by George Reedy, press secretary to President Johnson. They also toured the FBI headquarters, met with their respective congressmen and senators, and visited with Speaker of the House John M. Cormack. Awards were presented before 350 government officials’ civic leaders and traffic safety experts by President Ladley. Featured speaker at this program was Paul F. Lorer, general manger of Lincoln-Mercury Division and a Ford vice president.

Sports Spectacular Held in Twin Cities

The most ambitious sports event in Jaycee history was held August 2-9 in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis-St.Paul as the USJCCC combined the 11th Annual Jaycee Tennis Championships, 19th Annual Jaycee International Golf Championship, and the first truly national Junior Champ program into one giant ‘Sports Spectacular.’

JUNIOR CHAMP: The summer of 1965 saw 29 states send youngsters to complete in this track and field classic for boys 14 and 15 years old. Although a five state pilot meet the previous summer was designated as a national meet, the 1964 version was the first open to all states. Held on the St. Thomas College/University campus, and coordinated by the St. Paul Junior Chamber, the Junior Champ meet was featured by a prestige clinic. Demonstrating techniques to youngsters were former Olympic champ, Bob Richards, of the Wheaties Sports Federation; ace distance runner, Jim Beatty (also a former TOYM honoree) sprinter, Ira Murchinson; and Olympic discus thrower, Jay Sylvester. The clinic was narrated by Charles Werner, executive director of the United States Track and Field federation. Present at the awards banquet to give out medals was Kenneth L."Tug" Wilson, president of the US Olympic Committee. There were many fine performances by the contestants, with Clifford Kell of Decatur, Georgia drawing particular notice with a 59 foot, 1 inch toss of the 12 pound shot put, the best effort on the books for a boy his age.

NBC TELEVISION COVERAGE: Bud Palmer and NBC’s Sports Special filmed portions of the Junior Champ competition for showing on August 29 in a half hour segment on national television. NBC focused in on the only double winner, Larry Highbaugh of Indianapolis, Indiana. He won the 100 and 220 yard dashes and finished second in the broad jump.

JUNIOR GOLF: Jim Day, a 17-year-old bridegroom from Laurel, Mississippi, nabbed the Jaycee golf title with a 72-hole score of 286. Day, who had married his childhood sweetheart in early July, finished three strokes ahead of John Bohmann of Sequin, Texas, and four up on John Richart of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In fourth place, five strokes back, was tourney medallist, Terry Dear, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. More than 200 golfers representing 49 Jaycee states, Panama, and Puerto Rico took part. The official starter was again Maurie Luxford, also official starter at the Bing Crosby Tournament in Pebble Beach, California, to which Day was invited as Jaycee champ.

JUNIOR TENNIS: Californians dominated both boys and girls play in the Jaycee Tennis Championships. In junior boys (18 and under) play, the winner was Dean Penero of Stockton, who downed Jeff Brown of Carmichael in a tough four set match. It was a reversal of form for Penero, who had bowed six times previously in duels with Brown. In junior girls play, unseeded Marie Sidone of Pebble Beach, California downed Jocil Janus of Detroit for the title. Junior boys’ doubles saw the win go to Brown and Penero, up-ending fellow Californians Tom Karp and Roy Barth. In junior girls doubles the Mexico City tandem of Patricia Reyes and Lupita Suarez prevailed over Texans Evan Lopez and Sandra Knight. Boys singles play (15 and under) was featured by the successful defense of his title by Alberto Carrero of San Juan, Puerto Rico. In boy doubles, Carrero teamed with islander Stanley Pasarrel to sink Californians Steve Turpen and Rob Miller. Girls’ singles glory went to Royalee Baily of Dacto, California, who tumbled Mari Poiset of El Cajon of the Golden State. Miss Baily teamed with Denise Carter to grab the doubles crown over Miss Poiset and San Diego’s Cathy Apple. Although he won no championships, the tourney was bolstered by an entrant from New Delhi, India, Jasjit Singh, sponsored by the Illinois Jaycees. A tennis clinic spotlighted Maureen Connolly Brinker, and Bill Talbert . Jack Kramer addressed the awards banquet of the tourney, masterfully staged on the University of Minnesota campus by the Minneapolis chapter.

