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General Email: jaycees.lacrosse@gmail.com

Toys For Tots: toysfortotslac@gmail.com

Phone (voice mailbox): 608-492-1935

Membership inquires: jaycees.lacrosse@gmail.com

Please allow 24-48 hours for a response as we are a volunteer organization and are not staffed. Thank you.

Mailing Address: PO BOX 1234 • La Crosse, WI 54602-1234

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History of the Jaycees Organization

The Jaycees is an international organization of young professionals and entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40. The purpose of the Jaycees is to “promote and foster the growth and development of young persons’ civic organizations in the US, and to provide them an opportunity for personal development and achievement.” The Jaycees are active in more than 8,000 chapters in 123 nations and territories. All members of all chapters in Wisconsin are part of JCI WisconsinJCI USA, and Junior Chamber International.

Established in 1915 to provide opportunities for young men to develop personal and leadership skills through service to others, the Jaycees later expanded to include women, reflecting the growing influence and leadership of women in America. For many years, Jaycees have been a force for good in America and around the world. Jaycees helped establish AirMail services in America with Jaycee Charles Lindbergh, and have raised millions of dollars for causes such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the March of Dimes. We have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing for the elderly while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide. Check out a more detailed history of our national milestones here.

Jaycees can be found in all walks of life: governmental leaders such as past Presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford, business tycoons such as Domino’s Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan, registered nurse and former Miss America Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, sports heroes like basketball great Larry Bird. Just name the field and Jaycees can be found at the forefront. With the focus of the nation on volunteerism, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, the Jaycees are enlarging areas of opportunity for young people.


About Our Chapter

The La Crosse Jaycees (JCI La Crosse), or La Crosse Junior Chamber of Commerce as it was then called, was formed in 1935.

Today the chapter continues to thrive and we meet once a month on the first Tuesday at 6:00pm. Our meetings are held in the conference room of the Family & Childrens Center at 1707 Main St in La Crosse. Chapter meetings are open to the public and we would love to have you join us!

The Jaycee Chapters are organized in the following manner: president, secretary, treasurer, state director, and four areas, which promote the total Jaycee concept of developing people in every aspect, so they can be strong, positive community leaders. Each area has one vice-president and two directors. The four areas include the following:

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT: Skill levels of members are increased so they are better prepared to give service to the community, providing increased professionalism when members are visible in the community.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: The projects completed in this area serve as workshops for members to develop the skills they have learned. Better skills mean better service to the community as well as increased influence in the community. The La Crosse chapter has a multitude of projects in this area: Neighbors Day, Thunder Ride, and for over 80 years the Toys For Tots program.

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT: Through projects completed in this area members learn to plan, organize, staff, direct, and control chapter activities. The projects in this area also tend to be the ones that bring money into the Chapter, which in turn is given back to the community. In the La Crosse Chapter these events include the Riverfest Beer Tent and the apparel booth at Oktoberfest.

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: In this area the Chapter strives to bring in new members to help foster the Jaycee Concept and increase our involvement in the community. After all, without members we would not be able to complete any of the projects in the three other areas. Every member in the Chapter counts, no matter how much time they can give to projects throughout the year.


2018 Board of Directors

President – Amanda Olbrys
Chairman of the Board – Brad Pitel
Treasurer – Becky Zentner
Secretary – Becky Zentner
State, Regional, National (SRN) – (vacant)

Community Development

Vice President – DJ Olbrys
Director – (vacant)
Director – (vacant)

Individual Development

Vice President – June Moen
Director – (vacant)
Director – (vacant)

Management Development

Vice President – June Moen
Director – (vacant)
Director – (vacant)

Membership Development

Vice President – DJ Olbrys
Director – (vacant)
Director – (vacant)


Past Presidents

2017 – Brad Pitel
2016 – Katrina Rykal
2015 – Katrina Rykal
2014 – Alex Lueck
2013 – Alex Lueck
2012 – Heather Suby
2011 – Kelly Goyette
2010 – Heather Suby
2009 – Laurie Sonsalla
2008 – Kyle Olson
2007 – Donella Sarauer
2006 – Barb Frahm
2005 – Dan Bagniewski
2004 – Becki Willers
2003 – Bill Klein
2002 – Sarah Michel
2001 – Barb Frahm
2000 – Dan Bagniewski
1998 – 1999 Laurie Sonsalla
1997 – 1998 Mike Byington
1996 – 1997 Randy Olson
1995 – 1996 Randy Flock
1994 – 1995 Mark Flaten
1993 – 1994 Nick Nichols
1992 – 1993 Angela Paul
1991 – 1992 Jana Secord
1990 – 1991 Joni Wittwer
1989 – 1990 Teresa O’Donnell
1988 – 1989 Mike Schieber
1987 – 1988 Kay Dockendorf
1986 – 1987 Jon Reynolds
1985 – 1986 Randy Puls
1984 – 1985 Bill Klaas
1983 – 1984 Rich Wylie
1982 – 1983 Mike Meunier
Dave Guepfer
1981 – 1982 Chuck Dockendorf
1980 – 1981 Gary Schettle
1979 – 1980 David Gregory
1978 – 1979 Dennis Baehr
1977 – 1978 Dan Dibble
1976 – 1977 Larry Frohmader
1975 – 1976 Marty Juel
1974 – 1975 Mike Skala
1973 – 1974 A.C. Stadthaus
1972 – 1973 David Growt
1971 – 1972 John Wolff
1970 – 1971 Al Schilling
1969 – 1970 Ron Ping
1968 – 1969 Lyle Quillin
1967 – 1968 William Newburg
1966 – 1967 Ton Schini
1965 – 1966 David Woodruff
1964 – 1965 John Miller
1963 – 1964 Richard Jelen
1962 – 1963 Richard Wrobel
1961 – 1962 Gib Chick
1960 – 1961 Bruce Hines
1959 – 1960 Ervin Albrecht
1958 – 1959 Harvey Haskell
1957 – 1958 Al Prellwitz
1956 – 1957 Jerome Klos
1955 – 1956 Al Ryser
1954 – 1955 Basil Reimers
1953 – 1954 Howard Lllvog
1952 – 1953 William Sauer
1951 – 1952 Jerry Moriarty
1950 – 1951 Richard Perley
1949 – 1950 Bob Grumar
1948 – 1949 Norman Biebel
1947 – 1948 Robert Mehren
1946 – 1947 Harry Blair
1945 – 1946 Russ Hetland
1944 – 1945 Richard Markos, Sr.
1943 – 1944 Fred Reiman
1942 – 1943 George Halverson
1941 – 1942 Olaf Hoff
1940 – 1941 Cliff Johnson
1939 – 1940 Phil Bigley
1938 – 1939 H.K. Holley
1937 – 1938 E.O. Dale
1936 – 1937 Olaf Hoff
1935 – 1936 Tom Sletten