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I am not for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, and new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat, which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under their barbarous ancestors.

-Thomas Jefferson

Fascism - Ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -FDR

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave. -Lord Brougham (1778-1868), Scottish Whig politician.

Fascism - A lie told by bullies. -Ernest Hemingway

Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash. - Harriet Rubin

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail. -Napoleon Hill

Repression is the seed of revolution. -Daniel Webster

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. -Thomas Paine

"We trained hard..., but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganization; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization". -Calus Petronius Arbiter (1st Century, BC)


Basic Needs of People in Groups

If any group or organization wants the loyalty, interest and best efforts of its members it must take into account the fact that they need…

In brief regardless of how obvious something is to the leader or to others, it has to make sense to each individual.


Favorite Beginning of the Jaycee Year Quotes

The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat; how much more no calculations at all! It is by attention to this point I can foresee who is likely to win or lose. --------Sun Tzu, Chinese Philosopher, 500 B.C. from his book "The Art of War."

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed. -Booker T. Washington

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

"Meet your responsibilities before you ask others to meet theirs."

"People will give you what they perceive you are willing to accept." -Bartlett’s First Law

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. ---Walter Gagehot

Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music. –George Carlin

The Jaycee Creed Benediction

Creed by C. William Brownfield

Dear Lord, we thank you for the oportunity to gather this morning, to learn of your work and join in fellowship. We Believe...

That faith in God gives meaning
and purpose to human life;

Help us to realize, as we nurture our families, carry out the many tasks required of us at our jobs, and take leadership roles in the community, that we are all your children, equal in your sight. Help us to help others, as we believe...

That the brotherhood of man transcends
the sovereignty of nations;

Help us as we use our Junior Chamber experience to better the world around us, as we help America continue to be the land of opportunity. We believe...

That economic justice can best be won by
free men through free enterprise;

As more and more countries take interest in the democratic ways, and ideals our organization stands for, help us as young Amercians to set an example through our community development projects, because we believe...

That goverment should be of laws
rather than of men;

As we conduct our individual development programs, may each of us see our own potential. May we develop those skills we must have before we can even begin to help others, because we believe...

That earth's great treasure lies
in human personality;

As we grow in faith, help us to do your will. Grant us the wisdom and the knowledge to seek out and plan ways to help those our organization serves, for we believe...

That service to humanity
is the best work of life.


Generation X ‘pectations

Who are these young people we refer to as Generation X? The term applies to those born between 1965 and 1985. What makes them tick? The media and literary stereotypes would lead you to believe that they are apathetic, lazy, disenfranchised slackers, who play video games, pierce their body parts, and serve no useful purpose except to convert oxygen into carbon dioxide. I believe these are misconceptions.

Recent polling by UCLA indicates that 75 % of college freshman are involved in some type of volunteer activity. Young people do care about responding to the needs of their communities and they do want to improve themselves as well. The key to attracting them and activating Generation Xers lies rests with our organization’s ability to meet their needs and respect their values.

Generation Xers’ are not lazy, but they are balanced. They want to do it all. They are wise about balancing their time to include work, family, social activities, and volunteerism. The key is to not waste their time.

My brother is an Xer. I’ve noticed that no matter how good a job he has, when it begins to infringe on his weekends and evenings he starts looking for something. He is not lazy; he simply does not believe that his work should dominate his life.

Now, my generation (I’m a 36 year old Baby Boomer) subscribes to a different philosophy. We would work days, nights and weekends to get a job done and sacrifice other areas of our lives to meet this commitment. Neither way is wrong; they are simply different.

How does this relate to your Jaycee chapter? You won’t be successful in involving Generation Xers unless you understand this basic philosophical difference - you cannot waste their time.

If your chapter meetings are 3 hours long, the Xers will not stay. If your members show up for a project and have to stand around waiting to get started, do not be surprised if they get back in their cars and leave. If you are having them working a two-hour shift, do not ask that they work an additional four-hour shift because someone didn’t show up. They might accommodate your request once, but odds are they won’t be back to help with future projects. They have other things to do.

Generation X was raised in a world of drive-thru service, next day shipping, fast food, ATM machines, and 30-minute pizza delivery. When they spend money they expect things to be fast, organized, effective and efficient. These young people will join for the same reasons you joined, but their expectations are very high. Your projects must be relevant and your chapter must be making a real difference if you expect to attract and keep this crowd.