Jaycees, USTFF Combine Efforts

In an early fall agreement, the Jaycees entered into an agreement with the United States Track and Field Federation (USTFF) to combine their efforts in promoting the Junior Champ program, The union was praised by Stan Musial, fitness consultant to the President of the United States, and by the program sponsors Pepsi-Cola Company and the Wheaties Sports Federation, It was agreed that the Jaycees could provide the local manpower and promotional ability to boost Junior Champ participation, with the USTFF lending professional skill on the part of high school and college track coaches. In effect, the agreement ended any difference of opinion between the groups concerning which should sponsor Junior Champ type competitions. It would also lead to upping the age bracket of participants in the national meet to boys 17 and 18 years old.

Jaycees Run for the Money

To raise money for the US Olympic Committee, the USJCC was the coordinating organization in a giant promotional program which saw an Olympic torch carried across the nation from New York City to California, Serving as the focal point for fund raising efforts by Jaycee chapter the “Run for the Money” campaign was colorful and exciting. In many areas the Jaycees themselves carried the torch, while in others prominent athletes took part - individuals such as former Olympic champ, Jesse Owens and all-American end, Jay Wilkinson. Co-sponsored by the Thom McAn Shoe Company, the run began in New York City as Mayor Robert Wagner handed the torch to Owens. Before it was over it involved thousands of others, ranging from an 82 year old Missouri man to several governors. Several hundred thousand dollars was raised to finance the Olympic Team to the Tokyo Games.

Executive Committee Meets in Colorado

The September meeting of the Executive Committee was held near Granby, Colorado at the ranch of John King, former Jaycee vice president. This was the second time for the early fall Executive Committee session to be held in Colorado, the first occasion being in 1962.

Membership Sprint Cuts Fall Drop

Capitalizing on the spirit generated in the “Run for the Money” program, President Ladley injected a sprint theme into an October campaign to cut the traditional membership drop which takes place at the time of the fall dues billing. While the “Go and Grow” Sweepstakes of the previous year had featured a wide array of prizes, competition among states was the crux of the 1964 drive.

The program featured four phases designated as three heats and a feature event. In one heat, the states within each national vice president’s portfolio area competed with each other to see which would have the best October membership record. The second heat saw national vice presidents pit the records of their state groupings against those of fellow vice presidents. In the third heat records of first heat winners were matched. The so called involved President Ladley put his overall USJCC record against that of President Headlee's performance of a year earlier.

Final results showed that the states of Membership Vice President Paul Graves were tops. At the end of October, his states of Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Tennessee had retained 99.76 percent of June 1 totals. The top record of any state was notched by Idaho under Vice President Harrison Fagg with 111.22 percent of its starting figure. Overall, 16 states showed gains. Nationally, the organization retained 91.66 percent of its members, to give Ladley a win over Headlee who had held onto 90.92 percent of its members in the same period. Membership on October 31 was 219,365 compared with a starting figure of 239,339.

Oklahoma City Site of World Congress

Oklahoma City took on the charm of a Mardi Gras and the diplomatic atmosphere of the United Nations as 1,200 delegates from 58 countries attended the XIX World Congress of Junior Chamber InternationaL. It was the first time the JCI session had been held in the United States since the 1958 event in Minneapolis, and Jaycees in this nation were gracious hosts to the visitors from abroad, not only in Oklahoma City, but as the delegates crossed the continent en route to or returning from the Congress. Activities included a special JCI Day at the World Fair in New York City.

Under the leadership of the Oklahoma City Jaycees and Executive Director George Nigh (former lieutenant governor and governor of the state), the activities in Oklahoma City were well planned from the formal business meetings to the parties and hosting of delegates in the homes of Jaycees. The U. S. party, held at the Lone Star Brewery, was a particular hit, with 22 states providing food. Delegates also had the opportunity to hear the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra, meet Vonda K. Van Dyke (Miss America) and tour USJCC Headquarters in Tulsa. A ladies’ luncheon was hosted by Mrs. Perle Meata, well known society hostess from Washington. D. C.

