By Wayne Allen
The Portsmouth Area Jaycee’s will hold a 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday with a number of activities planned.
“We (Portsmouth Area Jaycee’s) are now the oldest continuously running chapter in the state of Ohio at 75 years,” said Curtis DePuy, Portsmouth Area Jaycee’s public relations director.
He said as a part of the activities on Saturday, the organization will be holding an open house where members of the community can learn about what they do.
“We held a similar event surrounding our 70th anniversary, so we thought we would do the same thing again this year. This way people can get down to see where we are and who we are,” DePuy said.
He said the organization is involved in several projects throughout the year including the Annual Trout Derby; Easter Egg Hunt in Mound Park; Tour Of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) luggage haul; Christmas Parade; Christmas Toy/Food Basket Drive. The largest fundraiser for the Jaycee’s is the Annual Haunted House which will be open for its 36th year in the fall.
DePuy said the Portsmouth Area Jaycee’s have been involved a number of projects since its founding including, River Days (which started as a Jaycee project). The Jaycee’s helped build the shelter house at Kinney’s Spring; they also helped build and maintain the flower beds in Tracy Park.
“All past members are invited to attend. Members of the public interested in learning about the Jaycee’s are encouraged to stop by and speak to present and past members,” DePuy said.
Vice Mayor of the City of Portsmouth Kevin W. Johnson is anticipated to issue a proclamation to the organization proclaiming Feb. 28 as Portsmouth Area Jaycee’s Day in the City of Portsmouth. The open house take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Portsmouth Are Jaycee’s, located at 2033 Gallia St., in Portsmouth.
For more information about the Portsmouth Are Jaycee’s visit portsmouthjaycees.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT