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Jaycee Mission


To contribute to the advancement of the global community

by providing the opportunity for young people

to develop the leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship

and fellowship necessary to create positive change.


Jaycee Prayer


We reaffirm our conviction

that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life.

May the Lord guide us in all our undertakings.



Jaycee Creed


We believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
that the brotherhood of men 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.




he year was 1946; the place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.; the event, the United States Junior Chamber National Convention.  Visitors came from Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and the Philippine Islands.  It was here that the idea of a JCI Creed was born.


Past President of the Ohio Junior Chamber and National Vice President of the United States Junior Chamber C. William Brownfield realized at this convention that the organization did not have a Creed.  He was inspired by the devotion of Junior Chamber members "to the purpose of serving mankind in a thousand different ways, right down at the grass roots where freedom lives or dies."


Brownfield saw Junior Chamber as "the potential for a new force in the world, one capable of changing the balance between victory or defeat for our chosen way of life in a time of crisis."


The actual writing of the Creed took place in July 1946 during a drive from Brownfield's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, to his coal mine in New Lexington, a journey of about 75 minutes.  He started that journey with a firm conviction in his mind to work on the Creed.  It was during that trip that the following words came to mind and were put on paper:


            The brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations.

            Economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise.

            Government should be of laws rather than of men.

            Earth's great treasure lies in human personality.

            Service to humanity is the best work of life.


In 1950 the first line, "We believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life." was added.


Since it was written, Junior Chamber members all over the world recite the Creed at local, national and international meetings and functions.  During that time there has been much discussion of the interpretation of the Creed.  The author himself said, "Every Member is free to interpret the Creed in the light of his own conscience."


The following interpretation is based on Brownfield's own views and what is commonly believed and understood to be the meaning of the Creed to the organization.


Junior Chamber: Concept and History




he origin of the Junior Chamber can be traced as far back as 1910 to the city of St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States of America. A young man named Henry Giessenbier and his friends formed the Herculaneum Dance Club with the main objective being the preservation of conservative dance styles.


Five years later, in 1915, Colonel H.N. Morgan, a prominent St. Louis citizen, inspired the members of the dance club to become more involved in civic issues. Giessenbier and 32 other young men formed the Young Men’s Progressive Civic Association (YMPCA) on October 13, 1915. This organization grew to membership of less than 750 in less than five months.


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The Birth of Junior Chamber




he very next year, 1916, saw another change of name as YMPCA became Junior Citizens, commonly called JCs, which later became Jaycees. The year 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 World War I, Giessenbier contacted other cities in the United States with similar your businessmen’s groups, and subsequently, 29 clubs from around the nation formed the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. Henry Giessenbier was elected the first President of the national organization.



Crossing the Atlantic



he international chamber of the organization began in 1923 with the Winnipeg Board of Trade becoming the first Junior Chamber outside the United States. By 1928, the idea of an international body crossed the Atlantic Ocean to England.


In 1940, a resolution was passed by the United States Junior Chamber approving a program to further mutual interests among countries in Central and South America. This lead to the establishment of Junior Chambers in Mexico City, Guatemala City, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama City in 1943.


The realization of Junior Chamber International had begun. In 1944, the first international conference was held in Mexico City. Raul Garcia Vidal of Mexico was elected the first President. The countries that formed Junior Chamber were: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the United States of America. 


First World Congress



wo years later, in February of 1946, the first World Congress was held in Panama City. This congress was attended by 44 delegates from 16 different countries. The international organization was formally constituted, a temporary constitution was approved, and the word “Commerce” was omitted from the official name.


Erasmo Chambonnet of Panama was elected the second JCI President at that Congress, and Australia and Canada were officially affiliated.


In 1948, the JCI Creed was officially adopted at the IV JCI World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, and in 1952 a permanent Secretariat was established. In 1972, the name was changed to Jaycees International; however, in 1988, the name was changed back to Junior Chamber International.