In its more serious moments, the delegates heard a keynote address by Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who pointed out that mankind, will have no chance to correct its mistakes after a nuclear war. Addressing the awards banquet was Donald M. Kendall, president of Pepsi-Cola Company.

Selected as the 1965 president of JCI was John L. Rundle of Australia. Two members from the United States were elected to major offices. Fred Figge of California was chosen as an executive vice president and Richard Thomas of Missouri as vice president for operations. Ed Merdes of Alaska was later appointed general legal counsel.

Fund for World President Filled

Anticipating that the United States would have a strong candidate for JCI president at the Congress coming up in the fall of 1965, the organization set aside a fund of $12,000 to help finance travel of the world president should he be from this nation. Ed Merdes was ultimately selected to head JCI in 1966.

OYE Program gains Sponsor

In early November, Field Enterprises Educational Corporation, publishers of the World Book Encyclopedia, joined the USJCC as sponsor of the Outstanding Young Educators programs. Discussed at the March Board of Directors’ Meeting and approved at the national convention in Dallas in a special program decision, Outstanding Young Educator was conceived to teachers, male or female doing superior work in teaching the youngsters of the nation. With the sponsorship of Field Enterprises, it was decided to hold a national event to be attended by state honorees. The top four educators would receive $2,000 scholarships to further their education. Funds would also provide for $250 scholarships at the state level. The local and state OYE competitors were held during winter and spring of 1965, with the first national event coming in July, early in the administration of the next president.

Jaycees Accept Mental Health Challenge

A meeting of tremendous significance was held November 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska as state chairmen gathered for the First National Jaycees Leadership Orientation Workshop for Mental Health and Retardation. Jaycees heard a challenge to assume roles of leadership which was issued by Dr. Cecil L. Wittson dean of the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine. Professional speakers included many of the most prominent names in psychiatric and mental health circles. Meeting together, Jaycees discussed their program on Mental Health and Retardation projects. They were touched by the speeches given by Del Crandall, catcher for the San Francisco Giants and Steve Allen, television comedian, as they told of the effect of retardation and mental illness on members of their families.

In total, the 1964-65 Jaycee year saw great strides taken in this program which received excellent support by President Ladley and effective leadership on the part of the National Chairman Eugene Oberdorier of Atlanta. With sponsoring Sears Roebuck Company the Joseph Kennedy Jr. Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund providing monies for the Jaycees Mental Health and Retardation fund, it was possible to disseminate particularly excellent program materials and lend direct financial help to state program.

A national and state awards program was also set up in cooperation with the National Association for Retarded Children and the National Association for Mental Health. Essentially, states competed for a color TV set, stereo outfit, and similar items which would in turn be given to mental hospitals, etc. The growing Jaycee involvement in mental health drew the praise and comment of many prominent citizens, including Dr. William C, Menninger, president of the Menninger Foundation. He wrote an open letter to all Jaycees which appeared in the August issue of FUTURE.

At the Buffalo national convention the first annual Jaycee Mental Health and Retardation awards were presented. The winner for Mental Health programming was the state of Mississippi, with Michigan second. In Mental Retardation work, North Carolina took honors, with Nebraska the runner-up. For its work, Mississippi received a stereo from Westinghouse, with Michigan receiving a set of encyclopedias, North Carolina, a color TV from Philco and Nebraska, a portable Sylvania TV.

TOYM Honored in Santa Monica

The Ten Outstanding Young Men Congress was held for the second consecutive year in Santa Monica, California, having previously been held there in 1962. Again the site of the ceremonies was beautiful Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, home of the annual presentation of the Oscars’ by the movie industry. LOOK Magazine again featured the winners. Honored in January of 1965 as the TOYM of 1964 were:

