The Newark Area Jaycees are part of the Ohio Jaycees, U.S. Jaycees and JCI International. We obtained our charter in December 2007. The Jaycees have a long and storied history in the Newark-area community. In the past, the group has assisted with several large-scale initiatives in the Newark community as the United Way parade and the Special Olympics, among many others. The Jaycees also ran chicken barbecues at community festivals and events with proceeds helping those in need. Many prominent Newark community leaders learned the skills needed to be successful from their time in the Jaycees, and formed lifelong friendships in the process. Despite their high regard in the community and all their past successes, interest and membership dwindled in the mid-1990’s and the group lost its charter.
A new group of young professionals emerged in 2007 with a renewed interest in community action. With the support of several past Jaycee members, many of those who originally brought the organization to the forefront of the community, the new group re-obtained its charter. In a move to honor the Jaycee legacy of the past, the group chose to re-name itself the Newark Area Jaycees. This new group of individuals is excited and motivated to move the Jaycees and the Newark-area community into the future.
The Jaycees organization as a whole was founded in 1920 to provide opportunities for young men to develop personal and leadership skills through service to others, the Jaycees later expanded to include women, reflecting the growing influence and leadership of women in America.
For more than 80 years, Jaycees have been a force for good in America and around the world. Jaycees helped establish airmail services in America with Jaycee Charles Lindbergh, and have raised millions of dollars for causes such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the March of Dimes. They have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing for the elderly while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide.
Jaycees can be found in all walks of life: governmental leaders such as President Bill Clinton and past President Gerald Ford, business tycoons such as Domino’s Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan, registered nurse and former Miss America Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, Sports heroes like basketball great Larry Bird – name the field and Jaycees can be found at the forefront.
With the focus of the nation on volunteerism, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, the Jaycees are enlarging areas of opportunity for young people.
The Newark Area Jaycees are part of the Ohio Jaycees, U.S. Jaycees and JCI International.