Greater Flint Jaycees
In the News
The following article, written by Linda Angelo
and reprinted courtesy of The Flint Journal, appeared in The
Flint Journal on Thursday, August 17, 2000:
County's only Jaycees
provides service with smile
by Linda Angelo, Journal Staff Writer
| Greater Flint is the only place in Genesee County that has a local chapter
of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
The Jaycees are recruiting people to join the group, which provides leadership
development through community service to people between the ages of 21
Rebecca Jarvis, who works at Hilliard Lyons, joined the Greater Flint Jaycees
shortly after it was chartered in September .
“It lets you give back to your community,” Jarvis said. “We are really
trying to do a lot of fun projects people will want to get involved in.
If we can do things people will have a good time with, they will want to
volunteer. A lot of people want to volunteer and don’t know where
One of the projects Jaycee members have been involved in is West Bendle
Elementary School’s Help One Student To Succeed mentoring program.
The members spend a half-hour a week helping students with their reading
“A lot of the kids in
there don’t have people at home that do a lot of reading with them,” said
Jarvis, who has participated in the project. “They get so excited
when you come in… If they don’t get help, they may not pass.”
Jaycee members also
have been involved in volunteering for the WFUM-FM Pledge Drive,
Greater Flint Summer Festival and the Tuuri Race, which raised money for
the Children’s Miracle Network.
The group also is trying to link up with Vision 2020 activities.
Barb Smith of Vision 2020 said the Jaycees helped with its spring plant
and bulb sale and have agreed to help make Christmas baskets for FISH.
“Their enthusiasm was just tremendous,” she said.
“They are biting at the bit for some of the projects we have this fall.”
Before the Greater Flint chapter formed, anyone interested in joining the
Jaycees had to travel to Saginaw to get involved.
Melissa Campbell, president of the Greater Flint Jaycees, said the group
is a great way for young people to network and make friends.
“We do some different development training where we have projects designed
to teach you a new skill,” she said. “We’ll have a financial planning
night coming up… next month is CPR training.”
Nearly 30 people are members of the Greater Flint Jaycees. Membership
costs $60. Companies can purchase an ad, which will run for one year,
in the group’s newsletter for $125 and receive a free membership for an
Carrie Gurden, branch manager of Republic Bank on S. Saginaw Street, recently
joined the Jaycees.
“I live in Swartz Creek so I don’t know a lot of people in this area,”
she said. “(I joined) to learn more about the community and to meet
people in this area on a personal and business level.”
The Greater Flint Jaycees meet at 6:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month.
The location varies.
The following article, written by John Ribner
and reprinted courtesy of the Greater Flint News, appeared on the
front page of the Greater Flint News on Sunday, August 8, 1999:
Jaycees Want to
Start Local Chapter
by John P. Ribner, Staff Writer
|GRAND BLANC – A group
of young leaders who want to perform community services is forming in the
Greater Flint area. Members are needed to make the organization strong.
The Junior Chamber of Commerce, more popularly known as the Jaycees, is
creating a new chapter in the Greater Flint area.
“We are looking to expand into Genesee County, and Greater Flint has the
highest concentration of young professionals in the area,” said Bill Bridenbaugh,
who is organizing the group.
Greater Flint is a very progressive and forward-looking community, and it
would be a great place to start our Genesee County chapter.”
The Jaycees is an organization for people between the ages of 21 and 39,
who are committed to leadership training through community service.
The group’s mission is to provide young people with leadership training
to better acclimate them to the business world.
The organization currently has about six members, and Bridenbaugh is looking
to add another 20 or more members, in order to make the group official.
He is holding an informational meeting for interested members at 6:30PM
Thursday at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre off Hill Road. The meeting
is free and open to anyone interested in the Jaycees, as well as other
community groups who could benefit from Jaycees volunteer work.
“Anyone who would like to come and learn more about the Jaycees is welcome,”
local issues, such as the Metropolitan Parks and Recreation Charter, will
be projects that the Greater Flint Jaycees will seek to become involved in,
once the organization has enough members.
“Parks and recreation is a very good place for groups like the Jaycees
to donate equipment and manpower,” he said. “Quality parks are a
visible benchmark that say a lot about a community.”
He also said he is very committed to Public Broadcasting Service, and he
plans to have the Greater Flint group staff the phone banks at WFUM’s local
drive to support PBS.
He said he plans to get ideas for other projects from new members as the
join the organization.
Bridenbaugh moved to Greater Flint from Kansas City, MO. in December 1997,
when he was transferred due to his job as an information analyst at EDS.
He first got involved with the Saginaw Area Jaycees because there was no
organization in Genesee County.
“It’s an incredibly great way to get involved with the community,” he said.
“It makes a person feel they are part of their community and that they
are doing more than just showing up for work and doing things on the weekends.”
Bridenbaugh also said the Jaycees helped him make friends and meet people
when he was new to the Flint area.
is something to do almost every weekend; even if there is nothing to do
with your chapter, you can go help out one of the other chapters,” he said.
Anyone interested in the Greater Flint Jaycees can contact Bridenbaugh at
236-1082 during business hours, and 953-9315 during the evening.
He can also be reached with e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jaycees’ Web site is at http://members.tripod.com/grand_blanc_jaycees/.