In honor of Genesee Community College’s 40th Anniversary the college is currently seeking to identify former Batavia area Jaycees to make them aware of an exciting line-up of events this summer.
On Friday, July 27 at 6:00 PM there will be a Batavia area Jaycees gathering at the home of Peter and Anne Garlock, 67 Ellicott Ave, Batavia. The following day, Saturday, July 28, a special college tour and Jaycee presentation takes place at 2:00 PM followed by College Cruise Night from 3:00-8:00 PM. The Cruise Night features “cruising” cars, motorcycles, and trucks. Entertainment includes the Ghost Riders from 3-6 pm, a local band that captures a broad range of music from their three contemporary album releases along with some traditional classics, as well as a D.J. from 6-8 pm. Refreshments will be provided by Batavia Area Jaycees.
The Jaycees played an important role in the College’s history. In 1963, the Batavia Jaycees established a Study Committee to discern the need for and viability of a community college in Genesee County. Although the County Supervisors had previously conducted their own review of this issue and determined that student enrollment would never exceed 75 students, the Jaycees prevailed with their own survey, and their findings were reported to the Board of Supervisors in February 1964, indicating there was: a desire for a community college; a need for a community college; the financial ability to support a college; favorable economic growth; a population increase, and; sufficient student population for a college.
Through the course of the next year, a community-wide debate ensued over the possibility of establishing a college or a vocational school. Proponents of the community college developed a “Citizen’s Committee” and led a vigorous and well-planned campaign. In November 1965, the public voted “YES” by a margin of over 1400 to the proposition of establishing a community college in Genesee County. Genesee became one of only two voter-established community colleges in New York State.
Anyone interested in further information about the upcoming College Cruise Night or anyone who has current contact information about Batavia area former Jaycees should call Patty Hume in Genesee Community College’s Office of External Affairs at (585) 343-0055 x6234.