State: New Jersey

City: Brick Town

Chapters: 5,945

Members: 268,459 (252,161 regular - 16,298 associate)
(1954/55 first year that associate members were also counted)

Income: $1,336,875 ($335,270 in sponsorships)

Convention: Buffalo, New York - June 22-24, 1965

Sales Executive New Jersey Bell Telephone, 33 year old, James A. Skidmore, Jr. elected president for a full term.

Vice President: Bill Buffaloe Florence, AL
(Civic Activities)
Vice President: Frank Foster West Palm Beach, FL
(State & Chapter Management)
Vice President: William Healy Huntington, West VA
(Youth & Sports)
Vice President: Jay Myers Washington, DC
(International Relations)
Vice President: John Palczynski Westfield, MA
(Community Development)
Vice President: Jim Reese Odessa, TX
(Public Relations)
Vice President: Steve Santangelo South Gate, CA
(Membership)
Vice President: Allen Skogebo Austin, MN
(Leadership Training)
Vice President: Albin Stahl Onida, SD
(Health and Safety)
Vice President: Jim Wesberry Atlanta, GA
(Governmental Affairs)
Treasurer: * Nolen Allen Louisville, KY  
Associate Treasurer * Bob Parks Oklahoma City, OK  
General Legal Counsel: * Charles Brown Little Rock, AR  
Associate Legal Counsel: * Richard Bartalini Alameda, CA  
Chaplin: * Bob Simms Independence, MO  
Executive Vice President:* Jack Friedrich
FL National Office
Tulsa, OK

* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.

Detroit, Michigan to host 1966 convention.

The first president to lead the organization under its new name of United States Jaycees, James A, Skidmore, Jr., put an emphasis on public relations and governmental affairs programs which helped build the national stature of the young men’s group.

Skidmore, a 33 year old sales executive for New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, came to Tulsa from Brick Town, New Jersey. Accompanying him were his wife, Peggy, and their two children, James A. Skidmore, III and Jacqueline Sue, aged 3 and 7, respectively.

The new presidents Jaycee career began with his work as one of the founder s of the Point Pleasant chapter. Initially elected treasurer, he climbed the local ladder as vice president and then president. He served as state vice president in 1961-62, following this up as a national director in 1962-63, being honored with a Clint Dunagan Award. As New Jersey state president in 1963-64, Skidmore led successful Jaycee efforts to defeat a $750,000, 000 bond issue proposed by the governor. Although on the opposite side of the fence, Skidmore earned the respect of Governor Hughes, who nominated his Jaycee opponent for recognition as one of New Jersey’s Five Outstanding Men of 1964, an award which he was to subsequently receive.

As a national vice president in 1964-65, Skidmore directed activities in the Public Relations Portfolio.

Skidmore was a 1954 graduate of Muhlenberg College, and a captain in the Marine Corps reserves.

The US, Jaycees' strong support of the nation's efforts in Vietnam was of great significance in 1965-66. Through a referendum vote, Jaycees backed the polices of the Johnson administration by a 12-1 margin. Skidmore personally presented to President Lyndon B. Johnson a book outlining the, scope of Jaycee support. The Jaycees also worked with the Young Republicans and Young Democrats to raise food and clothing for the people of Vietnam. For his role in this work, Skidmore was the guest of the South Vietnam government on a ten-day visit to that country in May. Premier Ky of South Vietnam personally received Skidmore and Young Republican and Young Democrat leaders, arranging a comprehensive visit.

In another major referendum vote, Jaycees supported retention of section 14-B of the Taft Hartley Law, giving states the option of enacting “Right to Work” laws.

A meaningful International Relations program was inaugurated in 1965-66, as the organization sent eight Jaycee Ambassadors to work in Mexico, Panama, El Salvador, and Honduras, helping to build stronger Junior Chambers in those nations.

The Jaycees also supported the Freedoms Foundation in a major fundraising and educational program, featured by the sale of Freedom Bricks.

Significant gains were made in the development of the US. Jaycee program in the Governmental Affairs Portfolio, with highlights including the securing of major sponsorship of the Annual Governmental Affair s Seminar from Ford Motor Company, the launching of “GO” as a major Jaycee publication, and President Lyndon B, Johnson's invitation to every state Jaycee president to attend the President’s Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

The year was also marked by the election of Alaska’s Ed Merdes as president of Junior Chamber International, the first US, Jaycee to serve since Ira Kaye in 1957. Also bringing honors to the United States was Greensboro, North Carolina, named outstanding Jaycee chapter in the world.

Breakdown by Portfolios

In the interests of programming progress, the assignment of programs to national vice presidents during 1965-66 was marked by innovations. Specifically, the vice president for Safety and Health Albin Stahl worked with certain of the Governmental Affairs programs and the Governmental Affairs vice president Jim Wesberry handled the Mental Health and Retardation program, despite its being a Safety and Health activity. Thus, the following breakdown of programs by portfolio is in some cases an arbitrary one, based on the listing of portfolios in By-Laws and Policy. For the specific breakdown by vice president, readers are referred to the August 1966 issue of ACTION Magazine.

