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Freedom Festival “Thank You. . . . . “

  • IMG_7041 IMG_7045 IMG_7046 IMG_7047 IMG_7048 IMG_7049 IMG_7050 IMG_7051 IMG_7052 IMG_7053 IMG_7054 IMG_7055 IMG_7056 IMG_7057 IMG_7058 IMG_7059 IMG_7064 IMG_7083 IMG_7085 IMG_7087 IMG_7106 IMG_7107 IMG_7108 IMG_7109 IMG_7110 IMG_7111 IMG_7112 IMG_7113 IMG_7114 IMG_7115 IMG_7116 IMG_7117 IMG_7118 IMG_7119 IMG_7126 IMG_7129 IMG_7136Thank you to The Ludington Daily News and all of our sponsors for your financial support of  the fireworks, and also to all of those who joined us in the parade this year.  Thank you to all of our sponsors for the Children and Pet Parade and especially to the City of Ludington for their support on Kids day at the park.  Thank you to all of our members who gave so much of themselves to make these events occur for our community- especially Jamie Spore- this year’s Freedom Festival Fireworks/Grand Parade/ T shirts Chairperson! But none of this could have been done without all of the help that was given to us.  Thank you for the volunteers who helped out and Thank you to Michigan Jaycees President, Jay Johnson and his beautiful wife Stephanie, for making the trip to Ludington and joining us for the Afterglow Party at the Mini Golf.   We have had such great feedback from all the events that we ran, thank everyone so much for your support. Thank you for allowing us to do this for our community.  It is a huge undertaking that starts almost as soon as the last one finishes, and we are proud to be able to offer this service to Ludington and all of Mason County.

    THANK YOU especially to our veterans.  All gave some and SOME GAVE ALL!


Past Presidents Needed!

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    The Ludington Area Jaycees are searching for our past Presidents. We would like to honor their service by inviting them to join the Jaycees on their float this year in the July 4th Grand Parade.
    We are having a hard time tracking everyone down.
    Michael Patten, Becky Shively, Bob Rhode, Sue McAdam, Bob Snyder Mike J. Nekola, David B. Walley, Pam Peterson, Jeffery G. Nixon, Scott J. Sitler, Fred Hackert, Tom Carlson, John Tilbury, Bob Lanterman, Dan Petterson, Robert P. Steen, Dale Fitch, Theodore E. Winkel, Lynn Pontz, Rev. Wayne Buskirk, Roy Hackert, David Betz, Robert Neal Jr, Jerry R. Ponko, Roger E. Polluck, Jerry Hodde, Jack Reynolds, Tom Lannon, Jim Trebilcock, Dean Parker, Francis W. Lafond, Melvin L. Walker, Donald Kinney, Joe R. Lewis, Waldo Hanson, Bob Kellogg, James Coats, Chet Nerheim, Bob E. Palmquist, Joe G. Morris, Robert B. Neal Sr, Vernon Kaiser, Louis Carmouche, John Kreinbrink, Edwards Gaines Jr, Ray Mayer, Jack Hendon.
    If you are or know anyone on this list who was president of the Ludington Area Jaycees and
    Would be interested please contact Erin Aberegg by phone or email. (231)425-3030 Or contact Sara Raczkowski by phone or email. (231)955-5508
    Let’s make this the best Freedom Festival yet!!!

Logo Contest Winner Announced

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    The Ludington Area Jaycees announces the winner of the 2014 Freedom Festival Logo Contest is Tim McKinney of Custer, whose design was chosen by the Freedom Festival Planning Committee as the winning entry in the 2014 Freedom Festival Logo Contest.

    McKinney’s logo design will be featured on the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival T-shirts, as well as other promotional materials throughout the Freedom Festival.

