History Of The Clover Jaycees
The Clover Jaycees were originally affiliated on July 4, 1961, with 56 charter members. The following were elected officers: Allen Boyd, President; Claud Morrow and Bill Lester, Vice-Presidents; Rooney Crawford, Secretary; and John Jackson, Treasurer.
Throughout the years, the Clover Jaycees have always been there to support their community, and the community returns that support for the various projects. The Clover chapter is one of the biggest supporters of the South Carolina Jaycees #1 project, Jaycee Camp Hope. In addition, the chapter sponsors local projects such as golf tournaments, the Car Show, the annual Haunted House and the biggest project, Toys for Tots and Dinners for the Elderly. However, the national award winning project that provides the greatest pride is the Clover Jaycees Flag Service, which has been an ongoing project for 20 years.
The chapter has a very rich history with many memorable moments. For years the chapter met in the upstairs building on Kings Mountain Street, next to the Clover ARP Church. Some of the greatest times came each October when the Jaycees held their annual Haunted House in that very building. The chapter was a large, active chapter in the early years. The members were close, worked well as a group, and made a positive impact in the Clover community. In the early to mid 1990’s, the chapter struggled to keep members active. However, dedicated leaders like Mike Barnett, Ron Cockman, Annette Adams, Dwayne Adams, and Bill Eaker kept the chapter going. President Dwayne Adams also revived the Flag Service project that had been failing in the early 1990’s. Then, the Clover Jaycees took off again in 1997 by recruiting key individuals, such as Timothy McAllister, Jonathan “Fred” Armstrong, Julie Nivens, and Brantlee Jackson Spurrier. These energetic new members along with veteran leaders like Michael Whitesides brought the excitement not only to the Clover chapter but also to the state conferences. Beginning in February of 1997, the Clover Jaycees earned the Spirit Award at six consecutive state meetings. During the ‘97 Jaycee year, the chapter finished in the top ten of the state rankings for the first time in many years and gained state and national Blue Chip status. As of 2003, they have maintained that status for eight straight years and are one of the few Gold Chip chapters in the nation. The Clover Jaycees are one of the top chapters in the state thanks to the hard work of the members and continued support from the community.
The Clover chapter has shaped several leaders over the years. Some of those individuals have gone to lead the state Jaycees organization, and some have served the community in various capacities, such as Town Council, School Board, or in Herbert Kirsh’s case, State House of Representatives for over 30 years. Clover has also put forth leaders for the SC Jaycees auxiliary organizations. Both Mike Barnett and Ron Cockman have served as Commander of the Palmetto Corps, as well as serving leadership positions in the JCI Senate. In 1979-80, W. Dick Jackson was elected the first State President ever from the Clover Chapter. During that same era, Hank Owen served as the Legal Counsel for the United States Jaycees and also helped at the international level for a brief time by working in Japan. More than twenty years after Clover promoted their own to the office of State President, they did so once again by supporting Wes Spurrier, who is the son-in-law of Clover’s first State President Dick Jackson. Wes would later be elected as a National Vice President for the US Jaycees and an International Vice President for Junior Chamber International.
The Clover Jaycees have earned many awards and recognition over the years. They have been the #1 chapter in the state two different years. In 1979-80, Mike Melton was President and in 1982-83, Frank Gadsen was President. The chapter’s Toys for Tots program is awarded the Community Development Project of the Year almost every year. One of the most memorable award presentations was when Annette Adams won the Dwayne Adams Memorial Award, which is given by the SC Jaycees to the top local officer in the state. Many others have won awards at the local, district, region, and state levels. In addition, Clover members have been on the national stage to receive awards. Scott Boling was twice recognized as an Outstanding Local Vice President in the early 2000’s. Wes Spurrier has also received national awards. He was presented the R. Bradley Trafton in 2000 (Outstanding State Officer) and the Clayton Frost Memorial in 2002 as one of the top three State Presidents in the country.
The Clover Jaycees continue to thrive today with over 40 members. This organization is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 40. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7:00 PM at the Jaycee Building on Main Street across from the old American Thread. For more information, please contact Morgan Stewart- email@example.com or Taylor Brooks- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is eligible to be a member?
Any resident of Clover between the ages of 18-40 is eligible to join.
How much does it cost?
The local chapter does not charge any fees, however, we do have to pay state/national fees. The membership fee is $50.00 for a year.
What are the benefits of being a member?
Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. A greeting/social is held the 4th Thursday each month at different establishments within the Clover area.
How do I become a Member?
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