by C. William Brownfield
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise
That goverment should be of laws rather than of men
That earth's great treasure lies in human personality
And that service to humanity is the best work of life!
History of The Jaycee Creed
reprinted from the JCI website
The year was 1946; the place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.; the event, the United States Junior Chamber National Convention. Visitors came from Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and the Philippine Islands. It was here that the idea of a JCI Creed was born.
Past President of the Ohio Junior Chamber and National Vice President of the United States Junior Chamber C. William Brownfield realized at this convention that the organization did not have a Creed. He was inspired by the devotion of Junior Chamber members "to the purpose of serving mankind in a thousand different ways, right down at the grass roots where freedom lives or dies."
Brownfield saw Junior Chamber as "the potential for a new force in the world, one capable of changing the balance between victory or defeat for our chosen way of life in a time of crisis."
The actual writing of the Creed took place in July 1946 during a drive from Brownfield's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, to his coal mine in New Lexington, a journey of about 75 minutes. He started that journey with a firm conviction in his mind to work on the Creed. It was during that trip that the following words came to mind and were put on paper:
The brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations. Economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise. Government should be of laws rather than of men. Earth's great treasure lies in human personality. Service to humanity is the best work of life.
In 1950 the first line, "We believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life."
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