    “I am thrilled to showcase Tim’s design on the Freedom Festival T-Shirts and other Freedom Festival promotional materials this year!!,” stated 2014 Freedom Festival T-Shirt Sales/Grand Parade/Fireworks Display Chairwoman Jamie Spore. “Tim’s design is a perfect depiction of the 2014 Freedom Festival Theme—SOME GAVE ALL!! The logo design is a wonderful illustration of the ultimate sacrifices that many selfless individuals, including our 2014 Freedom Festival Grand Marshal Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II, make in order to defend, protect, and preserve our freedom. I am so excited to have Tim’s design to represent the Freedom Festival this year!!”

    “I would also like to thank the 2014 Freedom Festival T-shirt Sponsors. This year, we have eight very supportive Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival T-shirt sponsors whose business logos will be featured on the back side of the Freedom Festival T-shirts underneath Trooper Butterfield’s name. The t-shirt sponsors are: West Shore Bank, Spectrum Health-Ludington Hospital, Sportsman’s Restaurant & Irish Pub, FloraCraft, House of Flavors, Barley & Rye, Advance America Cash Advance, and Monkey Business,” Spore added.

    The 2014 Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival T-shirts will be available to purchase, for $10 per t-shirt, at the Summer Kick-Off Concert on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014. The Summer Kick-Off Concert, featuring the Scottville Clown Band, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Park Pavilion in Ludington.

    During intermission of the Summer Kick-Off Concert, Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II will be formally announced as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Grand Parade, and his family will be recognized in his honor. Freedom Festival T-shirts bearing the logo created by Tim McKinney will also be introduced and he will be recognized by the Ludington Area Jaycees.

    After the Summer Kick-Off Concert, the 2014 Freedom Festival T-shirts will be available for purchase at the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini-Golf Course during normal business hours, as well as, along the Freedom Festival Grand Parade Route on Friday, July 4th, 2014.

    The Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Grand Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on July 4th, at the corner of Madison and Ludington Avenue and will proceed down Ludington Avenue to Lakeshore Drive along Stearns Park Beach.

    Entry forms for the Ludington Area Jaycees 4th of July Freedom Festival Grand Parade are now available. Participants in last year’s Freedom Festival Grand Parade should have already received a 2014 Grand Parade Entry Form via e-mail or postal mail.

    Parade entry forms can be obtained by:

    • Visiting the Ludington/Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce Office- 5300 W. US 10 in Ludington
    • Visiting the Ludington City Hall Office-400 S. Harrison Street in Ludington

    Grand Parade Entry Forms MUST be postmarked on or before June 15th, 2014. Completed Grand Parade Entry Forms must be mailed along with payment to:

    Ludington Area Jaycees

    ATTN: Jamie Spore—Grand Parade Chairwoman

    P.O. Box 411

    Ludington, MI 49431

Bike Safety Day and BBQ

  • 10170838_632782886797429_293565424463352029_n From 2pm-4pm, come down to Ludington’s beautiful Sterns Beach Park, just at the end of Ludington Ave, to help educate community children in how to be safe this summer on their bikes. There will have a bike inspection area so parents and caregivers can see how to check bikes for safety. Your little ones can test their skills on our test track featuring 6 stages for all riders and 4 stages for advanced riders (no training wheels). Helmets are encouraged but not required. The Ludington Area Jaycees would also like to thank Floracraft for their wonderful donation towards this event, because of them we have 12 bike helmets to give away! Complete the first 6 stages to be entered in the drawings and get a free game of mini golf! There are 2 boys and 2 girls helmets for ages 3+, 5+ and 8+.

    In 2011, nearly 1,200 community representatives in 56 counties reviewed 590 child deaths and
    determined that more than half (62%) were preventable.

    Participants will need to bring their own bikes.


    After you are certified in your bike safety, stop by the grand opening day of the Jaycees Mini Golf course for a BBQ (from 4pm-6pm) and a free round of mini golf for kids (parents can golf free also- all they have to do is fill out a community survey!)

