State: North Carolina

City: Greensboro

Chapters: 6,030

Members: 302,230 (285,873 regular - 16,357 associate)
(1954/55 first year that associate members were also counted)

Income: $1,566,725 ($436,101 in sponsorships)

Convention: Detroit Michigan - June 27 - 29, 1966

Lawyer & Banker, 32 year old, William W. Suttle elected president for a full term.

Vice President: James B. Antell
Burlington, Vermont (Membership)
Vice President: Don Lasher Orlando, Florida
(State and Metropolitan Operations)
Vice President: B. O. Bryngelson Marshalltown, Iowa
(Chapter Management & Leadership Training)
Vice President: David M. Green Madras, Oregon
(International Relations)
Vice President: Louis W. Kaufmann Las Vegas, Nevada
(Sports Development)
Vice President: Edward H. Pond Santa Fe, New Mexico
(Youth Development)
Vice President: Deryl Schuster Wichita, Kansas
(Public Relations)
Vice President: J. Laning Taylor Washington, District of Columbia
(Governmental Affairs)
Vice President: W. Carroll Ward Augusta, Georgia
(Health and Safety)
Vice President: Ted E. Wedemeyer Jr. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(Community Development)
Treasurer: * Bob Parks Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  
Associate Treasurer * Ed Nunez, II Bartow, Florida  
General Legal Counsel: * C Richard Bartalini Alameda California  
Associate Legal Counsel: * A. J. Carubbi Jr. Pampa, Texas  
Chaplin: * Deloss Walker West Memphis, Arkansas  
Executive Vice President:* Jack Friedrich
Bob Cronk
Florida
Iowa
National Office
Tulsa, OK

* Appointed position - only treasurer has a vote.

Baltimore, MD to host 1967 convention.

A successful ten year career with the Jaycees was climaxed by Bill Suttle of Greensboro North Carolina when he was elected national president of the young men's civic organization during the 46th annual convention in Detroit Michigan.

The 32 year old Suttle began his Jaycee career as a member of the Marion North Carolina chapter in November 1956. Upon his election as national president he was an active member of the Greensboro Jaycee chapter.

Suttle's Jaycee offices include; director, state director and president of the Marion chapter, chairman of nominations, elections and credential’s of the North Carolina Jaycees, state vice president, national director, state president of the North Carolina Jaycees, vice president of the United States Jaycees.

While serving as state president Suttle succeeded in increasing membership and internal project participation to an all time high. As national vice president he was assigned the portfolio of State and Metropolitan Operations and produced the first State Operations Manual and the first Metropolitan Affairs Manual. His duties included coordination of Jaycee activities in Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Educated in the North Carolina Public School System, Suttle earned a law degree from the, University of North Carolina in 1958. He was actively engaged in the private practice of law in Marion for seven years, and served as Solicitor of County Criminal Court for over six years When elected Jaycee president he was employed by the North Carolina Bank of Greensboro. Suttle, his wife Pat and their two children made their home in the $75,000 Jaycee White House in Tulsa, Oklahoma site of the organization's national headquarters.

Many Jaycee programs enjoyed phenomenal participation during the 1966-67 year including; Troubled Youth Careers, Air Flight, Clean Water and Independence Hall Essay.

Ten men represented The U S Jaycees in the biggest International Relations program yet initiated in the 49 year history of the organization. The men were working at grass roots level to help build a stronger Junior Chamber movement in the American hemisphere.

Programs in the Governmental Affairs Portfolio made significant gains highlighted by the challenge given by President Lyndon Johnson to the delegates at the Governmental Affairs Seminar to investigate and act on problems in metropolitan areas.

In the US Jaycee Youth and Sports program, great enthusiasm was shown in the First Annual International BB Gun Championship with more than 300,000 youngsters having learned gun safety through the program. President Johnson fired the competitive flame among the young athletes of the Junior Champ and Track Meet, as records were shattered. Another first year program, the Junior Ski Championships attracted 90 young skiers to Duluth, Minnesota.

Breakdown by Portfolios

During the Suttle year; the following were the major emphasis projects;

  • Community Development & MH/MR Portfolio - Community Development, Operation Airpark, Clean Water, Clean Air, MH/MR, Youth Education on Sex, Jaycees Arrest Amblyopia, and Religious Activities;
  • Health and Safety Portfolio - Safe Driving Auto Road-e-o General Traffic Safety, Good Reading, Honesty Today and Tomorrow, and Outstanding Young Farmer;
  • Youth and Sports Portfolio - Junior Ski Junior Champ, Junior Golf, Junior Tennis; and Physical Fitness;
  • Governmental Affairs Portfolio - Governmental Affairs Seminar, Governmental Inspection, Governmental and Legislative Seminars Code of Ethics, Action Course in Practical Politics Outstanding Young Educator, and ACTION Magazine;
  • Leadership Training Growth and Development Portfolio - Growth, Extension, Blue Chip, Leadership Training SPOKE and Spark Plug, Speak-Up Jaycee Activation, Orientation, and Records and Recognition;
  • International Relations Portfolio - Project Concern Jaycee Ambassador, International Assistance Fellowship World Congress International, Newsletter, Partners of Alliance, America Host Shooting Education, JCI Senator, State Operations, and Metropolitan Operations

Notes on New Programs

With the sponsorship of the Industrial Gas Cleaning Institute, the program Clean Air was developed to educate our communities on existing pollution conditions, laws to control the problem, and action programs that could be used.

