The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) and JCI International give young people around the world between the ages of 21 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections. Chapters are present in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world.
Established in 1920 to provide opportunities for young men to develop personal and leadership skills through service to others, the Jaycees later expanded to include women, reflecting the growing influence and leadership of women in America.
For the past 86 years, Jaycees have been a force for good in America and around the world. Jaycees helped establish AirMail services in America with Jaycee Charles Lindbergh, and have raised millions of dollars for causes such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the March of Dimes. They have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing for the elderly while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide.
Jaycees can be found in all walks of life: governmental leaders such as past Presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford, business tycoons such as Domino’s Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan, registered nurse and former Miss America Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, sports heroes like basketball great Larry Bird – name the field and Jaycees can be found at the forefront.
With the focus of the nation on volunteerism, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, the Jaycees are enlarging areas of opportunity for young people. Each JCI Member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us.
We seek targeted solutions to the unique problems in our communities to build a better world, creating global impact.
The Jaycee Mission Statement
To provide young people the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills through local community service and organizational involvement while expanding the Jaycee movement.
The Jaycee Creed
- that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
- that the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
- that economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
- that government should be of laws rather than of men;
- that earth's great treasure lies in human personality;
and that service to humanity is the BEST WORK OF LIFE!
- C. William Brownfield
The Southington Jaycees serve the community in 4 ways:
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS: Activities and projects are created and implemented through our chapter to benefit Southington-based organizations.
INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT: In addition to the volunteer work we do, we are also interested in helping our members build leadership and personal skills.
MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT: Raising funds is one of the most complex areas of our chapter. We have many projects that will touch on the other areas of development, but our focus from these projects is the money that we will raise.
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Recruiting, developing, and encouraging members is a vital role in the Jaycees. The Southington Jaycees has members of diverse backgrounds and careers.
To join the Southington Jaycees, please contact '13 Membership Vice President Jody Socha, '13 Membership Director Jim Brunetti, or '13 President Renee' Hearn at 203.915.7638. You can also email us at SouthingtonJaycees@yahoo.com or contact us HERE.