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OUR VIEW - Jaycees should be recognized for good work

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:46 PM

A tip of the hat to area men and women who are part of the Norwalk Jaycees. The group is celebrating Jaycee Week 2007 with a number of events through Saturday.

Tonight, the group will host a poker tournament in the Jaycees clubhouse, 18 W. Main St., second floor. Registration will begin at 5, with play set to begin at 6. Cost is $40 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Jaycees.

Friday will feature dance lessons at 6:30 p.m. at the Ernsthausen Community Center, and Saturday will be sledding (lots of luck!) at Hogan's Hill.

For more information, call the Jaycees clubhouse at (419) 663-4062.

The group works hard to have fun and at the same time raise money to benefit the community.

The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) gives young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.

Established 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 the past 83 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 past Presidents Bill Clinton and 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.

Congratulations for another fine year of helping others.

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