Arrest Amblyopia is directed especially to parents giving them the knowledge of how their children’s eyesight develops. Activated by the Johnstown; Pennsylvania Jaycees, it became a library project due to lack of sponsorship.

New programs in the International Relations Portfolio included International Assistance Fellowship and International BB Gun Championships. A very successful program, the BB Gun Championships attracted over 300 000 youngsters from 32 states, with the finals held in Vandalia, Ohio. Daisy Manufacturing Company sponsored the first annual event.

America Runs is a program to promote interest in and support of the US Olympic Team and to obtain public relations for The US Jaycees.

The No. 1 Programs

External Program – Community Development, with added emphasis on offering more concentration on human development and physical development.

Internal Program – A two part program composed of Chapter Management and Leadership training, stressing the ten fundamentals and SPOKE, Spark Plug, and Speak-Up Jaycees. Through the use of this program, a chapter will develop itself and its members.

By-Law Changes

At the national convention in Detroit, delegates approved the change to annual billing and voted an increase of JCI dues to $1.30 per member, which become 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.

OYE Honored

The Four Outstanding Young Educators were honored June 28 at the State Presidents’ Dinner at national convention in Baltimore. Each of the winners received a $1,000 scholarship, plus a trophy. The contest was based on the teaching ability techniques used, the capabilities of the individuals, with records on how they lend themselves to the development of the children.

The top winners were;

  • Donald L. Horne, Culllman, Alabama;
  • Miss Nellie Frisbie Shapard, Plantsville, Connecticut;
  • Martin McCollough, Paducah, Kentucky; and
  • Robert B. Nicodemus, Silver Springs, Maryland

Community Development Seminar and Awards Program Held at Lincoln, Nebraska

Five outstanding contributions to civic betterment by Jaycee chapters were recognized at the Eighth Annual Community Development Seminar which was co -sponsored by The US Jaycees and the American Motors Corporation. The three-day seminar was held at the Center for Continuing Education in Lincoln, Nebraska. The program included a tour of Lincoln, a visit to the One Eleven Jaycees (prison chapter), a two-day discussion on CD, and climaxed by an awards banquet

The five winners of awards of excellence in community improvement were:

  • Hood River, Oregon, whose Jaycees succeeded in obtaining $44,000 in community pledges in order to secure a government loan for an important new industry in their area;
  • Ashland, Kentucky, whose chapter successfully completed ten separate projects ranging from the creation of a pediatrics playground to establishing an associate Jaycee chapter at the Federal Correctional Institution;
  • Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, for its broad attack consisting of eleven projects on local problems and deficiencies;
  • Wahiawa, Hawaii, whose Jaycees launched a multi phased attack on the problems in their community, climaxing in the formation of thirteen projects for strengthening the area; and
  • Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, for their successful programs of civic improvement and citizen participation and commercial and industrial, development

Road-e-o 1966

Sponsored by the Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company, the 15th Annual US Jaycee Road-e-o was held August.8-12 in Washington, DC with the Downtown District of Columbia Jaycees conducting a fast-moving tour of the nation’s capital, climaxed by the appearance, of Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

In addition, a congressional reception in the caucus room of the Old Senate Office Building was held, including remarks by Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut, a well-known and outspoken advocate of highway safety and legislative action.

Terry Hall of Deland, Florida, was the top Road-e-o winner, followed by Paul Tachida, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Robert Rossney, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. Linda Logan was the top girl winner and recipient of the Robbie Dunman Award for Outstanding Teenagers, with Donald Johnson the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award, and Steve Maiorano for the State Representative Award.

Junior Champ

Apparently inspired by the words from the keynote banquet speaker; Bob Richards, "If the hopes of America's Olympic future lies in these young people, we can rest assured that our share of medals are secure." Nine previous records were either broken or tied by young competitors from 38 states in the Fourth Annual Junior Champ, Track and Field Meet, which was held at the University of Denver.

The highlight of the three-day meet was a surprise visit to the Colorado school by President Johnson. Johnson walked among the athletes, talked with, and congratulated many of them personally.

Junior Champ was by far the largest of the programs on a participation basis as over 650,000 boys and girls of all ages were involved in the program during the summer of 1966, an increase of 100,000 youngsters over the previous year. Over 500 pre-Olympic age athletes conveyed on Denver August 24-26, for the finals, which was cosponsored by Pepsi-Cola and Wheaties Sports Foundation.