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Junior Chamber in the Philippines



unior Chamber in the Philippines started with the curiosity of World War II veteran, the venerable Artemio Vergel de Dios, who read about the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce in the October issue of an American magazine, PIC. He wrote the United States Jaycees to inquire how a similar organization could be established in the Philippines.


By September 12, 1947, Vergel de Dios got a response from Robert H. Richards, Executive Secretary for External Affairs of the United States Jaycees who referred him to the Manager of Northwestern Airlines in Manila. At about the same time, Talbot got a letter from Taylor S. Cole, then World President of the Junior Chamber International, about de Dios’ intention, suggesting that he and Trent, then representative of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters in Manila, meet with the Filipino.


As advised, the meeting among the three was arranged and held at the Rotary Room of the Manila Hotel on September 24, 1947 and initial plans were drawn for an organizational meeting. These were firmed up in October with a list of at least 60 young men to be charter members, but only 16 were able to attend the organizational meeting on December 20, 1947.


By the time the constitution and by-laws of the Manila Jaycees was taken up and approved on January 3, 1948, 42 members had signed-up. The first Board of Directors elected Ramon V. del Rosario, President; Eugenio J. Puyat, Vice President for External Affairs; Jose N. Mayuga, Vice President for Internal Affairs; Artemio Vergel L. de Dios, Secretary; Gregorio M. Feliciano, Treasurer; and Steve B. Brodie, Public Relations Officer.


Having granted the charter for the national Jaycee organization in the Philippines, the intrepid Manila Jaycees fanned out into the provinces to organize chapters. The first to respond were the young men of Cebu on April 18, 1949. By the end of the year, the number of chapters organized had reached 12.


The first Philippine Jaycee National Convention was held at the Manila Hotel from February 11-13, 1949. Following the approval of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Philippine Jaycees, the first set of national officers were elected with Ramon V. del Rosario as National President.


At the 5th JCI World Congress held in Manila from March 1-8, 1950, Vice President Fernando G. Lopez and other officials of the Philippine Government addressed the delegates. A momentous highlight of the assembly was the election of Ramon V. del Rosario as the sixth JCI World President, the first Filipino and Asian to hold that position. Two years later, another Filipino by the name of Roberto T. Villanueva was elected to the same office. 


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JCIP- Bai Lawanen, Inc.





t was in 1977 when Marietta Roa Saldana attended the Philippine Jaycees National Convention in Cebu City. There she realized that young women could become partners with the young men in the Jaycee movement. Upon return to Cagayan de Oro, she immediately started to plant the seed of Jayceeism among the women of the city.


The organization and recruitment for the chapter was met with enthusiasm; and as the women learned more about the Jaycee movement, their Jaycee fever intensified.

Recognizing the need for an appropriate name and a role model for the chapter, the women selected Bai Lawanen, chosen for her femininity, leadership ability and relevance in local history. So from the name of the legendary princess, the twenty-six (26) charter members of the Bai Lawanen Jaycees established the first all-lady chapter of the Jaycees in the city and the whole of Mindanao.


The formal organizational meeting for the chapter was held on 4 March 1978. It was followed by the series of required basic orientation sessions and seminars. Soon after complying with all the requirements, the Bai Lawanen Jaycees, Inc. made its Charter Presentation on 12 May 1978.


Charter President Marietta Roa Saldana did not rest with the formation of the Bai Lawanen Jaycees chapter. She moved on to be awarded the highest award in the Jaycees - the Senatorship - by the Chapter. She is JCI Senator No. 40879.


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The Purpose of Junior Chamber:

 The Establishment of a Permanent World Peace



he dream and purpose of Junior Chamber are most clearly expressed in the words of founder Henry “Hy” Giessenbier who said:


“From within the walls of the soul of this organization, wherein the foundation of character and citizenship are laid, I hope a message will come forth in the sometime of tomorrow that will stir the people toward the establishment of a permanent and everlasting world peace.”


Giessenbier had the foresight to believe that character and citizenship could contribute toward a permanent world peace. His dream and purpose for Junior Chamber were to offer the membership opportunities that would build strong, positive characters and a sense of citizenship, not only for communities, cities, and countries, but for the world.


