On an early April morning, the Virginia Beach Jaycees were up and out, learning how be of service if ever called upon. Twenty dedicated Jaycees attended the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad CPR training course. The all volunteer Virginia Beach Rescue offers this course to groups and individuals throughout the community. Due to their tireless efforts Virginia Beach has one of the highest cardiac emergency survival rates in the country, nearing 50%.
If you are interested in opportunities like CPR training, the 51st Annual Costal Edge ECSC Surfing Championship, wine tastings, and many community enrichment projects please contact us today. Join us for our monthly happy hour on the first thursday of each the month or attend our monthly members meeting where we will share the details of the coming months activities with you. We look forward to meeting you soon.
2012 First Citizen of Virginia Beach
Posted on: 2:43 pm, April 30, 2013, by Holly Henry, updated on: 03:02pm, April 30, 2013
Photo: Virginia Beach Jaycees
Virginia Beach, Va. – TheVirginia Beach Jaycees have chosen longtime hotelier and civic leader Bruce Thompson as their 2012 Virginia Beach First Citizen, according to a news release issued on Tuesday.
Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Key PHR Hotels & Resorts, joins 61 prior honorees that have devoted their time, talents, and leadership to benefit Virginia Beach and its citizens, says Kathleen Pearson of the Virginia Beach Jaycees.
“Bruce Thompson has not only been a force in the city’s tourism industry but he has also made significant contributions to causes important to him and the area,” said Andrew Thomas, President of the Virginia Beach Jaycees, who presented Thompson with a certificate designating him as the First Citizen at Gold Key PHR’s headquarters off Laskin Road. As a result of his son Josh’s continuing battle with ALS, Thompson helped organized the annual JT Walk to Defeat ALS, which has raised over $5 million. “That Bruce has been able to continue being an outstanding corporate and community leader throughout this crisis is a tribute to his resolve and character,” wrote Gold Key Vice President Bob Howard in a letter supporting the nomination.
Virginia Beach Jaycees officials say Thompson was also instrumental in the creation ofGrommet Island Beach Park and Playground on the oceanfront at 1st Street, the first fully accessible facility of its kind for the disabled, and has given generously to a host of other organizations, including the Virginia Aquarium, the Virginia Gentlemen, Virginia Beach Neptune Festival and the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. In addition he has served on the EVMS Foundation Board of Trustees, Resort Leadership Council and the Virginia Small Business Financial Authority.
“Bruce’s personal and professional accomplishments speak for themselves,” wrote former Virginia Beach Councilman Linwood Branch in his nomination letter. “I don’t believe there could be a more worthy or deserving honoree because he is someone who has truly made our city a better place to live.”
The Virginia Beach Jaycees are excited to now be accepting nominations for the 2012 Virginia Beach First Citizen!
The Virginia Beach Jaycees annually awards an individual as The First Citizen of Virginia Beach. This time honored tradition, which started in 1950, is presented to an outstanding individual who best embodies the Jaycee Creed. Recipients exemplify the spirit of citizenship and leadership through the use of their time, talents and efforts toward the betterment of Virginia Beach.
This years deadline for submitting nomination packages is April 9, 2013. An undisclosed panel of five influential Virginia Beach citizens will select the 2012 award recipient. Details regarding the First Citizen gala and awards ceremony will be announced after the 2012 recipient has been notified.
For Information on how to submit a nomination package please reference:
2013 Board of Directors
The Virginia Beach Jaycees are pleased to announce and welcome the 2013 Board of Directors. Please feel free to reach out to any of our new board members with questions, suggestions, or just a quick congratulations. They will all be thrilled to hear from you. And as always we are eager to hear from you with project suggestions and community needs that might benefit from the Virginia Beach Jaycees involvement.
President - Andrew Thomas - email@example.com
Individual Development Vice President - Linda King - firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Development Vice President - Patrick Shearer - email@example.com
Membership Vice President - Ron Wudarczyk - firstname.lastname@example.org
State Director - Kathleen Pearson - kepearson@Tupelo-event.com
Treasurer - Bruce Rozenboom - email@example.com
Assistant Treasurer - Tommy Clyburn - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary - Amy King - email@example.com
Marketing and Communications Director - Grant Hummer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Government Affairs - Ross Vierra - Ross@axisroadmarkings.com
Our very own 2012 Chapter President, Sara Levin will be taking on a state wide leadership role in 2013 as she accepts the position of State Membership Vice President. Sarah and here amazing Board of Directors lead the Virginia Beach Jaycees through an award winning year that saw our membership numbers grow. We are all looking forward to seeing what Sara will bring to the Jaycees on a state level as we cheer her on from home. Congratulations Sara.
Congratulations to Mr. Charles Barker,
The 2011 First Citizen of Virginia Beach!
The Virginia Beach Jaycees annually award an individual as The First Citizen of Virginia Beach. This time honored tradition, which started in 1950, is presented to an outstanding individual who best embodies the Jaycee Creed. Recipients exemplify the spirit of citizenship and leadership through their time, talents and efforts towards the better of Virginia Beach. Money raised by the First Citizen Dinner will be utilized in sending handicapped children to Camp Jaycees, taking children from low income homes shopping for their families at Christmas and various other community service projects.
The event will be on May 23, 2012 at The Westin Hotel in Virginia Beach Towncenter.
For Ticket Information CLICK HERE
Congratulating Mr. Charles Barker:
Virginia Jaycees State President, Patrick Knightly
Virginia Beach Jaycees Chapter President, Sara Levin
First Citizen Chair, Jocelyn M. Orr
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life:
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That government should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality;
And that service to humanity is the BEST WORK OF LIFE.
Project Link is the group the Virginia Beach Jaycees partner up with for our Christmas Shopping tour each year. Below is the wonderful thank you letter from them: