History of the NC  & International JCI Senate

By A. J. (Jim) Morton, Senator #16254

NC JCI Senate Charter President

How do you say “Thank You” to a person who has given unselfishly of their time, energy and talents to make your community a better place in which to live, while active in the Jaycees? A person who not only shares similar goals, thoughts, and ideas as their peers in the local Jaycee chapter, but through their actions, involvement and leadership has improved their community, their chapter and the lives of people around them? A person, as if through a process of osmosis, their personality characteristics have become a part of Jaycees, thereby enriching everyone’s life they’ve touched?


The JCI Senatorship is an honor recognized throughout the world as an indication that a man or woman has, while active in the Jaycees, made a significant and substantial contribution toward the furtherance of the organization’s philosophy and beliefs.

Since the start of the Jaycee movement in the world in 1920 (St. Louis, Missouri), there have been millions of men and women to join the Jaycees. Only 65,000 members have been bestowed with the honor of JCI Senator, a fact that speaks well, that it is indeed a most coveted honor. With the global growth and development of Junior Chamber International and the desire to provide members a means to repay the organization for all it has given them. The idea of the Senatorship was conceived, by President Phil Pugsley from Canada (1951-1952), as a distinct honor by which to recognize achievements of outstanding members, while also enabling them to retain contact with the organization for life. In 1952, Sid Boxer, Jaycee representative to the United States, met with President Pugsley in New York to further discuss the idea of “honored” Jaycees. They reasoned: “Why is it that past members are allowed to drift completely away from the Jaycee movement when many of them would like to have a lifelong link with Jaycees? Why do local Jaycees spend thousands of dollars annually giving certificates, plaques, trays, briefcases, desk sets, and the like, to those they wish to honor when the same funds spent on Jaycee International could work for a cause in which they believed?” The idea was presented at the VII World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, in 1952 where it was approved and placed in the JCI By-Laws as a category of membership. The JCI Senate was formed in 1952 at the 7th JCI World Congress in Melbourne, Australia.

The JCI Senate Foundation was established in 1979 to provide long-term financial support for JCI. Its name was later changed to Jaycees International (JCI) Foundation, Inc., to appeal to the broadest possible donor base. The principle is invested to generate interests, which are used to support JCI programs, activities and expansion around the world. Only the interests are used; the principle remains intact. Contributions to both the JCI Senate program and the Foundation have significantly assisted JCI’s growth and development over the years. They have also funded training schools and courses, strengthened existing NOMs, and extended the organization into new countries and to more young people around the world.

The U.S. Jaycees at its annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972 officially approved the U.S. Jaycee International Senate organization. James O’Connell from Illinois was elected its first president.

Pat Hoelker, Senator# 45893, from Sioux City, IA is the 2009-2010 US JCI Senate Chairman of the Board.
The current U.S. JCI Senate President is Doug Meyers, Senator# 21511, from Concord, CA.
He was elected and sworn in at the National Annual meeting, June 2009 in Atlanta, GA.

The North Carolina Jaycees International Senate was chartered in 1975 during the presidency of A. J. (Jim) Morton of Charlotte. The JCI Senate organization existed prior to this date as a loosely knit entity. In 1968, thirty (30) NC JCI Senators met for breakfast during a NC Jaycee State meeting. This is the first known gathering of the Senators in North Carolina. No officers were elected. These “Mentors to the Jaycees” agreed to meet at future NC Jaycee state meetings. These pioneers agreed that their “reason to be” would be to provide support for the NC Jaycees (both state and local organization, and meet to renew friendships. In time it was felt that a state JCI Senate president needed to be appointed or elected. Initially, for several years the NC Jaycee State Presidents appointed the president of the JCI Senate. Eventually the policy of the NC Jaycee was rewritten to have the outgoing State Jaycee President to automatically become the JCI Senate President. This method of selecting the Senate president was rescinded in 1973. In 1974 at the Annual Meeting in Raleigh, Poe Cox of Garner was elected to serve as the first JCI Senate president under the new NC Jaycee policy. A full slate of officers was also elected, including vice president, secretary and treasurer. At mid-year convention, Winston-Salem, in 1974, Senators voted to become affiliated with the United States JCI Senate. The US JCI Senate had only recently become an organized entity at the national convention, Atlanta, Georgia in 1972. North Carolina’s JCI Senate application for membership in the U.S. JCI Senate was approved in Miami, Florida in 1975. The NC JCI Senate was incorporated on the 4th day of June 1999.

The Senate meets in conjunction with all State Jaycee meetings to renew friendships and make friends with newly honored Senators. The Senators do not propose, run or chair any projects. Senators do not take the honor as senator lightly. For Senators, the Jaycees have given them more than they could ever give back. Many Senators are now mayors of cities, legislators, successful business leaders and active community and family members; due to the firsthand experience only an organization such as the Jaycees can give. The “on the job” experience equipped the Senators to succeed in life.

North Carolina Jaycee Senators want to further the Jaycee movement in our State. A senator is honored again when asked to speak at a local chapter membership recruitment meeting, judge a speak-up contest or render assistance in extending a new chapter. In a nutshell, it may be said that the North Carolina JCI Senators are organized for the furtherance of the North Carolina Jaycees, fun, and fellowship.

When a deserving person is given an award, or lifetime chapter membership, the chapter should, also consider giving the award recognized worldwide ... JCI Senatorship. It is pleasing to note that all monies related to giving the Senatorship to a deserving person are used to further the Jaycee philosophy, beliefs and creed into parts of the world where Jaycee chapters do not currently exist. This is accomplished via the Jaycee International organization, and on the local and state level the NC JCI Senate to support the activities of the North Carolina Jaycees and the local chapters.

Past Presidents

  • 1975-76    AJ Morton, Jr    #16254
    1976-77    Gus Tulloss    #18711
    1977-78    Lucius Jones    #18907
    1978-79    Craig Deanhardt    #18712
    1979-80    Gerald Wheeler    #24820
    1980-81    Peter Batton    #21578
    1981-82    Donald Brady    #22019
    1982-83    Harold Garner    #24930
    1983-84    Randy Croft    #24694
    1984-85    Bruce Joyner    #23434
    1985-86    James Shackleford, Jr    #29158
    1986-87    Mike Harris    #24801
    1987-88    Bill Craft    #36216
    1988-89    Walter Moore    #33340
    1989-90    Kenny Ipock    #38527
    1990-91    J. Michael Morton    #38090
    1991-92    Jim Moran    #40029
    1992-93    Doug Horton    #36623
    1993-94    Jimmy Maness    #38844
    1994-95    Allen Mills    #41435
    1995-96    J. Carol Jordan    #45857
    1996-97    William Mills    #47419
    1997-98    Bobby Saunders    #53025
    1998-99    Karen Haun    #53783
    1999-00    Jim Pritchett    #50321
    2000-01    J. Carol Jordan    #45857
    2001-02    Gary Jones    #45899
    2002-03    Marty Wase    #53142
    2003-04    Marylou Harris    #45860
    2004-05    Lawrence Pittman    #53932
    2005-06    Pam Padgett    #51341
    2006-07    Tom Cramer    #61951
    2007-08    Karen Haun    #53783
    2008-09    Tracy Culler    #64534
    2009-10    Kim Bode    #62467
    2010-11    Daryl McNair    #63633
    2011-12    Jeff Williams    #65414
    2012-13    Terry Jones    #52694
    2013-14    Peggy Lewis    #58375
    2014-15    Ray Culler    #64452
    2015-16    Nick Woods    #62735 
    2016-17 .  Vann Sparrow #67885

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