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Union County Jaycees returning

Union County's Jaycees club isn't coming back quietly.

About two years ago, the once-thriving civic club had dwindled to about six members. People had aged out - club membership is open to people through age 41 - and others had moved on, so the club disbanded.

"We just kind of hung it up and went on and did our own thing," said Andy Morrison, who was a member of the former Monroe Jaycees club.

But former members have been talking, and they now are restarting the club as the Union County Jaycees.

"When we started talking about it, we realized there are more people really outside of Monroe that might be interested, so we wanted to open it up to everybody," said Tripp Melton, who is on the club's executive board.

Jaycees is a national leadership training and community service organization.

The Union County club's official opening event will feature some of the Carolinas' biggest beach music bands in one of the county's newest parks.

"Shaggin' in the Trail" will begin 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at Crossing Paths Park in Indian Trail, a one-acre park that opened earlier this year. The Embers, Chairmen of the Board and the Rick Strickland Band will play.

Advance tickets are $15 for one and $25 for two.

At the gate, each ticket is $20. Proceeds will benefit Hometown Heroes.

Helping in the community is one mission of the Jaycees, and the Union County club already has pitched in at the recent Relay for Life in Union County, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

"It was good for us to be able to jump in and help somebody else," Melton said.

The group is open to anyone age 21-41, to socialize, network and develop leadership skills. A lot of club members are business owners, said club President Andy Morrison.

The club has started meeting twice a month. Meeting last about half an hour.

"We're all very enthusiastic," Melton said. "We're hoping that enthusiasm will pick up with other people. The larger we get, the better we can get and the more we can help in the community."

For more information about the Union County Jaycees or to purchase tickets for "Shaggin' in the Trail," email or call 704-576-4578.

Tickets also are available at Bonfire Bar & Grill, 6751 Old Monroe Road in Indian Trail.