James Green 18 year old Eminence Kentucky sprinter was voted the Bob Richards Sportsmanship Award for character and sportsmanship as well as for an outstanding performance

The winners were: Green 100 and 200 yard; Wayne Collett, California 440 yard; John Lilly, California 880 yard; Scott Binghurst, Utah mile run; Bill Tipton, Michigan 120 and 180 lows; Stu Voigt, Wisconsin shot; Mike Gilmore, Oregon disc; Rick Goode, Washington long jump and triple jump and Victor Diaz, California high jump.

Junior Tennis

Junior Tennis was the second of the sports programs to set records during 1966. Sixty thousand youngsters from 1,800 local communities participated in Junior Tennis programs conducted by local chapters. The 13th Annual International Junior Tennis Championships co-sponsored by the Athletic Institute and the Pepsi-Cola Company were hosted by the Tampa Florida jaycees at the University of South Florida. Three hundred boys and girls from 43 states, Puerto Rico and Venezuela participated in the event.

Instructional clinics on the local chapter level were stressed as the basic purpose of the program lies in these clinics, that the program provide as many youngsters as possible the opportunity to participate in and learn about the sport of tennis.

Winners in the international Championships were as follows; Tom Leonard, California junior singles; Dick Bohrnstedt, California boys 16; Jackie Guadanoli, Texas girls 18; Emily Fisher, Michigan girls 16; Jon Hainkne and Dick Conty, Michigan junior doubles; Bohrnstedt and Dick Evans, California boys doubles; Guadanoll and Debby Barby, Texas girls 18 doubles and Connie Capozzi and Janie Lawson, Ohio girls 16 doubles.

Junior Golf

David Barnes a young golfer from Georgia joined a list of famous former champions as he won the 21st Annual Jaycee International Junior Golf Championship held in August in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Barnes has joined an elite group of former winners who included Jack Nicklas, Jack Rule, Al Mengert, Gene Littler, Doug Sanders, Al Geiberger, Phil Rodgers, and Tommy Jacobs.

The championships, where 199 boys from 48 states, Panama; and Canada competed for honor s, climaxed a record year for the Golf program. Over 50,000 youngsters in 2,100 local communities participated in clinics and tournaments conducted by local chapters.

Sponsors of the championship tournament were the Pepsi-Cola Company, the National Golf Foundation and The Athletic Institute.

Eight strokes behind young Barnes in second place was Johnny Crooks of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with Eddie Pearce of Temple Terrace, Florida, placing third, Ian Thomas of Canada won the International trophy, while Mark Haar of Phoenix won the Sportsmanship Award donated by the Youth Hall of Fame. Bobby Day won the driving with a 340-yard drive.

World Congress Highlights

Clifford E. Myatt of Puerto Rico was elected president of Junior Chamber International for 1967 at the concluded congress in Kyota Japan, succeeding Edward Merdes of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Myatt, outgoing executive vice president for programs, was elected in the third-round voting after Jose de la Rosa executive vice president for operations, of the Philippines and Fred West of British Columbia, Canada executive assistant to the president, withdrew in the second-round balloting.

Highlight of the congress for The US Jaycees was the fact that Thomas E Gates, immediate past president of the Kentucky Jaycees was elected to the office of vice president for programs, and was assigned to the Public Relations and Records and Recognition programs.

Jim Skidmore chairman of the board of the United States Jaycees presented the organization’s new Leadership Training slide film presentation to the congress, another highlight for our delegates.

Myatt was the past president of the San Juan Junior Chamber and was honored by the Puerto Rico Junior Chamber as Outstanding Local President in 1963. In 1966, he served JCI as its executive vice president for programs.

Ambassadors Trip to Latin America

Ten men represented the United States Jaycees in the biggest International Relations program yet initiated in the 49 year history of the young men’s organization. The group included: James Eugene Baiz, Buena Park, California; Larry K, Brankle, Gary, Indiana; David H. Feagler, Plymouth, Indiana; William N. Hall Jr., Laredo, Texas; Howard Levine New York, New York; Mario Velasquez, Arabi Louisiana; James P. Waller Melbourne,Florida;Francisco Garza, Rio Grande City, Texas; Vanancio C. Diaz Santa Maria, California; and Lawrence B Lofton, Tulsa. Oklahoma.

These Jaycee Ambassadors spent three weeks in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Guatemala at the request of Junior Chamber International and national organization presidents. They were working at grass roots level to help buildup a stronger Junior Chamber movement in the American hemisphere.

The second year for the program was supported solely by The US Jaycees with its main goal for states to pick up where the Ambassadors left: off and allow the program to extend into new countries.

Selection for the program which is the largest International Relations program initiated in U S Jaycee history was made by a screening committee from applications from members throughout the country.

