The first Junior Chamber was organized in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. on
October 13, 1915. On December 11, 1944, representatives from eight (8) nations met in Mexico City and the world organization-Junior
Chamber International was founded. In 1974, the movement crossed the Pacific and the Manila Jaycees was founded with the approval
of its Constitution on December 20, 1947. By 1948, eleven new chapters were organized in the following key cities: Cebu, San
Pablo, Bacolod, Zamboanga , Davao, iloilo, Lucena, Cabanatuan, Capiz, Cavite and Tacloban.
The first national convention was held February 11-13, 1949 at the Manila
Hotel. The former Hon. Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. was elected the first National President.
It was in one pleasant morning on April 20, 1963 when a group of 31 young
men headed by lawyer Maximo Ganaban met with a dream to fashion a club that would bring themselves
in a great task of building a better tomorrow.
The Gingoog Jaycees was organized on that day, in the presence of Cagayan
de Oro Jaycees president Santiago Go. Elected president was Ben Ganaban.
Other officers were: Dr. Domingo de Lara, M.D.- Executive vice president; Gongi Cezar,
Vice president (Internal); Gerry Tan, treasurer; Carlos Marcoso, PRO;
Elen Salcedo, auditor; Lawyer Melquiades B. dela Cruz, Dr. Pedro de Lara, Engr. Gregorio P. Cane
and Berting Frias, directors.
Council of Past Presidents:
Ben Ganaban, 1963-1964 ; Domie de Lara, 1965;
John Fernandez, 1966; Engr. Armando Lugod, 1967; Temy Ocampo, 1968; Leon
Go, 1969; Antonio Lugod, 1970 & 1979; Atty. Potenciano de los Reyes Jr., 1971;
Antonio Leonor, 1972; Nonyi Limcangco, 1973; George Cane, 1974; Bonie Moreno,
1975-1977; Edgar Balsamo, 1978; Rey Mortiz, 1980; Renato Reyes, 1981; Benedicto
Rafols, 1982; Marvin Mercado, 1983; Amador "Neal" Baol, Jr., 1984; Efrain
Reyes Jr., 1985; Johnny Motoomull Jr., 1986; Besben Maquiso, 1987;
Juanillo Pineda, 1988; Ricarte U. Cezar, 1989; Lemuel N. Valdevilla, 1990; Herculano
Tactacon & Epifanio Zarate, 1991 & 1992; Guido M. Guanzon, 1993; Leo G. Pollentes,
1994; Neil Lumantas, 1995 & 2002; Rey Vincent M. Gutierrez, 1996; Efren G. Pollentes,
1997; Joel P. Dalde, 1998; Allen N. Baol, 1999; John Venice Ladaga, 2000;
Jimmy Lasaca, 2001; Cornelio Ocampo, 2003 and Atty. Wilfredo Bibera Jr., 2004.