Shortly after World War I, Henry Gissenbier of St. Louis organized the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Today, still going strong after 70 years, this group is known as the Jaycees.
Although Gissenbier actually founded a Jaycee group in 1910, and some clubs are still referred to as the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the recognized birthday is Jan.21, 1920. Next week, clubs around the nation are celebrating Jaycee Week, the group's 70th anniversary.
Open to both men and women since 1985, the Jaycees offer young adults between the ages of 21 and 40 the opportunity to improve both themselves and the community. If you are interested in holding a Jaycees office on a local, regional or state level; participating in Speakups, a public speaking competition that provides a training ground forfuture leaders; becoming involved in the many charitable programs for the community; or developing friendships during club activities, Jaycees may be the answer.
Our Jaycees can be found where the actionis, working on the B&A Trail Park, at Sandy Point State Fair sellingcrab puffs to earn project money, in your neighborhood delivering food and fire wood to the needy and at the bowling alley helping a handicapped youngster experience the joy of achievement.
Perhaps you've seen them selling their delicious barbecued chicken to earn still more money; talking to the residents of Meridian Nursing Home or working together to keep the Jaycee Community Center in good shape. They work hard to earn the money that will enable them to work even harder to benefit us all.
If your favorite song of all time is Nat King Cole singing "Unforgettable" and you're overcome with nostalgia when Elvis sings "Blue Suede Shoes," you'll want to grab your poodle skirt and letter sweater and rock the night away at the Fabulous 50s Dinner-Dance from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Earleigh Heights Fire Hall.
Dinner will be catered by Adam's Rib (beer and setups included), and oldies will be performed by Past Time. You don't
have to be costumed, but think of the fun you'll miss if you aren't.
Winners of the '50s dance contest will leave the floor with a trophy anda cash prize. During the evening, wheels of chance will be run for plants, stuffed animals and money. You'll also want to take a break from dance and enjoy a creamy drink from the milk shake cash bar.
Guests must be at least 21.
Tickets are just $15 per person and the cause is good. All proceeds will be used in the renovation of the Jaycee Community Center. To reserve your table, call 544-4613 or 647-5892.
During the next couple months, the Severna Park YWCA has planned enough interesting programs to keep you busy until spring, featuring everything from jewelry repair to a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show.
* From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7, Dina Weavers, of High Strung, A Bead Business, will conduct a workshop on how to repair jewelry. You are encouraged to bring your broken jewelry, and she willhave parts for sale. Fee is $12.
* "I Can Dance," a preschool class for 3- to 5-year-olds, will be conducted Friday mornings at the YWCA's Carter School of Dance from Feb. 8 until March 15. Each day willfeature two 45-minute sessions: a 9:30 a.m. class for older, experienced students and a 10:30 a.m. class for the younger ones.
The feefor the class is $30. Children should wear clothes suitable for play.
* Since just about everyone in any given household today holds ajob, including mom, it's time to discuss a better way to distribute chores and handle housework. From 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Y, MarthaJohnson will lead participants through a variety of activities designed to help them understand how housework habits relate to personality style, and develop and share with fellow household members a realistic vision of home. Who couldn't use this information? The fee is $8.
* You say you wouldn't know what to do with a no-trump hand if you were dealt one? You think a grand slam is how to close a door when you're angry? Better call the Y and sign up for Beginning Bridge, 10:30 a.m. until noon on Thursdays from Feb. 14 through April 4. You'll learn all the basics, and the fee for the class is $58.
* Knit one, purl two. If you can't do this, here's the class for you. A Knitting for Beginners class is scheduled at the Y from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday afternoons from Feb. 15 through March 22. The fee is $14.
* If you share living quarters with a child even remotely near the age of 2, you need all the help you can get. The YWCA Parenting Center invites you and your tot to Itsy, Bitsy Day for an hour of songs and finger play from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 15. The fee is $5 and registration is required.
* The Y has scheduled its next trip to Ski Roundtop for Feb. 23. The bus leaves Severna Park at 6:30 a.m. and returns about 7:30 p.m.
Transportation and lift ticket are $40, ski rental is $19 and optional lessons are $13. Teens are welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
* If you think skiing is hazardous to your health, you'll want to sign up for a day trip to the world famous Philadelphia Flower Show on March 14. The bus will leave Severna Park at 8 a.m. returning at approximately 5 p.m. The fee is $40.
Participation in any of the above programs requires YWCA membership, and some feature reduced rates for early registration. For complete information, contact the YWCA at 647-1500.
If you can't get enough of that old rock 'n' roll, here is another opportunity to dance to your favorite music. Winning on Wellness, a teen anti-drug group, is sponsoring a dance, "Five Decades of Rock 'n' Roll," from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 9 at Severna Park High School.
In a reversal of roles, the fund-raiser will be chaperoned by the kids. Plenty of free refreshments will be available.
Tickets are $25 a couple. For further information, contact Nancy Baker at 544-0900.