What started as social gatherings among young men in the 1940s grew into the Decatur Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). In September 1946, Calvin Pettey and more than 100 other charter members gathered with their wives and guests and were presented with the chapter's charter. Over the years, the Jaycees have supported numerous community events and even raised the funds to build the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce on Sixth Avenue.
Although the dynamics of the group have changed since its origination, the work done by the Decatur Jaycees is no less important to the community today than it was over 60 years ago. With a current membership of over 30 local young professionals, it is a commitment to community service that makes serving as a Jaycees so rewarding.
Throughout the year, Jaycees organize and host several events that support local nonprofit organizations. Riverfest is one of the group's major community events that helps raise much-needed funds for Habitat for Humanity, PACT and others. The Jaycees also lend volunteer support to Big Brothers Big Sisters' Wet Dog Triathlon, an annual party for foster families through Families and Children Experiencing Separation (FACES), and the Morgan-Lawrence County Red Cross' Big Deal fundraiser.
The Decatur Jaycees is a 501(c)6 organization.