Vermillion Jaycees to observe National Jaycee Week National Jaycee Week is Jan. 20-26 and marks the organization's 82nd anniversary. Jaycees is a volunteer organization for young persons between the ages of 21 and 39 years of age. The purpose of the Jaycee organization is to help individual growth through involvement in community projects.
In celebration of Jaycee Week in Vermillion, plans are under way for a gathering in February at which time several "outstanding young South Dakotans" will be recognized. Various areas will be honored such as law enforcement, religious leaders, health professionals, civic leaders, volunteers, independent business persons, educators, farmers and homemakers. This year's outstanding young Jaycee family will also be recognized.
The Vermillion Jaycees are busy throughout the year with numerous other projects to either raise funds for other organizations needing assistance or to directly benefit the community. Most notably are those projects that are for the youth in the area including: Diamond Skills (a baseball competition), Hot Shots (a basketball competition), Punt, Pass and Kick (football), Holiday Adopt-A-Family, Shooters Education and the spring Sand Box Fill.
The Jaycees also take great pride in the Jaycee Park which is located on Broadway Street. It is planned to continue working on the park to expand the current play equipment available and to increase residents' awareness of the park and its availability.
Meetings are held twice a month, on the first Monday and third Thursday, at 7 p.m. at the new fire hall. Anyone who is interested in volunteering and would like to find out more about the Vermillion Jaycees is encouraged to attend the meetings. It is strongly believed by all Jaycee members that "Service to humanity is the best work of life."