  • Community Development Portfolio - Community Development;
  • Health and Safety Portfolio - Traffic Safety, Safe Driving Road-e-o, Shooting Education, Mental Health and Mental Retardation, and VD Education;
  • Youth and Sports Portfolio - Junior Tennis, Junior Golf, Junior Ski, Physical Fitness Leadership Awards, Junior Champ, Troubled Youth, Careers, Good Reading, Honesty, Today and Tomorrow, and Scholastic Achievement Recognition;
  • Governmental Affairs Portfolio - the Governmental Affairs program of several activities, including Jaycee Sound Citizen,support of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Independence Hall Essay Contest, Red Tape, Action Course in Practical Politics, Freedom Versus Communism, Free Enterprise Seminar, and Pre Naturalization Classes for Future Citizens;
  • Civic Activities Portfolio - Outstanding Young Educator, Outstanding Young Farmer, Clean Water and Clean Air, and Religious Activities;
  • Public Relations Portfolio - Jaycee Week-DSA-Bosses' Night, and Air Flight (Airpark);
  • Membership Portfolio - Membership Growth, Extension, Retention, and Parade of States;
  • Leadership Training Portfolio - SPOKE, Spark Plug, Speak- Up Jaycees, and records and Recognition;
  • State and Chapter Management Portfolio – Chapter Management, State Operations, Metropolitan Chapters

Notes on the New Programs

VD Education was developed to inform the public, particularly teenagers, of the dangers of venereal disease. Because no sponsored funds were available, there was little activity. A similar lack of funds also curtailed work in Careers and Troubled Youth. Careers was designed to help high school dropouts develop skills to make them employable, while Troubled Youth had as its purpose to provide help to delinquent boys while in institutions and after their release.

Among the strongest of the new programs was Junior Ski, a program to teach skiing fundamentals to youngster 8-13. With the sponsorship of Hart Ski Manufacturing Company, an invitational meet was held to climax the program in March of 1966, with eight states sending contestants to the event in Grand Rapid, Minnesota.

New programs in Governmental Affairs included Pre-Naturalization Classes for Future Citizens, the Action Course in Practical Politics and Free Enterprise System Seminars. The Action Course in Practical Politics, a creation of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, replaced Volunteer in Politics, These programs, added to the holdover activities, gave The US Jaycees a comprehensive listing in Governmental Affairs.

The No. 1 Programs

Once again Community Development was the No. 1 external program. The top emphasis internal effort was Chapter Management and Leadership Training, again stressing the basic ten fundamentals and SPOKE, Spark Plug, and Speak-Up Jaycee. Within the Parade of States competition, 250 points could be earned in Community Development, and 200 in Chapter Management and Leadership Training. The Parade of States itself had 100 points available in Reactivation, 100 in Activation, and indeterminate totals possible in Membership and Extent ion, based on a relatively complex scale outlined in the October issue of ACTION. Essentially, however, more than 1,000 points were available for the first time. The Parade of States rules proved to have weaknesses, primarily because a state could lose members and still do well in the standings.

Dues Increase Broadens Service

The dues increase from a basic $2.50 to $3.00 per member, which was approved at the national convention in Buffalo, added $119,250 in income to the organization for use in 1965–66. In a meeting following ratification of the dues increase by delegates, national directors allocated the extra money, after studying requests in excess of $400,000, for a general bolstering of US Jaycee services, particularly in the fields of public relations, FUTURE Magazine, internal programs, and increased travel allowances for key national officers. Also made possible was a National Directors’ Workshop, in which directors visited Tulsa in July and August (in groups determined by assigned states of national vice president) to gain a better understanding of the headquarter operations and Jaycee programs.

Outstanding Young Educators Honored

Outstanding Young Educators from 38 states were present in Washington, D, C., from July 8 -10 as Jaycees climaxed a first year program launched in 1964-65, The highlight of the program was the announcement of the Four Outstanding Young Educators of 1965.

The honorees were:

  • Helen Lee Coleman of Richmond, Virginia;
  • James Morgan Hale (a former Jaycee local president and national director) of Atlanta, Georgia;
  • Robert Hal Moore of Devils Lake, North Dakota; and
  • Betty Helen Quinn of Jackson, Mississippi

While in the nation’s capital, the teachers attended seminars featuring top authorities in the field. The awards banquet keynoter was Allen Ludden, host of the CBS television show, “Password.” Co-sponsoring the event was World Book Encyclopedia.

CD Seminar Held in Norman, Oklahoma

Five Jaycee chapters were singled out for significant contributions in Community Development at a seminar and awards program held July 18-20 on the Oklahoma University campus at Norman. Recipients for 1965 were Monroe City, Missouri; Wahiawa, Hawaii; Danville, Illinois; Bloomington, Minnesota; and Portland, Oregon.Each chapter received a $600 grant. One of the special guests at the Seventh Annual Community Development Seminar was Roy Abernethy, president of co-sponsoring American Motors Corporation.

