Jaycees bouncing back after threat of charter revocation


     Call it the local comeback story of the year.

     The Hampton Jaycees, faced with dwindling membership and a possible charter revocation as recently as June, have rebounded during the past few weeks to save the club from closure. Seven new people joined the roster during a membership push that prevented state Jaycee officials from pulling the local organization's charter and sending a dagger into its hopes of future survival in Hampton.

     "There were those of us that felt we had to get together and not stop until the state came to us and said, 'You're done,' " said Hampton Jaycee member Heather McNealy. "We didn't want to give up on Hampton and our community until somebody told us we had to."

     State Jaycee regulations dictate that charter clubs have at least 21 members on their rosters. That proved troublesome for the Hampton group this winter, as they saw membership drop to 19.

    Read the full article in the July 9 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.