History - Local and Global Timeline

A Legacy of Leadership

Henry “Hy” Giessenbier visualized an organization that would allow young men to develop their business skills and reputations in the community. In his era, most young men were out of school and working by the age of 15. Their first jobs were most likely the jobs they held throughout their lives. With luck and hard work, some might reach executive positions by their forties. Giessenbier felt that young men were not receiving the opportunities necessary to develop their skills at a younger age, thus depriving our nation of an important resource and so he formed the founding ideals of the U.S. Junior Chamber.

Timeline of the Barberton Area Jaycees, U.S. Jaycees & JCI

​1920's

  • 1920 - The US Junior Chamber of Commerce (USJCC) was formed in St. Louis, Missouri with 3,000 members.

  • 1923 - Get Out The Vote was the first Jaycee program to receive national endorsement.

  • 1925 - Beginning of national projects Know America First and Fire Prevention.

  • 1925 - Birth of EXPANSION, the first USJCC national magazine.

  • 1926 - Development of aviation adopted as national project.

  • 1927 - Jaycee Charles A. Lindbergh made the first solo flight between New York and Paris.

  • 1927 - Jaycees worked with Lindbergh to develop the U.S. Air Mail Service.

1930's

  • 1931 - Distinguished Service Awards program established at the chapter level.

  • 1935 - Death of founder Henry Giessenbier.

  • 1936 - National Wildlife Federation established with guidance of USJCC.

  • 1937 - Programs began to inform public of need for diagnosis and treatment of venereal disease.

  • 1938 - Future Magazine established. USJCC name Ten Outstanding Young Men for the first time.

  • 1939 - Safety with Light campaign gained attention as thousands of street lights were donated to communities.

1940's

  • 1940 - USJCC endorsed the principle of a military draft.

  • 1944 - Junior Chamber International (JCI) formed at Pan American Congress in Mexico City.

  • 1944 - Barberton Jaycees chapter begun.

  • 1946 - USJCC established permanent headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Junior Golf program begun.

  • 1947 - Official approval of Jaycee as synonym of organization. Adoption of Jaycee Creed.

1950's

  • 1951 - War Memorial Headquarters in Tulsa dedicated. “Faith in God” was added to the Jaycee Creed.

  • 1953 - Jaycees sponsored stops on Professional Golfers’ Association tour for first time in NC and CT.

  • 1954 - First Outstanding Young Farmer and Junior Tennis programs held.

  • 1957 - First Cherry Blossom Festival held, led by chairman Robert White.

  • 1958 - Cherry Blossom Beauty Pageant had 54 competing for the Queen title.

  • 1959 - Jaycees supported statehood for Alaska.

1960's

  • 1960 - Hawaii gained statehood due to Jaycee efforts.

  • 1961 - First Governmental Affairs Leadership Seminar conducted.

  • 1962 - Jaycees urge adoption of Uniform Vehicle Code, state action resulted in adoption nationally.

  • 1963 - Clean Water Program launched to improve water quality in communities across America.

  • 1963 - Shooting Education adopted as a national program.

  • 1964 - Project Concern adopted as International Relations activity.

  • 1964 - Project Concern raised money & equipment for clinics providing medical care to Chinese refugees.

  • 1965 - First annual National Award of Distinction from National Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix Up Bureau.

  • 1966 - Name of organization officially changed to U.S. Jaycees.

1970's

  • 1970 - Do Something campaign sparked national interest in volunteerism.

  • 1970 - Bob Hope preformed at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • 1970 - Jaycees’ cooperation with other service groups resulted in the National Center for Voluntary Action.

  • 1971 - Jaycees help administer seven million doses of rubella measles vaccine.

  • 1972 - Operation Identification program to combat burglaries and aid crime prevention efforts was created.

  • 1972 - Five million stickers were distributed nationally through Operation Red Ball to reduce fire fatalities.

  • 1972 - Bylaw change admitted 18-year-olds as regular members.

  • 1973 - The United States Jaycees’ Center for Improved Child Nutrition opened in Bloomington, MN.

  • 1976 - Fireworks were added to the Cherry Blossom Festival Schedule.