  • John Artichocker, superintendent of the Northern Cheyenne, Wyoming Indian Reservation;
  • Captain Joe H. Engle, air force test pilot in the NASA-Air Force X-15 program at Edwards AFB, California;
  • Dr. James E. Mercereau, physicist specializing in cryogenics (extreme low temperatures) at Ford's Scientific Laboratory in Dearborn Michigan;
  • Dr. William McColl, medical missionary in Korea and former Stanford All-American football player and Chicago Bears professional player before becoming a physician;
  • John Cowles Jr., vice president and editor of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune;
  • Dr. Frank J Rauscher, Jr., head of the National Cancer Institute Viral Oncology section;
  • Emil William Henry, at 34 the youngest man to ever be appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission;
  • Dr. Daniel E Fountain, medical missionary in the Congo;
  • Dr. Herbert E. Kaufman, chief of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida, College of Medicine; and
  • Charles Jackson Wheeler, 21-year-old adventurer and author from California

130 Attend Governmental Affairs Seminar

The Fourth Annual Governmental Affairs Seminar in Washington, D. C. drew 130 Jaycees and wives to the nation's capital. Before the February 28- March 5 session was over, delegates had listened to 26 congressmen, 9 senators, and 7 government officials. The' schedule included visits to the White House, Supreme Court, and Soviet Embassy. In the latter visit, several Jaycees were interviewed by a CBS reporter and the interview was carried on the “Evening News with Walter Cronkite” program. Ten outstanding local Governmental Affairs chairmen were honored at the meeting, with Carroll Alexander of Moore, Oklahoma receiving the top award of $500. Sponsoring this award was the Associates Investment Company.

USJCC Board Recommends Name Change

The 325 man national Board of the USJCC Meeting in Tulsa for its annual March planning session, recommended that the name of the organization be changed to United States Jaycees. This had the effect of putting the proposed by-law change before delegates at the upcoming national convention in Buffalo where it was to be approved in an historical decision. The Board referred to the Convention without recommendation the matter of raising national dues from a basic $2.50 to $3.00 per member. This too was to receive approval.

Most of the Board’s time was devoted to planning of the Jaycee program for 1965-66. Of new programs adopted, the most ambitious called for the raising of $1,000,000 to build a Freedom Hall at Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. A special committee, headed by Immediate Past President Dick Headlee was named to coordinate the Jaycee effort.

In other business, a budget of $1,316, 000 for 1965-66 was given tentative approval, subject to modification if the dues increase proposal was passed in Buffalo. There was a spirited battle for the right to host the 1967 national convention, with Baltimore prevailing over Kansas City and Hawaii.

OYF Program Held in Fort Collins

The campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins was the site in April of the ninth annual program to honor the nation’s Four Outstanding Young Farmers.

Selected as the 1964 honorees were:

  • Eddie Berens of Selby, South Dakota;
  • Dolan E. Brown of Twin City, Georgia;
  • William D. Long of Apopka, Florida; and
  • Raymond Kauer of Hillsboro, Oregon

Keynoting the awards banquet was America’s unofficial toastmaster general, entertainer George Jessel.

Honesty Congress in Richmond

In another April event, a national congress for the Honesty, Today and Tomorrow program was held in Richmond, Virginia, at William and Mary College, the school where the honor system was inaugurated in 1780. Outstanding high school students were sent by states as delegates to the April 9-10 event, co-sponsored by Life of Virginia, an insurance firm.

Essay Winners Receive Trips

April 22 was a big day for 88 youngsters, aged 12-14, who were winners in the Independence Hall Essay contest. It marked the beginning of an 11 day trip through 9 states, on which members of the tour saw many of our nation’s historical landmarks including the Capitol, Gettysburg, and Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Making the trip possible was the Independence Hall Association of Chicago, headed by Dr. S. L. DeLove. It was the ninth year for his program, but the first in which it was national in scope. Previously he had awarded trips only to Chicago area youngsters, but the USJCC was asked to take part and select state winners for 1965. As a result, 44 Chicago boys and girls were on the trip and 44 from as many Jaycee states. They won the historical trek for outstanding essays on the subject, “What My Country Means To Me.”

