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One of Our Nations Greatest Leaders Was Reluctant to Serve
After the years of the revolutionary war and a period of constitutional controversy, America in the late 1780s was like a cat with its back arched. Only the election of George Washington, it was generally thought, would have a calming effect on the new republic. But would he accept?
Returning to Mt. Vernon after presiding at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Washington thought he had done enough. He was tired of hearing the Constitution ridiculed as that "Gilded Trap," that "Triple-headed Monster" with its three branches of government.
By July 1788 the Constitution was ratified, now all eyes turned to George Washington. The expectation that he would be the first United States president had been the impetus for the establishment of a powerful, independent presidency and the argument used in many states for ratification. As Benjamin Franklin expressed it, "The first man put at the helm will be a good one."
Washington told his friends that he felt "more diffidence and reluctance than I have ever experienced before," and that he just wanted to retire on his farm. Besides, he said his hearing was going and at the age of 56 he was too old for the job.
Letters like courtiers came to Washington at Mt. Vernon: "We cannot sir, do without you," emphasized former Governor Thomas Johnson of Maryland. Fellow patriot Thomas Jefferson tried to dissuade Washington from his "vast reluctance." But, more than anyone it was Alexander Hamilton who held Washingtons hand, telling him he was "indispensable" and could not refuse "the general call of your country." George Washington was elected and served as the first president of the United States of America, and now you know the rest of the story.
The World Almanac of Presidential Campaigns --Author Eileen Shields-West
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The 'sure thing' boat never gets far from shore.-Dale Carnegie
Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile...initially scared me to death. -Betty Bender
Excellence is defined as going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect and it comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, looking after the smallest detail, and going the extra mile. Excellence means caring - it means a special effort to do more.
Recruiting success is not dependent upon your ability to recruit as much as it is dependent upon your willingness to continuously ask people to join Jaycees. -Mike Marshall
Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged by one thing the results. Vince Lombardi
If winning is not that important then why do we spend all that money on scoreboard? --Coach Ray Parlier
Of all the words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, "Oh, for what might have been."
The man on top of the mountain did not fall there.
The quality of a persons life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. ---Walter Gagehot
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. -------Vince Lombardi
Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music. George Carlin
We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
The first and great commandment is, never let them scare you. ----Elmer Davis
Take risks. You can't fall off the bottom.
In April (November) Encourage your Horses to Run Faster
TULSA, OK With less than 2 weeks remaining in this year, you must turn to your performers and ask them to do more. This Jaycee year is racing to a close. Ask your superstars to continue to invite new people into our organization. Tell them that you appreciate the fact they have already shared Jaycees with new people and that is why you are contacting them during the final days of the Jaycee year. Remind them that a successful football team throws the final touchdown pass to its best receiver or a winning basketball team wants its star player to take the game winning shot, you are calling upon them, a proven superstar, to help our team in the final moments of this Jaycee year. Start asking for excellence. Excellence in my book is defined as:
"Going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect and it comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, looking after the smallest detail, and going the extra mile. Excellence means caring - it means a special effort to do more."
Ask them to do more. Ask them to help their chapter, state, and nation grow in the number of new people for the month of April. Ask them to keep our organization moving "Full Speed Ahead."
"Recruiting success is not dependent upon your ability to recruit as much as it is dependent upon your willingness to continuously ask people to join Jaycees.
-- Mike Marshall
March Board 1997 "RANT"
The Need for Change in the Junior Chamber organization
I do not want to get off on a rant here however, our organization is moving forward about as fast as Mark Fuhrman trying to cut in line at an NAACP rally. We are in trouble however, we should not have Dr. Kovorkian on speed dial at the National Service Center.
We need to make changes in our 77-year-old organization. Changes more drastic then a Dennis Rodman hair makeover and something less dramatic then a Lorena Bobbit anatomy adjustment.
Times have changed and we need to listen to the desires of young people. We need to listen like we have received an ear transplant from Ross Perot. What type of organization meets their needs. Its not an organization thats moving as fast as a one legged, mouse with arthritis, dragging a piano over the Rocky Mountains. We need to adapt and change like chameleon, on speed, in a kaleidoscope.
