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A work in progress
Local Jaycees chapter groundwork in motion
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Some of Dawson County’s young professionals gathered for the third time May 22 in efforts to bring a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber, also known as Jaycees, to Dawson County.


“I am excited that we are going to be able to bring Dawson County a chapter of such a great organization,” said President Clint Bearden.


“This is something the county has needed for a long time,” he said. “It will be a great addition to our county, that will give young professionals the chance to step up and hold leadership positions.”


A group of about 30 people approved by-laws, took an oath pledging membership, and officially became the Dawson County Jaycees chapter.


Bob Prater, state president of the Georgia Jaycess, was present at the meeting and is equally as excited about the new chapter.


“I am very excited about this new chapter,” Prater said. “We are the world’s best young person’s leadership training organization, and we are glad to have another chapter on board with us.”


Prater shared that one of the biggest pushes for the organization is active citizenship of young professionals and young leaders in the community doing their part to make their home, community and work place the best that it can be.


“I commend you for what you are doing here and am impressed with what you all have accomplished so far,” he added.


During the meeting, chartering officers were installed who will serve for the following six months, and make sure everything gets off the ground for the new club.


Members of the new organization represent various professional organizations throughout the county, including local banks, the school system, county government, private business owners and several others.


Katie Abraham, who was elected as external vice president during the meeting, plans to help lead the new organization to be a respected group of young professionals who want to give back to their community and see it grow.


“In order for this county to prosper, we need not only a strong work force and political organization, but leaders who are willing to step up and aid the community in business, social and philanthropic efforts,” Abraham said.


Through her studies of the Jaycees history and creed, Abraham says she believes that the organization can provide the necessary people to strengthen Dawson County.


According to the national Web site,, the organization gives young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools needed to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service and international connections.


The programs and projects offered by local chapters, as well as the state organization, offer individuals a unique opportunity to learn more about themselves and their community, while having a great time meeting new people from around the state, country and world.


With great anticipation and a desire to serve the community, the Dawson County Jaycees are looking forward to exploring how to best serve Dawson County.


The organizations next meeting is scheduled for June 26, location to be announced.


For more information about the local chapter, contact Clint Bearden at (706) 344-3933.


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