El Dorado JCI Senate

James Baine  #22959
Harold Sellers  #24750
Lee Zachary  #58371
Joey Antoon  #58372
Laura Doyle  #63912
Rudy Bright  #65293
Randy Haynie  #66384
Steve Lehew  #66440
Craig Griffin  #69138
John Baine #69683
Joe McFadden #70930

Some JCI Senate History:

The grain of an idea for the JCI Senate program was begun in 1951 when JCI President Phil Pugsley and John Armbruster were talking about “The Log”, a publication that Mr. Armbruster was sending out to past officers and directors of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce (a.k.a. Jaycees). “The Log” had played an important role in sustaining friendships that had been formed through the Jaycees. President Pugsley was interested in a similar publication for the alumni of the Junior Chamber International and asked that Mr. Armbruster be the publisher.

“The Elder Statesman” was sent to JCI alumni throughout the world and served as a continuing conduit of friendship to former members. Many of these elder statesmen were becoming mentors to younger JCI members and also serving in a large role as leaders in their respective countries.

However, many past members were getting less involved with the Jaycee movement as there were no ties to the organization. In New York, in 1952, JCI Representative to the United Nations, Sid Boxer, met with Phil Pugsley, where they discussed what could bring former members back to the fold. One idea was a special “honor” that could be presented to former members. Many local chapters were honoring their past members with gifts. Why couldn’t that same money be spent through Junior Chamber International and be put to work for a cause that the former and current members all believed in?

Boxer and Pugsley came up with the idea of a group of “honored” members that, once formed, could be used to help spread the concept of the Junior Chamber and its mission throughout the world. Membership in this group would also help strengthen Junior Chamber International by giving its former members a lifelong tie to the organization.

The “JCI Senate“ idea was voted on at the 7th JCI World Congress in Melbourne, Australia in September 1952 and included in the JCI Bylaws as a category of membership. Since then, Junior Chamber members in over 90 countries have been honored.

Today, a Senatorship has become a coveted honor that recognizes outstanding contribution and service to JCI and its member organizations. By providing Life membership, there is a link with an organization that continues to bring the Junior Chamber vision to thousands of young adults the world over. Fees paid for a Senatorship are used to provide for the continuing growth and opportunity of JCI to more and more young people.

There have been over seventy-thousand JCI Senatorships conferred worldwide since the creation of the award.  Each JCI Senator has a unique number assigned to them that cannot be used by any other.  The El Dorado Jaycees have inducted eleven members into the JCI Senate since 1976.

Arkansas & United States JCI Senate:

El Dorado JCI Senators may choose to further affiliate as a member of the Arkansas JCI Senate which automatically makes them part of the United States JCI Senate.  The Senate is a link back to the state and national Jaycee organizations for JCI Senators to have direct mentoring relationships when called upon.  The Senate will often hold meetings in conjunction with The Arkansas Junior Chamber or The United States Junior Chamber to foster the bridge between JCI Senators and Jaycees. Please visit the Arkansas JCI Senate or the United States JCI Senate for more information.

Qualifications to be a JCI Senator:

Senatorships for current individual members are restricted to members of at least five years standing for services rendered at any level of the organization and are subject to the written approval of the El Dorado, the Arkansas, and the United States Junior Chamber presidents.

Senatorships for past members may be awarded by way of presentation subject to the written approval of the El Dorado, the Arkansas, and the United States Junior Chamber presidents. Such presidents are expected to make as many inquiries with respect to the past Junior Chamber activities of the applicant as they deem appropriate.

A Senatorship confers “Life Membership” in Junior Chamber International, JCI.  The El Dorado Jaycees and the Arkansas Junior Chamber recognize JCI Senators past the normal Jaycee age (21-40) as a non-voting member of the corporation for life.