Utah businessman Ames K. Bagley received one of the highest awards given by the United States Jaycee Foundation during Tuesday night ceremonies.

Bagley, prominent in Utah civic, social and business circles, was named a "Henry Giessenbier Fellow" at a special reception and presentation at the Red Lion Hotel. The presentation was made by Andy Tobin, president of the United States Jaycees.At Bagley's recommendation, Earth, Search, Sciences Inc., a company involved in mineral explorations, donated $25,000 in stock to the U.S. Jaycee Foundation based in Tulsa, Okla. Bagley is a member of the local company's board of directors, and has long been involved with the Junior Chamber of Commerce, which, he says, "builds leadership."

"Enthusiasm is the characteristic that distinguishes the Jaycees," he said. "Enthusiasm, like measles, mumps and the common cold, is highly contagious."

The Jaycee Foundation, separate from the U.S. Jaycee organization, was created in 1967 to further the development of educational, scholarly, charitable, community and leadership programs throughout the United States.

The foundation awards grants to support projects run by Jaycee chapters that address the development of such beneficial programs. The foundation continues to build an endowment for such purposes.

Bagley was one of the first executive director/secretaries of the Salt Lake Jaycees during the 1920s and 1930s. He was chairman of the U.S. Junior Chamber's National Secretaries Council at that time.

A former executive of Zion's First National Bank, Bagley has distinguished himself with leadership positions in numerous areas, including the National Society to Prevent Blindness-Utah Affiliate, the Utah Manufacturer's Association, Utah Highway Commission, Utah Industrial Commission, National Industrial Council, State Aeronautics Board, Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and the Utah Opera Company.

He has been a lifelong supporter of the Salt Lake, Utah and United Jaycees.