Crawfest Right Around the Corner!

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grand River Brewery
117 W. Louis Glick Hwy

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Rotary Foundation's Biggest Fundraiser Scheduled for Feb. 18

Racing for Dollars
Sunday, Feb. 18

12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Gene Davis & Sons Banquet Center

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Another Successful Ramp Season

Did you know an entire ramp could be built in one day? Dedicated Rotarians, friends and family did, and they proved it six times this year.
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Rotary puts kids and families first

The Rotary Foundation of Jackson County and the Rotary Clubs of Jackson are pleased to announce joint grants to Jackson County Parks and the City of Jackson Parks, Recreation and Grounds Department.

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Volunteers Needed for Ramp Projects

Each year our club builds handicap ramps for those who need our assistance. It wouldn't be possible without our dedicated volunteers. We need volunteers for the 2017 ramp season.
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Linda Hass to Discuss Jackson’s Underground Railroad History at Rotary

Rotary Club of Jackson is pleased to announce that local writer Linda Hass will be presenting at our Rotary meeting on Wednesday, February 22. Linda will discuss her book Michigan’s Crossroads to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in Jackson County.

Guests are welcome to come to our meeting and enjoy this fascinating presentation. Lunch will be provided. You don’t need to RSVP. Just join us at noon on February 22 at Ella Sharp Museum. We hope to see you there!


100 Years of Rotary, and onto the next 100!

President’s Night celebrated the great work and leadership of President Jim Egan.  Many thanks to Jim and the Board of Directors for a banner year.  Jim Grose served as emcee and 60 Rotarians, friends and family attended.  

Congratulations to President Elect Doug Barber.  Your club looks forward to a wonderful year!

Rotary Club and JCHD Partner to Save Kids!

Rotary Club of Jackson and Jackson County Health Department combined forces to save children’s lives through increasing vaccination rates.    Thanks to the Hurst Foundation, our campaign to improve the immunization rate in Jackson County continues.  Look for billboards carefully placed in Jackson, including downtown, Vandercook, Page Avenue and West Michigan.    




3rd Annual Crawfest a big Success!


Crawfest was once again a fun, family oriented event that raised thousands for Rotary Club of Jackson’s service projects.  


A HUGE thank you to the wonderful sponsors of the Crawfest. More to come!

Cunningham Construction
Experience Jackson
Rehmann Group
Anderson Printing
Baker College
First Merit Bank
Jackson Magazine
Walton Agency
CP Federal Credit Union
County National Bank
Commonwealth Associates
Old National Bank
PC Solutions
Good Earth Real Estate

South Central Credit Union
The Protection Center
Manya Otis



100 Years of History

Rotary Club of Jackson has a video celebrating our rich 100 year history!  Check it out:

Rotary Christmas Party for Kids!

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Interact Club a huge hit with Parksiders!

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A Night to Remember: Rotary's 100 Year Gala

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Junior Achievement/Rotary Partnership A Smash!

Sixth grade students joined Rotary Club of Jackson today to thank Rotarians personally for their work in teaching the principles of free enterprise and the global marketplace through Junior Achievement!

Many of the volunteers who spent countless hours in the classrooms shared reflections written by students.  John Billingsley is to be congratulated for his hard work in making this partnership happen.

Connie Poisson, director of Junior Achievement, sang the praises of John and fellow Rotarians.  "Without John and the many Rotary volunteers who worked with students in the classroom setting, we wouldn't have been able to serve the Middle School at Parkside."  


Now there is budding interest in starting a Rotary Club for students called Interact.  Plans are being laid for a club to begin in the Fall 2015.  In addition, a career fair is being planned for November 2015 as well.  Congratulations, Rotarians, on Service Above Self.

Ramp Season Underway

Rotary Club of Jackson is well underway with ramp season.  Rotarians build ramps for the disabled at homes chosen by DisAbility Connections.   These exciting service projects take place on the following dates:


June 20

July 11

August 8

August 29

September 19

October 10


Directions and times are set the week or two before each date, so for details, please contact Jim Egan at 517-474-4820 or Lesia at 517-784-6620.  Rotarian families and additional volunteers are welcome!  You don't have to be a skilled builder because lots of help is needed and gentle assistance provided.


DisAbility Connections Celebrates 90 Years

 What a celebration at DisAbility Connections on Wednesday, June 17th.  Many visitors stopped by for a beautiful historical timeline view with photos, model displays of their work, and lots of fun and festivities!


Congratulations to Lesia Pikaart, her staff, board and volunteers on a job well done!

