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.
We reaffirm our conviction
that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life.
May the Lord guide us in all our undertakings.
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,
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
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
Five years later, in 1915,
Colonel H.N. Morgan, a prominent
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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
he international chamber of
the organization began in 1923 with the Winnipeg Board of Trade becoming the
first Junior Chamber outside the
In 1940, a resolution was
passed by the United States Junior Chamber approving a program to further
mutual interests among countries in Central and
The realization of Junior
Chamber International had begun. In 1944, the first international conference
was held in
wo years later, in February
of 1946, the first World Congress was held in
Erasmo Chambonnet of
In 1948, the JCI Creed was
officially adopted at the IV JCI World Congress in
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Chamber in the
unior Chamber in the
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
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
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JCIP- Bai Lawanen, Inc.
t was in 1977 when Marietta
Roa Saldana attended the Philippine Jaycees National Convention in
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
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,
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.