at some of the best events in town, with some of the best people
Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) is the premier organization for
young adults between the ages of 21 and 39, who are interested
in FUN while developing the community and themselves through
numerous chapter programs. Our
Motto is "building Tomorrow's Leaders through Community
over sixty years experience, the San Diego chapter is more active
than ever! Our activities encompass community service, personal
development, and social functions. The Jaycees are non-partisan, but remain
active in issues affecting the community, state, and nation.
addition, the Junior Chamber provides opportunities for personal
and professional growth. Members build leadership skills and
get to know other members through participation and/or management
of meaningful community service projects and entertaining social
What makes the Jaycees unique is
that your level of involvement, the time and effort you contribute,
and the activities in which you participate is flexible
based on you and your availability during the month or year. All of our members work hard and maintain
busy schedules, but we also want to experience the joy and satisfaction
of volunteering and giving back to San Diego. The flexibility
of involvement the Jaycees provides is ideal for us to accommodate
our ever-changing schedules. Although as an individual we may
only be able to contribute a small amount, as one member working
within a team, we accomplish more than we could ever imagine.
That Faith in God
gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood
of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That the economic
justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth's great
treasures lie in human personality
And that service
to humanity is the best work of life!
can you expect from the Junior Chamber of Commerce?
can expect to find programs to improve yourself. You
can fine-tune your management and leadership skills, and participate
in projects that improve the community. You
will also have opportunities to develop new friendships and
make contacts with community leaders, government officials,
and prominent alumni. This
will increase your social and business circle through networking
and member visibility.
is the difference between the Junior Chamber of Commerce and
the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce?
the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and many of the local
chambers exist primary to advance the economic interests of
their communities and members, the Junior Chamber is an organization
of young people interested in community service, business and
leadership development and, of course, having fun.
However, the San Diego Junior Chamber
of Commerce does have a relationship with the Regional Chamber
of Commerce which allows Junior Chamber members to participate
in most of the Regional Chamber events. You can learn more about
these privileges by reading the follow press
release or talking to a member of the Junior Chamber board.
the local chapter affiliated with a State or National Organization?
The San Diego Junior Chamber of Commerce
is affiliated with the California Junior Chamber of Commerce
and the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. The U.S. organization is led each year by a national president
and 10 national vice presidents. The
national service center and officers assist in linking our local
and state organizations to other organizations across the country.
is the history of the Jaycees?
Giessenbier, Jr. wanted to develop the business skills and the
reputation of young men. This approach was a bit unusual, as
his era was one in which most young men were out of school and
working by the age of 15, and their first jobs were the jobs
they died in. If they were lucky, they might work their way
into an executive position by the time they were in their 40s.
But Hy knew that twelve signers of the Declaration of Independence
were under 35; Thomas Jefferson was only 33 when he wrote the
original draft of the document!
So Hy decided
to do something positive for the young men of St. Louis. On
October 13, 1915, at the Mission Inn in St. Louis, Missouri,
Hy gathered 32 young men agreed to form the Young Men's Progressive
Civic Association (YMPCA), developing their skills as leaders
by tackling difficult civic problems. Giessenbier wanted young
men to make an impression early in life, so development of business
and leadership skills was offered to members of the early movement.
the YMPCA changed its name to Junior Citizens at the request
of Clarence H. "Daddy" Howard, a St. Louis industrialist
and early benefactor of the Junior Chamber organization. The
Junior Citizens affiliated with the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce
in 1918. Following the first World War, a plan to form a national
coalition of young men's groups was widely circulated.
Louis Plan" resulted in a gathering of 29 organizations
from around the country in January of 1920. This caucus on January
21 and 22 is the official date of birth for The United States
Junior Chamber of Commerce.
alliance of Jaycees was formed in 1944 in Mexico City, with
the founding of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) with
the avowed purpose and one obligation of a "way towards
world peace." The JCI now consists of a network of 107
free world nations with more than 350,000 members on its rolls.
are over 6,000 chapters in the United States and over forty
chapters in California.
people who were past Jaycees: U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton,
Ronald Reagan [honorary member], Gerald
Ford & Richard Nixon, former Supreme Court Chief Justice
Warren Burger, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, avaiator Charles
Lindbergh, industrialist Howard Hughes, pizza mogul Tom Monaghan,
heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes and basketball legend
former U.S. Senator & past Governor of California, Pete
Wilson was a member of the San Diego Jaycees in the 60's before
becoming mayor of San Diego in 1971.
1915 - Henry Giessenbier, Jr. and thirty two young men from
St. Louis agreed to form the Young Men's Progressive Civic Association
1916 - YMPCA changed its name to Junior Citizens at the request
of industrialist Clarence H. Howard
1918 - The Junior Citizens
affiliated with the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce.
1920 - The United States Junior Chamber (USJC) was formed in
St. Louis, Missouri, with 3,000 members.
1923 - Get Out The Vote was the first Jaycee program to receive
1924 - The organization made it's way in to Michigan.
1925 - Beginning of national projects Know America First and
1926 - Development of aviation adopted as national project.
1927 - Jaycee Charles A. Lindbergh made the first solo flight
between New York and Paris. Jaycees worked with Lindbergh to
develop the U.S. Air Mail Service.