The same efficiency desired by Generation Xers can also be the key to increasing the activation and membership of all young people 21 to 39 years of age. The basic Jaycee premise still works. In an environment that fosters true friendship we offer the best opportunities for community service and leadership development to young Americans, age 21 to 39. Our challenge is to look for better and more effective ways to provide these opportunities.

As you continue to invite people to join ask how you and your chapter, and the Junior Chamber organization can better meet their needs. As a member speak out and let your chapter know what changes it can make to better meet your needs. I trust in you, theindividual member, to keep our organization moving Full Speed Ahead.

Mike Marshall, 77th President
Jaycees Magazine, Winter 1997


--- What if Jesse Jackson was a state Jaycee Chaplain? ---

(His style is a cross between old time religion and Dr. Sesus.)

Jaycee brothers and sisters I'm talking to you all.

The old the young the tall the small.

You are somebody! You are a Jaycee!

Let me hear you say it. I am somebody! I am a Jaycee!

As a member of this organization you have to make some decisions.

The choice is between positive thinkin' or stinkin' thinkin'.

You can be proactive or inactive.

You can stand up or shut up.

You need a positive attitude so that when you are in your 'hood you can see the good.

It is time for the proliferation of communication, activation, revitalization, improvisation, delegation, inspiration, reconciliation and improved presentation of our organization.

It is time for the realization that we must begin the initiation of our extraction from the current membership shrinkage situation.

To do this I call for the elimination of hesitation, procrastination, reservation, and condemnation. You as a Jaycee must stop this non-growth abomination. That will be the ultimate demonstration of our love for this organization.

Then and only then will it be time for one major celebration.

Jaycee brothers and sisters If we fail to do this then the only thing we will have left is a piss poor explanation.

May I have an Amen!

By Mike Marshall, USJCC National Chaplain 1993-94


There Is A Time To Campaign Speech

This is not the time to campaign. I believe the best way to get elected to any office is by finishing the job that you swore an oath to do, this year. Ben Franklin said, "Well done is better than well said." You prove you are worthy of a higher office by remaining committed to your current position.

If you are thinking of running for a Jaycee office you should formulate your plans, form a campaign team, and above all do your job. People are watching. These are the same people whose vote you will be seeking. Keep working hard and you will enjoy success because you are America's Young Leaders in Action. --Mike Marshall

Candidates on the Campaign Trail Should Declare their Candidacies by Saying:
I seek this office because I have an enormous ego. I love power and wheeling and dealing; crave admiration, recognition, and approval; am ifinintly more intelligent than the rest of you; have an insatiable need to impose my will upon others; and I'm bored stiff with my present station in life. Incidentally, I think I can do some good if elected, but, hey, only time will tell.

--Mike Royko Syndicated Columnist January 21, 1996


What is luck? It is not only chance, it is also creating the opportunity, recognizing it when it is there, and taking it when it comes. --Natasha Josefowitz

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. --Thomas Carlyle

The reason so little is done is because so little is attempted. --Samuel Smiles

You make up your mind before you start that sacrifice is part of the package.
-- Richard M. DeVos

In the organizational "Battle of the Bands", the Jaycee organization still rocks the hardest.


Indiana Jaycees Oath of Office for Chairman of the Board

The office to which you have been elevated is one of humility and unimportance. In accepting this position you undertake responsibilities which you must assume lightly and carelessly discharge.

You are charged with the duty of seriously resolutely furthering the objectives of the Junior Chamber movement by sitting in the back of the room quietly, if you insist on attending at all.

With the policy and by-laws as your guide you must be ever ready to exercise the functions of the non-status office to which you were entrusted. Further if you insist upon attending meetings, you are charged with the responsibilities of cleaning all ashtrays, reassembling all tables and chairs, emptying all trashcans, and vigorously completing all the menial and unimportant commands of the president.

You will also be allowed to speak only when given permission, in writing, ten days in advance, by the president.

Do you accept this charge, and if so, please answer, "I do."

Now raise your left hand and your right foot and repeat after me.

