Fonds 022 Grande Prairie JayCees [Junior Chamber of Commerce] fonds

Grande Prairie JayCees [Junior Chamber of Commerce] fonds. — 1952 – 1971. — 42 cm of textual records, 11 photographs.

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Agency History

The Grande Prairie Junior Chamber of Commerce, commonly known as the JayCees, was formed in the early 1950s. It was affiliated with Alberta, Canadian and International JayCees. The objective of the organization was “to train young men for leadership; to promote good citizenship; to promote an active and intelligent interest in Civic, Provincial, National, and International Affairs; and to promote good fellowship.” They accomplished this objective by active participation in the community, by initiating community projects, through a JayCees leadership and study program, and through social gatherings. The JayCees disbanded in the early 1970s.

Custodial History

After the disestablishment of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the records were stored in the basement of the York Hotel. Records were donated to the archives by Dwight Logan, owner of the Hotel, with the approval of Gordon Astle, J.C.I. Senator #8316, long-time member and past president of the JayCees.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of the records of the Executive Board, the JayCees Community Development Programme, the various projects they sponsored and/or carried out, and material from Associated Chambers.

Table of Contents

Series 022.01 Executive Board
Series 022.02 Community Development Programme
Series 022.03 Projects
Series 022.04 Associated Chambers


Series 022.01 Executive Board. — 1952 – 1971. — 20 cm of textual records.The series consists of incorporation documents, minutes, financial and membership records, project reports, correspondence, newsletters and awards.
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Series 022.02 Community Development Programme. — 1965. — 9 cm of textual records.The series consists of promotional material, leadership training manual, the JayCees study program, the results of a community development survey, and a submission for an international award.
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Series 022.03 Projects. — 1963 – 1970. — 8 cm of textual records, 11 photographs.The series consists of materials and records of various community projects which the Junior Chamber of Commerce was involved in: GP Safety Council, Safe Driving Week, Teen-age Road-E-O, Pedal Pushers Club, Santa Claus & Xmas Lite-up, Trade Fair. A file of Minor and Miscellaneous Projects contains records of projects such as the JayCees arch over Muskoseepi Park, a JayCee petitition for a plebicite on the purchase of Northland Gas by the City of Grande Prairie, a proposal for a Tourist Centre, a Battle of the Bands project, and the activity of the JayCees in the opening of the Alberta Resources Railway.
Teen-age Road-E-O, 1963
8 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6
The Teen-Age Road-E-O was a program to teach safe driving to teenagers in an enjoyable event.
Location: 0022.03.03.1-8
Car Slug Fest, 1963 c.
2 negatives; b & w; 4 x 6
The Car Slug Fest was a fundraiser for the Junior Chamber of Commerce (JayCees).
Location: 0022.03.06.1-2
JayCee Roadside Garbage Can, 1965 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The JayCees took on the problem of litter as part of the project of city beautification .
Location: 0022.03.06.3
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Series 022.04 Associated Chambers. — 1956 – 1968. — 5 cm of textual records.The series consists of communications and resource materials from associated chambers: the Alberta & Northwest Territories J.C.C. and the Canadian & International J.C.C.
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