Our History


Westland Area Jaycees

    59 YEARS OF LOCAL SUSTAINABLE IMPACT


Since 1959 the Westland Area Jaycees are Michiganders between ages 21 and 40 who are living, communicating, taking action and creating impact in the communities of Westland, Wayne, and Garden City. Are you a young active citizen? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join us on this journey of local action for global impact.

The Westland Area Jaycees also host a number of socials and other activities which allow members, friends, and guests to visit and meet new people.  From Raking leaves for seniors, to putting a Christmas gift in the hands of over 100 children that would have gone without, the Westland Area Jaycees are here to serve our community.  Service to Humanity is the best work of life! It is our goal as a chapter to help support our community in as many ways as we can dream up. We are looking for individuals who want to do the same and inspire hope.

Joining the Westland Area Jaycees also gives you Membership in…


The Jaycee Creed


The Jaycee Creed was written by C. William Brownfield in 1946. Adopted by the U.S. Junior Chamber and Junior Chamber International, this simple statement of beliefs unites Jaycees around the world in a bond of friendship and purpose.  These 65 words have become the third most important document in the lives of many, many people worldwide.

We Believe:

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.


Notable U.S. Jaycees


  • Larry Bird – Boston Celtics
  • Warren E. Burger – Chief Justice of the United States
  • Bill Clinton – President of the United States
  • Ken Coon – Little Rock psychologist, former Arkansas Republican state chairman, served as Arkansas state Jaycee president
  • Gerald Ford – President of the United States
  • Wendell Ford – U.S. Senator, Governor of Kentucky, also served as US Jaycees President
  • Bill Gates – Chairman of Microsoft
  • Al Gore – Vice President of the United States
  • Larry Holmes – Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion
  • Rogers Hornsby – Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player
  • Howard Hughes – Industrialist
  • Hubert Humphrey – Vice President of the United States
  • Bradley Joseph – Composer/recording artist
  • Charles Lindbergh – Aviator
  • Tom Monaghan – Founder of Domino’s Pizza
  • Walter Mondale – Vice President of the United States
  • Richard Nixon – President of the United States
  • Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson – Miss America 1988
  • Ronald Reagan – President of the United States, Actor
  • John Jacob Rhodes – U.S. Representative from Arizona
  • Charles Thone – Governor of Nebraska, served as Nebraska state Jaycee president


United States Junior Chamber


The United States Junior Chamber, also known as the Jaycees, JCs or JCI USA, is a leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 18 and 40. It is a branch of Junior Chamber International (JCI). Areas of emphasis are business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections. The U.S. Junior Chamber is a not-for-profit corporation/organization as described under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(4).

Established as the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce on January 21, 1920, it provided opportunities for young men to develop personal and leadership skills through service to others. The Jaycees later expanded to include women after the United States Supreme Court ruled in the 1984 case Roberts v. United States Jaycees that Minnesota could prohibit sex discrimination in private organizations. 1995 marked the final year of the U.S. Jaycee Women (also known as Jayceettes or Jayceens), an organization that lasted 10 years and at its convention in 1994 in Atlanta boasted 59,000 members.

At its membership peak in 1976, the U.S. Jaycees boasted a membership total of 356,000 men between the ages of 18 and 35. Rules were later changed to allow members to stay active until age 40.

In 1964 Jaycees of Dallas and Mississippi marched in counter-protest at the Piccadilly in Dallas against the NAACP and Clarence Broadnax. Broadnax was refused service at the Piccadilly Cafeteria in downtown Dallas and told that black people weren’t served at the Piccadilly. He then organized with the NAACP to protest the Piccadilly for 28 days. The Jaycees famously marched a street-wide Confederate flag down Commerce Street.


Senate


Some members of JCI are given life membership of the organization and become “senators.”The JCI Senate was founded in 1952 in Melbourne, Australia; most countries with a Junior Chamber International also have an affiliated JCI Senate organization. “JCI Senators display determination and leadership and are encouraged to stay connected and provide support throughout the entirety of their lives.


Structure


Members of JCI are National Organizations divided in six areas. Areas are: The Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific.


Junior Chamber International


Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a non-profit international non-governmental organization of young people between 18 and 40 years old. It has members in about 124 countries, and regional or national organizations in many of them. It has consultative status with the Council of Europe, with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and with UNESCO. It was founded in St Louis in 1915. It encourages young people to become active citizens and to participate in efforts towards social and economic development, and international co-operation, good-will and understanding. Its members are called JCI Members. It publishes JCI World, a quarterly magazine, in six languages. It holds an annual conference, the JCI World Congress, in November of each year, and regional annual meetings, the JCI Area Conferences.