TOYM 1967

A true cross section of this nation's outstanding young leaders, were honored at the 29th Annual Presentation of America's Ten Outstanding Young Men awards. Among those honored January 13-14 at the seaside resort of Jekyll Island, Georgia was a candidate for the Medal of Honor a blind author and a special assistant to the President of the United States. Commenting on the 1966 award winners, US Jaycee President Bill Suttle said 'the diversity of these young men’s endeavors represents the board young base on which this country has come to rely.’ The honorees were:

  • Lester R. Brown Washington DC a distinguished authority on critical world food problem,
  • Joseph Califano special assistant to the President of the United States,
  • Captain William S. Carpenter who was West Point’s ‘lonesome end' in football and who volunteered for an extra tour of duty in Vietnam after his first year in which his gallantry in action has earned him decorations including a recommendation for the Medal of Honor,
  • Morris Dees who began the type of legal creative thinking that has made him a multi -millionaire acquiring his first million at age 26,
  • Sanford Greenberg blinded by glaucoma at the age of 20 now serves as a White House Fellow on the President’s staff in the office of Science and technology,
  • Dr. Walter Lane who has been honored with a gold medal award from the American Academy of General Practice for outstanding research in the transforming complex laboratory procedures into practical daily office; procedures,
  • Ralph Nader who has earned nationwide recognition in automobile safely authoring the 1965 best seller Unnsafe At Any Speed
  • Robert Price a master political strategist having successfully managed New York Mayor John Lindsay’s campaign,
  • John Putman although totally blind has gained numerous honors in his research and experimentation in the field of audial perception and and mobility for the blind and
  • Wil Rose who has been highly praised for his significant contributions to the world peace and understanding

Annual Governmental Affairs Seminar

Highlight of the. Sixth Annual Governmental Affairs Seminar was the surprise appearance of President Lyndon B Johnson. The President addressed the 180 delegates in the Cabinet Room of the: White House. Included in the January 29-February 3 event, with its theme, “The City and Your Future” was the national Executive Committee members meeting with Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey at the US Capitol. Vice President Humphrey called the theme of the Seminar “the most important thing you could take up at this time.”

The Seminar was co-sponsored by the US Jaycees and the Ford Motor Company, who awarded prizes to the top three Jaycee chapters who demonstrate the best ideas concerning Governmental Affairs. First Place winner of $500 went to Winona Minnesota Jaycees for their project concerning overall governmental reform. Runner-up trophies went to the Boston Massachusetts jaycees, with their governmental development in areas of urban renewal, and the Sugarhouse Jaycees of Salt Lake City Utah with their Rhodesia project.

For the Jaycees in attendance, it meant association with the top members of our government and a first hand gleaning of their idea and planned approaches to solving our cities present and future problems.

January 31, 1967 Lyndon B. Johnson - Remarks to the Members of the United States Jaycees Governmental Affairs Seminar.

National Seminar on MH/MR

One hundred thirty seven delegates attended the Third Annual National Seminar on Mental Health and Mental Retardation held in October in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which was highlighted by Mrs. Hubert H. Humphery’s speech on the “volunteer involvement with MH/MR” Motherhood was also stressed. The arrival of Fran Allison radio and television personality thrilled the youngsters of Hammers School. An active participant in the Seminar and keynoter, Miss Allison received the Celebrity Hall of Fame award from the National Association for Mental Health. Her continuing participation in Jaycees programs was a major factor influencing her selection.

Junior Ski

Following the successful pilot program in 1966 Junior Ski was adopted as a Sports Development program for the 1966-67 year. The First Annual U S Jaycee Junior Ski Championship was hosted by the St Paul Jaycees in the Duluth-Cloquet, Minnesota ski area and was attended by 14 states and 99 competitors. Minnesota took top honors followed by Nevada. Ski programs were conducted in 18 states by 500 local chapters.

Hart Ski Manufacturing Company the program sponsor was quite pleased with the program and continued their sponsorship for the 1967-68 year. Girls’ competition was to be added for Alphine events on an invitational basis.

1969 Annual Meeting Chosen – 1967-68 Budget Adopted

Louisville, Kentucky was chosen for the 1969 Annual Meeting at the 1967 March Board Meeting held in Tulsa. Louisville hosted the 1963 meeting, Dallas and Atlanta also former sites of annual meetings had also submitted bids and contested strongly for the 1969 selection. More than five hours of voting was required before the Texas delegation switched its votes to Louisville to decide the host city. Another key item during the week’s business was the adoption of a new $1.4 million budget to be used to help conduct a wide spectrum of activities. Several new key programs were among the measures arising out of' the workings of planning group in ten portfolio areas.

Young Farmers Awards

America’s Four Outstanding Young Farmers represented a wide geographical spread and diverse products and farming techniques. They were announced at the 11th Annual Awards Congress, which was held April 7-11 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Awards Congress was co-sponsored by The United States Jaycees and the National LP- Gas Association.