I have a feeling young people want an organization thats more exciting than watching paint dry. They want a nitrous oxide, fuel injected, turbo charged, 12 cylinder, wide track, low slung, road hugging organization that can accelerate like an F-18 being launched off a carrier deck, taking them were they want to go and yet be able to change direction like a Bill Clinton at a press conference. They want an organization that responds to the delicate touch of the members at the wheel. That is what will be required of organizations in the next millennium.
The Junior Chamber organization will die faster than a security guard on the Starship Enterprise, beaming down to a new planet, if we fail to learn from our past and do not have the courage to change for the future. The future of this organization, as it has always been, rests in your hands. Hey, thats just my opinion I could be wrong.
By: Mike Marshall, 77th President United States Junior Chamber of Commerce
Use All the Tools in Your Toolbox
TULSA, OK Free incentives from your national organization can help you grow.
Things like the 25, 50, and 100 member lapel pin are great incentives. The difference between an incentive and a reward. An incentive is something people know about and strive to obtain. A reward is recognition after the fact. Use incentives to increase a desired behavior.
Example: If you know someone who has recruited 18 new members this year than show them the incentive for the 25 member USJCC lapel pin. Encourage them to bring in seven more members before the end of April. Follow up periodically and ask if they have qualified for their trip to the stage in Las Vegas, yet. Praise any progress towards their goal.
Ask questions? Is your chapter working to achieve Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, or Platinum Chip Chip? What do you need help with? What is the plan? What days can you go recruiting? Double Up, Triple Up, how many Joe new guys to you need? Grand Slam. What was your May 1st base? When can I help you? Ask them what their goal is How are we going to get there? for the year. How can I help you? This is what you will need to do.
ON CLOSING NIGHT
Never Say These Things
If you want to be considered a "star" performer, consider this list of "Nevers."
The message is in business today is clear. The only measure for success is performance. Whatever the roadblocks, its your job to remove them. If not youll be perceived as one of them.
By John R. Graham, President Graham Communications, Quincy, MA
WHAT ARE THE JAYCEES?
I AM The United States Jaycees. My birth certificate is dated May 1915, St. Louis, Missouri. I was conceived to provide leadership, and I am dedicated to the goal of communities of America joining together to ensure the advancement of freedom throughout the world. I am Henry Giessenbier with an idea--and idea of people helping people.
I AM opportunity for all. The blood of the world runs in my veins. I am hundreds of thousands of active young people striving to become more than they think they can, and the voice of millions who have gone on before me to provide the ideals by which I live today and which I still make possible for those who follow me.
I AM a fabulous organization of many things and many people.
I AM the Indians of Oklahoma, the bright orange coats of Florida, the volunteers of Tennessee, a cowboy from Texas, the sunflowers of Kansas, and the Eskimos of Alaska. I am the '49ers of California, a Viking from Minnesota, a rebel from Mississippi, the liberty bells of Pennsylvania, a lighthouse from New Jersey, and a Georgia peach.
I AM volunteerism, Special Olympics, Shooting Education, Haunted Houses, Big Brothers, Boy Scouts, telethons... and Santa Claus to thousands of needy children at Christmas time. I am Speak-Up, and Springboard and Degrees of Jaycees. I am truly leadership in action in 10,000 communities in America, and in all countries throughout the free world. I am people joining together to help those who cannot help themselves by first building a better me!
I CAN be found in sleepy, rustic villages and large, roaring cities. From the swamplands of Louisiana to the mountaintops of Colorado, I am a strong group of people wherever I am! I search for America in every project I undertake and I am busy at this very moment building a better tomorrow today!!
I AM meeting tonight in a small church, in a skyscraper in New York, in a tavern in North Carolina, and in my own building built with love and sweat.
I AM a farmer, a clerk, a salesman, a mechanic, a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, a housewife, and yes-- even a convict. I can be found everywhere you look: a college campus, a ghetto, a nature trail, hospitals, orphanages, and a prison cell. I am there.