Missouri Youth Wins Road-e-o Title

Contestants from 50 states participated in the Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o finals, staged August 1-5 in Washington, DC. Named, by President Skidmore, as the outstanding teenage driver of the nation was John Gearhart of Bethany, Missouri. He received a $2,000 scholarship and a Comet Caliente convertible from co- sponsoring Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company, Second place and $1,500 went to David Aschermann of Pueblo, Colorado, with third and $1,000 going to Nebraska's Walter E. Baumann. The 46 boys and 4 girls representing their states saw the traditional sights in Washington. A particular highlight came when youngsters met Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

During 1965-66 the Road-e-o program took on a new dimension, as state and local organizations were encouraged to hold separate competitions for boys and girls. The reluctance of many girls to compete against boys had been cutting down local participation in some instances. States were to send to the national event, however, the top scorer without respect to sex. This move paved the way for separate competitions at the national level in the summer of 1967.

Houston Hosts “Spectacular”

For the second year The US Jaycees again combined the national competitions in Golf, Tennis, and Junior Champ into a giant “Sports Spectacular.” Serving as host for the August 8-14 gathering of some 900 teenage athletes was the strong Jaycee organization in Houston, Texas, with leadership provided by President Jack Jordan and Chairman Sam Burk.

JUNIOR CHAMP: Singled out as the outstanding performer was Richmond Flowers of Montgomery, Alabama, son of Alabama's attorney general. He won the 180-yard low hurdles, 120-yard high hurdles, and the 100 yard dash. National competition was in the senior division for boys 17 and 18, in accordance with guidelines which had been worked out the year before with the United States Track and Field Federation. Other winners were Les Ragel of Atlanta, Georgia, discus; Burnell Davis, Kansas City, Kansas, triple jump; Ronald Lightfoot, Copperas Cover, Texas, shot put; Larry Franklin, Madison, Wisconsin, broad jump; Dick Fosbury, Medford, Oregon, high jump; Stephen Gerkin, Sioux City, Iowa, 880-yard run; Robert Gordon, Madison, Wisconsin, mile run; Brent Slay, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 440-yard dash; Clyde Peach, Indianapolis, Indiana, 220 -yard dash; and Dickie Phillips, Houston, Texas, pole vault. Alabama, on the basis of Flowers' triple win, took state honors. A special clinic featured Jim Beatty, distance running great and former TOYM winner, and Chic Werner, executive director of the USTFF., Bob Richards was keynote speaker.

JUNIOR TENNIS: California domination was snapped in the twelfth annual boys’ and fifth annual girls’ events, as net stars from Kansas, Michigan, and Mexico also stepped into the spotlight. The junior boys (18-under) title went to Doug Verdieck of Redlands, California, who downed Bobby Ecuyer of New Orleans, Louisiana, The unseeded tandem of Charles Alloo of Overland Park and Darrel Snyder of Winfield, Kansas, took the junior boys doubles crown, spilling a team composed of Eric Evett of Tucson, Arizona, and Jerry Perry of St. Louis, Missouri, a rare split state entry. In boys (16-under) play, Jeff Barowiak of Lafayette, California, raced past fellow state player Steve Cornell of Oakland. They teamed to grab the doubles cup, beating John Fort of Santa Monica and Paul Marienthal of Los Angeles. In junior girls action, Susan Dykes of Warren, Michigan, defeated Marie Sidone of Pebble Beach, California. Miss Dykes teamed with Gloria Novitsky of Hamtramak, Michigan, to down another California team of Pamela Teeguarden of Los Angeles and Sally Perry of Santa Barbara for the title. In girls play, Peggy Michel of Pacific Palisades, California, tumbled Linda Tuero of Mentairie Louisiana, in the finals. Olga Montano and her sister, Patricia, of Mexico City, took the girls doubles glory by beating Connie Capozzi and Jane Lawson of Middletown, Ohio. A tennis clinic featured Maureen (Little Mo) Connolly Brinker and Bill Talbert .

JUNIOR GOLF: The Jaycees golf championship celebrated their 20th Anniversary in grand style, although heavy rains wiped out the scheduled third round of play and the winners were determined in 54 holes of play rather than the traditional 72. At the end of these 54 holes of play, there was a deadlock between Tommy Kalbfleisch of Louisville, Kentucky and Tommy McGinnis of Memphis, Tennessee. It took six holes of sudden death play to decide the outcome, with Mcginnis getting the verdict. Along with the Jaycees trophy, he won a trip to play in the National Pro-Amateur (Bing Crosby) Tourney at Pebble Beach, California.

Skidmore Attends JCI Conferences

As part of the growing US Jaycees interest in the Junior Chamber International, President Skidmore attended three JCI Conferences in the late summer of 1965, one in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, another in San Jaun, Puerto Rico, and the third in Banff, Canada. Jaycees from other nations were particularly excited as Skidmore described the Ambassador program which was launched by the US Jaycees. Skidmore felt so strongly about JCI Conferences that he asked for and received by-law changes requiring that a representative from the US Jaycees attend all future official conferences of the international group.