Ludington Area Jaycees earn Honors from the Michigan Junior Chamber

  • 10256815_631650013577383_8522981178683545784_nThis past weekend, May 9-11, 2014 a group of Ludington Area Jaycees traveled to Mackinac Island in order to attend the Michigan Jaycees May Leadership Conference. We are very proud to announce that the Ludington Area Jaycees were given awards for “Excellence in Programming” for their projects “Jr Jaycee Appreciation Day,” developed and ran by members Kandi Fugere and Sara Raczkowski and also for the “2014 Easter Egg Hunt” which was ran by member Erin Aberegg. Jamie Spore, Heather Catron, Corey Ottgen, Sara Raczkowski, and Erin Aberegg were also recognized for certifications in Leadership Degrees (a program sponsored by the United States Junior Chamber). Mary Burden was honored with a special award from the JCI (Junior Chamber International) Senate; the Tony Karasiewicz Memorial “Return the Favor Award” for all that she does to help her home chapter.

    Join us this Monday night, May 19th at 7pm at the Tamarac Village Club House to discuss our current events and how you can get involved with this group of dynamic young people who are working hard to serve their community!



May 16-18 Charity Prom- Wizard of Oz

  • charitypromozWe appreciate you stopping by. Shimmy D Entertainment and the Ludington Area Jaycees are currently planning Charity Prom 2014.

    The first big thing to know about this year’s Charity Prom is that it’s actually 5 events in one weekend.

    May 16th, 2014 6pm to Midnight – Charity Prom (ALL AGES WELCOME) (Located at the Danish Hall.)
    Tickets will be $9 in advance or $14 at the door. Tickets are on sale now at or at WMOM studios. They will also be available at A Brides Time starting April 1st.
    We will be crowning a Prince and Princess with a Royal Prize package. This is not a popularity contest. It is more like a raffle. Dinner is now included with your ticket purchase!! First come, first served. Don’t miss out!! This is an all ages event so you can bring your kids or your grandparents if you’d like but keep in mind that we are not a daycare. Anyone under 12 years old must be with an adult!! All proceeds from Charity Prom go to the Eric Lund house build via the Helping A Hero project.

    May 16th, 2014 11:45 pm to 2am – Post Prom (ALL AGES WELCOME) (Located at the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf in Stearns Park) The cost is $5 and includes Hungry Howies Pizza (first come, first served). All proceeds go toward the mini golf course remodeling.

    May 17th, 2014 6pm to Midnight – Charity Prom (AGES 21+ WELCOME) (Located at the Danish Hall.)
    Tickets will be $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are on sale now at or at WMOM studios. They will also be available at A Brides Time starting April 1st.
    We will be crowning a King and Queen with a Royal Prize package. This is not a popularity contest. It is more like a raffle. Dinner is now included with your ticket purchase!! First come, first served. Don’t miss out!! All proceeds from Charity Prom go to the Eric Lund house build via the Helping A Hero project.

    May 17th, 2014 11:45 pm to 2am – Post Prom (AGES 21+ WELCOME) (Located at the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf in Stearns Park) The cost is $5 and includes Hungry Howies Pizza (first come, first served). All proceeds go toward the mini golf course remodeling.

    May 18th, 2014 10am to 2pm – Pancake Breakfast ALL AGES WELCOME.
    $1 per pancake. All kinds of flavors that you’ve probably never had before!!!

    The theme this year is “Wizard Of OZ”. Feel free to come in costume as your favorite Wizard of OZ character or just dress up in your typical formal prom wear. Mark your calendars and INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!!

    For more information on what the money is going to this year read this article in the Ludington Daily News

    A little history…
    Charity Prom is a charity event brought to you by Shimmy D Entertainment. It started in 2004 and was held at the Ludington Elks Lodge, with the money raised going to the Salvation Army. It was held again in 2005. There was not a Charity Prom in 2006 or 2007. It was brought back by popular demand in 2008 with the theme of “A Night In Paris”. Starting in 2009 the event has been co-sponsored by the Ludington Area Jaycees and the theme was “Starry Night”. In 2010, Charity Prom was very successful with the theme of “Candy Land” and the money going to help a local family in need. In 2011, we were twice as successful with double the turnout and our move to the Center For The Arts and the theme of “Poker Night”. In 2012, we moved the event to the Danish Hall with the theme of “1970′s Flashback!!” In 2013, the theme was “Return to Candy Land!!” with the money raised going to the Community Cats program.

