The Pennsylvania JCI Senate hosted its meeting at the Springhill Suites in Quakertown earlier this month.
Outgoing President Jeff Kozak of Quakertown ended his year with the annual Awards and Installation Banquet, held at Caitlyn and Cody’s Saturday, May 8.
With his theme, “Jaycee Forever Friends,” Kozak led the organization through this unprecedented year of learning new ways to communicate and be successful. Virtual meetings and activities were held, which enabled members that are not able to come to events in person to participate. Kozak received his JCI Senatorship from the former Upper perk Jaycees in 2003.
The Pennsylvania JCI Senate, founded in 1965, is an organization of Jaycees and former Jaycees who have been awarded membership in the Senate of Junior Chamber International. A Senatorship is the highest honor that can be presented to a Jaycee at the local, state, national or international level and less than 1% of all members of the organization ever receive this recognition. It is awarded to a Jaycee for years of service and contributions to the community and the organization.
Also present at the activities were past members of the Upper perk Jaycees, Karyl Kline, Rick Markley, Rob Mawson, Bill Dunn and fellow JCI Senator Rich Sloyer. Other local JCI Senators present were Janet Kozak of the former Doylestown Area Jaycees, Bob Shakespeare of the former Boyertown Jaycees and Ken and Lois Martin of the former Quakertown and Pennridge Jaycees.
A Senatorship was awarded to Jerry Russell of the former Lansdale Jaycees at the banquet from the Pennsylvania Senate’s Lost Senator program. This program is to present the honor to a deserving former Jaycee whose chapter is no longer in existence.
State Treasurer Russ Lang of Pottsville received the Dick Thomas #22411 Memorial Award for Outstanding JCI Senate Treasurer for Region 2, which includes Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.
United States JCI Senate President Ariel Jones of Virginia presented Inspiration Awards to PA JCI Senate First Lady Janet Kozak, George Fields of Topton, Gary Duell of Millersville and Beth Muir of Frackville.
US President Ariel Jones was the guest speaker for the membership meeting, and NVP Scott Kingsley was the keynote speaker for the banquet.