Jaycee President To Marry Woman He Refused As Member
TOWSON, Md. (AP) _ T.J. Manning, president of the Greater Towson Jaycees who failed in 1984 to keep women out of his club, might go down in local history as the greatest of good losers.
In December, Manning plans to marry one of the first women to join the Jaycees chapter.
″We’ll probably have all daughters and no sons,″ said Rose Maturo, teasing her husband-to-be about his reputation as the Jaycees’ most notorious male chauvinist.
Manning, 33, lost his bid in an 8-4 decision by the chapter’s board of directors to admit women.
″I didn’t think it was such a great idea. I had seven sisters, and any distance I could get from females was a wonderful thing,″ he said recently.
But Manning hasn’t had much success avoiding women. In his freshman year at Mount Saint Mary’s College, officials decided to admit women.
Manning, a marketing analyst for Port City Press Inc., joined the Jaycees in 1977, after college when he was seeking ″a special fraternity-type group,″ he said.
The club became the focal point of his life. It also served as a support group when he learned at 23 that he had cerebral palsy and water on the brain - two potentially life-threatening conditions.
Manning was not eager for women to join that circle. ″I still believe men should have a place to be alone with men and women should have a place to be alone with women,″ he said.
Ms. Maturo and Manning worked on projects together for six months without a sign of interest on either side, they said. But after a first date, Ms. Maturo said she was hooked.
″It was the first time we’d been alone together and I thought, ’Gee, I really like him,‴ she said.