In 1951, the Virginia Beach Jaycees recognized the need for emergency services at the oceanfront area. They purchased an old Cadillac. They had it refurbished and established the very first Virginia Beach Ambulance.

In 1951, the VB Jaycees recognized the need for a volunteer ambulance service in Virginia Beach. They purchased an old Cadillac and had it refurbished establishing the Princess Anne-Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc.

Virginia Beach Jaycees History

The Virginia Beach Jaycees were first formed in 1948 by a local group of young men and were officially chartered as the Virginia Beach/Princess Anne County Junior Chamber of Commerce. The Jaycees have never been a political organization, but one that serves the community and offers leadership training.

Today, the organization is comprised of young men and women, ages 18 – 40, and provides development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change in the community. Training is offered in areas of public speaking, writing, management, professional networking, financial planning and much more. The Virginia Beach Jaycees are currently 60 members strong and have historically been one of the premier chapters in the state.

The Virginia Beach Jaycees have a long history in the establishment of several important community projects. In addition to the East Coast Surfing Championships, the VB Jaycees are credited with founding the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia Beach Library System, the General Hospital of Virginia Beach, the Flame of Hope Memorial and many more.

In recent years, the Virginia Beach Jaycees has evolved in it’s organizational structure is comprised of two equal Boards of Directors.

  • One on side, there is the Virginia Beach Jaycees Charities – which serves as our 501(c)3 charitable donation arm
  • On the other hand there is the Virginia Beach Jaycees, Inc – which is a 501(c)6 and operates as the day-to-day business unit

The Jaycee 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 the human personality;

And that service to humanity is the best work of life.

Board Members – INC

Board of Directors, Executive Committee

2017 President, Marissa Nihill, vbjcpresident@gmail.com
2017 State Director, Ron W., vbjcstatedirector@gmail.com
2017 Management Vice President, Tony Pellino, vbjcmanagement@gmail.com
2017 Community Development Vice President, Travis Ashley, vbjccommunity@gmail.com
2017 Membership Vice President, Cassandra Maloney, vbjcmembership@gmail.com
2017 Communications and Marketing Vice President, Kayte Hamilton, vbjccommunications@gmail.com
2017 Secretary, Renee Fackler, vbjcsecretary@gmail.com
2017 Treasurer, Jessica Mirmelstein, vbjctreasurer@gmail.com

Board of Directors

2017 Community Development Director, Rachel Bookbinder
2017 Membership Director, Joseph Turk
2017 Individual Development Director, Paul Anderson, vbjcid@gmail.com
2017 Communications and Marketing Director, Kirsten Allred

Board Members – CHARITIES

2017 Charities President, Grant Hummer, vbjc.charitiespresident@gmail.com
2017 Charities Secretary, Aryl Pitts, VBJCharities.Secretary@gmail.com
2017 Charities Treasurer, Ron Swan
2017 Charities Vice Presidents: 

  • Michael Raymer
  • Tom Clyburn
  • Lee Walker
  • Art Esenberg
  • Tony Pellino
  • Ron Villanueva
  • Charlie Pitts
  • Christina Edwards
  • Michelle Dancy