The purpose of Junior Chamber, inspired by the Declaration of Principles, is:


To contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing the opportunity for young people to develop the leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and fellowship necessary to create positive change.”


The organization operates on the premise that the development of individual character and personality will result in communities that are better developed and, eventually, in a more peaceful world.


Most education institutions focus on the passing of an examination and the amassing of degrees rather than the development of personalities, It is said the purpose of education is to prepare the individual for “life,” not just to be able to perform a job.


Life is much more than just doing a job. Life is caring, sharing, loving, understanding and communicating. Junior Chamber strives to complete any lack in the development of its individual members.


A People Organization




unior Chamber is a people organization. People resort to violence when communication, understanding, patience, tolerance, reason and love ceases to exist. Junior Chamber’s plan is to offer opportunities to the members that will reinforce these positive qualities.


The idea is to bring people together. Many opportunities are created when people with various social, cultural, ethnic, religious, economic and national backgrounds meet. At national conventions, area conferences and world congresses, members come face-to-face with one another to share experiences and exchange ideas, which lead to better understanding and cooperation.


A bond of brotherhood and genuine friendship is established as Junior Chamber members seek the ways and means to improve themselves and the world in which they live.


The purpose of Junior Chamber is to show the rest of the world:


That all human beings can be developed.

That all are equal.

That the world is interdependent.

That the world does not belong to humans, but that humans belong to the world.

That every human being is a citizen of the world.




There is a specific Area of Opportunity for Individual Development in Junior Chamber, but every single activity in the entire Organization is oriented to develop the potential and skills of the individual member. Active participation in activities in any of the five Areas will give the member the opportunity to enhance his or her individual potential.


Training seminars such as National Leaders Training, Local Leaders Training, Vanguard Leaders, Personal Dynamics, Effective Speaking, Communications, Goal Setting, Team Building, Mind Mapping, and the One-Hour Junior Chamber Training Seminars help members to speak effectively, learn leadership skills, improve their communication abilities, and enhance their personal development.




The Management Area provides opportunities for the development of managerial skills through learning chapter and national management. It also deals with finance, records, recognition, marketing, public relations, supervision, motivation and working with volunteers.


Members have a chance to work on fund-raising projects, arrange meetings, prepare plans and budgets, produce a newsletter and press releases, work with the media, etc. Learning such skills as how to create and control a budget and how to manage people not only give the members a whole new perspective but greatly expands their personal and career possibilities.





The Community Area of opportunity gives the member a chance to work with and for his or her community. The member surveys the needs of the community and organizes projects to satisfy those needs. The opportunity to meet important members of the community and the general public is always there. However, the most valuable opportunity of this Area is to make a concrete contribution to one's environment and to fellowmen.


In this key arena, not only can members be of great benefit to their community but they also have the ideal workshop for putting into practice the skills they have been developing in their individual and management courses.




The opportunities in the International Area of Junior Chamber are very impressive. Via this Area, members of our organization can derive an awareness of what is happening in other parts of the world. The International Area allows for direct experiences with different customs and cultures, at the same time helping members to understand their fellow human beings all over the world. The International Area also contributes to world peace by creating friendships that cross many boundaries and borders.


Junior Chamber International has cooperation agreements with a variety of non-governmental organizations such as UNICEF, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The United Nations, the International Association of Students in Economics and Management (AIESEC), and others.


Another program of the JCI, the Chapter Twinning program, serves as an excellent opportunity for members to exchange ideas, projects, visits, etc., with other chapters around the world.





In the Business Area of Opportunity, members can exchange business ideas and do business with other interested members, not only in their own chapter or country but also with a network of almost 400,000 members around the world.


Business Opportunities also give Junior Chamber the chance to enhance the economics of the community by conducting projects to increase the productivity and effectiveness of businesses. Projects contributing to this goal are visits to successful companies to learn how they operate, having successful entrepreneurs speak at monthly meetings, and conducting training sessions on how to enhance one’s company or work.