I can’t remember at what point the Canton Jaycees ceased to be, but I wish they would return. They were an organization of young people between the ages of 21 and 35 who were interested in the well-being of the city.
While I was a member, we did such projects as forming the committee that reestablished the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce after many years of dormancy, sponsoring the first day camp in the county, conducting the Fourth of July celebration in Canton, and many others.
One of the most important functions of the Jaycees was their willingness to volunteer to help other Canton groups with their projects.
Today the various civic groups such as Canton Main Street, The Cherokee Arts Council, Canton Downtown Development and Cherokee County Historical Society could use more volunteers, especially some young and energetic ones.
Most of their events are carried out by the same faithful volunteers, and they are being worn thin.
Such an organization would be great to foster an interest in the city, its heritage and its history by a generation that will include our future leaders.