The chosen were;

  • Joe Galleano of Medera, California;
  • James E Machek of East Palatka Florida;
  • Peter C Myers of Canaluu, Missouri and
  • W. J. Richards of Circleville, Ohio.

They were elected from a field of 46 state winners by a panel of 10 agricultural experts who based their decisions on sound farm practices.

Physical Fitness Leaders

Physical fitness is too often overlooked in our modern society. Today we tend to think of ourselves as thinkers or planner s who are bound to a desk and an office.

In this manner President Lyndon B. Johnson emphasized the continuing challenge of maintaining a physically fit nation during a meeting with The US Jaycee Physical Fitness Leaders for 1966.

April 4, 1967 Lyndon B. Johnson - Remarks at a Ceremony Honoring the Winners of the Fourth: Annual Physical Fitness Leadership Awards

The President’s remarks highlighted the Fourth Annual Physical Fitness Leadership Awards Conference held in Washington DC.

Chosen as the top twelve Physical Fitness Leaders for the year and honored during the Washington conference were;

  • James J Carnes of Gainesville, Florida community fitness leader and track coach University of Florida;
  • Fred E Coombs of State College, Pennsylvania, chairman of Recreation and Parks Curriculum Pennsylvania State University;
  • Fred E, Darling of Richmond Kentucky fitness education specialist and professor Eastern Kentucky University;
  • Dr. Waldo E Harris of Eugene Oregon physician and surgeon responsible for innovations in fitness programming;
  • C.C. Lee of Aberdeen South Dakota industrialist whose belief in the value of physical fitness had led him to unselfishly provide vast recreational opportunities for others;
  • George Khoury of St. Louis Missouri businessman and founder of the Khoury League;
  • Stan LePotts of Bellington Washington developer of a widely used youth fitness program;
  • Jack Pizzano of New Orleans Louisiana supervisor of Health Safety and Physical Section New Orleans Public Schools;
  • David G. Rivenes of Miles City Montana business executive and supporter of fitness and athletic programs on all levels;
  • Major George E. Otott USMC of McClean, Virginia first physical fitness coordinator of the United States Marine Corp;
  • Robert J. Quinn of Chicago Illinois fire commissioner whose long term efforts have provided leadership for thousands of Chicago children as well as Fire Department personnel; and
  • Alice A. Sullivan of East Providence Rhode Island high school physical education teacher.

The program was completely sponsored by the Standard Packaging Corporation. The Sports Development program of the US Jaycees worked closely with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness regarding this program.

Leadership Training

Introduction of the Jaycees Training Course was first distributed in the November, December edition of ACTION Magazine. The purpose of the course is to have a formal leadership training school by the chapter for its members. A slide set was used to produce a visual aid for the course.

The membership of The United States Jaycees was at an all-time high totaling over 285,000 for the 1966-67 year, an increase of about 40,000 over the June 1, 1966 base of 245,065. The number of communities receiving the benefits of the Jaycees’ Leadership Training programs was up to about 6,070 from a base figure of 5,939. There were more extensions than the figures indicate, but there have been a number of chapters which have been lost.

In the Membership program, a Membership Sales Kit was produced as a useful tool in membership recruiting. “Under 25” chapters were termed "growth chapters.” The procedures for "E" Club, the extension follow-up program, were revised to require a more thorough job of assistance on the part of the sponsoring chapter. Additional material regarding recruiting among the military and civil service personnel was supplied to all chapters as well as information on extensions within a penal institution.

Spark Plug

Five young men were honored at the national convention in Baltimore, receiving Spark Plugs of the Year awards, the first such award by the Jaycees The winners who were judged on overall activity in organization and community service were:

  • Francis N. Stern, West Virginia;
  • Wayne W. Jamison, Vermont;
  • Jay Dazzio, Louisiana;
  • Wes Stoppenhagen, Indiana; and
  • David Donley, Colorado.

Participants in the competition were 4,567 chapters from 39 states. The five winners each received a plaque for their outstanding contributions.

Blue Chip

With a significant increase in membership, the number of chapters qualifying for the Blue Chip Awards increased to a new high. This program gave added emphasis and interest because of the financial support afforded by the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company. Besides the Blue Chip plastic chips offered, cuff links and tie clasps for each local president, Blue Chip banners for local chapters and special awards for state officers were presented. This support has enhanced the Blue Chip Awards program both through The United States Jaycees and through many state Jaycee organizations which received additional assistance from general agents of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Emphasis was also given the plight of small chapters through the “Under 25” program. By number, the program defined a realistic minimum at which the typical Jaycee organization could hope to exist. During the year, more than half of the “Under 25” chapters took action to correct their unfortunate situation and became “Over 25” chapters. Nearly all of the chapters which were lost during the year were “Under 25” chapters. The program was successful in establishing a-goal which a small chapter could seek in its membership efforts.

