It has been an exciting year for the Madison-Danville Jaycees, a local chapter of the United States Jaycees and Junior Chamber International. “We began the year with some big goals and even bigger dreams. We a lot of help, we have accomplished most of them!” said Kris Richmond, 2012 Chapter President.
Established in 1920, the United State Junior Chamber is the nation’s leading organization for leadership training for adults ages 18 to 41. Their mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to make positive change. The organization offers many benefits to their members which include courses by nationally and internationally recognized trainers and membership in JCI, Junior Chamber International. The Madison-Danville Jaycees were established in 1986. “Being a member of the Jaycees has enriched my life immensely. Along with valuable leadership skills, I have gained new friends, precious memories, and a better sense of self.” Mackenzie Price, 2013 Secretary-Elect.
The chapter’s primary goal for 2012 was to grow membership. Through various projects, promotions, and the media, this was a major success leading to what is called an ‘internal extension’ during the month of September when 11 new members were added. “Through the last half of the year, we have added members nearly every month. Although inactive members and those who have aged out are dropped, we have still had significant positive growth for 2012.” said Richmond.
Known for years as the Haunted House group, the Jaycees now offer a Haunted Trail, but have moved beyond that. Chuck Mitchell, 2011 Chapter President and 2012 State Director says “We have partnered with Rev-Up Madison and STAGE for many projects. In addition, we have done our own projects such as a Fabulous 50s Dance for seniors. We have also offered Individual Development classes for our members like cake decorating and golf.”
Another success in 2012 was obtaining a clubhouse. Madison City Council and Mayor Howell allowed the members to hold their monthly meetings in the Council Chambers; however, the Jaycees were looking for a place of their own. The solution came in July when Danville City Manager Josh Barker offered the group a space in the Danville Community Center. The Jaycees now meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Center and have space to store items for their projects.
The chapter accomplishments have been recognized on the state level as well. Annual and quarterly awards are given in a many areas. For 2012, the awards for three quarters have been given with the fourth awarded at the year-end banquet in February. Each quarter, Madison-Danville has come home with a variety of awards representing both individual and chapter achievements. In 2012, West Virginia Jaycee of the quarter has been won by Madison-Danville members Chris Price, Barry Stowers, and Chuck Mitchell. Rising Star awards have been given to Chris Price and Sara Price. WV Jaycee Officer of the Quarter has been won by Mackenzie Price. Award winning project are the Fabulous Fifties Senior Dance, Learning to decorate cakes, Hillbilly Steak Fry, and Learning to use power tools. The chapter won the Facebook award for their page every quarter.
Next year will be a new start with current Chapter President Kris Richmond moving on to be President of the West Virginia Jaycees. She will be the first State President from southern West Virginia since 1993. The Madison-Danville Jaycees will be led by current President Elect, Sara Price. She has a great deal of enthusiasm for the organization and looks forward to leading the group forward. “The new year is going to be an exciting one for the Madison-Danville Jaycees. We’re focusing more on the community and how we can make a difference in the lives of everyone. It’s going to be a busy but fun time for us.”