Tradition of Innovation
As a non-profit community group, the most important tradition of the Shelton Jaycees is starting new community traditions. Membership is limited to people between 21 and 41 years of age. It’s when people are starting new careers, moving frequently and changing jobs, starting new families and establishing themselves. The Milford Jaycees started the Shelton Jaycees for the first time in 1954. Legend has it, they went on to restart Shelton’s chapter five additional times between 1954 and 1973. Several generations of Jaycees have been making a difference in Shelton ever since.
Developing Community Leaders
For 63 years, the Shelton Jaycees have produced leaders in politics, education, business, social services and the arts. This has been accomplished by an organizational structure that creates an environment of opportunity and constant change. Leadership positions are limited to one year terms where no officer may succeed themselves.
There is no easier place than the Jaycees to translate a new idea into action.
Each year members organize and run community events across the country. New innovative projects are started and thousands are raised for local needs by local chapters. Activities range from building playgrounds and town gazebos, to providing food baskets for those in need. The hands-on practical experience the Jaycees provides is immeasurable.
People of Influence
It’s often who you know that matters, and Jaycees are people who are connected. Involvement provides an opportunity to develop strong relationships. Members share a very real connection with all other members, past and present.
The origin of the Junior Chamber (Jaycees) can be traced as far back as 1910 to St. Louis, Missouri where Henry Giessenbier and 32 friends formed the Herculaneum Dance Club. The organization experienced explosive growth reaching over 750 members in less than five months. Six years later, in 1916, the organization changed its name to Junior Citizens, commonly called JCs. 1918 marked another change as the JCs were affiliated with the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce and officially became the St. Louis Junior Chamber of Commerce.
After WWI, Giessenbier contacted other cities with similar groups and formed the United States Junior Chamber. In 1923 the Winnipeg Board of Trades became the first Junior Chamber outside the United States. By 1928 the idea of an international Junior Chamber crossed the Atlantic to England.
In 1940 a resolution was passed by the U.S. Junior Chamber approving a program to further mutual interests among countries in Central and South America. This led to the establishment of Junior Chamber International (JCI) with organizations on 5 continents.
Members volunteer as much time as they want.