Since 1929, the Saint Paul Jaycees have offered members a variety of opportunities to serve their community, establish lifelong friendships, and cultivate professional contacts that grow over the years.
For adults between the ages of 18 and 40 who are driven to serve and address the needs of their fellow humans, the JCI concept of “leadership development through community service” is the perfect compliment to other professional associations and organizations.
Nearly 200,000 members in more than 5,000 local communities across 100 countries prove this concept every day.
The Saint Paul Junior Chamber formed on September 11, 1929. Our first chapter President, Leslie Farrington, served as Jaycee National President in 1933.
A number of popular Saint Paul traditions have their roots in Jaycee leadership, such as the annual School Patrol Parade and Picnic and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Saint Paul Jaycees have also helped deliver aid where needed, such as a polio vaccine drive in the 1950s, and more recently with the Children’s Holiday Shopping event, helping families in need connect with resources to make their holidays brighter.
These community-building events and humane initiatives have brought the chapter recognition, but none has had as far-reaching impact as our U.S. Supreme Court battle to grant women full membership rights and privileges. The challenge, made in 1984, changed the landscape for fraternal organizations across the country.