This & ThatMiss Johnson County Pageant once a popular event

I am a saver. By that I mean I like to save books, magazines, newspapers and program books that I might want to refer to later. My wife Mary is a saver too. Recently she called my attention to a 1971 “Miss Johnson County Pageant” souvenir program book that she had saved. The “Miss Johnson County Pageant” was an annual event sponsored by the local chapter of the Jaycees. I was glad to see the program book and it reminded me of when I was a member of the Johnson County Jaycees, a service organization that promoted a number of good and noble causes over the years. There were chapters all across the United States.

Founded in 1920, in St. Louis, Missouri, the organization was originally called the Junior Chamber of Commerce. It consisted of young men between the ages of 20 through 40. Later the lower age limit was changed to 18. And in 1984 the bylaws were changed to admit women as full and regular members. In 1990 the name of the organization officially changed back to The U. S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.  More...

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