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Members needed for Jaycees to continue

May 20, 2004

A local civic group is about to lose its charter if it doesn't enlist more members. The Eudora Jaycees needs between six and 10 new members to continue service projects throughout Eudora and beyond.
Jaycees member Wendy Elliott is trying to recruit new Jaycees to add to the club's 14-some members with hopes of achieving the required 20 and keep the group afloat.
"It's a really good way to meet people, because we have so many new subdivisions in Eudora," Elliott said. "It's a good way to meet other couples, other people, and perform service in your community."
Because Jaycees are between the ages of 21 and 40, members are lost each year.
"Our numbers are going to keep on decreasing," she said, noting the number of active members. "Those people are getting to age 39.
"A lot of them keep on helping us. Yesterday we couldn't have had a pitch, hit and run without those guys helping us." (See Page 4B)
Jaycees service projects range from children's sports activities to a project to fix up the CPA Park gazebo. Last year, Elliott said the Jaycees raised $500 for an adopt-a-family holiday project.
One of the groups bigger efforts is volunteering and having events like walk-a-thons to raise money for a cerebral palsy camp serving Kansas children.
"They go out there and clean up," Elliott said. "We help get it ready in the summer."
Commitment to the organization required about four hours a month of volunteer service plus two short meetings a month. The Jaycees meet at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Simple Simon's Pizza, 10 W. Ninth St. The next meeting is Monday.
"It's a very casual thing," Elliott said of the organization.
Dues are $50 annually, but Elliott said membership scholarships were available.
For more information or to sign up, call Elliott at 542-3307 or e-mail her at welliott@sunflower.com. The Eudora chapter's Web site is at www.ksjc.org/eudora.
If the Jaycees get enough members, Elliott said the group would be able to attend a convention at which leaders would try to change the charter to allow those ages 18 to 20 to join the group as well.
Elliott, who moved to Eudora from Texas, said being a member had strengthened her ties to the community.
"What I've seen so far is a way for me to learn about the community," Elliott said. "I've really learned who's who, and it's helped me work with the school district a lot."

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