1931 - Distinguished Service Awards program established at the
1934 - San Diego chapter founded on June 26th.
1936 - National Wildlife Federation established with guidance
1937 - Programs begun at state and national level to inform
public of need for diagnosis and treatment of venereal disease.
1939 - Safety with Light campaign gained national attention
as thousands of street lights were donated to communities by
1940 - USJC endorsed the principle of a military draft. More
than 85 percent of the membership at the time fought in World
1944 - Junior Chamber International (JCI) formed at Pan American
Congress in Mexico City.
1946 - The Farmington Area Jaycees was chartered in November.
Junior Golf program begun.
1947 - Official approval of Jaycee as synonym of organization.
Adoption of Jaycee Creed.
1953 - Jaycees sponsored stops on Professional Golfers' Association
tour for first time at Greensboro, North Carolina, and Hartford,
1954 - First Outstanding Young Farmer and Junior Tennis programs
1959 - Jaycees supported statehood for Alaska. Hawaii gained
statehood the following year due to Jaycee efforts.
1961 - First Governmental Affairs Leadership Seminar conducted.
1962 - In September, the San Diego Jaycees open the
San Diego Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park’s Conference
Hall. Weeks later it moves to its first permanent home in the
park’s Food and Beverage Building. Jaycees urge
adoption of Uniform Vehicle Code, with emphasis on state action
resulting in adoption nationally.
1963 - Clean Water Program launched to improve water quality
in communities across America. Gun Safety/Shooting Education
adopted as a national program.
1964 - Project Concern adopted as International Relations activity.
Program raised money and equipment for clinics providing medical
care to Chinese refugees in Hong Kong.
1965 - Jaycees presented first annual National Award of Distinction
from National Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix Up Bureau.
1970 - Do Something campaign sparked national interest in volunteerism.
Jaycees' cooperation with other service organizations resulted
in the founding of the National Center for Voluntary Action.
1971 - More than 3,000,000 volunteer hours were provided by
Jaycees to help administer seven million doses of rubella measles
1972 - Mayor Pete Wilson pronounces
San Diego as “America’s Finest City” and with
the aid of the San Diego chapter starts America's Finest City
Week. Nationally Jaycees undertook model Operation
Identification program to combat burglaries and aid crime prevention
efforts. Five million stickers were distributed nationally through
Operation Red Ball to reduce fire fatalities.
1973 - The United States Jaycees' Center for Improved Child
Nutrition opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.
1977 - Operation Threshold, a program dedicated to reducing
alcohol abuse, reached more than 23 million Americans. Muscular
Dystrophy Fund Raising adopted as national program.
1980 - Daisy/U.S. Jaycees Gun Safety/Shooting Education program
honored with National Safety Council Award for Youth Activities.
1982 - Healthy American Fitness Leaders adopted as national
1984 - Bylaw change admitted women as full and regular members.
Sign Up America campaign collected 1.5 million signatures supporting
America's Olympic athletes.
1984 - San Diego chapter celebrates 50th anniversary.
1985 - The U.S. Jaycees endorsed Campaign for Liberty to encourage
public support for restoration of Statue of Liberty. St. Jude
Fundraising adopted as national program.
1992 - National Wake Up America program urged communities to
get involved in politics by coordinating voter registration
campaigns, hosting debates, and embracing pertinent community
issues. Jaycees responded to devastating hurricanes in the southeast
with national support.
1993 - GreenWorks! environmental education and community action
program adopted by USJC. Jaycees Against Youth Smoking (JAYS)
adopted as national program. Junior Chamber members were instrumental
in bringing relief to the flood-stricken Midwest.
1994 - Junior Chamber Mission Inn Foundation created to build
a nationwide network of care facilities for children and adolescents
affected by HIV/AIDS.
1995 - The Jaycee Alliance was formed as a non-partisan, educational,
grassroots governmental advocacy organization to give young
Americans a voice in government. The Jaycee KidCare I.D. Program
was organized to provide identification to aid in the recovery
of missing children.
1996 - The Jaycees Wake Up America Tour bus began a journey
through the 48 contiguous states promoting programs and membership.
Social Security Reform Town Hall Meetings program initiated.
1997 - Junior Chamber Center for Entrepreneurship and Career
Advancement begun - a program designed to train young entrepreneurs
and improve local economies.
1998 - Junior Chamber Center for Entrepreneurship and Career
Advancement name changed to Junior Chamber Center for Business
Advancement. Two new programs, National Business Network and
Virtual Networking, added to encourage Junior Chamber members
to business network via the Internet both nationally and internationally.
1999 - JAYS program reintroduced as an educational program that
informs children about the dangers of smoking. Value Investing
and Career Advancement added to the Junior Chamber Center for
2000 - San Diego chapter hosts "Swingin' For The
Generations" a cross-generational swing dance fundraiser
to support the Junior Seau Foundation and ElderHelp of San Diego.
The first female elected National President. Junior Chamber
Center for Business Advancement develops web-based video seminar
2003 - San Diego chapter hosts the California State
are the Jaycees?
years, thousands of San Diegans have been members of this fine
organization. The link below lists those who have served as
San Diego Chapter President.
Past & Present