Gold Chip Chapters

The Gold Chip Award is a presentation given to local chapters with five consecutive years as a Blue Chip chapter. Winners in the first annual report included:

  • Attleboro, Massachusetts;
  • Clarke, South Dakota;
  • Greencastle, Indiana;
  • Hollywood, Florida;
  • Bloomington, Minnesota;
  • Sarasota, Florida;
  • Canon, Colorado and;
  • Broken Arrow; Oklahoma

This award is designed to encourage continued effort with the members and to relate a mutual interest within the chapter.

Independence Hall Essay Contest

The subject, “What Americanism Means to Me” attracted over 600,000 entries by seventh and eighth graders in the Annual Independence Hall Essay Contest. Forty-three states entered the contest which was in the third year of Jaycee involvement.

The state winners received a trip to Chicago where they toured Independence Hall. The trip was concluded after a ten day tour of the eastern United States. This was the last year the contest was called the Independence Hall Essay Contest.

Parade of States

Kentucky captured the top spot in the final Parade of States for the 1966-67 year, compiling a total of 1,089,583 points. Arizona placed second, just 4,018 points behind the leader. Rounding out the top ten in order included; Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, New Hampshire, and Michigan

Points accumulated were judged on chapter management and leadership training, activation and reactivation of chapters and membership and extension within the chapters also, comparing chapter activity state by state in the vital internal and external programs, Parade of States is a way to provide through competition the impetus necessary to show successful growth on the part of those participating states

Clean Water

The National Clay Pipe Institute, the sponsor of the Jaycee Clean Water program, completed its third year. This program encouraged local and state Jaycee organizations to make the public aware of all types of water pollution and to take an active part in controlling and preventing pollution.

The NCPI honored the Danville, Virginia chapter for conducting the best local project at their yearly awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. Their project consisted of motivating the people of Danville to pass a $3 million bond issue to build a pollution control plant on the river near there

The Jaycees' Clean Water kit was promoted through ACTION and FUTURE Magazines Included in the kit which was mailed to all local chapter presidents was a program for water pollution control prepared by the National Association of Counties.

Clean Air

The US Jaycees adopted a new program known as Clean Air in hopes to aid the movement to stop our nation's growing air pollution. It was sponsored by the Industrial Gas Cleaning Institute, Inc. Clean Air was a program to educate our communities on existing pollution conditions and pollution control laws and to accelerate community action programs.

The U.S. Jaycees Clean Air kit and a supplement of eight booklets called Community Action Guide for Air Pollution Control gave ways of controlling most forms of air pollution and people could insist that these means be used. ACTION and FUTURE Magazines were used to promote this program.

Arrest Amblyopia

Activated in March by the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Jaycees, Arrest Amblyopia was a program designed to stop the widespread ignorance of how eyesight develops.

Amblyopia or ‘lazy eye’ is the leading cause of partial blindness in children. Many parents feel secure, however, in postponing the first test for their children until the first grade. With amblyopia almost 100% preventable before the age of six, the Johnstown and the Pennsylvania Jaycees initiated an eye screening test for children between the ages of three and six years old.

The Johnstown Jaycees discovered that many children who were not tested by them were taken to their pediatrician, their family doctor or eye doctor to be checked for amblyopia or other eye disorders as a result of their eye project.

JCI Conferences 1966-67

Westchester California - The main subject for the conference was Community Development with topics from ‘The Jaycee Approach to Community Development - Responsibility of the Government of the People’ and ‘Public Relations Aspects of Community Development.’ Bill Suttle president of The US Jaycees welcomed delegates to the conference and the United State. This was the second JCI Conference ever held in the United States.

Seoul Korea – A highlight of the conference was Korean Night. Traditional Korean folk songs and dances as well as musical shows were featured at the event. Various special programs such as export goods, exhibitions and interesting ladies’ functions were also featured.

Nassau Bahamas – Conference seminars focused on leadership training and the development of Junior Chambers in Latin America.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – The difference between Community Development, the Jaycees’ role in governmental CD programs, and citizen’s councils were discussion topics during the Community Development Seminar attended by 200 delegates.

Southampton England – His Royal Prince Philip highlighted the conference with seminars and commission planning sessions forming the basis of the business program. An Old English Elizabethan masked ball, a champagne cruise; and fishing at a famous yachting center on the Isle of Wright formed the social program.

World Congress Report

Bob Krane Iowa state president, summed up the XXI World Congress in Kyoto Japan by saying, “It was one of the finest Jaycee experiences I have ever had.” This was the unanimous opinion of 90 delegates in attendance. The group included the entire executive board and 14 state presidents.

With the theme of “We accept tomorrow’s challenge” 112,700 registered delegates from 63 countries began the congress Monday November 7, with the formal opening ceremonies. Keynote speaker for this event was Crown Prince Akigito of Japan.