Early in his administration, President Skidmore submitted two referendums to Jaycees chapters, seeking the opinions of members concerning the United States position on Vietnam and repeal of section 14-B (“Right to Work”) of the Taft Hartley Act. Jaycees chapters approved by a 12-1 vote the “Stay Tough” policy of the United States in Vietnam and voted 6-1 in favor of retaining section 14-B which gave the states authority to pass ‘Right to Work’ laws.

The referendums were of particular interest since they represented the new US Jaycees approach to external policy, and provided that the referendum method must be used.

Effectiveness of the new system of adopting policy was shown by the support of the Jaycee chapters who actively told the nation how they stood. Jaycees are estimated to have given more than 50,000 speeches on the United States position in Vietnam and over 15,000 speeches on the “Right to Work” question.

Skidmore Relays Vietnam Vote to LBJ

On September 30, 1965, Skidmore visited President Lyndon B. Johnson, presenting a scrapbook which completely outlined the impressive 12-1 backing of the Jaycees for his strong stand in Vietnam. Following the visit, President Johnson wrote the Jaycees to tell them that their strong stand would help speed the day when peace would be possible. Other Americans commending the Jaycee stand included Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

Jaycee Leader Visits Walter Reed Hospital

Within minutes after visiting the President in the White House, Skidmore and a Jaycee delegation went to Walter Reed Hospital to talk with men who had been injured fighting in Vietnam initial reaction to the Jaycees was cold until Skidmore spotted a watch being worn by one of the men, Captain Wilford Roe, which was similar to one on his own wrist. Both had received the timepieces from Dr. Jim Turpin who had one of his Project Concern clinics in Vietnam. Their common admiration and backing of Turpin broke the ice, and Captain Roe suggested that Jaycee chapters adopt a unit in Vietnam and write to them, expressing appreciation for their role in helping stop the spread of communism. Talking with other men, the Jaycee group gained further insight into the war.

ACTT Program Helps People of Vietnam

Working in conjunction with the Young Democrats and Young Republicans, Jaycees helped collect more than 2,800,000 pounds of needed material for the Vietnamese people. The White House estimated the value of the goods at $100,000,000, with drugs alone valued at $40,000,000. These results were achieved in the America's Christmas Train and Truck program. The drive centered around a main line train collecting donations from Philadelphia to San Francisco, being kicked off with an official dedication on December 12 with remarks by Vice President Humphrey. Attending this project launching ceremony, as well as rallies on December 23 and 24 in Los Angeles and San Francisco, was His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of Vietnam, Vu Van Thai The first ACTT shipments left the West Coast by plane on December 24 with the ship, US Mormac Hawk, sailing from Oakland on Christmas Day.

While the one official train symbolized the spirit of the project, six feeder trains took part along with some 7,500 trucks. The program had the backing of the American Trucking Association and the Association of American Railroads, which arranged for transportation of goods collected, foods, medical supplies, yard goods clothing, toys, etc. Many major US, firms made contributions of money and supplies to the program, one of the largest humanitarian projects of its kind ever staged. In Vietnam, the American armed forces handled distribution, and the vast majority of all material found itself channeled into the hands of deserving recipients.

The capable executive director of the ACTT program was Morgan J. Doughton, Jaycee national president in 1960-61, who was hired as a full time employee by the ACTT Executive Committee. President Skidmore was elected by the Young Republican and Young Democrat presidents as chairman of the board of ACTT.

Jaycee President Visits Vietnam

President Skidmore was the guest of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky of the Republic of Vietnam on a visit in early May. He was accompanied on the trip by Virgil Musser, president of the Young Democrats; Robert List, representing the Young Republicans; and Morgan Doughton, executive director of ACTT. They were all invited in a show of appreciation by Premier Ky and his government for the materials collected to help his people through the ACTT program.

Skidmore and the others saw Vietnam as few VIP type visitors have been privileged. They not only met the brave people of that nation and checked on the delivery of ACTT shipments, but actually got front line glimpses of combat action by the ninth marine forces battling the Viet Cong. Other highlights included a visit to Dr. Jim Turpin's hospital in the central highlands and a long conference with Premier Ky. The stature of the, Jaycees had never received greater recognition than through this invitation.

Freedoms Foundation Gets Jaycee Backing

A campaign to raise $1,000,000 for construction of the George Washington building at Freedoms Center, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was a major Jaycee effort with the hub of activity extending from Constitution Day (September 17) through October. In their backing of the Freedoms Foundation, Jaycees elected to raise funds for a building which would expand the facilities of the group’s Freedoms Center an educational complex. The fund drive was launched with the sale of the first "Freedom Brick" to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Total funds raised in 1965-66 were in the neighborhood of $100,000, and the emphasis was then shifted, with the blessings of the Freedoms Foundation, into educational phases of activity. It was felt that Jaycee efforts of this type would be more successful than work primarily based on the raising of funds.

