JCI Michigan takes pride in the recognition we have provided to our members. Below are some of the awards JCI Michigan has given over the years. Some names have changed and some are no longer offered.

BBC Media Excellence Award Best overall media campaign

BBC Media Excellence Award combines the Bob Beard, Paul Ballinger and Paula Cunningham awards and will recognize the chapter with the best overall media campaign, encompassing both internal and external public relations through all outlets.

Betty Sexton Award MIJC VP Award

The Betty Sexton award is presented annually to an Outstanding Michigan Junior Chamber Statewide Vice President. The award is named in honor Betty Sexton, who served as the first President of the Michigan Junior Chamber Auxiliary in 1944-45. Recipients of this award can be submitted on behalf of Michigan for consideration by the USJC’s.

C.W. “Bill” Otto Memorial Award The Top Chapter in the State

C.W. “Bill” Otto Memorial This award recognizes the most outstanding chapter in the Michigan Junior Chamber. The Lansing Jaycees established this award in 1954 as part of a program recognizing C.W. Otto for his efforts in the growth and promotion of the Jaycees in Michigan. While Henry Giessenbier spearheaded the birth of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, C.W. “Bill” Otto is remembered as the founder of the Lansing Jaycees and “father” of the Michigan Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Competitions – Andrew and Charlotte Mungenast Award 1

The Andrew and Charlotte Mungenast Award is presented annually to one family from the Michigan Jaycees. The family then goes on to compete at the annual meeting of the United States Jaycees where three outstanding families are chosen. These are families who have promoted and exemplified the objectives and beliefs of the Jaycee Creed. The award is named in honor of Andrew and Charlotte Mungenast. Andrew was one of the founders of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce and served as its first secretary. His wife, Charlotte, was known as the first lady of the Junior Chamber by the United States Junior Chamber and Junior Chamber International. Eligibility: 1. Any married couple with or without children and single parents with children may enter this competition. 2. Both spouses must be no more than 40 yrs. of age at the time of National competition in order to win at State. Note that only one member of the family must meet all requirements.

Competitions – C. William Brownfield Memorial Award 1

The C. William Brownfield Memorial Award is presented to a first year Jaycee in recognition of their significant achievements during their first 12 months of membership. The award is named in honor of the author of the Jaycee Creed. The Jaycee Creed is recited by Jaycees throughout the world at virtually every Junior Chamber function. Bill Brownfield penned the creed after attending his first ever National Junior Chamber Convention. As a new member from Ohio, he recognized that the spirit and enthusiasm of the Junior Chamber movement began with the exciting energy of first-year Jaycees. Eligibility: 1. First-year Jaycees, during and up to their first 18 months of membership. No member is eligible to compete after the second National Convention following his or her entry into the Junior Chamber. The nominee must have completed his/her First Degree of Jaycees.

Competitions – John H. Armbruster “Keyman” Memorial Award

The John H. Armbruster “Keyman” Memorial Award is presented to an outstanding Jaycee who has continued to show support, dedication, and enthusiasm for the Junior Chamber following their first year of membership. The award is named in honor and recognition of John H. Armbruster’s faithful service to the United States Junior Chamber. John was a charter member of the St. Louis Junior Chamber of Commerce and throughout his life continued to contribute to the Jaycee movement. Eligibility:
1. Any Junior Chamber member who has been a member in good standing for more than twelve consecutive months.
2. The nominee must have completed his/her Second Degree of Jaycees.

David Lichwala Memorial Award Top 20 Presidents

Named in honor of David Lichwala of Dearborn, who served as the Michigan Jaycees Management Development Vice President in 1985-86, and as Editor of the Michigander in 1987-88. David Lichwala passed away after a short illness, at the age of 33 in 1990. The David Lichwala Memorial award is presented annually to up to twenty (20) outstanding Local Presidents in the state and is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Jaycees.

