“Leading is great but doesn’t provide much more than the actual joy of being a part of this club and what it does,” said Hannibal Jaycees President Jake Hull.

“Leading is great but doesn’t provide much more than the actual joy of being a part of this club and what it does,” said Hannibal Jaycees President Jake Hull.

“I joined the Jaycees, because it always looked like the people putting on the events I was attending were having an absolute blast, while doing good for their community,” Hull added. “And I was absolutely right. It's a great time, and it's always for a good cause.”

Asked about a Jaycees mentor, Hull said,“Dennis Dooley was the only person I knew originally. He got me involved with the Haunted House.

“There I met Bryan Hammock, who pretty much took me under his wing and was what you would call my 'mentor.' Chris Harsell has also been a big influence over the years. (I needed all the help I could get).”

As Jaycees president, Hull's duties are “to supervise the organization's affairs and activities, basically conduct regular membership meetings and keep the members informed of what's going on.”

What is challenging? “The biggest challenge is for the people who continually back me up,” Hull said. “I can't speak for every president, but this president couldn’t do it on his own. “

Hull listed annual events sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees: “National Tom Sawyer Days, Hannibal Jaycees Haunted House, Wing Ding, Chili Cookoff, Punt Pass and Kick, Epic Music Showcase, Zombie Run, and the Mighty Mudder, which is a co-event with the P.O.P.S Club.

“Our events benefit a variety of charities as well as providing fun and entertainment for the community.”

The Jaycees future plans include “continued improvements to our downtown property.”

Hull was born in Sarasota, Fla., “but raised mostly here in Hannibal. I spent a few years in Columbia, Mo.,” he said.

He has one daughter, Jaidyn Hull.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.