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Local Jaycees recognized during National Jaycee Week

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Photo provided Kennett's local Jaycee chapter celebrates a "banner year," of service in the community. See more about the local chapter on pages 14 and 15 of this issue of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.
Each year the Jaycees are recognized for the good things that they do for the community in which they live. This week is aptly named National Jaycee Week. This week, Kennett's local chapter is being recognized and according to representatives with the organization this has been a banner year.

In talking with President Joey Presley and two year board member, Jason Rhew, they shared some of the club's activities for the year 2012.

Events participated in included the Grand Party, Flag Contract, the Show-Me BBQ Cook-Off, the Demolition Derby, the Super Bowl Chicken Cook, RiverFest Concessions, Backyard BBQ, Chamber Banquet Concessions, Carson and Barnes Circus, Fall into Arts, Fish Stand at the Delta Fair, Toys for Tots Rib Cook and the Good Neighbors Project where members delivered 150 food baskets to needy families during the holiday season.

With each of these activities, with what was earned went toward the different donations they give out during the year. This past year, donations included the following: the shoe project for the Kennett Public Schools. This year, according to representatives of the club, 85 pairs of shoes were given out. The project was first started by former mayor Sol Astrachan back in 1964.

Other donations include Delta Ruritan, American Legion Boys State, Boys Baseball Association, Kennett Police Department, Kennett Fire Department, Sheryl Crow Aquatic Center, Fred Calhoun Memorial Scholarship, Boy Scouts, Troop 272, Delta Children's Home, Foster Parent Association, Migrant Whole Health Christmas Party, Operation First Response, Toys for Tots and ICARE.

Recently, the organization installed its new officers which include President Joey Presley, Vice-President, Jackie Davidson, Ext. Vice-President, Jeff Anglin, Treasurer Jeremy Allgood, Recording Secretary, Jerid Maddox, Corresponding Secretary, Chris Foulks, Sergeant-at-Arms, John Young, Parlimentarian, Dennis Nevill, Board Member One year, Mike Noblin, Board Member one year, Jason Lynn, Board Member two year, Allen Williams, and Board Member two year, Jason Rhew.

Many people may not realize that the Jaycees actually traces its beginnings back to 1915 in St. Louis, Mo., when Henry Giessenbier and some of his friends in the Herculaneum Club first formed a club known as "Young Men's Progressive Civic Association" at the Mission Inn in South St. Louis. This is considered to be the birthplace of the Jaycee movement.

The following year, in 1916, the organization changed its name to "Junior Citizens" from which the nickname "JC" evolved. Later, the letters were spelled out as "Jaycee." Two years later, the "Junior Citizens" became known as the "St. Louis Junior Chamber of Commerce" and at the close of World War I, the idea of a young men's civic organization was catching on very fast in other cities.

Four years later in 1920, the National Jaycee organization was born with Giessenbier as its first president.

From those early beginnings, the national organization was born with the Kennett chapter being the second oldest in the state, being formed in July 19,1939. Since those earlier times, many states have followed suit as well as chapters being formed worldwide.

In closing, Presley said, "We appreciate everybody that helped the Jaycees throughout the year because if it wasn't for all the donations plus what we do, it wouldn't make it possible for us to do all that we do for the community."

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