•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 •Sponsoring youth football •Partner with Habitat for instrumental in the and baseball teams Humanity •Purchasing shoes for needy •Easter party for Families children and Children Experiencing 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. Separation and volunteer •Sponsoring School Safety Patrols in all Decatur schools •Morgan County Fair •1971 - A Jaycee pledge of •Annual golf tournament and $10,000 was made to build the haunted house Decatur Public Library (Wheeler Basin Library). •Christmas Tree Sale with support for FACES functions •Cajunfest •Annual Wet Dog Triathlon to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters •Rock the Vote (planned for August 2010) proceeds designated to •1975 - With the help of a provide baskets of food and $5,000 pledge from the toys for needy families at Jaycees, the Salvation Army Christmas building was built on 14th St. •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 Decatur- for the Chamber to focus called stagnant at best. Morgan County Chamber on for the future. One of And it was the Chamber’s of Commerce began a the areas identified for task to help identify ways study in partnership with Decatur-Morgan County in which Decatur-Morgan the City of Decatur and was the need to attract and County could be more the Morgan County retain employees and successful in retention Commission. The hopes residents under the age of and recruiting efforts. A for this study were that it 40. Population growth in committee was formed would identify key areas the under-40 group can be 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 Pictured above (front L-R): (back L-R): Packaging), please email Brian@CooksPest.com. (Quinet!c) Engineers), party at Andy Thomas’s house in of our socials or to RSVP for an event, (Garver Transportation), field and Delano Park) and July 10 (pool Decatur). For more information on any (Big Bob (BPI Gibson BBQ), (National (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 development topics and speakers at no Counts of 3-GIS, many Decatur charge. The first event was held May 25 Jaycees were at the table for the at Calhoun’s Aerospace Training first meeting. One objective of the Center with speaker Dr. Larry Little. group was to form or identify a More than 20 people attended to learn group that served the 21-40 de- more about cultivating relationships at mographic. After some discus- home, through friendships and in the sion, it was decided unanimously workplace. The next session will that there was no need to create a feature Dr. Ron Dulek of the University group - there was already on in of Alabama. Dr. Dulek has co-authored 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 Sympo- “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 sium - a series of 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 three sessions spanning May Outstanding Research in Business through July offering professional Communication. Daniel has served as a District Field the Morgan County District Attorney’s Office. Representative for Congressman Robert While there, he tried over 70 cases in district Aderholt, in the 4th Congressional District, and juvenile court. since 2007. He is responsible for handling military related case-work as well as Daniel is a 1998 graduate of Cornerstone representing Congressman Aderholt at Christian School in Decatur. He received his numerous meetings, hearing, congressional law degree from the University of Alabama briefings, and seminars on local, state and and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from federal levels of government. Birmingham-Southern College. Before joining Aderholt’s staff, Daniel worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Jaycees have long been known for going have to be a parent to volunteer for this above and beyond the call of duty to help yearly event - all you need is a little out in the smallest of ways - to make a patience and a comfortable pair of difference in the everyday lives of shoes! others. One of the ways Decatur Jaycees recently made an impact was through “This was my second year to help out babysitting. Yes, babysitting. and it was more rewarding this year than last. You get a chance to see the positive Families and Children Experiencing impact Morgan County’s foster parents Erica is a 2004 graduate of Separation (FACES) serves foster have on these kids. They work so hard to Athens State University and families in Morgan County. Each year provide the children with safe and loving they host a dinner at Burningtree homes and they deserve every minute of Country Club in honor of the foster their special night out,” said Jaycees 2006 to 2008 and held the parents as a way to give them a night out president Tiffany Brightwell. office of secretary in 2007. without the children. So where do the Erica is the graphic designer children stay? In the capable hands of To learn more about FACES, please visit volunteers like Jaycees Tiffany them online at Brightwell, Stacey Puckett, Christy www.facesofmorganco.org. joined the Jaycees in 2005. She served as the children’s area chairperson for Riverfest from for Southern Printing. She will marry fiance Josh Byars this month and they will reside in Moulton with their daughter Richardson and Juli Sivley! You don’t Emily. Decatur Jaycees P.O. 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