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Jaycees January 28, 2009

Posted by Donnie in Jaycees.
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The Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) has had a huge impact on not only my life, but also my families.  I joined the organization in 1981 before my children were born. After becoming the father of two, I was elected Local President. I later went on to hold several positions on the state level. Then I was elected and served as the 53rd President of The NC Jaycees.

The next year I was elected a Vice President of the US Jaycees. I primarily served the states of South Dakota, Nevada, West Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina.

Then in 1992 at a convention held in Portland Oregon I sought the office of National President. It start as a three-way race, but quickly the third person dropped out. Over several days we campaigned 24 hours a day, it was a hard fought fight for the votes. I had only entered the race 3 months before and my opposition had been in the race for over a year.   Now that you have the back ground….. we lost by 194 votes out of almost 5000 cast.  Is was disappointing, but at the same time one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

My daughters grew up around Jaycees from the time they were born until they were 8 and 10 years of age. They enjoyed so much being the center of attention, sitting at the head table and the excitement of conventions. More importantly  I think it helped them develop their own sense of values, to understand the importance of giving to others and helping other people. Plus they both developed their own leadership styles during these years.

Jaycees led me to 40+ states, 2 other countries; gave the opportunity to met Mayors, Governors, President Ronald W. Regan, President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. I lead fundraising efforts help people that needed a helping hand, I worked supporting CF, MDA, NCJC Burn Center, the Boys and Girls Home of NC and countless other charities. Jaycees gave me a chance to make a positive difference in other peoples lives while enriching my life at the same time.