Dennis Award Hamilton Memorial Overall Flagship Program

The Dennis Hamilton Memorial Award is presented annually to the most outstanding statewide program in Michigan. The award is named in honor of Dennis Hamilton, who died while serving as an Administrative Vice President of the Oklahoma Junior Chamber in 1973.

Henry Giessenbier Memorial Award Top Chapters in the State

Henry Giessenbier Jr. (1892-1935) was the founder and first President of The United States Junior Chamber, established in 1920. He conceived the idea of a young person’s organization dedicated to personal and professional development of its members. The Michigan Junior Chamber annually recognizes chapters that have done the best job in developing “the WHOLE member through the WHOLE chapter.”

Mark T. Pankner Award MIJC Executive Board Member

The Mark Pankner Award is named in honor of Mark Pankner, who served as Executive Director of the Michigan Junior Chamber from 1976 to 1981, and is presented each year to the most outstanding Executive Committee Member.

Martin P. Luthy Memorial Award Top 10 Presidents

Named in honor of Martin P. Luthy, the first president of the Michigan Junior Chamber in 1925-26. Luthy lived to the age of 94, when he passed away in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts. Luthy is interred at a Chicago area cemetery. Selected recipients are eligible to become candidates for the USJC Charles Kulp Jr. Memorial award. Following an extensive application and interview process with past MIJC state presidents, recommendations are made to the MIJC President on worthy recipients. The Martin P. Luthy Memorial award is presented annually to up to ten (10) of the most outstanding Local Presidents in the state.

Outstanding Board Member Outstanding Member State Board

Robert J. Peacock Memorial Award Top Recruiter

Presented annually to the top membership recruiter in the state, this award is named in honor of our 81st president. The award is sponsored by the Kentwood Jaycees, Bob’s home chapter, and includes a paid registration to the USJC National Convention. Bob served in many roles during his 15 year Jaycee career, including local officer, president (twice), district director, Extensions PM, MIJC Community VP and MIJC Membership VP before serving as your 81st president in 2005. Bob’s theme “Live the Dream” was one that inspired many across this great state. Bob was killed in a tragic traffic accident in 2008. He is survived by his daughters, Lindsey & Brianna, his mom Cathy, and his sisters,

R. Bradley Trafton Memorial Award Outstanding Officer State Appointed

Named in honor of R. Bradley Trafton, a past USJC staff officer from New Hampshire. He also served as State President, Internal Vice President, and Chaplain for the New Hampshire Junior Camber. Recognizes your most outstanding appointed state officers this award is named in honor of R. Bradley Trafton, a past USJC staff officer from New Hampshire. He also served as State President, Internal Vice President, and Chaplain for the New Hampshire Jaycees. Recipients of this award may be submitted on behalf of Michigan for consideration by the USJC’s.

Sandy K Luikes Memorial Award Top District Director

Sandy joined the Wyoming Jaycees in April 1993, served as District C-2 Director in 1997-98 and as Region C Director in 1999. This award is presented to up to three (3) outstanding state District Directors. Recipients of this award may be submitted on behalf of Michigan for consideration by the USJC’s.

Seiji Horiuchi Memorial Awards

Top MIJC Programming The Director or Chair Seiji Horiuchi Memorial award is presented annually to up to five (5) outstanding State Chairpersons/Program Managers in the state of Michigan. Recipients of this award may be nominated for the Seiji Horiuchi Memorial Award

Thom Stark Memorial Award Top 10 Vice Presidents

Named in honor of Thom Stark, an Ypsilanti Area Jaycee. He served the chapter in multiple roles, including director, Management VP and Membership VP, guiding the chapter to growth and their Blue Chip. While preparing to run for the office of chapter President, Thom’s life was taken in a tragic car accident. The award recognizes only up to 10 Outstanding Local Vice Presidents in the state.

Steve Little Memorial Award Membership Flagship Program

The Steve Little Memorial Award is presented annually to the most outstanding statewide program which impacted statewide or area-wide membership activities. The award is named in honor of Steve Little who passed away while serving as President of the Wisconsin Junior