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Almost 48 years ago my husband Steve joined a community organization and we immediately became immersed into this organization called Jaycees. At that time we only knew it involved the community of Pensacola. We soon learned that it reached the other communities around the area, and even the whole state of Florida, extending throughout the United States and eventually all around the world. Little did we know that by joining the Pensacola Jaycees and Jayceettes that our lives would be completely changed? The Jaycees introduced us to the Junior Miss Scholarship Program, Muscular Dystrophy Fund Raisers, Individual Development and a host of many other projects and activities that lead us to wanting more. Jaycees taught me to set goals and to work hard to achieve those goals.

Getting involved on a state level, led me to seek the office of President of the Florida Jaycee Auxiliary in 1979. To achieve this position, I had to travel to get to know people throughout Florida and I discovered that Jaycees and Jayceettes all across Florida loved this organization as much as I did. We had experienced many of the same accomplishments and in some cases, many of the same disappointments. But we all had one thing in common, we believed in the tenets of the Jaycee Creed. And that is why I selected as my theme as President that year, “Because We Believe.”

This year almost 41 years later, I still believe in the Jaycee Creed and everything that it means. Today more than ever the world needs the Jaycees and the Jaycee Senators. We need to put our words into motion and show that we can still make a difference. This Senate year has been difficult in that we have not been able to see each other face-to-face. But it has taught us new ways of reaching out to each other, utilizing technology to communicate with each other and to see each other face-to-face, just not being together.

Come be a part of this “Because We Still Believe” year and see what a difference we as Florida JCI Senators can make.

“Because We Still Believe”

Dawne Sutherland #68900
FLJCI Senate 51st President