Edward Merdes Elected President of JCI

The 20th JCI World Congress was one of the most satisfying on record for The US Jaycees. An 130 Jaycee delegation from this nation was present in Sydney, Australia, as Edward A. Merdes of Fairbanks, Alaska, was unanimously elected JCI president by the 1500 members who attended the congress.

Merdes had served as general legal counsel of JCI in 1965. Previously he had led Alaska to the top in the 1957-58 Parade of States competition, served as a national vice president in 1958-59, and ran a close race against Bob Clark in a bid for the national presidency in 1959-60 in Buffalo.

Other Congress highlights of significance to the United States saw Miami Beach selected as the permanent site of the JCI Secretariat. Monaco and Shannon, Ireland had sought the Secretariat. Helping advance the United States position in Sydney was Elliott Roosevelt, mayor of Miami Beach. Named winner of the Minneapolis Award as outstanding chapter of the world was Greensboro. North Carolina. The US Jaycee Mental Health/Mental Retardation program was also adopted by JCI. Two famous old-timers were on hand, receiving honors from the international group, Andrew Mungenast was given an honorary life membership – the first time JCI had conferred such recognition to anyone except retiring world presidents. John Armbruster was given a special certificate for his outstanding service, (Both are honorary officers of The US Jaycees. Also see special chapter on honorary officers and members.)

Ambassadors Program Is Unique Approach

In a unique approach to help strengthen Junior Chamber groups in other nations, The US Jaycees sent eight ambassadors to provide assistance in Mexico, Panama, El Salvador, and Honduras. Selected to work for a month with Jaycee groups at grass roots level were Carlos Delvalle, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Panama); Richard Atwell, Bloomington:, Indiana (Panama); Tony Tafoya, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (Mexico); - Hampton Thomas Roanoke, Virginia (Mexico); Horace P Guerra, III Rio Grande City, Texas (El Salvador); Warren Cox, Birmingham, Alabama (El Salvador), Rudy Cortez, Mabton, Wisconsin (Honduras); and Herbert T, Geving, Parshall, North Dakota (Honduras). In another phase of the program, Robb Madgett, US Jaycee director of programming, worked for a week with the Mexican national organization.

The results achieved by these men in their stint as ambassadors were outstanding, and the decision was made to continue the program in future years. As Skidmore had pointed out after his early administration round of JCI conferences, “They (Jaycees in many other nations) lack the basics we so often take for granted, not purposely but because they’ve never had them presented”. Conveying these basics was the primary role of the ambassadors.

Other International Relations Highlights

There was enthusiastic participation in the Foreign Student Jaycee program; in which membership in the Jaycees was extended to students from abroad to help them better understand life in this nation, and the principles of free enterprise. As Fleming S. Gjesing, a student from Denmark who worked with the Quincy, Illinois chapter put it, “The Jaycees mean and have meant more to me during my stay in the United States than anything else.”

In another interesting development, a career air force sergeant who joined the Jaycees in 1960 was named the first US Jaycees Ambassador in uniform. Master Sergeant Thomas E Winstead was serving at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines at the time of his appointment, working closely with the Jaycees of that country.

Strong support continued to be given by Jaycees to the work of Dr. Jim Turpin and his Project Concern clinics.

In a project conducted by the Jaycees of Seoul, Korea, American servicemen who had made contributions to the welfare of the Korean people were singled out for recognitions.

TOYM Honored in St. Paul

The Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1965 were honored January 14-15 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The list of winners had been previously announced in a feature article in the January 11 issue of LOOK Magazine. The TOYM were:

  • Fred Rodgers Adams of Jackson, Mississippi, who advanced from a truck driver to owner of the largest egg plant in the world;
  • Charles Conard Jr. Houston, Texas, whose flight in Gemini 5 set a space endurance record;
  • Edward H. White II, Houston, Texas, who left his Gemini 4 capsule for a 21 minute walk in space;
  • Richard Chaput, Nashua, New Hampshire, active in community work as a jaycee despite being paralyzed from the neck down;
  • Frederick P. Whiddon, Mobile, Alabama, president of the University of Alabama;
  • Donald D. Williams, Inglewood, California, chief scientist of the Communication Satellite Laboratory of Hughes Aircraft Company (he committed suicide just 37 days later);
  • Bill D. Moyer, special assistant and press secretary to the President of the United States;
  • Jerry Herman, New York City, composer-lyracist of the Broadway hit “Hello Dolly”;
  • Fred R. Harris, US Senator from Lawton Oklahoma; and
  • Arthur Turner, Midland, Michigan, father of the unique Norwood Institute

High spots of the TOYM congress included a luncheon address by His Excellency, Vu Van Thai, ambassador of the republic of Vietnam, who expressed appreciation for the ACTT program. Another testimonial at the Saturday luncheon was given by keynoter Raymond Burr (television’s Perry Mason), who had been honorary ACTT chairman. A special International Prayer Breakfast was also held, with Reverend Bob Richards presiding. Richards was also, master of ceremony during the awards presentation.

