What started as social gatherings among young men in the 1940s grew into the Decatur Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). In September 1946, Calvin Pettey and more than 100 other charter members gathered with their wives and guests and were presented with the chapter's charter. Over the years, the Jaycees have supported numerous community events and even raised the funds to build the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce on Sixth Avenue.
Although the dynamics of the group have changed since its origination, the work done by the Decatur Jaycees is no less important to the community today than it was over 70 years ago. With a current membership of over 30 local young professionals, it is a commitment to community service that makes serving as a Jaycees so rewarding.
Throughout the year, Jaycees organize and host several events that support local nonprofit organizations. The Jaycees lend volunteer support to an annual party for foster families through Families and Children Experiencing Separation (FACES) and the Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County's Big Deal fundraiser. The Jaycees also organize and host the Decatur Christmas Parade each year.
The Decatur Jaycees is a 501(c)6 organization.
The Jaycees Creed
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 government 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.