The Junior Chamber (Jaycees) have been a force for good in America and around the world.
Jaycees helped establish Airmail services in America with Jaycee Charles Lindbergh, and have raised millions of dollars for causes such as the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes. They have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide. Established to provide opportunities for young men, the Jaycees later expanded to include women, reflecting the growing influence and leadership of women in America.
Locally, the Ludington Area Jaycees have been developing young leaders in the Mason County area since 1947. The club gives young adults the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections. All this, plus unlimited free mini-golf for members and their immediate family at our club-owned course at Stearns Park!
Members of the Ludington Area Jaycees have many opportunities to achieve their goals and develop their skills. Whether you are interested in being a chapter officer, or simply working on a project committee, you will have the chance to learn skills ranging from marketing to personnel management and more! Every member has unique talents to offer, and we provide them the freedom to contribute them in any way, from training other members, to creatively using them in programs and projects.
“Ludrock Inc is a grassroots local 501C3 charitable organization run entirely by volunteers. In a short 5 years we have raised over 125K for local organizations and worthy causes and donated better than 90% of that total right back into the local community. We’ve done this without big corporate sponsors, rather through hard work and dedication of many.
We have partnered with The Ludington Area Jaycees over the last few years in many of our events. They have become a big part of our success and deserve a lot of credit.
We have come to know The Jaycees, personally as a group of individuals that care about the community. They have been innovative in their approach to fundraising and supporting good causes, like us, that hard work and volunteering pay off. They realize that the work in fundraising is more rewarding in other ways than just seeking sponsors.
The Jaycees certainly bring much to the community as we all are aware of. We all enjoy the fireworks and the Freedom Festival Parade each 4th of July. But they have other events, lesser known that impact the community too. All of them are unselfish acts of kindness.
The Jaycees are a tireless group. Many of the organizations’ members cross volunteer into many different worthwhile causes. Ludrock is certainly one of those. They are as much responsible to our successes as anyone. They have become our friends and we are blessed to know them.
In 2016 I was asked to be the grand marshal of the Freedom Festival Parade on behalf of Ludrock Nation by The Jaycees. It was one of the greatest honors I have ever received. The Jaycees have the finger on the pulse of the local community and their hearts and arms open to help those less fortunate, and to celebrate our great little community proudly. They deserve and have our continued support.”
Ed Santarelli, President of Ludrock Inc.
“I am writing on the behalf of the Ludington Area Jaycees. They come in monthly to donate their time and energy to help make the lives of our residents here at Oakview Medical Care Facility a better place. They come in monthly to help run a bingo activity in the evening time. The residents look forward to this as a “special bingo” as the prizes are bigger and game is different. Having outside groups such as the Jaycees come in is a great opportunity for our residents to socialize with individuals in the community that they lived. As well as the opportunity to make new friends.
The Jaycees of Ludington have been volunteering at Oakview for a long time and we are grateful for their continued time and effort in making our residents lives a better place.”
Patty Primozich, CTRS, Director of Therapeutic Recreation- Oakview Medical Care Facility