Religious Activities Emphasis Continues

There was a continued emphasis on Religious Activities projects in 1964-65. Receiving particular attention were prayer breakfasts, with more and more local and state groups holding them. At the March session of the USJCC Board of Directors, a particularly impressive prayer breakfast was held, to begin a new tradition. For tax purposes, the USJCC incorporated its Religious Activities programs into a special foundation. Bruce Barrow did an excellent job as USJCC chaplain. Honored as outstanding state chaplains were Frank Barkdull of Mississippi, Ben Hohler of Idaho, and Wells Purmort of Florida.

Fitness Leaders Honored

Physical fitness leaders from 12 states - most outstanding of honorees from 44 states taking part in the program, were the guests of the USJCC and co-sponsoring Standard Packaging Corporation at a May 3-4 event in Washington, DC. A highlight of the session was a visit with President Johnson.

Three of the 12 fitness leaders were singled out for special recognition, receiving $1,000 cash grants in the second annual running of the Physical Fitness Leadership Awards program. They were:

  • Dr. Thomas Kirk Cureton, Jr., director of Physical Fitness Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois;
  • Dr. Paul Hunsicker, chairman of the Physical Education Department of the University of Michigan; and
  • James Edward Hadaway, superintendent of recreation in Tallahassee, Florida.

The nine others at the Washington program were:

  • Henry N. Thompson of Honolulu, Hawaii;
  • Jess Goddard, Albuquerque, New Mexico;
  • Ted Dappen, Lincoln, Nebraska;
  • Frederick H. Carley, Mobile, Alabama;
  • Joseph Lewis Baranowski, Mishawaka, Indiana;
  • Harry D. Kaufman, Baltimore, Maryland;
  • Eugene Wettstone, State College, Pennsylvania; and
  • Conald O. Searway of Bangor, Maine

Keynoting the event was Stan Musial, head of the President's Council on Physical Fitness.

May 3, 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson 222 - Remarks at a Ceremony Honoring Physical Fitness Winners.

Brief Program Notes

CLEAN WATER: Two awards were presented in conjunction with this program, co -sponsored by the National Clay Pipe Institute. The Florida Jaycees were recognized for having the best state program to combat water pollution, while Schenectady, New York, had the best local project.

OPERATION AIR PARK: Activity in this program, striving to encourage the building of economical landing strips for private planes, was illustrated by the work of the Dublin, Texas chapter which dedicated the first Jaycee built airpark in the state. On hand for the dedication was W. T. Piper, president of co-sponsoring Piper Aircraft.

SHOOTING EDUCATION: Interest continued to grow in this program for young boys and girls in which, BB rifles were used to pass along the fundamentals of safe gun handling and marksmanship. A small scale national competition was held, with scores compared by mail. A team from Volga, South Dakota took honors. During 1965-66 there was to be a true national competition in this program.

FREE ENTERPRISE DAY: October 5 was celebrated as Free Enterprise Day, with the Jaycees and Rexall Drug Company providing the promotional emphasis. The October issue of FUTURE had a special Free Enterprise theme. The idea of a special day to commemorate free enterprise had begun the year before.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MONTH: The entire month of November was given over to furthering the principles of the Community Development program, with chapters concentrating on soliciting the support and ideas of all the community leaders.

Headquarters - Staff Developments

A September 11 fire at the USJCC Headquarters in Tulsa caused damage of approximately $50,000. Damage was confined primarily to the second floor of the three story building. The blaze began shortly before the opening of the office for the day, originating in a closet used to store cleaning equipment. Spontaneous combustion was cited as the cause. By mid-year the damage had been repaired, with many offices completely refurnished and looking better than ever. Insurance completely covered the fire loss.

Continuing as executive vice president of the organization was Jack Friedrich. In other top staff positions, Frank Hampton remained as director of programming and Don Lawson was named director of finance. Leaving at mid-year to join N. W. Ayer & Son in Chicago was Jim Stafford, director of publications and public relations. He was replaced by Bill Goodwin, formerly director of public relations. Joining the staff in a top-level position was; Bob Cronk, former Iowa state president, who assumed the newly created job of administrative assistant to the president. At other levels the traditional staff turnover continued. Among those leaving was Terry McCann, director of the Youth-Sports Department and 1960 Olympic wrestling champion. He joined the: Wheaties Sports Federation as executive secretary, thus becoming the third staffer to hold that post, the others being Jerry Brennan and Jim Thaxton, both former heads of Youth-Sports.

