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August 14, 2015 - 2:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Area Jaycees, Event.
Event Date and Time: 
September 7, 2015 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

The Batavia Area Jaycees 29th Annual Labor Day Run & Walk will be held on Monday, Sept. 7, starting at MacArthur Park in Batavia.

The route is USA Track & Field certified (#NY-06038-JG).

Participants should check in between 8 and 9:30 a.m.

Registration fee for runners is $12 if pre-registered and $15 afterward, including day of event. Walkers can register for $10.

The first 100 participants will receive a free T-shirt and awards will be presented to the top finishers.

May 14, 2015 - 10:39am
posted by laurie napoleone in Batavia Area Jaycees, business, batavia.

jayceesmay82015.jpg

(Jennifer Ray, left, and Cathryn Colby)

U.S. Jaycees President Jennifer Ray visited Genesee County this past week and attended meetings with local officials. The organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Ray is a civil engineer from “a little bit of everywhere,” but currently calls Baltimore her home. She says she moved to Maryland for a job after graduating from college and she only knew one person in the area. That person encouraged her to join the Jaycees and after two years of coaxing, she decided to become a member. That was in 2001. It was through the Jaycees that she met her husband, became connected to the community, and the reason she now lives in Baltimore.

The Jaycees provide an opportunity to be part of a global network and do projects that make an impact and to then raise awareness through social media, she said.

Dating back to 1915, the Jaycees was started by Colonel H.N. Micgran, a prominent citizen from St. Louis who approached Henry Geissenbier, who was the leader of the Herculaneum Dance Club, and asked they become involved in civic issues. Geissenbier and his young men friends formed the young men’s progressive association (YMPCA), which then became the Junior Citizens, called the JC’s … thus, the name “Jaycees.” The whole concept started in St. Louis but grew from there.

The Jaycees were originally an all men’s club that had a woman’s auxiliary and in 1984, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing females as members. This decision prompted other organizations to allow women in as members. With Ray serving as the national president, and Cathy Colby as the New York State President for the Jaycees, it's obvious females not only joined the ranks, but have taken on leadership roles.

The Jaycees have more than 200,000 members and are always looking for civic-minded people from the ages of 18-41 to join the various chapters. Each one seeks solutions to local problems to create a "sustainable global impact." In meeting with local representatives, Ray addressed problems regarding local socioeconomic issues, citing the number of students eligible for free and reduced lunches. By meeting with different chapters, the Jaycees can share community and global resources to hopefully find solutions to an issue such as this.

On a global level, the Jaycees have assisted with numerous projects and in June, they have a National Summit in Washington, D.C., which brings together the Jaycees and various organizations to discuss national and global issues. Then they write resolutions and meet with legislators on Capitol Hill before returning to their local chapters to look at opportunities and ways to resolve issues. Ray mentioned the “Nothingbutnets” Project, which supports President Obama’s Malaria Initiative, and provides insecticide laced bed nets that prevent malaria in African countries. This is one of the many global projects the Jaycees work on. For more information on these projects, go to www.jci.cc

New York State Jaycees President Colby can be contacted at 716-474-3343 for anyone interested in learning more about the Jaycees and how to get involved in the local chapter. Her mantra is “choose your tomorrow” – encouraging the youth in the community to get out and make a difference in their communities.

President Ray said “young people are the movers and shakers. ... it is important to become active in the community by not only identifying problems, but acting on them… and that is what we do."

April 13, 2015 - 3:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, Veterans Memorial Drive.

Members of the Batavia Area Jaycees and the Junior Jaycees joined forces Saturday to do a little community clean-up work along Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia.

Photos submitted by Cathy Colby.

December 17, 2014 - 4:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees.

Press release:

The Batavia Area Jaycees were out driving around on Dec. 14th looking at all the homes that had decorated for the Holiday Season. Judging is always tough as there are a lot of beautiful homes decorated throughout the community. These awards are meant to be given out as a friendly community project.
 
