THE JCI SENATE
The Pennsylvania JCI Senate is an organization of Jaycees and former
Jaycees who have been awarded membership in the
Senate of Junior Chamber International. A Senatorship is the highest award that
can be presented to a Jaycee at the local, state, national or international
level and less than 1% of all members of
our organization ever receive this recognition.
The idea which resulted in honoring
a Jaycee with a Senatorship was conceived in 1951. JCI president
Phil Pugsley from Canada (1951-52) discussed the need for better communications
among “aged-out” Jaycees
with John Armbruster, Charter member of the first Jaycee organization in the United States.
In 1952, Sid Boxer, Jaycee representative to the United States, met
with President Phil Pugsley in New York to further discuss
the idea that instead of allowing these “honored Jaycees”
to drift completely away from the Jaycee movement, to provide a lifelong
link with the Jaycees and a way for them to continue to work for a cause in
which they believe. 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.
Senators receive a number which is never assigned to anyone else. Senator
#1 in the world is Joaquin V. Gonzales,
Phillippines’NOM President, 1951-52. Phil Pugsley is Senator #2 and John Armbruster
became Senator #3.
The founding of the Pennsylvania JCI
Senate was on October 18, 1965, at the Host Motel in Lancaster.
The Senate group formed in 1965 aimed to foster the fellowship and friendship
of Senators rather than to promote programming.
While Pennsylvania and many other
states had formed Senate organizations, there was no National JCI Senate group
until June 1972. At a special meeting held at
the U.S. Jaycees Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Senators from 26 states voted to
organize under the umbrella of a National Senate. The expressed purpose
of the newly founded organization was “to provide
a line of communication” between Senate groups presently formed or about to be formed.
Pennsylvania was represented at this meeting by
Norm Garrett #6154 and Ray Reber #7802.
Now we officially formed a Pennsylvania JCI Senate and
a United States JCI Senate but official affiliation did
not occur until October 19, 1974. A motion was made by Ed VanGorder
#13395 and seconded by Norm Garrett #6154 to affiliate with the national group. There was to
be a $25 Charter fee and a cost of $1
per Senator (50 cents fro the first year). Much discussion was held as to maintaining
the informality and structure of the Pennsylvania organization.
Assured that no major disruptions were to occur with affiliation, the motion was passsed,
Official affiliation had occurred during the
term of Rodger Rapp #6571.
Ray Reber #7702 succeeded Rodger as president
of the PAJCI Senate and in the first IMAGE of his term in August 1975,
he led off his Presidential Message with a written
purpose of the Pennsylvania JCI Senate: The purpose of the JCI Senators of
Pennsylvania is to promote fellowship among the Senators
in Pennsylvania, to engage in any program or activity which will foster the aims and objectives of JCI,
and upon request, lend support to the
Pennsylvania Jaycees in the capacity of a Speakers Bureau, or in any other
capacity that cannot be construed as active participation in the Jaycees.