Chairman - Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.
July 13th we have our monthly Jaycees meeting which
will be taking place at 55 Washington street, East
Orange NJ 7 PM Sharp
July 16th we will be attending Dems 2000 Beach
Bash, for two years running they have been named by
Politifax as the Event of the Week! This is going
to be a great event for networking!! We will
be supporting the many under-40 candidates for
office in NJ this year! 7-9 I NEED A SOFT HEAD
Aug 9th will be our 1st annual Jaycees BBQ/Picnic
held at Orange Reservoir West Orange 12-4 TICKETS
WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT MEETING!!!!
Recent Press Release:
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The Star-Ledger (Newark,
September 19, 2007
New Essex chapter of
Jaycees targets young entrepreneurs
KEVIN C. DILWORTH,
Citing the need to get young Essex County men and women
involved in volunteerism, community service, business
development and job networking, Eldridge Hawkins Jr. has
launched a new Jaycees chapter for 18- to 40-year-old
The newly formed Orange Essex Jaycees, based in East
Orange, and the first of its kind in a New Jersey urban
community, is pushing for its first membership meeting
next month, said Hawkins, a West Orange police officer
and real estate investor.
"I get bored very quickly and I'm always looking for
challenges," said Hawkins, the son of former state
Assemblyman Eldridge Hawkins Sr. (D-Essex), a prominent
East Orange attorney.
The 28-year-old lawman chose to create the Orange Essex
Jaycees - part of a worldwide federation of young
professionals and entrepreneurs who promote volunteerism
- and pave the way for it to join Nutley as the only
other Essex County community to have a United States
Junior Chamber (Jaycees) affiliated organization.
Kick-off activities for the Orange Essex Jaycees will
take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 4. That is when a membership
drive meeting is scheduled at his father's law office at
55 Washington St., Suite 309, two blocks north of Main
Discussions at that meeting will focus on doing
"positive things in the community, such as voter
registration, career fairs at high schools, generating
interest to make our membership and network bigger, and
learning how to network among ourselves," the younger
"Typically, in New Jersey, Jaycees chapters are in
suburban areas," Hawkins said. "The more urban areas are
That is a key reason why forming the Orange Essex
Jaycees is important, said Hawkins, a board member of
the new group along with Kristie M. Howard, vice
principal of the Essex County Vocational School's North
13th Street Center in Newark, and Ibrahim Bangoura,
senior tour chief with the West Orange First Aid Squad.
"It's all about networking, and doing positive things
for the community," Hawkins said. The organization's
goals and objectives include helping people develop
personal and leadership skills.
Other than East Orange and Nutley, other New Jersey
Jaycees chapters exist in Atlantic City, Chatham,
Cranford, Florham Park, Glen Rock, Lakewood, Lincoln
Park, Phillipsburg, Westfield and Wildwood.
"Short of Nutley, there is nothing else here," Hawkins
said of the Jaycees. "Everyone is welcome. This is by no
means exclusive to people in urban areas. We want people
from Caldwell, Livingston. It's open to everyone.
Everyone's welcome from the entire county."
Membership dues are $35 a year.
"The more people we get, the more things we can do,"
Hawkins said. "The national mandate to have a Jaycees is
to get 20 members to start a chapter, and we already
have those 20 members."
Anyone wishing more information on the Orange Essex
Jaycees or to fill out an application, before the Oct. 4
meeting, Hawkins said, can either email him at
email@example.com or call him at: (973)
919-3613. Brochures and applications are available.
Founded in 1920, the nonprofit Jaycees organization has
about 1,500 chapters throughout the United States.
Kevin C. Dilworth may be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 392-4143