Homes were judged on various different categories and the winners are:
Most Traditional: 206 Osterhout Ave.
Simple & Elegant: 67 Clinton St.
Best Dressed Streets: Union Street, Redfield Pkwy, Ellicott Avenue
Best in Snow: 23 Meadowcrest Drive
Most Commercial: Corner of Naramore Drive and North Street
 
The judging committee also had a few Honorable Mentions: 
15 Edgewood Drive, 27 Clinton St., 59 Tracy Ave. and 3 S. Main St.
Take a night to drive around with family looking at all the wonderfully decorated homes for the holiday season.
December 20, 2013 - 9:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees.

The Batavia Area Jaycees, breaking with tradition, are not awarding houses this year for Christmas light displays.

Here's their press release:

The Batavia Area Jaycees hit the City of Batavia streets on December 19th to look at all the holiday lights set up for the season.

They believe the following streets are worth a drive: Meadowcrest Drive; Grandview Terrace; Eugene Street and Naramore Drive.

These seven streets have houses worth viewing: Bogue Avenue, Redfield Parkway, Edgewood Drive, Roosevelt Avenue, Otis Avenue, East Avenue and Elm Street.

While out and about be sure to drive down Woodrow Avenue, Woodland Avenue, Valle Drive, Chestnut Street, Jackson Street, Williams Avenue, Buell Street, Cedar Street, Clinton Street and Vine.

The Jaycees want to wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season.

October 13, 2013 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Batavia Area Jaycees.

Press release:

The Batavia Area Jaycees are proud to announce the beneficiaries of the 27th Annual Labor Day 5k Run/Walk. 5k Chair Melissa A. George said that money raised from this event will be used for various community projects tripling the projected amount; the following will be receiving donations this year.

$300 to Don Carroll Memorial Fund – Don was a great supporter of the Jaycee 5k Run/Walk by helping for years and will be greatly missed.

$200 to Batavia Cemetery Association. Jim Roth was a past Batavia Area Jaycee Member and past Liverpool Jaycee President. This donation will provide maintenance of the Arboretum named in Jim’s memory.

$200 to Genesee Cancer Assistance.

$200 to the Genesee County Park for maintenance on the Blind Trail and the DeWitt Park Pavilion (a Batavia Area Jaycee project from 1995)

$200 to the Genesee County Youth Bureau for future Halloween Parade entertainment/activities.

$300 for Thanksgiving Baskets. This will allow us to double last year’s donation to Stephen’s Table.

$100 to the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

$300 for Christmas shopping of clothes, food, toys for families in need.
 
The Batavia Area Jaycees is a community service organization for young people between the ages of 18 and 41. We provide individual development and leadership training and are members of a state, national and international organization.

If you would like more information about becoming a Jaycee, give us a call at 585-343-5775 or e-mail us at [email protected]

December 10, 2012 - 11:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, Christmas lights.

With the announcement this morning from the Batavia Area Jaycees of their annual Christmas lights display winners, I drove through Batavia this evening and got pictures of the five houses.

Above, 108 Ellsworth Ave., the traditional winner.

16 Vine St., most colorful.

101 Naramore, overall winner.

23 Meadowcrest Drive, most commercial.

20 Valle Drive, simple and elegant.

I also drove by 19 Trumbull Parkway, the honorable mention, but the lights weren't on.

December 10, 2012 - 9:53am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees.

Members of the Batavia Area Jaycees drove around the City of Batavia and found what they judged to be the best Christmas light displays in the following categories:

  • Traditional: 108 Ellsworth Ave.
  • Simple & Elegant: 20 Valle Drive
  • Most Commercial: 23 Meadowcrest Drive
  • Most Colorful: 16 Vine St.
  • Overall: 101 Naramore Drive
And an honorable mention goes to 19 Trumbull Parkway.
November 27, 2012 - 10:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees.

Press release:

The Batavia Area Jaycees will be out driving around on December 9th looking at all the homes that are decorated for the Holiday Season. Judging will take place within the City of Batavia limits.

The following categories will be looked at:
· Most Traditional
· Simple & Elegant
· Most Colorful
· Most Commercial
· Overall

This contest and the awards to be given out are meant as a friendly community project. If you have any questions about the contest, you can contact the Batavia Area Jaycees at [email protected], on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BataviaAreaJaycees, on the Web at http://www.bajny.com/ or leave the Jaycees a message at 585-343-5775.