    As always, we will be crowning a King and Queen. And as a way to make more money for the charity, you can vote as many times as you want and each vote is $1. You can vote for yourself or your friends. We will be voting for couples, not individuals. The winners will not be determined by the most votes. The winner will be chosen at random. The more votes you have, the higher your chances are. It’s more like a raffle, not a popularity contest.
    The Ludington Area Jaycees will be hosting a Post Prom event at the Jaycee Mini Golf (by the skate park). It will start at Midnight and will cost just $3 per person if they attended the Charity Prom. People that did not attend are still welcome but will be charged $5.
    In the coming weeks, we will be unveiling more details. In the meantime, you can check out our facebook page. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shimmy D by email or call (231)843-1364.

The Easter Bunny will be stopping in Ludington on April 19th

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Appreciating Young Leaders


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    The Ludington Area Jaycees held an event March 2nd 2014 at Backstage Hobby and Games, to honor the service of their Junior Jaycees (Junior Jaycees are the children of active members) for events that they helped to run in 2013. We are very proud of these children and the time they spent helping their community. They participated in things like the Freedom Festival Grand Parade, The Summer Kick Off Concert, The Children’s and Pet Parade, Thanksgiving Baskets the Jaycees help to provide to families through the Salvation Army, the Haunted Mini Golf, The Pumpkin Patch, The Back to School Bash, Scottville Harvest Festival, The Scottville Harvest Festival Parade, Friday Night Live and other Jaycee events that were run in 2013. All together these 13 kids had given 250 hours of service to their community last year! We are very proud of them and want to say thank you!


    Ayden Strouse- 2 hours

    Keygan Strouse- 2 hours
    Cayde Raczkowski- 2 hours
    Olivia Raczkowski- 2 hours
    Kiera Aberegg- 2 hours
    Echo Aberegg- 4 hours

    Dan Fugere- 50 hours

    Kadin Fugere- 50 hours

    Lucas Catron- 50 hours

    Katherine Catron- 50 hours

    Dylan Kelsey- 30 hours

    Sadie Holden- 2 hours



    The mission of the Ludington Area Jaycees is to serve our community, to expand our capabilities and to develop life long friendships. The vision of the Ludington Area Jaycees is to be the service club of choice for people between the ages of 21 and 40 throughout the Ludington/Mason County Area.
    The Ludington Area Jaycees have been around since 1947.

    If you would like more information or are interested in joining, please contact Heather Catron, 2014 President by calling 517-902-9525 or by e-mailing or John Shimel, 2014 Chairman of the Board by calling 231-690-5400 or by e-mailing or check us out online at or on facebook at

Get Ready to “Choose your own Adventure” in 2014 with the Ludington Jaycees

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    To start, let’s introduce our board members for 2014!

    President: Heather Catron

    Chairman of the Board: John Shimel

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    Individual Development VP: Kandi Fugere
    Community Development VP: Jamie Spore
    Secretary/Director: Erin Eberegg

    Treasurer/Dirchoose2014ector: Sara Raczkowski

    We have our board retreat this Sunday, January 5th, to begin deciding on the chapter plan for 2014, and we need your input! If you have a project you would like to run, or you think that we should run in our community, please don’t hesitate to get your ideas to us!


    We hope that you will join us at our end of the year celebration as we give awards out and enjoy some bowling! January 19th!


    The following weekend is Winter Charity Ball, which is sponsoring the Ludington Jaycees!  Come out and have a good time and support a local organization!


    and then keep up with current events at our Members meetings which are still to be held on the 4th Monday of every month, from 6:30-8PM, location TBA


    We look forward to an amazing year ahead!




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