Special Emphasis Given Jaycee Week

Heavy emphasis was given to Jaycee Week in January, 1966. Always a popular activity, Skidmore gave it an added boost when he spoke in seven states in seven days. Special ads were available to help chapters, including mat materials circulated by Metro Associated Services and a bevy of articles prepared by the Public Relations department. Jaycees were encouraged to promote the idea of Jaycee Week sections in the local newspapers to spread the word of the young men’s movement.

200 Attend Governmental Affairs Seminar

A record 200 Jaycees took part in the 5th Annual Governmental Affairs Seminar, held February 13-18 in Washington, DC, The event had a sponsor for the first time, Ford Motor Company, which made it possible to open registration to all Jaycees, and not just outstanding Governmental Affairs chairmen from the states. Also on hand were ten delegates from Europe and Latin America.

State presidents and members of the Executive Committee were honored by an invitation to the Presidential Pray Breakfast, an annual event for the President of the United States. The Reverend Billy Graham was the keynote speaker at this inspiring meeting attended by President Johnson and congressional and government leaders. The breakfast came on February 17.

Highlights for all delegates included a seminar on the role of young men in politics, put on by the American Medical Political Action Committee. Jaycees visited the, House Chambers and Senate Chamber, and talked with Associate Justice Byron R. White while at the Supreme Court. They also saw the Soviet Embassy and met with Dr. Wernher von Braun and other dignitaries of the United States space program. A special guest was Thomas Reid, Ford Motor Company governmental affairs director and former executive vice president of The US Jaycees.

Honored for holding the outstanding Local Governmental Affairs program was Wahiawa, Hawaii, represented by Harold Matsumoto.

“GO” Becomes Major Publication

Jaycee, activity in the field of Governmental Affairs was characterized by the transition of the portfolio newsletter, “GO,” into a full fledged 16-page magazine. This came in November. Actually, “GO” was two publications in one, partially concerned with Governmental Affairs programs and also a tool of the Mental Health and Retardation program. As mentioned earlier, the vice president for Governmental Affairs Jim Wesberry and the vice president for Safety and Health Albin Stahl worked together closely. Stahl had some of the Governmental Affairs programs as his responsibility, while Wesberry was charged with the Mental Health and Retardation program. Editing duties were handled by the Governmental Affairs Department in Tulsa.

More Progress in Mental Health / Retardation

State presidents and chairmen were given professional insights into the problems of mental health and retardation at a workshop held September 13-15 at the University of Michigan, Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Held for the second year, the workshop was keynoted by Mrs. Winthrop Rockefeller, president of the National Association for Mental Health.

The workshop program was packed with professional speakers. Helping to give the meeting a Jaycee oriented flavor were Vice President Wesberry and Emmett Child, national chairman of the Mental Health and Retardation program. A touching personal account of his life with a mentally retarded child was given by Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, of the Detroit Lions and former football star at Ohio State.

Local and state level work tool, many forms. Special emphasis was given to the assistance Jaycees could give in securing employment for both the mentally restored and the mentally retarded. A seminar was held at the June national convention in Detroit, with awards presented to chapters and states with outstanding programs. Columbus, Georgia received top recognition in the area of Mental Health for two projects- one the development of an alcoholic outpatient clinic and the other a halfway house, or rehabilitation residence, for mental patients. In the Retardation field, Albany, Missouri was the top winner. The Jaycees there formed a diagnostic clinic for mentally retarded children, which was a model for such centers in the Midwest. The best state activity in both Mental Health and Retardation was carried out by Wisconsin. The Badger state’s overall program included administration of a camp for the retarded, plus a series of public education meetings.

Sponsors of the Mental Health and Retardation program were the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Sears Foundation, and Smith & Kline & French.

Junior Ski Invitational Held in March

Winning out against transportation problems created by one of the worst blizzards of the century, the first US Jaycee Junior Ski Invitational was staged March 5-6 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The original host was to have been St. Paul, but rains ruined ski slopes in that area and in a last minute switch the meet was held in Grand Rapids. Getting the contestants from Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Massachusetts, Montana, Washington, Minnesota, and Wisconsin into the Sugar Hills ski area at Grand Rapids was touch and go, but buses finally negotiated the long trip from St. Paul where the youngsters had assembled. Prep and junior division competition was held in jumping, cross country skiing, slalom skiing and the giant slalom. The program sponsor was the Hart Ski Manufacturing Company.

Board Approves Record Budget - Picks Phoenix

In its annual- planning session held the third week in March; the Board of Directors approved a record budget of $1,400,000 for the 1966-67 Jaycee year. Phoenix, Arizona, a first year bidder, was chosen to host the 1968 national convention, winning out over Hawaii and Atlanta, Georgia, in a record 14 ballot election.