November 13, 2012 - 3:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Area Jaycees, events.
Event Date and Time: 
November 20, 2012 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Batavia Area Jaycees will be hosting a member night on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Bourbon & Burger Co., located at 9 Jackson St., Batavia starting at 6 p.m.

We are looking for young men and women from 18 to 41 to come and join us for a short presentation about the Batavia Area Jaycees and what we do. Afterwards, appetizers will be served and participants will be encouraged to mingle and have fun.

September 3, 2012 - 9:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, sports, 5K.

Here are the results from today's 5K race sponsored by the Batavia Area Jaycees.

For the men:

  • Ty Demmer, age 15, time 17:45
  • Kevin Sheehan, age 50, time 18:05
  • Dave Bateman, age 29, 18:39

Fore the women:

  • Emily Heale, age 22, 23:51
  • Kathryn Bellamy, age 31, 24:13
  • Andrea Ridings, age 28, 25:01

Top time 55 and over was Larry Pelkey, age 55, 21:22.

Top time age 65 and over was Tom Dutton, age 66, 21:54.

Tom Demmer, at age 15, finished in 19:39 and Emma Eastridge, at age 14, finished in 25:44.

Bill White, age 70, finished at 27:23 and Ed Duncan, age 71, finished at 45:39.

August 6, 2012 - 8:21am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Batavia Area Jaycees, Labor Day.

The Batavia Area Jaycees are proud to announce their 26th Annual Labor Day 5K Run & Walk, to be held on Sept. 3 beginning at MacArthur Park in Batavia. The route is USA Track & Field certified course #NY-06038-JG.

Participants should check in from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Race time is 10 o'clock. The registration fee for runners is $12 if preregistered by Aug. 27 and $15 afterward, including the day of the event.  Walkers can register for $10.

The first 50 registered participants will receive a free T-shirt and awards will be presented to the top finishers.

Registration forms are available online at www.bajny.com http://www.bajny.com.

The race committee is actively seeking sponsors for this event. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship, please leave a message at 585-343-5775 or email to: [email protected]

March 3, 2012 - 12:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, business.

The first regional home and business expo sponsored by the Batavia Area Jaycees kicked off this morning in Batavia City Centre.

The Genesee Region Expo replaces the home show run by the Jaycees for 60 years.

More than two dozen vendors are ready to explain to visitors this weekend how they can make their homes more attractive and more comfortable.

The event includes food and a kids zone for children to hang out while parents visit vendor booths.

The show runs today through 7 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 5, 2011 - 9:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees.

Press release:

The Batavia Area Jaycees will be out driving around on Dec. 18th looking at all the homes that are decorated for the Holiday Season. Judging will take place within the City of Batavia limits.

The following categories will be looked at:

  • Most Traditional

  • Simple & Elegant

  • Most Colorful

  • Most Commercial

  • Overall

This contest and the awards for it are meant to be given out as a friendly community project. If you have any questions about the contest, please leave the Jaycees a message at 343-5775.

November 18, 2011 - 12:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, business.

Press release:

The Batavia Area Jaycees are a group of young adults which organize events to enhance the community and each other’s leadership skills. Their longest-running project has been the annual home show, which they are ending after 58 years.

In its place, they are excited to unveil a much more relevant show to the community in 2012, the Genesee Region Expo.

This new concept will combine the proven components of their old home show with a more extensive representation of businesses in the Genesee region. A wider cross-section of local vendors should attract a greater number of local consumers.

The first Genesee Region Expo or GRE will be held at the Batavia City Centre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. Admission for spectators will be free. There will be plenty of demonstrations, workshops, seminars and entertainment on the center stage all weekend long, plus a food court and raffle opportunities. Many businesses will also have items for sale.

There is space available for nearly 100 exhibitors. Interested vendors can call the Jaycee hotline at 585-343-5775 to request a vendor packet or go to www.jci.cc/batavia. This includes a price schedule which outlines early response and multiple-unit discounts.

The Jaycees are excited about offering this event to the community and look forward to breathing new life into something that has the potential to be of major importance for the Batavia area and Genesee region.

September 9, 2011 - 1:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, downtown.

