JCI Event (2019)
HOW DID EVERYTHING STARTED?
With this initiative, our goal always has been to promote great opportunities and help those in need.
With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential.
Duncan McNaughton to the Olympic Games 1932 >
Congreso JCI Panama 1944 >
JCI World Congress in Panama City 1946 >
President Phil Pugsley stated: "JCI is like a "slumbering giant, available to fight the cause of freedom but not yet organized sufficiently to do so effectively."
It has "tremendous potential as a major non-military weapon of the free world." This fact led President Pugsley to establish a permanent JCI Secretariat to assist with JCI's communications and keep all necessary records.
The Junior Chamber of Kingston, Ontario >
In 1967 upon the death of Governor-General George Vanier, the Junior Chamber created the Vanier Awards for Outstanding Young Canadians, which recognized excellence in the Canadian Junior Chamber of Commerce. In the 1960s, JCI Canada enjoyed the most active and visible period, with over 20,000 members nationwide.
Activities during this era included hosting the Grey Cup festivals, numerous Eaton's Santa Claus Parades.
At the time, over 1,400 senatorships were awarded to Canadians. The Commission System was replaced by the Areas of Activity concept in 1974 and the Areas of Opportunity Concept in 1979. It was refined to a combination of the Areas of Opportunity and Commission Systems.
Today we still use the four areas of opportunity. Many dynamic programs were undertaken during the beginning years, e.g., "Christmas Package Drive for Korea," which netted 400 tons of relief supplies worth U.S. $1 million; "Operation Brotherhood in Vietnam," and "Operation Warmth" for Greek earthquake
In 1984 JCI was present in 55 countries and was flourishing with more than 500,000 members worldwide. Starting in the 80's organizations like JCI Canada and its chapters focused heavily on equality, internationalism and world peace in response to civil conflicts and terror.
The Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (Jci Toyp) was launched internationally in 1983 to recognize socially responsible young active citizens to inspire the next generation of young leaders.
Child's Rights >
JOIN JCI TODAY
Curious about the JCI possibilities? Check out the site and make the first move towards positive change for yourself and the city that you love and call home. Be Better.