I AM a letter to a senator, a ballot in an election, the excitement of a national convention, the tears of joy when I win, the silence of defeat when I don't. I am growing through all that I undertake. I am never a loser.
I AM pins, patches, vests, coats, bumper stickers, newsletters. A gavel at a podium, backrooms, long drives home, late hours, year-end books, awards, certificates, trophies, plaques, TOYA--and winners teaching winners to be winners!
I HAVE always been with the Spirit of America. I was the spirit that would not let Columbus turn back. I was there when George Washington knelt in frozen prayer at Valley Forge. When Paul Revere raised his hand at a committee meeting and said, "I'LL RIDE AND TELL THEM." It was the Jaycee spirit that gave young Nathan Hale the guts to look 'em in the eye and say, "I REGRET THAT I HAVE BUT ONE LIFE TO LOSE FOR MY COUNTRY." It was the group that collected scrap metal and helped FDR spread his message that, "THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF." And I was already doing what John Kennedy asked when he said, "ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT RATHER WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY!" I was on the boat when Admiral Farragut said, "DAMN THE TORPEDOES, FULL SPEED AHEAD!" I built this country with faith, courage, and a spirit that can only be called JAYCEES!
I LED the fight for the draft when wartime America needed it and also led the cause for its abolishment when it didn't. I am change! I am for what is right and against wrong and injustice. I am white, black, yellow, red...and I never judge people by the color of their skin, but rather by the content of their characters.
I HAVE established and introduced many young people into the Red Cross, MDA, the USO, volunteer fire departments, boys' clubs, City Hall, state governments, and even the congress of the United States.
I MOVE. I travel to spread Jayceeism. I have presented Billy Graham in Madison Square Garden, seen the Great Phoenix Rodeo, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Independence Hall, the Statue of Liberty, Disney World, the Alamo, and the Golden Gate Bridge. I marched with Martin Luther King to Washington, I have walked for mankind, traveled the badlands of the Dakotas, the bluegrass of Kentucky, and the snow-filled valleys, of Ohio to pass on this feeling of brotherhood and love.
I HAVE made my mark on time with men like Seldon Waldo, Clayton Frost, Keith Upson, Dennis Hamilton, Clint Dunagan, and Don Cavalli---men who made a difference by giving all that they had. I am Bill Brownfield writing the creed, Durward Howes designing the shield, and John Armbruster editing the LOG. I am millions of young people who have graduated from my ranks to become the leaders of this very world today!
I AM THE JAYCEE CREED. I believe in God, brotherhood, free enterprise, law and order, human personality, and service to humanity. I am what is good about America. Within my spirit lies the very basis of the future of my country. I am freedom and will fight to my last breath if necessary to see that it is preserved. May I always possess the integrity, courage, and strength to keep myself unshackled and to remain a beacon of hope to all people everywhere.
I don't know what your destiny will be,
but one thing I know; the only ones among
you who will be really happy are those who
will have sought and found how to serve.
--Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Sample Letter to a Missing Chapter Member
READER: START HUMMING THE THEME FROM THE POLICE
DETECTIVE SHOW DRAGNET . DUM, DEDUM, DUM, DEDUM, DEDUM.,
ARE YOU A FAN OF THE POPULAR TELEVISION SHOW UNSOLVED MYSTERIES? HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A GREAT DETECTIVE LIKE SHERLOCK HOLMES, JAMES ROCKFORD OR JESSICA FLETCHER?
READ ON AND MAYBE YOU CAN SOLVE A MYSTERY.
THE MYSTERY: THE CASE OF THE MISSING JAYCEE
LOST & FOUND:
WE ARE MISSING YOU. DURING THE LAST FEW MONTHS YOUR PRESENCE HAS NOT BEEN FELT AT MEETINGS AND OR PROJECTS.
WE WANT TO SOLVE THIS MYSTERY.
WE ARE VERY BUSY AND HAVING A GREAT TIME.
WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE.
