The Jaycees, an international civic organization, is seeking members and reorganizing a chapter for the Kanawha Valley, after almost a decade-long absence.
An organizational meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday at the West Virginia State University Economic Development Center on Charleston's West Side.
Officially known as the Junior Chamber, membership in the Jaycees is targeted at individuals 18 to 40 years of age who are interested in civic leadership and positive community development.
Specifically, the new chapter will "focus on networking, personal and professional development and civic involvement," according to a press release about the new chapter.
"We have been working very hard behind the scenes recruiting members and soliciting sponsorships," West Virginia Junior Chamber President Kris Richmond said in the release.
"It takes a lot of time and effort to lay the groundwork to form a new chapter. But it certainly is worth it when you consider the immense benefit that a Jaycee chapter brings."
Currently, four local chapters exist in West Virginia -- Eastern Greenbrier in Lewisburg, Madison-Danville in Danville, Ohio Valley in Wheeling and Parkersburg Area in Parkersburg.
"Jaycee members seek ways to live out our slogan, 'Be Better,'<!p><#148> Richmond said. "We think critically about society's greatest challenges and act on behalf of our communities to be part of the solution. We seek better solutions to build better communities, creating a better future."
The West Virginia State University Economic Development Center is located at 1506 Kanawha Boulevard W.For more information, contact Richmond at 304-415-0737.