To help promote longer tenures for staff members, the organization initiated contracts with key employees, specifying that they would be paid bonuses upon completion of specified terms of service. A thrift plan was also organized and hospitalization benefits increased.

There was a continued expansion of headquarter services, with particular gains in the data processing operations. A particularly significant item sold by the Supplies Department was an updated version of Booton Herndon's book about the Jaycees, “Young Men Can Change the World”. It was available in a paperback edition for $1.95. The traditional convention film which Pepsi-Cola has been financing for several years was replaced with a 28-minute film covering almost all of the organization’s major national events. Prints of the color movie, “A Cast of Thousands” were available to chapters on a loan or purchase basis.

Membership & Extension Figures

On June 1, 1965, regular member’s stood at 257,013, an increase of 17.674% over the 239,339 figure or June 1, 1964.

The number of chapters rose from 3,271 to 5,660, an increase of 339 groups.

USJCC Income

Total income for the year was $1,057,138. Of this, $211,327 came from sponsors. The 1964-65 year marked the first time the organization had an income of over $1,000,000.

Name Changed at National Convention

After 45 years, the organization’s name was changed from the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce to United States Jaycees at the June national convention in Buffalo, New York. A similar proposal had been turned down by delegates at the 1956, 1960, and 1962 conventions, but the vote in favor was almost unanimous at the 1965 annual meeting.

In another key decision at the June 22-24 session, the dues for individual members were increased from $2.50 to $3.00. A well prepared analysis of how the additional income would e spent (estimated to be $119,250 in 1965-66) convinced delegates that the increase would payoff in an improved organization.

Still another major change came as the convention voted to make the referendum to chapters the only manner of adopting external policy, thus doing away with the resolutions which had previously expressed organization policy. Deserving credit for his persistent championing of this cause was Herb Bateman of Virginia, the general legal counsel for the organization. A similar proposal had been rejected at the convention in Dallas a year earlier. In 1965, however, delegates finally agreed that the national convention did not provide the proper setting for a serious consideration of external policy by those attending.

Beginning the activities in Buffalo, to which Jaycees returned 10,000 strong after a rousing convention there in 1959 was the traditional Keyman Luncheon. It was hosted by Pepsi-Cola Company and the speaker was Bob Cox, vice president of that firm and former USJCC president in 1948-59. Monday night was featured by the get-acquainted party and the music of Cab Calloway’s Orchestra and the vocalizing of the Buffalo Billl’s Quartet. Sponsoring was Ballantine Brewers.

The convention keynote speaker on Tuesday was Jerome Cavanuagh, mayor of Detroit and 1963 TOYM. A forum then followed, with the theme based on the Jaycee Creed, Dr. Jim Turpin, 1962 TOYM and founder of Project Concern, discussed the brotherhood of man; Dr. Kenneth Wells, president of Freedoms Foundation, analyzed economic justice; Dr. Herbert Richards commented on faith in God; and
Jack Kemp, professional football quarterback talked on service to humanity.

Perhaps the most touching of all speakers, however, was Bill Brownfield, author of the Jaycee Creed. He told delegates what the organization had meant to him and emphasized the important role it plays in today’s world.

In a special program for the ladies, designer Oleg Cassini showed some of his high fashion creations.

Five national vice presidents sought thee office of national president - Jim Skidmore, Dr. Fred Rainey, Frank Brawner, Bill Suttle and E. Larry Moles. On the tenth ballot Brawner and Moles withdrew. Suttle then stepped out on the thirteenth. With only two men left in the race, the majority swung to Skidmore and Rainey conceded. Dawn was about to break as the Jaycees elected a new president!

Receiving the Harold A, Marks Award, symbolic of the nation’s outstanding chapter, was Greensboro, North Carolina. Marching first in the Parade of States was New Mexico, under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Geist. Next came Iowa under Heinie Taylor and Virginia led by George N. McMath.


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