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Illinois Jaycees Elect Eric Hiatt to to be the 91st President in 2022


November 17, 2021-The Illinois Jaycees are proud to announce Eric Hiatt as the organization’s 91st State President.  Hiatt was elected as the 2022 President during the Illinois Jaycees Annual Meeting that occurred on November 13th in Springfield, IL.  


Hiatt, a resident of Savoy, IL is a member of the Champaign Urbana Jaycees.  The Champaign Urbana Jaycees are honored to be the home chapter of the first Champaign County based State President in almost 70 years.  The Illinois Jaycees is part of JCI, a global network of more than 5,000 chapters with over 200,000 members in 120 countries around the world.  


“I am excited to work with the nearly 40 Jaycee chapters and over 900 members all across Illinois,” Hiatt said.  “From running local festivals to running collection drives to serve those in need, Jaycee chapters are making an impact across the state.  I can’t wait to help continue the Jaycees strong history of community service and developing the next generation of community leaders.” 


Hiatt, 33, is currently employed by the University of Illinois System as a Resource and Policy Analyst. In 2018 Hiatt helped re-activate the Champaign Urbana Jaycees, after a job change brought him to Champaign County.  He previously served as a member of the Springfield Jaycees where he led the 2017 Capital City Celebration, one of the chapter’s largest events.


As President of the Illinois Jaycees, Hiatt will devote time to visiting chapters across the state. With the state-wide theme of “Ignite Your Passion”, Hiatt will embrace the organization’s mission to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.  Igniting this passion will help motivate chapters and their members throughout Illinois.  Hiatt will represent the Illinois Jaycees at all national conferences and meetings.  He will soon be representing Illinois at the National Presidents’ Retreat in Tennessee, where he along with other national Jaycee leaders will gather for leadership development training and organization planning. 


Leadership development through community involvement has been the basis of the Jaycees since its inception in 1920. The goal of the not-for-profit organization is to provide members a means to reach their full potential through networking and personal growth opportunities. The Jaycees is ideal for proactive young people, ages 18 to 40 to enhance a variety of skills as they work together to implement civic and individual development activities in their local communities and chapters. Illinois has one of the largest Jaycee member populations in the United States. Please visit  for more information on the Illinois Jaycees or to be connected to a local chapter.  

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