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The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club

 
 
The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 3, 2012
1. The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club Marker
Inscription.   In a modest garage apartment building at the corner of Jefferson and 35th Street, the Jefferson Athletic Club For Boys was founded in 1933. The nation was in the throes of a great economic depression. The need arose for organized activities for boys. Victor B. Jenkins Jr. sensed the need and organized the club. He was a friend, counselor, and a mentor to the boys of the club from the beginning, directing the activities of the J.A.C. until his death.
   The Exchange Club of Savannah adopted the J.A.C. as its principal project in 1934 and founded the Coastal Empire Fair Association in 1950 to help support the growing needs of the club.
   Judge Jenkins was born in 1905 in Guyton, Ga. and died August 4, 1962 in Savannah, Ga. He touched the lives of thousands of young men throughout his life.
   The J.A.C. was renamed the Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club by the Board of Trustees in 1963.
   Herschel V. Jenkins, and later, his daughter Victoria Jenkins, gave substantial endowments to the club.
   In 1985, this premier youth recreational facility in Savannah was built on Waters Avenue. The Boys Club has an Olympic size pool, a weight lifting room, a large gymnasium for league basketball and volleyball, a handball court, baseball field and a game room. Annual registration exceeds
The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 3, 2012
2. The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club Marker
500 boys, ages 6-18.
 
Location. 32° 2.58′ N, 81° 2.637′ W. Marker is in Thunderbolt, Georgia, in Chatham County. Click for map. Located in Bonaventure Cemetery near Walz Way. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah GA 31404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fred Wessels, Senior (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonials at Bonaventure (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roger Lacy (Lacey) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Savannah State College (approx. 1.5 miles away); Walter Bernard Hill Hall (approx. 1.6 miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 2.4 miles away); American Grand Prize Races (approx. 2.5 miles away); Construction of Fort Jackson (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Thunderbolt.
 
Also see . . .  The Exchange Club of Savannah. Victor B. Jenkins Memorial Boys Club (Submitted on May 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkFraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Victor B. Jenkins Jr image. Click for full size.
By The Exchange Club of Savannah
3. Victor B. Jenkins Jr
The Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 3, 2012
4. The Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club
Victor Brandon Jenkins, Jr. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 5, 2012
5. Victor Brandon Jenkins, Jr.
Aug. 14, 1905
Aug. 4, 1962
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By Mike Stroud, February 5, 2012
6. The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club
Victoria Jenkins
Jan. 13, 1913
July 4, 1997
Victoria Jenkins established a charitable foundation with proceeds to be divided amoung Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Savannah Country Day School, St. Andrew's School,Herschel V. Jenkins High School, Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club, Union Mission, and Independent Presbyterian Church. This Southern lady was a lifelong resident of Savannah and a benefactress of unselfish, and kindly assistance to everyone.
Herschel Vespasian Jenkins image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 5, 2012
7. Herschel Vespasian Jenkins
Oct. 5, 1871
Apr. 12, 1960

Herschel V. Jenkins gave generously to the Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club, United Way of the Coastal Empire, Herschel V. Jenkins High School, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge and Savannah Exchange Club Citizen of the Year for Community Development. His philanthropy to historical, civic, cultural, and educational undertakings continue to benefit our citizens. This legacy exsists as a tribute and testiment to an outstanding Savannahian and Georgian.
 
 
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