About JCI JCI Creed

JCI Creed

We believe: 
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.

 

 The History of the Creed
 
The JCI Creed was written by C. William Brownfield in 1946. Adopted by the Canada Junior Chamber of Commerce and Jaycees International, this simple statement of beliefs unites Jaycees around the world in a bond of friendship and purpose.
 
 
The idea of JCI Creed was born in the United States Junior Chamber National Convention in 1946 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.  Past President of the Ohio Junior Chamber and National Vice President of the United States Junior Chamber C. William Brownfield was inspired by the devotion of Junior Chamber members "to the purpose of serving mankind in a thousand different ways, right down at the grass roots where freedom lives or dies." Brownfield saw Junior Chamber as "the potential for a new force in the world, one capable of changing the balance between victory or defeat for our chosen way of life in a time of crisis."  
 
The actual writing of the Creed took place in July 1946 during a drive from Brownfield's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, to his coal mine in New Lexington, a journey of about 75 minutes. Since it was written, Junior Chamber members all over the world recite the Creed at local, national and international meetings and functions.
 
 

 JCI Creed Song