I (state your name) do solemnly affirm that I will not meddle in the affairs of the Indiana Jaycees, and will to the best of my ability, fade into oblivion and serve as a living example of this state's past presidents by keeping my mouth shut and attending any and all parties.



It was Sunday, December 5, 1999. The weather was unseasonably warm, the sky overcast and light drizzle had been falling all morning. As I drove toward town my eyes were drawn to the to white star that sat glowing atop our magnificent courthouse. I could also see the four, colored strands of light shining through the gloom. I thought back a few weeks to the day our members climbed to the top of the courthouse and hauled the heavy light cables to the top. On that same day other members were wrapping the street lamps in garland and lights. A proud smile crept across my face as I sat at the stoplight taking it all in. My Jaycee friends had done a fine job.

It was my morning to work the Jaycee Christmas tree sales. I pulled into Southern Indiana Tire. I began setting up the table, cash box and standing up fresh Christmas trees. Soon, help arrived and trees were flying off the lot. Some people have been buying their trees from us for over a decade. Some hand us a little extra money and say, "I know all the good you do, please take this and Merry Christmas."

As carloads of parents and kids pull up, it is not hard to spot the ones who were at the Jaycees Christmas Parade the day before. They usually are still toting their bags and buckets full of candy. I stop to ask one blond headed girl what was her favorite part of the parade. Like most she answers, "Santa." I get a warm feeling in my heart thinking about all the kids who count on the Jaycees to bring Santa to town every year.

Some of my tree sales associates leave at 1:00. They head over to the Jaycee clubhouse to sort and wrap the nearly 200 presents that Santa will deliver to the needy children of Gibson County. We have been helping Santa deliver presents to the homes of children who might otherwise not get a single gift during the holidays. Thousands of children have gotten presents from Jaycee Santas over the years. I don't mind staying behind. Try as I might my presents just never seem to look that good after I wrap them.

Shortly after 2:00 a large, white car drives by and honks the horn. I catch a glimpse of Santa and Mrs. Claus speeding down Broadway. With the assistance of members Mike Watkins and Jackie White, Mr. and Mrs. Claus make Santa visits to homes, organizations and businesses all across the county. They donate the money they receive to buy more presents for underprivileged children.

It is 5:00, closing time for tree sales. As I begin tearing down the tables and packing things up some Jaycees stop by to see how tree sales faired. They are on their way to the hospital. Our members are going caroling tonight. The "Jaycee Off Key Singers" will be singing Christmas songs at the hospital and the nursing homes. No matter how bad they sing they are always warmly received by the seniors who must spend their holidays in nursing homes. After the caroling the Jaycees will head back to our clubhouse. They will laugh and kid each other about who sang the worst and who is gonna be an elf next Friday when we deliver the mounds of presents that are piled all around them.

It was a busy Sunday for the members of the Princeton Jaycees. Some had colds, some had company coming in the next day and all were busy with their own holiday plans and demands but, none of them would trade their Jaycee holiday experiences for the world. They are ordinary young men and women making an extraordinary difference in Princeton, on any given Sunday.

--Mike Marshall, Princeton Jaycee

Don't sweat the small stuff

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of
business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those
students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high
powered overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz."

Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide mouth Mason jar and set it on
the table in front of him. then he produced about a dozen fist-sized
rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When
the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked,
"Is this jar full?"

Everyone in the class said, "Yes." Then he said, "Really?" He reached
under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped
some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work
themselves down into the space between the big rocks. Then he asked the
group once more, "Is the jar full?"

By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them
answered. "Good!" he replied. He reached under the table and
brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the
jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the

Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"
"No!" the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good." Then he
grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled
to the brim.

Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter
how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some
more things in it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth this
illustration teaches us is: if you don't put the big rocks in first,
you'll never get them in at all."

What are the 'big rocks' in your life?

Your children....Your loved ones....Your education....Your dreams....
A worthy cause...Teaching or mentoring others.....Doing things that you
love....Time for yourself.....Your health....Your significant other.

Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in
at all. If you sweat the little stuff (the gravel, the sand) then you'll
fill your life with little things you worry about that don't really
matter, and you'll never have the real quality time you need to spend
on the big, important stuff (the big rocks).

So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short
story, ask yourself this question: What are the 'big rocks' in my
life? Then, put those in your jar first.


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