Mission & History
On that spring evening, Ed Paggi, a far-sighted visionary and Beaumont business tycoon, met with a group of civic-minded individuals who wanted to do something for their community above and beyond the normal business routine. The YMBL has more than lived up to their expectations. In a congratulatory letter to the organization on its 65th anniversary in 1982, President Ronald Reagan said "The YMBL is living proof that organizations of good purpose have a vital place in the life of every city."
YMBL has been a powerful force in Beaumont, constantly striving to make this area a better place to live. Thanks to the foresight of Ed Paggi and the founders, along with the civic enthusiasm and hard work of past and present members, YMBL has made considerable progress in dozens of different fields and ventures.
With a membership quickly approaching 1,000, the Young Men's Business League strives to improve the general welfare of the city and area. It develops and pursues programs which will maintain and improve the city's educational facilities and opportunities and undertakes activities to enhance the agricultural and commercial resources of the area. YMBL takes part in projects which will benefit the youth as well as the elderly is ever mindful of the needs of the community in fields of health and welfare, public works and civic improvement, governmental leadership and spiritual guidance.
In order to uphold the by-laws set forth by our founders, the YMBL must function in a business-like manner. Chartered by the State of Texas as a non-profit organization, the YMBL is a responsible corporate citizen. Governing policies are set by a twenty-one member Board of Directors who are elected annually by the general membership. Officers are President, First, Second and Third Vice Presidents, Treasurer and Executive Vice President.