  • 1977 - Operation Threshold, a program dedicated to reducing alcohol abuse, reached 23 million Americans.

  • 1977 - Muscular Dystrophy Fund Raising adopted as national program.

  • 1979 - Cherry Blossom Parade kicked off with 300 units.

1980's

  • 1980 - Daisy Shooting Education program honored with National Safety Council Award for Youth Activities.

  • 1980 - Jello Jump was added to the Cherry Blossom schedule.

  • 1982 - Healthy American Fitness Leaders adopted as national program.

  • 1982 - Pac Man tournament was held during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • 1984 - Bylaw change admitted women as full and regular members.

  • 1984 - Sign Up America campaign collected 1.5 million signatures supporting America’s Olympic athletes.

  • 1984 - Across 80 nations, the Jaycees had 350,000 members.

  • 1984 - Barberton chapter purchased and displayed 50 State flags around Lake Anna.

  • 1985 - Endorsed Campaign for Liberty to encourage public support for restoration of Statue of Liberty.

  • 1985 - St. Jude Fundraising adopted as national program.

  • 1985 - Cherry Blossom Festival admission was 50 cents.

  • 1985 - First Penny Search was held during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • 1986 - First woman honored by Congress of Ten Outstanding Young Americans.

  • 1986 - Barberton chapter planted 24 cherry trees around Lake Anna.

  • 1987 - Bylaw change established membership age as 21 through 39.

  • 1987 - Name of U.S. Jaycees’ official publication changed to JAYCEES MAGAZINE.

1990's

  • 1990 - Name of organization officially changed back to The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.

  • 1990 - Cherry Blossom Festival included a Cherry Baking Contest.

  • 1992 - Donation of a vehicle extractor unit was granted to the Barberton Fire Department.

  • 1992 - National Wake Up America program urged communities to get involved in politics.

  • 1992 - Jaycees responded to devastating hurricanes in the southeast with national support.

  • 1992 - Barberton chapter offered a scholarship essay contest for high school seniors.

  • 1993 - GreenWorks! environmental education and community action program adopted by USJCC.

  • 1993 - Jaycees Against Youth Smoking (JAYS) adopted as national program.

  • 1993 - Junior Chamber members were instrumental in bringing relief to the flood-stricken Midwest.

  • 1994 - Junior Chamber Mission Inn Foundation created.

  • 1994 - Mission Inn build nationwide network of care facilities for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

  • 1995 - Jaycee Alliance was formed to give young Americans a voice in government.

  • 1995 - Jaycee KidCare I.D. Program was organized to provide ID to aid in the recovery of missing children.

  • 1996 - Wake Up America tour bus began a journey through 48 states promoting programs and membership.

  • 1996 - Social Security Reform Town Hall Meetings program initiated.

  • 1997 - Junior Chamber Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Advancement (JCCEC) begun.

  • 1998 - Funds were donated to the Barberton War Memorial.

  • 1998 - JCCEC name changed to Junior Chamber Center for Business Advancement (JCCBA).

  • 1998 - Two new programs, National Business Network and Virtual Networking were added.

  • 1999 - JAYS program reintroduced, educational program that informs children about the dangers of smoking.

  • 1999 - Value Investing and Career Advancement added to the JCCBA.

2000's

  • 2000 - First female elected National President.

  • 2000 - Junior Chamber Center for Business Advancement develops web-based video seminar training.

  • 2003 - Cherry Blossom Festival included new pizza eating contest, softball tourney and essay contest.

  • 2007 - First Barberton Idol Contest held at Cherry Blossom.

  • 2008 - Cherry Blossom Festival reduced to 3 day event with profits donated to Labor Day Fireworks.

  • 2009 - Dunk Tank and Guitar Hero Contest were added to the Cherry Blossom schedule.

2010's

  • 2012 - Record breaking profits were raised at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • 2013 - Return of the Cherry Blossom Festival Essay Scholarship Contest.

  • 2014 - Jaycee logo street entrance signs were installed.

  • 2015 - Held new projects Sled Riding Day at the Piggery, Bowling for Pajamas and Paint Party.