One of the most important program developments to come out of the meeting was a completely new leadership training course - the result of work by Vice President Allen Skogebo and members of the Leadership Training planning group. It was felt that leadership training should receive increase emphasis as the organization’s No 1 product. However, no program was officially voted No 1 status after directors terminated Community Development’s long tenure in this capacity.

Bill Brownfield, author of the Jaycee Creed, was present for the dedication of a second floor addition to the War Memorial Headquarter’s which was, named after him, the Bill Brownfield Room. Although a dedication of the conference room was held, final construction was completed later in the spring.

Special guest at the session included Dr. Jim Turpin; W.T Piper, of Piper Aircraft, Tom Baldridge chairman of the War Memorial Fund, John W. Macy Jr., chairman of the US Civil Service Commission, who spoke at the Saturday luncheon; and Harry Seamans, the US State Department’s chief of organization liaison. He was given special thanks by the Jaycees for his aid and guidance over a 20-year period.

Among programs adopted were five new activities related to youth.

FOYF Honored in Birmingham

At an April 3 -5 program in Birmingham, Alabama, Outstanding Young Farmers from 41 states were feted. Highlight of the program was the announcement of the Four Outstanding Young Farmers of the year.

They honorees included:

  • J.C. Holland of Tupelo., Mississippi;
  • C.W. Bailey of Ocala, Florida
  • John Kautz of Lodi, California; and
  • Presenting the awards were Skidmore and T.H. Slade, president of co-sponsoring National LP – Gas Association

Fitness Leaders Recognized

For the third year the Physical Fitness Leadership Awards program was climaxed with an event in Washington, DC, attended by the twelve regional winners. Receiving special recognition were the three outstanding fitness leaders, each receiving a $1,000 cash grant from co-sponsoring Standard Packaging Corporation.

The honorees included:

  • C. Carson Conrad, chief of the California Bureau of Health, Physical Education and Recreation;
  • William McNeil Bell, director of physical fitness at A&T College Greensboro, North Carolina; and
  • James Lorimer, Worthington, Ohio, attorney who helped promote track and field event in his state.

Bell was the first Negro(sic) to be honored either as a regional winner or one of the top three fitness leaders.

The nine other regional honorees attending were Arthur Bieri, Stillwater Oklahoma, William F, Crowell, Springfield Pennsylvania, Walter Eberhardt, St Louis Missouri, Charles Erickson Topeka Kansas; Cliff Harper, Montgomery Alabama, Albert Lolotai, Kai Hawaii; Bill Manley, Clarksburg West Virginia, Keith Trane, Orem Utah, and Anthony Zotto,Claremont New Hampshire.

Eassy Winners Tour Historical Sites

There were 47 states participating in the Independence Hall Essay Contest program in 1965-66 the second year for Jaycee involvement in this activity. The state winners received a trip with stops in Washington. DC, Williamsburg and other historical sites for writing outstanding essays on the subject of' “What My American Patriotism Means to Me” More than 400,000 essays were written by seventh and eighth graders who took part in the program.

Clean Water

Participation continued to grow in this program The Bartlesville Oklahoma Jaycees were honored at the annual meeting of the National Clay Pipe Institute in the nation’s capital for conducting the outstanding local chapter project New Jersey was cited as having the best state program.

Good Reading

An action phase of this program to promote good reading among youth consisted of the circulation of The US Jaycee Book Exhibit of 400 titles Some fifteen states made use of exhibits. The program co-sponsor was the Pilgrim Book Society.

Shooting Education

A definite go-ahead was given for a fun scale national event to be held in July 1966 in Dayton Ohio. First conducted as a national program in 1963-64, Shooting Education involves the teaching of gun safety through use of BB rifles.

Religious Activities

National Chaplain Bob Simms actively promoted increased participation in religious activities by state and local organizations. There was a great growth of interest in the Prayer Breakfast program, which received top emphasis. An estimated 2,000 prayer breakfasts were held over the nation as a result of local Jaycee participation. The national chaplain was Robert L Simms of Independence. Missouri. Receiving awards at the national convention for service as outstanding state chaplains were Loren Kemp of Kansas, Thomas Donnelly Jr. of Pennsylvania and Dr. Ted Monnier of Florida.

Jaycees Behind Bars

The organization gained recognition for its efforts in extending the advantages of Jaycee training to men behind bars. The Texarkana-Arkansas chapter extended a Jaycee group in the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas. The Denver Post devoted a full fledged feature in its Sunday magazine to the Wyoming State Penitentiary chapter which was given a proxy vote at the convention of the Wyoming Jaycees.

Hurricane Betsy

On September 10, 1965, Hurricane Betsy, swept inland from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing major destruction to a large portion of southern Louisiana, Lower New Orleans, parts of New Orleans East, and most of St. Bernard's Parish (County) suffered extreme damage from the high winds and resulting flood waters. The New Orleans East and St. Bernard Jaycees quickly undertook a major role in the emergency work of relocating and caring for thousands of homeless people. Within two weeks Jaycee chapters around the nation were shipping them, thousands of pounds of foodstuffs, clothing, and other material. One of the first chapters to offer help was Phoenix, Arizona sending a ton of food and clothing within five days, following this up with six tons of clothing three days later. Total Jaycee donations from many chapters came to 150,000 pounds of supplies.

