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.
Westland Area Jaycees
60 YEARS OF LOCAL SUSTAINABLE IMPACT
A Chapter of JCI Michigan
The Westland Area Jaycees 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.
Are You Ready
- Meet great new people?
- Gain leadership experience?
- Learn about your local government?
- Make a positive change in your community?
- Hang out with a group of like minded folks and families?
- Find ways to support your local businesses and community?
- Develop professional and personal skills to advance in your profession or business?
“If you have answered YES to any of the questions above, then we can’t wait to meet you. This program is a great opportunity to make a positive change, not only in your community, but one’s self.”
The Jaycee Creed
“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 governments should be of laws rather than of men, that Earth’s greatest treasure lies in human personality & that service to humanity is the best work of life.”
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 people worldwide.
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.
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
Members of JCI are National Organizations divided in six areas. The Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.
JCI • 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.
JCI USA • United States Junior Chamber
The United States Junior Chamber 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.