One of the highlights of the congress was the election of Tom Gates chairman of the board and past president of the Kentucky Jaycees as JCI vice president for programs. Another highlight was the joint meeting of the US and Japan Executive Committees, a real step forward toward better understanding between the world’s largest national organizations.

First Annual BB Gun Championships

In the first US Jaycee International BB Gun Championships in Vandalia, Ohio July 8 -10, the Joplin, Missouri team snared top honor with a 1,676 total. Their Ozark neighbors from Carlisle, Arkansas took second place with a 1,646 total, with nearby Norton, Kansas taking third with a 1,640 total.

Shooting teams from 32 states paved their way to the event by defeating more than 300,000 youngsters in local and state matches. The program for boys and girls ages 7 to 14 featured a 13-hour course with instruction in gun handling, marksmanship, gun safety, and competitive shooting. David Stewart of Minden; Louisiana took the first national junior title for firing from a kneeling position with a 95 score, Steve Parker of Carlisle, Arkansas logged a 90 score from the standing position for that title with Canada's Earle Schwantz's blistering 95 from the sitting position. Barry Madden stunned the crowd with a 99XX score from the prone position.

The championship competition climaxed the Daisy Manufacturing Company sponsored Shooting Education program, conducted by Jaycees in nearly 1,000 communities. The Greater Dayton Jaycees were the hosts to the nationals.

National Shooting Sports officials termed the program, “a fine contribution to the education of the nation's youth in the proper respect and handling of firearms and the enjoinment of recreational shooting.”

International Assistance Fellowship

Among new programs being offered by The US Jaycees in 1966-67 was the International Assistance Fellowship, a people-to-people project designed to enlist community response and action, generate international goodwill demonstrate Jaycee leadership, and attract public support and interest.

An International Relations Portfolio project, it was co-sponsored by Data International and The US Jaycees. Under this program, local chapters located former residents of the community which were living abroad and helped to provide service to them for one year.

Promotions and New Staff Members at Headquarters

Bob Cronk: To Executive Vice President from Administrative Assistant
Joe Mills: To Director of Programming from Program Manager
Ray Rodgers: To Operations Manager from Public Relations Manager
Hal Balch: To Director of Public Relations from handling publicly and public relations for CD Seminar, Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o and Junior Champ
Will Garrison: To Chief Accountant from Associate Accountant
Neal Walker: To Program Manager in CD and MH/MR from Artist
Bill Moore: To Manager of Supplies Section of Sales Department from Accounting Department
Ken Scrivner: Promotions Manager with the Public Relations Department
Tom Kilbride: Program Manager for Growth and Development and Leadership Training areas.
Tom Donnelly: Director of Administration
Jim Hudson: Program Manager of Governmental Affairs Department
Don English: Data Processing Manager
Tom Bender: Program Manager Trainee

ACTION Magazine

ACTlON Magazine, the official publication of The US Jaycees to all officers and directors, changed in two respects in the 1966-67 year. First, the magazine was revised by eliminating advertisements and going to full-page articles and specials in leadership development, with ideas aimed at management. Secondly, Jim Hudson, program manager in Governmental Affairs, took over the editor’s spot which was vacated by Robb Madgett. ACTION Magazine has a circulation of 60,000, published ten times yearly.

State Presidents' Meeting.

Presidents from 48 states were in Tulsa in July for the Annual US Jaycee State Presidents' Meeting, presided over by The US Jaycee President Bill Suttle. In the opening of the meeting, President Suttle told the state leaders that the entire purpose of the program was to serve them and to help their states have a successful year.

Prior to arrival of the state presidents, the 1966-67 Executive Committee concluded two full days of meetings, at which time they approved appointments of Suttle and filled vacancies on the 18 member governing body.

Before the meeting officially convened, the presidents were reminded by President Suttle that “Our Year to Remember” must be marked by membership growth if it is to be considered successful.

Directors' Workshops

National directors from every corner of the nation visited US Jaycee War Memorial Headquarters, in the summer for the Second Annual Directors' Workshops. The workshops, coordinated by Administrative Assistant Bob Cronk, were broken down into five two-day sessions.

Staff officers from US Jaycee Headquarters worked closely with each groups, orienting them on headquarter operations and explaining how to better use services offered here.

The first day of each two-day stay ended with a tour of The US Jaycee White House, home of President Suttle and family, and later dinner with their assigned vice president.

New Department--Operations Manager Ray Rodgers

At mid-year the Department of Operations was created to centralize the physical operations of The US Jaycee Headquarters, Ray Rodgers vacated his public relations duties with the Jaycees to be appointed operations manager. Rodgers was in charge of organizing the Annual State Presidents' Meeting, the Annual Board of Directors' Workshop, and assists the president and executive vice president. He also handled the purchasing and personnel operations.