Boy Scout Support

The US Jaycees were honored with a special award from the Boy Scouts of America, The Jaycees showed the greatest increase in sponsored scout units of any civic service group. As of December 1965, Jaycee chapters were sponsoring 678 troops, with a total enrollment of 18,451 boys.

Clean Up Award

The United States Jaycees were presented the first annual "National Award of Distinction" from the National Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix Up Bureau in the nation's capital.

Growth Chapters Get Membership Emphasis

During 1965-66, the membership emphasis was put on the organizations 1,600 “growth chapters” or Jaycee groups with 25 members or less. Regular statistics on these locals began to be publicized in ACTION Magazine for the first time. This membership approach recognized the fact that while membership had been increasing in recent years’ average chapter size had been going up very little because of the large number of extensions. It stood to reason that the greatest potential for growth existed in the smaller chapters, and they also needed additional men to function effectively as Jaycee units, helping coordinate this program were Vice President Steve Santangelo and Bruce A. Kaiser of Waynesboro, Virginia, national chairman for growth chapters.

Another phase of the Membership program in 1965-66 was a competition in which states competed with other states of the same size,”Good Guy” and “Bad Guy” ribbons were distributed to the state organizations with the appropriate ribbons to be worn by Executive Committee members depending on whether or not the states had shown membership increases or decreases.

The figure for regular membership on June 1, 1966 was 252,161 a drop of 4,641 from a year before. Total chapters had increased in number from 5,660 to 5,945.

US Jaycee Income

Income for the 1965-66 year hit a record $1,336,875. Of this, $335,270 came from sponsors

Headquarter Operation - Services

Developments at US Jaycee Headquarters were highlighted by the construction and dedication of an addition to the building, the Bill Brownfield Room. This was located along the south side of the War Memorial Headquarters, utilizing space which had previously been a patio. The second floor expansion provided a conference room which could seat more than 200 or be divided to form two rooms seating 100 each. A portion of the space also provided a fine new office for the president. Previously the president's office had been at the northwest corner of the headquarters. With the expansion, the executive vice president assumed that space. Dedication of the new area had come at the March Board Meeting with final construction completed in June 1966 Its first use came on June 10 as the Southeast Tulsa Jaycees used the facility to stage their installation banquet. The Bill Brownfield Room provided a meeting area which had been severely needed at the headquarters for many years.

Cost of the new section came to approximately $75,000 including furnishings. One incident marred construction. In January 1966 workers were attempting to remove exterior paneling from beneath the third floor overhang which covered the patio area where the new room would be built. Saturated with moisture from rain and snow the paneling ripped loose in one giant section pinning two workers. Fortunately, there were no critical injuries received.

In major staff positions; Jack Friedrich continued his excellent work as executive vice president Don Lawson remained as director of Finance and Bill Goodwin as director of public relations and publications, Frank Hampton resigned as director of programming in January, being replaced by Robb Madgett, Bob Cronk continued to serve as administrative assistant.

The organization continued to provide an ever increasing list of services to local and state organizations in every area from programming materials to dues billing and supplies. A decision made at the March Board Meeting to institute annual rather than semi-annual dues billing held much promise for the future. Work was almost completed on a major new film for the Jaycees the story of the Naples, Florida chapter and its role in making their city the county seat.

National Convention in Detroit

Considering the Jaycee interest in Vietnam during 1965-66, the 46th annual convention started on an appropriate note at its first business session on June 28. Fifty state presidents carried their flags into a darkened Cobo Hall Arena and after placing them, upon a huge four level stage the American flag made its appearance. It was carried by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler wearing the uniform of the army’s Special Forces which he helped to make famous with his “Ballad of the Green Berets.” Singing of the National Anthem and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance completed the dramatic opening ceremonies.

The keynote speaker was Former Vice President Richard Nixon. Opening remarks were made by another leading Republican, Governor George Romney of Michigan.

The next day's activities included a talk by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and entertainment by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler . In the Parade of States, Vermont marched in the lead position under President James B Antell. Second was Florida under Donald Asher’s leadership and Washington under Jerome Farris coming in third.

Thursday was the convention's third day of official business. In the morning, delegates approved the change to annual dues billing and voted an increase of JCI dues to $1.30 per member effective January 1, 1967. This was done in accordance with JCI which had raised its dues. A by-law change also required 100% individual JCI membership for the first time in this nation.

Ten national vice presidents were then elected. Delegates decided to move on to the presidential election before dinner. Rolling to a first ballot decision was Bill Suttle of North Carolina, who had been defeated the previous June by Skidmore in a quest for the presidency Suttle's opponents in Detroit were National Vice Presidents Steve Santagelo of California and Allen Skogebo of Minnesota.

Honored as the outstanding Jaycee chapter in the nation and awarded with the Harold A. Marks Award was St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

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