You may have noticed, the flags along Main Street have been up all week. The flags are owned and displayed by the Batavia Area Jaycees.

This year, the Jaycees decided to leave the flags up from Labor Day through Patriot's Day in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"We are proud to help lead our community in remembering this historic event," said Amy Robinson, the group's 2011 president.

September 6, 2011 - 2:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, sports, 5K.

The Batavia Area Jaycees' annual 5K race was Monday morning. Here are the results.

Overall Male: Collin MulCahly, 17: 17:26.

Overall Female: Melissa Domay, 36: 21:30.

AGE GROUP WINNERS:  

14 & UNDER - MALE:  
1. Campbell Anderson - 24:05 
2. Vincent DiRisio - 51:11  

14 & UNDER - FEMALE:  
1. Emma Eastridge - 26:57  

15-19 - MALE:  
1. Mitchel Ernst - 18:51  
2. Patrick Burns - 19:03  

15-19 - FEMALE:  
1. Samantha Wingate - 31:38  

20-29 - MALE:  
1. Michael Richenberg - 17:53 
2. Dave Bateman - 18:48  

20-29 - FEMALE:  
1. Christina Bak - 30:36  
2. Amy Swenson - 33:57  

30-39 - MALE:   
1. Paul Glor - 17:43  
2. Rich Boyce - 20:24  

30-39 - FEMALE:  
1. Jill Christinano - 23:57  
2. Nicole Boyce - 25:20  

40-49 - MALE:  
1.Kevin Sheehan - 18:43  
2. Jim Werven - 20:02  

40-49 - FEMALE:  
1. Lynn Auble - 21:51  
2. Carol Vanderberg - 23:56  

50-59 - MALE:  
1. David Oleary - 18:04  
2. Bill McMullen - 21:18  

50-59 - FEMALE:  
1. Janice Spiotta - 27:19  
2. Carrie Caccamise - 29:36  

60+ - MALE:  
1. Tom Dutton - 20:35  
2. Bruce Rychwalski - 25:04  

60+ - FEMALE:   
1. Mitzie Lewandewski - 28:29 
2. Debora Redding - 39:47

April 25, 2011 - 2:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, jonathan colby.

All proceeds from a chicken BBQ on Saturday planned by the Batavia Area Jaycees will go to help the Colby family.

The group's board of directors decided to use the money to help the family of Jonathan Matthew Colby, 37, of Batavia, who died earlier this month in a car accident on West Main Street.

The BBQ is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30.

Cost for the dinner is $8 pre-sale or $8.50 the day of the event and includes half a chicken, cole slaw, salt potatoes, roll & butter.

Pre-sale tickets are available from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jaycee Office located at 31 Batavia City Centre. Or they can be bought at Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, (210 E. Main St.), T-Shirts, Etc., (438 E. Main St.) or by calling 585-343-5775; or by asking any Jaycee for more details.

Dinners can be picked up at Clor’s Meat Market at 4169 W. Main St., Batavia. If you have any questions about the chicken BBQ, contact the Jaycees at 585-343-5775.

April 22, 2011 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Area Jaycees, events.
Event Date and Time: 
April 30, 2011 -
11:00am to 2:00pm

All proceeds from a chicken BBQ on Saturday planned by the Batavia Area Jaycees will go to help the Colby family.

The group's board of directors decided to use the money to help the family of Jonathan Matthew Colby, 37, of Batavia, who died earlier this month in a car accident on West Main Street.

The BBQ is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30.

Cost for the dinner is $8 pre-sale or $8.50 the day of the event and includes half a chicken, cole slaw, salt potatoes, roll & butter.

April 18, 2011 - 3:18pm
posted by Melissa George in Batavia Area Jaycees, Clor's, Chicken.
The Batavia Area Jaycees are having a Chicken BBQ on April 30th at Clor's from 11am - 2pm.

Pre-Sale Tickets are only $8 and include half a chicken, cole slaw, salt potatoes, roll & butter.
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, 210 East Main Street
T-Shirts Etc., 428 East Main Street
Jaycee Office, 31 Batavia City Centre on Wednesdays from 1-6pm 

Call 343-5775 for other arrangements.


Dinners purchased the day of the event are $8.50

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