Brief Notes on Other Programs

FLAME OF HOPE CANDLE: The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Foundation in Washington, DC urged local Jaycees to spearhead promotional efforts in the John F. Kennedy Flame of Hope Candle project that was announced the previous spring. The Foundation called for the retarded to make the specially designed candle in twelve workshops around the world. It was believed that if the public can see what the retarded in a sheltered workshop can do in this complex operation, they will more readily accept the fact that the retarded can do the simple jobs that are available.

JAYCEE SOUND CITIZEN MATERIALS AND AWARDS: An activation program which was to help Jaycees become better acquainted with functions and activities of local government. Sound Citizen Materials and Awards was originated by the Jaycees of Hattom, Texas. It was designed to encourage active participation in government and stimulate good citizenship.

PENNIES FOR VIETNAM: The biggest single project conducted for Project Concern was the Pennies for Vietnam program sponsored by the Michigan Jaycees. The purpose of the project was to raise $185,000 to build a hospital and orphanage for the children of South Vietnam The program had the endorsement of Governor George Romney, the American Legion, and all school assocations in Michigan.

SCOUT PROJECT: What had started out as an impromptu type project finished as one of the most successful projects conducted in the International Relations area in years. The Indiana Jaycees got the ball rolling when they decided to buy a four-wheel International ‘Scout’ for Dr, Jim Turpin and Project Concern. After many hard hours of work, they had secured the "Scout" and all that was left was to transport the vehicle to San Diego where Project Concern was headquartered. To accomplish this; they asked the assistance of the eight states along the route. It was then transported to South Vietnam.

FASTEST GROWING LOCAL: "North Carolina's Fastest Growing Club" was the title proudly claimed by the Hickory Jaycees, and they might well make that claim for the entire nation. Beginning the 1964-65 Jaycee year with 93 active members, this manufacturing and retail city of some 20,000 population has literally come alive with Jaycees. The enthusiastic and hardworking chapter had 320 members by mid-January, with membership of at least 400 expected by the end of the next Jaycee year

DON'T FENCE ME OUT: The President's Council on Physical Fitness requested that The US Jaycees assist them with a new program they had developed regarding the opening of schools for community use during non-school hours. The name of the•program was Don't Fence Me Out. Kits for this program were made available to the Jaycees by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of America.

FIRST CHAPLAINS’ MEETING: Twenty-five states were represented at the first State Chaplains' Meeting, held in the winter at the headquarters. It was presided over by Deloss Walker, 1967 national chaplain from West Memphis, Arkansas. US Jaycee President Bill Suttle was one of the guest speakers.

Jaycee Week

Jaycee Week January 15-21, marked the beginning of47 years of service as a national organization dedicated to community service and leadership training for the young men of America. Jaycee Week gives us a chance to add to community support by telling people about ourselves. Included in the week long observation was the presentation of Distinguished Service Awards and the honoring of Jaycee bosses

Membership and Extension Figures

The figure for regular membership on April 31, 1967, was 285,873 - an increase of 33,723. Total chapters had increased in number from 5,939 to 6,030.

Annual Meeting in Baltimore

The Annual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the first lady Pat Suttle. In front of the Baltimore Civic Center officially started the June 26-29 meeting, Late Monday morning, a room full of Baltimore reporters and a few lucky Jaycees met Miss America; Jane Anne Jayroe, at a special press conference.

The dark-haired Oklahoma beauty was following the tradition of many predecessors who have made appearances at a Jaycee convention. Included in the first day, the directors officially ratified to hold the 1970 Golden Anniversary Annual Meeting in the birthplace of the Jaycee movement St. Louis Missouri.

Marked only by the second time in the history of the organization that our nation's chief executive has visited a convention, President Lyndon B. Johnson greeted some 10,000 people in the center Tuesday. He reviewed the life in America where he finds it good. It was also the third time in one year the President of the United States visted a Jaycee event (the other two being the Junior Championships and the Governmental Affairs Seminar.)

The Parade of States, the opening business session, and the final state parties fined most of Wednesday. South Carolina's delegation finished on top with two winners out of nine categories in the parade with Kentucky following a great year under the leadership of Doug Sutherland, proudly marching No 1.

Delegates approved the change concerning the selection of the site of the annual meeting, which would be done by a special committee in the future. Elimination of the Nominating Committee was approved, combining it with the Selections Committee. Also approved, was the remittance- covering a chapter fee to be $50 in addition to the applicant's annual dues, JCI dues, and applicable state dues.

Thursday the vice presidents were elected, followed by the election of Jim Antell of Vermont as U.S. Jaycee president. Rolling to a first-ballot decision, Antell's opponents were Deryl Schuster of Kansas, Dave Green of Oregon, and Ed Pond of New Mexico.

Friday concluded the 47th annual meeting, as Antell assigned portfolio areas and Jaycee states to his ten vice presidents.

Honored as the outstanding Jaycee chapter in the nation and awarded with the Harold A. Marks Award was the Pfafftown Jaycees, North Carolina.

 

 

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