Q. What is the Salisbury Jaycees?
A. Founded in 1940, the Salisbury Jaycees is the oldest continuously active community service, social and leadership training organization for young professionals in Maryland.
Q. What kinds of community projects are the Jaycees involved in?
A. The Jaycees’ most popular community activities include the Children’s Christmas Shopping Tour, Treat Street, Salisbury Christmas Parade, Wicomico County Read Across America, Salisbury Super Soap Box Spectacular (in partnership with St. Francis de Sales Boy Scouts of America Troop 185) and Safe Kids Day (in partnership with Safe Kids Lower Shore of Maryland). Take a look at our photo page to see what goes on at these and other events.
Q. How about social activities?
A. The Jaycees hosts dozens of social activities for members annually, the most popular of which are the chapter’s annual Murder Mystery Night, held each October, and summer crab feast. Throughout the year, Jaycees members are invited to attend Restaurant of the Month outings, happy hours, a weekly trivia contest, movie nights, home socials and a day trips series that has included visits to venues in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., among others.
Q. Are there any other annual projects I should know about?
A. In addition to these areas, the Jaycees hold several annual fundraisers, including the Soft Shell Metric Century bike ride, and beer concessions at Pork in the Park (the nation’s second-largest Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned cookoff) and the Salisbury Festival. On the years the Delmarva Chicken Festival is in Salisbury, the Jaycees also traditionally organize the grilled chicken sales tent—the second-largest concession at the festival.
Q. I’ve looked at your calendar, and the Jaycees have a LOT going on! What if I can’t fit it all into my schedule?
A. Unlike many other civic organizations, there is no attendance requirement for the Salisbury Jaycees. Most members come out to a handful of events each year; a few come to nearly all of them. It’s a personal preference.
Q. What can the Jaycees do for me personally?
A. The Jaycees is a great way to meet friends, whether you’re new to the area or a lifelong resident (or somewhere in between). And some of our members become even more than friends—a number of current chapter members have met their significant others through the organization. The Jaycees offers singles and couples a chance to get to know new people whether it’s by helping out in the community or attending social functions.
Q. What can the Jaycees do for me professionally?
A. Employers LOVE to see the Jaycees’ name on resumes. In Salisbury, throughout the United States and even around the world, the Jaycees is known as an organization of “doers.” In recent years we’ve had members who received job offers based on their work at Pork in the Park, Safe Kids Day and the Delmarva Chicken Festival. The Jaycees offer networking opportunities with local elected officials and members of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. For those who are interested, the Jaycees also offer members the chance to plan and run projects, giving them a leg up on everything from organizational and budgeting skills to staff and volunteer management.
Q. Do I have to be a member to participate in Jaycees events?
A. We would never ask anyone to join an organization before they had a chance to experience it first-hand. Those wanting to learn more about the Jaycees are welcome at all membership meetings and most events. We do encourage those who like what they see to become a full member of the chapter. Visit the chapter’s calendar page to learn more about what’s coming up or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the chapter’s weekly e-newsletter, the Jaycee-Gram.
Q. I noticed that “faith in God” is part of the Jaycee Creed. Is the Jaycees a religious organization?
A. The Jaycee Creed is the international creed of the United States Junior Chamber (U.S. Jaycees) and Junior Chamber International (JCI) and has remained unchanged since 1953. The Salisbury Jaycees are not affiliated with any particular religion or political party.
Q. I heard that “Jaycees” is really short for “Junior Chamber of Commerce.” Is the Jaycees a business organization?
A. Not in the sense that most people mean. The U.S. Jaycees was established as the “Junior Chamber of Commerce” in 1920 as a reflection of its original mission—giving its members a chance to learn business skills outside the office or college setting. Though the Jaycees still offers leadership training for those interested, the organization has evolved into much more than that over the past nine decades, transforming into the community service and social organization it is today.
Q. So the Jaycees isn’t associated with the Chamber of Commerce at all?
A. In Salisbury, the Jaycees does continue to maintain a relationship with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. The chapter’s offices and meetings are located at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Business Center (144 E. Main St.), and the chapter president serves as an ex-officio member of the Chamber’s board of directors. Because the Jaycees is a member of the Chamber, chapter members have the opportunity to attend Chamber functions. However, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and Salisbury Jaycees are two completely separate organizations.
Q. Is there an age limit to become a member of the Jaycees?
A. According to bylaws set by the Maryland Jaycees, membership in the Salisbury Jaycees is restricted to those ages 18-40.
Q. Can I still be a member of the Salisbury Jaycees even if I don’t live in Salisbury?
A. Yes. As the last remaining Jaycees chapter between Annapolis, Maryland, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Salisbury Jaycees’ membership area covers all of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as well as Sussex County, Delaware, and Accomack County, Virginia.
Q. How do I join?
A. Membership application forms are available here and may be mailed to the address provided on the form or given to any member of the board of directors in person at any Jaycees meeting or event. Dues are $60 per year. A special rate of two for $100 is available for those joining together (couples, friends, etc.). Students enrolled in Salisbury University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Wor-Wic Community College also receive a special discounted rate of $50 year-round through the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce's “Welcome College Students” campaign. Dues are payable at the same time the membership form is turned in.
Q. If I have questions, whom should I contact?
A. For general questions about the Salisbury Jaycees, please contact Chapter President Jess Kling at Jess@Salisburyjc.com.