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JCI History

1910

Henry Giessenbier formed the Herculaneum Dance Club to create closer and more pleasant relationships among members and concentrate their efforts on higher and better ideals and social standing.

 

 


 

1910

Henry Giessenbier organized and ran the Federation of Dancing Clubs.

 


 

1915 - 1932

Young men, led by Henry Giessenbier and Andrew Mungenast, formed the Young Men's Progressive Civic Association (YMPCA).

 


 

1915

YMPCA became the Junior Citizens ('JCs'). The first JCI Local Organization was founded on October 13th in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

 


 

1920

The United States Junior Chamber Of Commerce was born.

 


 

1944

The Inter-America Congress was held in Mexico City, Mexico, the forerunner to JCI.

 


 

1946

The first JCI Convention was held in Panama City, Panama. Also this year, C. William Brownfield wrote the JC Creed, which was adopted by JCI in 1948.

 


 

1952

Phil Pugsley received approval for the JCI Senate and Joaquin Gonzalez, former JCI Secretary General from the Philippines, was posthumously honored as JCI Senator No. 1.

 


 

1953

The first JCI Secretariat was established at the United States Junior Chamber Headquarters.

 


 

1955

The JCI World Headquarters opened in Miami, Florida (USA).

 



1957

JCI and the United Nations began a relationship with the appointment of JCI's first representative to the UN.

 


 

1983

The JCI Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) presentation took place for the first time.

 


 

1984

JCI celebrated its 50th anniversary.

 


 

2002

The JCI World Headquarters relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The JCI Senate also celebrated its 50th anniversary.

 


 

2003

JCI adopted a new Corporate Identity Program.

 


 

2004

JCI opened its new World Headquarters in Chesterfield, St Louis Missouri, USA.
JCI celebrated its 60th anniversary.

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