The recently reorganized Statesboro Jaycees chapter announced its first fundraising effort, a Boston butt sale, to procure funds to help five nonprofit organizations in the community this year.
Tickets for placing orders are on sale now through Friday for $35, and the Boston butts will be available Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gnat's Landing, 470 S. Main St.
The organization has deep roots in Bulloch County, with the original Statesboro Jaycees having been introduced in 1938 by Josh Lanier and officially established with elected officers in January 1939.
Contributing much to the community through various projects over the years, the organization's membership declined in the 1990s, and local interest waned. The chapter was disbanded until recently when renewed interest by area young professionals was inspired by the Savannah chapter of the Jaycees.
Club President Gordon Hunter, the assistant director of development for Georgia Southern University's College of Business Administration, said: "I am extremely excited about the return of the Statesboro Jaycees. We have a great year planned for 2015. Our goal is to help develop future leaders and serve the Statesboro and Bulloch County Community."
The Jaycees' mission is to provide development opportunities for young professionals, ages 21-40, to create positive change and network with like-minded people. Even before officially approving the bylaws at their January meeting, the civic club reached out to the community by adopting and providing for a family during the Christmas season.
Initial community service endeavors include plans for quarterly projects and one large annual event in which details are being finalized.
The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Gnat's Landing at 6 p.m. with social hour beginning at 5:30 pm and is actively seeking members from the community.
Erica Sellers, the Jaycees' vice president of communications, said: "We're humbled to continue the efforts and achievements of many community leaders who were Statesboro Jaycees. Two past presidents and several alumni have reached out in support of the reorganization, along with Mayor Jan Moore, who visited the group at the information session."
To order a Boston butt or contact the group for membership and projects, message the Statesboro Jaycees Facebook page, email at StatesboroJaycees@gmail.com or call Sellers, at (912) 682-9004.