The First Stirrings of Jayceeism in the community was felt late in 1951 when a group of CebuJaycees led by Eddie Dean, Tony Paulin and Manger Yrastorza tried to sell the idea to a group of young men in Tagbilaran. It might well have been the Ku Klux Klan, for all the group knew about the Jaycee movement.
And so for the group, led by Doy Gallares, It meant slow process of learning what the Jaycee movement was all about. Literature upon literature was read until finally the group was sold out to the idea of organizing a Jaycee chapter in Bohol.
Aptly enough, Doy Gallares was unanimously elected President during the organizational meeting of the Bohol Jaycees. Other officers were Danny Gaviola, Executive Vice President; Doy Rocha, Vice President for Internal Affairs; Sosing Yap, Vice President for External Affairs; Jun Dejaresco, Secretary and Tasing Yap, Treasurer.
The Bohol Jaycees was officially organized on May 10, 1952 when its charter was presented to President Doy Gallares by Monching Del Rosario and Ramon Morada, President and Executive Vice President respectively of the Philippine Jaycees, amidst impressive rites. Guest during the affair was the irrepressible Mayor of Manila, the Hon. Arsenio Lacson. The late President Garcia, then senator, also graced the affair.
Linda Garcia (now Mrs. Campos) was chosen muse of the Bohol Jaycees. On so many occasions, she not only gave prestige to the organization by lending it her beauty, her wit and her name, but actually helped in the various projects that were to earn her name for the Bohol Jaycees nationally.
Fired with missionary zeal, the Bohol Jaycees, soon after its charter presentation, took to the field, launching project after project in fulfillment of its commitment to the community.
The town plaza was whitewashed. The Legaspi-Sikatuna blood compact site was cleaned up, a massive campaign for old clothes was conducted and these were distributed to the indigents in all barrios in Tagbilaran. A blood station was donated to the Red Cross so that blood would be available at all times.
A children’s playground was also constructed. Baskets of clothes were shipped to Korea for her refugees. Athletic competitions were also sponsored for the youth.
These and many more projects caught the eyes of the Philippine Jaycees. On the first year of its existence, theBohol Jaycees was adjudged the “Most Outstanding Chapter in the Philippines!”
Jayceeism in Bohol has passed on, as it must, to a new generation of able, enthusiastic and dedicated young men. Those who have passed from the Jaycee scene are keeping faith that the young men of today will uphold the prestigious position it has gained in the community. AS they celebrate its 59th Founding Anniversary, a voice in the past exhorts them to greater heights of glory in the richer and fuller fulfillment of the Creed; that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life…and that service to humanity is the best work of life.