Did You Know?

Having been around for the better part of a century, the chapters that make up the Michigan Jaycees have played an active role in their communities and the issues of the day for a very long time.  Below is a list of just some of the signature accomplishments or projects achieved by many of our chapters across the state over the years.

  • The Michigan Jaycees are one of only 2 organizations permitted to actually use the House Chamber at the Capitol in Lansing during our annual Model Legislature day.
  • The Ann Arbor Jaycees’ first major money maker was building a house for display which they later sold for a nice profit.
  • The Grand Rapids Jaycees spearheaded the efforts to build an Airport in the area—eventually leading to the building of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
  • The Detroit Jaycees hosted the US Jaycees national Convention in 1966.
  • The Ann Arbor Ladies Auxiliary sold seatbelts that could be installed in cars for child safety before seatbelts became mandatory.
  • Westland’s 22-acre Jaycee Park, which includes both an ice rink and an arena, is the location for many signature city events.
  • The Livonia Jaycees recognized the need to save the city’s first farmhouse from freeway construction, and then led the conservation efforts to raise the funds needed to move the house to a new location.
  • Royal Oak has a 26-acre Jaycee Park.
  • In 1973, the Detroit Jaycees sponsored the Soupy Sales Telethon for the Mentally Disabled.
  • For many years, the Grand Rapids Jaycees sponsored and organized the PGA Tour’s Farmers Charity Classic.
  • The Marquette Jaycees host the annual SOMI Softball Tournament, and host some of the qualifying trials for the USA Winter Olympic teams.
  • The Midland Jaycees invested over $200,000 in designing, promoting, and building their city’s municipal park.
  • The Ypsilanti Jaycees co-sponsor the longest continually running Independence Day parade in the nation. They also hosted their city’s first Bond Drive and Blood Bank.
  • Romulus’s first mayor in 1970, Hyle Charmichael, was the charter president of the Romulus Jaycees
  • The US Jaycees are the largest non-corporate donor for the ACS Relay for Life program; for the past several years, Michigan Jaycee chapters have raised more money than any other Jaycee state in the nation.
  • The Michigan Jaycees established the annual Outstanding Young Michigander and Distinguished Service Awards in the early 1950’s.