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Jaycees pay their dues

Matt Wilson climbs a rock wall at the Back-to-school Bash hosted by the Selmer Jaycees. Staff Photo by Amanda Lowrance

The Selmer Jaycees organized a Fun Day Back-to-school Bash to help benefit people in the community that have fallen on hard times. 

The bash went over well with the kids. They laughed and played on the party jumpers throughout the day.

The kids even conjectured some new ways to beat the heat, such as periodically taking a trip down the water slide or sneaking a quick dip into the dunk tank.

Later in the evening the Total Domination Wrestling Alliance performed inside the ring to help the people in need.

Terry and Amy Hill lost their 15-year-old son to a structural disaster. Amy Dill lost all her possessions in a fire. Sherry Bellinger has been helping people and events and charities for years and has fallen into some hard luck. Now, she needs help, but doesn’t know how to receive it.

 “I would like to thank TDWA for going along with us,” said Steve Berryman, chairman of the board. “I would like to thank the members that helped us put this on for the community. Wish we would have had a little more support, but it’s a hit or miss with the community.”

“We don’t get paid,” said Melanie Press, who has been a member for nine months, “but we have to pay dues.”

The Jaycess were in debt to American Johnny, which is a portable toilet rental company that was used in previous fairs. 

The debts moved on to the Tennessee Jaycees Foundation, owning up to $700. The electricity was cut off several times under other administrators. The list goes on with odd and end debts from previous Jaycees.

“It has never been cut off during mine,” said Steve Berryman. “The year I came in, we turned that around.”

“Coming in from the outside,” said Press, “I see what the Jaycees stand for, what they represent, and where I would like to see this chapter go.”

The organization is lacking in support from volunteer members. More members and dedication are needed to help complete a successful non-profit organization.

“We are going to try at some point in time,” said Berryman, “to do the four-by-four pull that we did not get to do during the fair because of some equipment malfunctions.”

The Selmer Jaycees also have annual events that people in the community have come to expect.

“The haunted house is in October,” said Press, “Thanksgiving dinner in November, and a toy drive in December.”

Their purpose is to host charitable events that will help aid people down the road or in dire times.

“We like to help families throughout the year,” said Berryman. We have an outreaching hand and are more than willing to help anybody in the community.”

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