Having been around for the better part of a century, the chapters that make up JCI Michigan have played an active role in their communities and the issues of the day for a very long time.  Below is a list of just some of the signature accomplishments or projects achieved by many of our chapters across the state over the years.

  • JCI Michigan is one of only 2 organizations permitted to actually use the House Chamber at the Capitol in Lansing during our Model Legislature day.
  • The Ann Arbor Jaycees’ first major money maker was building a house for display which they later sold for a nice profit.
  • The Grand Rapids Junior Chamber spearheaded the efforts to build an Airport in the area—eventually leading to the building of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
  • The Detroit Jaycees hosted the US Jaycees national Convention in 1966. JCI Michigan hosted the JCI USA Annual Meeting in Detroit in 2016.
  • The Ann Arbor Ladies Auxiliary sold seatbelts that could be installed in cars for child safety before seatbelts became mandatory.
  • Westland’s 22-acre Jaycee Park, which includes both an ice rink and an arena, is the location for many signature city events.
  • The Livonia Jaycees recognized the need to save the city’s first farmhouse from freeway construction, and then led the conservation efforts to raise the funds needed to move the house to a new location.
  • Royal Oak has a 26-acre Jaycee Park.
  • In 1973, the Detroit Jaycees sponsored the Soupy Sales Telethon for the Mentally Disabled.
  • For many years, the Grand Rapids Junior Chamber sponsored and organized the PGA Tour’s Farmers Charity Classic.
  • The Marquette Jaycees hosted the annual SOMI Softball Tournament, and hosted some of the qualifying trials for the USA Winter Olympic teams.
  • The Midland Jaycees invested over $200,000 in designing, promoting, and building their city’s municipal park.
  • The Ypsilanti Jaycees co-sponsored the longest continually running Independence Day parade in the nation. They also hosted their city’s first Bond Drive and Blood Bank.
  • Romulus’s first mayor in 1970, Hyle Charmichael, was the charter president of the Romulus Jaycees
  • JCI Michigan established the annual Outstanding Young Michigander and Distinguished Service Awards in the early 1950’s.
  • JCI Lansing hosts an egg hunt on the State Capitol lawn that is free to the community
  • The Frankenmuth Jaycees host the World Expo of Beer annually in May which provides volunteer opportunities and financial support to communities all across Michigan.