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  History of the Seattle Jaycees
  The United States Junior Chamber (US Jaycees) 
Junior Chamber International (JCI)




On January 21, 1931, twelve young men set their names to our articles of incorporation as the original officers of the Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce.  Vernon Latimer, charter president, set out with the sole purpose of making Seattle a better place in which to live.  The years that followed have shown a steady growth in the chapter's membership as well as stature.




           Logo created in the early 1980's.                                         Current logo to align with the United States Junior Chamber



Right from the beginning, the Seattle Junior Chamber, has been active in community development and in training tomorrow's leaders.  Past Seattle members include such notable leaders as Governor Dan Evans, Senator Brock Adams, Kenneth Schoenfeld, Ralph Benaroya, and US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerome Farris. 


A proud tradition has been established in the Seattle Junior Chamber of being an outstanding organization respected by the people of Seattle for its members' active participation in the community.





Membership in the Seattle Jaycees is open to men and women ages 18 to 40.


Members are encouraged to get actively involved in community and individual development projects as well as in the management of the local chapter, state, and national organizations. 


Prospective members are welcome to attend any of our regularly scheduled monthly meetings:


General Membership Meeting
2nd Monday of each month, 7:00 PM
The General Membership (GM) Meeting give attendees information on current projects and volunteer opportunities and typically includes a program or speaker, dinner, and a social hour. 


The Seattle Jaycees also host a number of socials and other activities which allow members, friends, and guests to visit and meet new people.  Past socials and activities include league sports, our annual Oktoberfest, Super Bowl, and Mardi Gras parties as well as group outings to comedy clubs, sporting events, museums, business and trade networking events, and cultural exhibits.  


Meetings are held at various locations throughout the year, please contact us for more information.






The Seattle Jaycees are a local chapter member of the United States Junior Chamber (US Jaycees).  The US Jaycees provide young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.  Since it's inception in 1920, the Jaycees have grown into an international organization with local chapters in 104 nations and territories worldwide.





For the past 85 years, Jaycees have been involved with all manner of charitable projects in America and around the world.  Jaycees helped establish the first AirMail services in America under the leadership of Jaycee member Charles Lindbergh, and local Jaycee chapters have raised millions of dollars for causes such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the March of Dimes.  Jaycee chapters have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing for the elderly while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide.


Current and former Jaycee members can be found in all walks of life: governmental leaders such as past Presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford, business tycoons such as Domino’s Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan, registered nurse and former Miss America Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, and sports heroes like basketball great Larry Bird.


With the current focus of the nation on volunteerism, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, Jaycees are active in creating new areas of opportunity for young people.





The Seattle Jaycees, together with the United States Junior Chamber, is a member chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI).


JCI is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs, an organization in which leaders meet,learn and grow.  JCI's mission is to be a highly recognized worldwide source of successful young business, political and social leaders… the voice of young leaders and entrepreneurs in the world.  Since JCI's inception with the first international chapters in Canada and England in the 1920's, JCI  has grown to nearly a quarter of a million members and millions of alumni in over 100 nations and territories worldwide.