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Jackson

The Rotary Club of Jackson was founded in 1916 as the 201st club of Rotary International. As the city's longest serving service club, the Rotary Club of Jackson is where Jackson's community leaders meet together to share ideas of how to make Jackson and the world a better place.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. More info.....

Rotary membership provides the opportunity to: Become connected to your community. Work with others in addressing community needs. Interact with other professionals in your community; assist with RI's international humanitarian service efforts. Establish contacts with an international network of professionals. Develop leadership skills. Involve family in promoting service efforts. More info.....

100 Year Announcements - Gala at Country Club!

New Announcements for the 100 Year Celebration!

A new location has been booked for the 100 Year Gala taking place on November 7, 2015.  The Country Club of Jackson will host the Gala, featuring a formal dinner and dancing.  Mark your calendars for this special event!

We are working closely with the County Parks Department to plan special projects for the year.  In addition, our history video is being filmed, featuring Rotarians spekaing about teh work of the club over the last 100 years.


Thanks for all your hard work, Rotarians.  A meeting of the Gala subcommittee will take place at 1 pm on 18th after the regular club meeting.


Culture at its Finest: the Rotary Art Show

Join Rotarians at a VIP Night at Vista Grand Villa's Furnival Art Gallery on Wednewsday, April 8, 2015 from 6 pm until 7:30 pm.  This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle, and enjoy art made by Rotarians.    For more information, please contact Cindy Conant at 517-936-9527.

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The Second Annual Jackson Crawfest is coming your way.  Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event on Saturday, May 16 from 2 - 7 pm.  This family friendly event features crawfish flown in from the south, and live music!


The Clark Lake Beach and Boat Club is the venue, and tickets are only $35 each with children ages 5 - 13 only $5.  Children under 5 are free.  Get the early bird pricing by purchasing tickets before May 9.  Tickets at the door are $45.

Proceeds benefit the good works of the Rotary Club of Jackson, including building ramps for the disabled, supporting literacy, and eradicating polio.  See the flyer below for more information.



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100 Years of Service - Rotary ushers in 2015 with a year long celebration

Rotary Club of Jackson is pleased to announce a year long celebration of our rich history in "Service Above Self."

Each month, we will feature a new story about each decade of Rotary's service.  

A Glimpse at 1916 - 1926

When the Jackson Rotary Club was founded, it bgan meeting in the Jackson City Club, which was in the building at the corner of West Washington and South Mechanic Streets.   The club's took an early interest in the care of "crippled" children, now an outdated term.   But the club members drove disabled children to appointments, sought medical care, and eventually, organized the Jackson County Crippled Children Society.  

What is in Store for the Year-Long Celebration?

A Celebration Gala will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 6 pm.  The formal event, featuring dinner and dacning, will take place at the Grand Community Room at Ella Sharp Museum.   Rotary, state and national dignitaries will be visting from around the country.

Special service projects will begin this spring near the Rotary Bandshell in Cascade Park.  And a video and web based application will feature Rotary's rich history along with place marks of all of our Rotary projects in the community.


Rotarians kick off 2015!

The Rotary Club of Jackson meets weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon at the lovely setting of the Ella Sharp Museum Grand Community Room.   Lunch is served, and some business is conducted.  Rotarians and their guests enjoy a featured speaker each week.  Visitors are welcome.  


The address is 3225 Fourth Street, Jackson, Michigan 49203.  Our club meeting time is still officially 12:10-1:00 with coffee and dessert continuing to be available until 1:30 or so.   If you would like more information about membership, please call Lesia Pikaart, memberhips chairperson at 517-782-6054.

Last Chance to Register for the 100 Year Anniversary Gala!!

More than one hundred have already RSVPd - won't you be next?

The  deadline is fast approaching for your reply to join us for the spectacular 100 Year Anniversary Gala.  We won't see this milestone again in our lifetime!

Rotary Club of Jackson is celebrating 100 years of "Service Above Self" with a formal Gala on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 6 pm until 10 pm at the Country Club of Jackson, 3135 Horton Road, Jackson, Michigan.

Bruce and Sue Goldsen, long-time Rotarian leaders, will emcee the festivities.  Dinner and a program featuring proclamations, a window to Rotary's history, and a special message from Rotary International will take place.  Following that, dancing to the tunes of a live band and lots of socializing will be enjoyed. 

Tickets are $100 per couple, or $50 per person.  You are encouraged to pay via check, or you may register online as well at the following link.

Please call Shelly Kasprzycki with any questions at 517-499-3255.



Rotary Reunion

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