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The Junior Chamber of Commerce was founded in St. Louis in 1915 by Henry “Hy” Giessenbier. The organization has evolved into the premier Leadership Training organization for young people. There are Jaycee chapters all over the United States (U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce) and the World (Junior Chamber International – JCI).

The Jaycees are a non-partisan, non-profit organization comprised of young men and women coming together to improve our lives and our community. The purpose of the Jaycees is: “To promote and foster the growth and development of young persons’ civic organizations in the United States, designed to inculcate (to teach and impress upon) in the individual membership of such organization a spirit of genuine Americanism and civic interest, and…to provide them with opportunity for personal development and achievement and an avenue for intelligent participation…in the affairs of the community, state, and nation, and to develop true friendship and understanding among young persons of all nations.” (Taken from The U.S. Junior Chamber Bylaws Manual.).

The Panama City Jaycees was chartered in 1946. They have impacted not only the local community of Panama City but the thousands of members who have passed through their doors. The Panama City Jaycees have helped thousands of children celebrate Christmas, through our Christmas Shopping Tour, which along with our Annual Christmas Parade, celebrated its 63rd anniversary last year. For many years, the Jaycees have also organized the Annual Jaycees Haunted House, which raises thousands of dollars for local organizations. Some of the local organizations which have benefited from this annual fundraiser are Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Home Society, Panama City Marine Institute and the Humane Society.

The Jaycee Creed

We Believe
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That government should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality;

And that service to humanity is the best work of life.