The Jaycees are a local civic organization designed for young people between the ages of 18 and 40. The Jaycees are part of the Ohio and United States Jaycees as well as JCI International. The Jaycee organization was designed to provide young people with leadership opportunities through community service and networking. Established nationally in 1920, they have played host to all walks of life. Presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford, Charles Lindbergh, former Miss America Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, and Larry Bird are all former Jaycees.
The focus of this organization is volunteerism. On a local level, the Jaycees have been around since the 1940s. Members are very active in the community and dedicate their time to several service projects a year. These projects include the Sandbox Project (filling sandboxes for kids), Summer Kick-off (kid's festival), Movie in the Park, pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, Halloween Parade, Dial-A-Santa, Adopt-A-Family, wine tastings and various sporting and networking events.
The Jaycees currently are organizing a one-day ski trip to Peek 'N Peak, NY on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. A charter bus will leave Norwalk at 6:30 a.m. and arrive at the resort at approximately 9:30 a.m. After a good day of skiing, the bus will depart for Norwalk at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to the public and seating is still available. Tickets can be purchased for $70, which includes round trip bus fare and all day lift ticket. Please contact the Jaycees for tickets and more information.
The club is always looking for new members. Anyone interested in more information or in joining is encouraged to call President Frank Van Dresser at (419) 681-0571 or Membership Director Andy Thomas at (419) 677-3024. The club meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Meetings are held on the third floor of the LinDale Embroidery building, 20 W. Main St., across the hall from Cynthia Kniffin's Dance Academy.