•Rock the Vote (planned for August 2010) •1956 - The Jaycees were instrumental in the construction of Ogle Stadium and raised money to build the East stands by selling 5-year season tickets. •1971 - A Jaycee pledge of $10,000 was made to build the Decatur Public Library (Wheeler Basin Library). •Sponsoring youth football and baseball teams •Easter party for Families and Children Experiencing Separation and volunteer support for FACES functions www.decaturjaycees.com •Cajunfest
Decatur Jaycees The Decatur Jaycees were chartered in August 1946 with 110 members, all men. Over the years, the Jaycees have operated under the motto of "Leadership Training Through Community Development." An integral part of our operation has long been the principle of raising money through various projects and putting that money back into our community. Though our organization focuses mainly on supporting local charities, if you look back to our roots you'll see signs of the Decatur Jaycees' accomplishments all over the city of Decatur. �1956 - The Jaycees were instrumental in the construction of Ogle Stadium and raised money to build the East stands by selling 5-year season tickets. �1963 - Decatur Jaycees pledged $15,000 to help construct the Chamber of Commerce building. �1971 - A Jaycee pledge of $10,000 was made to build the Decatur Public Library (Wheeler Basin Library). �1975 - With the help of a $5,000 pledge from the Jaycees, the Salvation Army building was built on 14th St. �Sponsoring youth football and baseball teams �Purchasing shoes for needy children �Sponsoring School Safety Patrols in all Decatur schools �Morgan County Fair �Annual golf tournament and haunted house �Christmas Tree Sale with proceeds designated to provide baskets of food and toys for needy families at Christmas �Partner with Habitat for Humanity �Easter party for Families and Children Experiencing Separation and volunteer support for FACES functions �Cajunfest �Annual Wet Dog Triathlon to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters �Rock the Vote (planned for August 2010) �Riverfest �Decatur Christmas Parade www.decaturjaycees.com "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." - Abraham Lincoln In 2009, the DecaturMorgan County Chamber of Commerce began a study in partnership with the City of Decatur and the Morgan County Commission. The hopes for this study were that it would identify key areas for the Chamber to focus on for the future. One of the areas identified for Decatur-Morgan County was the need to attract and retain employees and residents under the age of 40. Population growth in the under-40 group can be called stagnant at best. And it was the Chamber's task to help identify ways in which Decatur-Morgan County could be more successful in retention and recruiting efforts. A committee was formed called "Keeping Our Best The group grabbed seats in a skybox to watch the Huntsville Stars take on the Birmingham Barons during our May social. Thanks to group transportation from an MCATS bus and great planning by vice president Brian Cook, a good time was had by all in attendance! Our summer socials are already planned, so mark your calendar for June 12 from 10am to 2pm (softball game and family picnic at Decatur High's softball field and Delano Park) and July 10 (pool party at Andy Thomas's house in Decatur). For more information on any of our socials or to RSVP for an event, please email Brian@CooksPest.com. Pictured above (front L-R): Gibson BBQ), Transportation), Engineers), (back L-R): Packaging), (Quinet!c) (National (BPI (Big Bob (Garver (Cook's Pest Control), (Congressman Aderholt's Office), (Ala. Dept. Of Rehab Services), (Chamber of Commerce), (Holiday Inn & Suites), (Cook's Pest Control) and (Henry Tile) And Brightest." Led by Tom Counts of 3-GIS, many Decatur Jaycees were at the table for the first meeting. One objective of the group was to form or identify a group that served the 21-40 demographic. After some discussion, it was decided unanimously that there was no need to create a group - there was already on in place that served the civic and social needs of our area. The group overwhelmingly decided to support the Decatur Jaycees in our efforts. While the Jaycees meet the civic and social criteria, there seemed to be a need for more professional development within our organization. So with the help of the committee and the Chamber's resources, we were able to help plan and host 2010 Summer Symposium - a series of three sessions spanning May through July offering professional development topics and speakers at no charge. The first event was held May 25 at Calhoun's Aerospace Training Center with speaker Dr. Larry Little. More than 20 people attended to learn more about cultivating relationships at home, through friendships and in the workplace. The next session will feature Dr. Ron Dulek of the University of Alabama. Dr. Dulek has co-authored six books and published more than 40 journal articles. One of his books, The Elements of Business Writing, was on the Executive Bestseller lists of Houghton-Mifflin, Macmillan, and PrenticeHall publishing companies. A forthcoming seventh book, Who Killed Keyboard?, is scheduled for publication this September. In 2006, the Association for Business Communication selected Ron for its highest research honor, the Kitty O. Locker Award for Outstanding Research in Business Communication. "May's Symposium with Dr. Larry Little was the perfect launch for the summer professional development and networking series. I thoroughly enjoyed learning how your personality type affects relationships with others, as well as the great food and the opportunity to get to know other young adults in our community. What better event for the Jaycees to co-host than this? - Brian Cook Daniel has served as a District Field Representative for Congressman Robert Aderholt, in the 4th Congressional District, since 2007. He is responsible for handling military related case-work as well as representing Congressman Aderholt at numerous meetings, hearing, congressional briefings, and seminars on local, state and federal levels of government. Before joining Aderholt's staff, Daniel worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Morgan County District Attorney's Office. While there, he tried over 70 cases in district and juvenile court. Daniel is a 1998 graduate of Cornerstone Christian School in Decatur. He received his law degree from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Birmingham-Southern College. Jaycees have long been known for going above and beyond the call of duty to help out in the smallest of ways - to make a difference in the everyday lives of others. One of the ways Decatur Jaycees recently made an impact was through babysitting. Yes, babysitting. Families and Children Experiencing Erica is a 2004 graduate of Athens State University and joined the Jaycees in 2005. She served as the children's area chairperson for Riverfest from 2006 to 2008 and held the office of secretary in 2007. Erica is the graphic designer for Southern Printing. She will marry fiance Josh Byars this month and they will reside in Moulton with their daughter Emily. have to be a parent to volunteer for this yearly event - all you need is a little patience and a comfortable pair of shoes! "This was my second year to help out and it was more rewarding this year than last. You get a chance to see the positive impact Morgan County's foster parents have on these kids. They work so hard to provide the children with safe and loving homes and they deserve every minute of their special night out," said Jaycees president Tiffany Brightwell. To learn more about FACES, please visit them online at www.facesofmorganco.org. Separation (FACES) serves foster families in Morgan County. Each year they host a dinner at Burningtree Country Club in honor of the foster parents as a way to give them a night out without the children. So where do the children stay? In the capable hands of volunteers like Jaycees Tiffany Brightwell, Stacey Puckett, Christy Richardson and Juli Sivley! You don't Decatur Jaycees P.O. Box 1026 Decatur, AL 35602 www.decaturjaycees.com Printing provided by 3029 Highway 31 SE � Decatur, Alabama 35603 Phone: 341-5858 � Fax: 341-5810 Bring this newsletter in for 10% OFF your next order!