IF YOU, AS A FORMER MISSING PERSON PARTICIPATE IN A PROJECT
THEN YOUR NAME WILL BE ENTERED IN A DRAWING FOR???????
IF WE DON'T SEE YOU THEN WE WILL PROCEED TO PLAN "B".
THIS INCLUDES PUTTING YOUR HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK
PICTURE ON MILK CARTONS, GROCERY BAGS AND BILLBOARDS.
IT ALSO INCLUDES THE PRINTING OF MISSING PERSONS FLYERS WHICH WILL BE DROPPED FROM AIRPLANES OVER A SIX STATE AREA.
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO HELP THE PRINCETON JAYCEES, SOLVE
CALL THE SPECIAL MISSING JAYCEE PERSONS HOTLINE: 555-8787
OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY TO TAKE YOUR CALL.
ASK FOR PHYLLIS.
Mike Marshall's State President's message
The constitution of the United States of America
does not begin with "Them the Government" it says
"We the People." As you read this article the
Presidential election is over. The stage is set for the next four
years. Will things change? Will the economy improve? Will the
deficit be reduced? Will the less fortunate have better housing
and food? Will our schools improve? Will we see cures for the
diseases that cripple and kill our children? If you are counting
on the new and improved administration to solve these problems
then the answer is a resounding NO.
The answer to these problems lies in your hands. What can you do? There is an old saying that goes: I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. You are a Jaycee you can do anything. I do not expect you to quit your job, leave your family or even do everything that your chapter has to offer. I do expect you to do something. Get involved. If your chapter is not doing the projects that you are interested in then tell them. You paid your money
and deep down only you know why. It is time to stand up for your beliefs. I know that you do not have a lot of time to spare, but that is all the more reason to ban together with your fellow Jaycees and get things done in the time that you do have. Together we can accomplish so much more.
It is not up to them the government to solve the problems listed above. We the people must get involved. You must use your resources as a Jaycee to find solutions to these problems. If we cannot solve them by ourselves lets at least make a positive impact. As Ronald Reagan said when he addressed the U.S. Jaycees "if not you then who and if not now then when?"
Leadership training through community service. While you are working with your chapter to solve these pressing problems you will also be improving yourself. I know that America will improve if you will get more involved. Your participation will make you a better person. So it does not even matter if you try and fail. A positive change will take place within you. America will be a little better off than it was before. Call your local President today.
Make It Happen, Mike Marshall, 63rd President Indiana Jaycees
A COMMENTARY ON IMAGE AND
Image: What does it mean? For us, it means
everything...the difference between success and failure, for one.
We make a big deal about Jaycees - the organization where you can
fail and no one will hold it against you. No one, that is, except
perhaps for the sponsors who paid big bucks for an ad in a
project no one attended because the PR didn't go out. Or the one
important person you forgot to call to tell them that you'd
changed the time they were speaking.
Being a "young person's leadership training organization" does not mean that we just "do it". Some things we do are based on instinct - and let's face it, some people have better instinct than others. But we must train and prepare new Jaycees to do the most basic things - planning, communications, the importance of evaluation.... the whole nine yards. I can't think of a worse initiation into the Jaycees than to turn a successful project into a flop, can you? And, don't we kind of set ourselves up for yet another failure if we just brush it off and go on without evaluating why it failed?
Our image in our communities is our most precious possession. Being young is no excuse. Excitement, enthusiasm.....those are the things that young people bring to this organization. But we must be, yes I must say the "R" word, RESPONSIBLE ADULTS. Do I sound like your mother?
Sorry about that. It doesn't mean we can't take risk. But I have to believe that most of us know the difference between right and wrong.
As a member of this outstanding organization, I can only say that each and every one of us needs to ask "what if" every once in a while. What if the Liquor Board revokes the Liquor License of our meeting place because we smuggle in alcohol? What if someone were hurt because of our pranks or negligence?
Most of you reading this are Jaycee officers in your chapter or on a state level. You set an example for all to follow. It is important that our image be protected. And this responsibility begins and ends with you and all of our Jaycees.
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