Easter Egg Hunt 2018


    The Ludington Area Jaycees are proud to host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Copeyon Park. Approximately 6,000 eggs will be stuffed with candy, toys, etc. The hunt is for kids up to age 13 and there will be simultaneous hunts for children in the following age groups: 4 and Under, 5-8, and 9-13.

    Two lucky kids in each age division will find an egg containing the “Golden Ticket” which will be turned in for a gift basket.

    This event is free and open to the public. Please be advised that the hunt begins at 1 pm SHARP and will conclude just minutes after it begins.

    Families are encouraged to bring their own bags to collect eggs with. The Jaycees request that emptied eggs be returned at the conclusion of the hunt.

    For more information, call Erika at e-mail info@ludingtonareajaycees.org.

January 2018 Newsletter

  • Member of the Month, Next GMM Meeting, Sunshine & Good Vibes

    Next General Member Meeting
    6:30pm on Monday, January 15th
    at the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber Office

    General Member Meeting January 2018 Agenda
    Ludington Jaycee Calendar PDF
    Ludington Area Jaycees’ Facebook Page
    Ludington Area Jaycees’ Website

    Member of the Month: Eric Lund

    Eric Lund received a double-arm transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore this past November. His recovery is expected to take a couple of years. He should be able to start working on stretching his elbows this week. His next milestone is in three weeks when he can start exercising and will not have to wear braces and slings all the time.


    Eric said the surgery went easier than expected, except the week immediately following surgery. He had to spend it in a hot room ranging from 85-95 degrees. Coming from Michigan in November, 95 degrees was uncomfortable.


    Like anywhere on the east coast, Baltimore has been very cold. Normal temperatures for this time are usually in the 40s. Eric is enjoying the food outside of the hospital. He used to live in the neighboring county in the 90’s and is familiar with the area.


    The things Eric misses the most about Ludington are the people and sleeping in his own bed. He should be home sometime this spring and is excited to get back to our community and see everyone.

    Eric with Dr Lee, head of the transplant team, and the transplant nurse case manager.
    Eric’s hand therapist, “Princess.”

    January Birthdays

    Erica Karmiesool – 5th
    Kaila Van Loon – 19th
    Jessica Houser – 27th
    Jared Lauber – 27th
    Kelly Savich – 30th

    What are the Jaycees?

    The Ludington Area Jaycees have been developing young leaders in 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.

    The Ludington Area Jaycees are part of the Michigan Jaycees, the United States Junior Chamber, and Junior Chamber International. These organizations support the local chapters around the globe, and provide training opportunities and tools to develop our members.

    Membership Brochure

    How to join

    If you are 21-40 years old and are interested in joining the Ludington Area Jaycees, contact Eric Lund (lundericd@gmail.com).
    Benefits of membership:
    • AFTERGLOW PARTY: 4th of July Party at the Mini Golf Patio for you and your immediate family, and guests (for a small fee). Party includes: free parking in our lot at Stearns Park, food, beverages (alcoholic & non), entertainment, and a front row seat to the best fireworks display in West Michigan
    • BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: paid entrance to the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours (if you wear your Jaycees name badge)
    • MIJC CONFERENCE: paid registration to Michigan Jaycees Conferences (if you attend 1 training and 1 social during the conference)
    • UNLIMITED FREE MINI GOLF for members and their immediate family at the club-owned course at Stearns Park
    • WYNDHAM HOTELS: 20% discount on the best available rates at all Wyndham Hotels worldwide, including Ramada, Wingate, Knights Inn, Howard Johnson, Super 8, Baymont Inn, Travelodge, Hawthorne Suites, and Days Inn.
    • MOTEL 6: 5% discount to all Motel 6 properties nationwide.
    • AVIS CAR RENTALS: 10% member’s discount.
    • BUDGET CAR RENTALS: 5%-25% member’s discount.
    • LIBERTY MUTUAL AUTO & HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE: special group discount on auto, home, and renter’s insurance through Group Savings Plus® from Liberty Mutual.
    • OFFICE DEPOT: up to 80% off preferred Products, 3,000 of the most commonly used products at 15% off retail web pricing.

    Upcoming Events

    Email newsletter submissions and Jaycee of the Month suggestions to Katie Provenzano at info@katiepro.com.

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Jaycees Announce New Fireworks Fundraiser: The Light Up the Night Music Series

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees have created a new event to benefit their 2018 Freedom Festival Fireworks Fund called the Light Up the Night Music Series.

    The event includes live music at a different Ludington location each Thursday night for four weeks with local musicians donating their time and the establishment giving 10% of their food/drink sales during the event to the 2018 Fireworks Fund.


    The schedule is as follows:

      • Thursday, October 26th- 11 Silver at Michaels- 129 W. Ludington Ave.
      • Thursday, November 2nd- Canopy Space at Sandbar- 203 S. James St.
      • Thursday, November 9th- Chad Rushing at Ludington Pub- 209 S. James St.- 109 W. Ludington Ave.
      • Thursday, November 16th- Redux at The Mitten Bar


    For more information, visit ludingtonarajaycees.org or call Lexi at (231) 425-7768.


Discounted Freedom Festival T-shirts Available

  • Freedom Festival t-shirts from 2017 and years past are now available at discounted rates at the Jaycees Mini Golf Course in Stearns Park which is open at noon daily.


    2017 Shirts are on sale for $8 each, while t-shirts from 2016 and older are $2 each. All proceeds will benefit the Fireworks Fund which the Jaycees raise money for all year long in order to prepare for each Freedom Festival fireworks show.


    The 2017 shirts commemorate the 2017 Freedom Festival and Parade Grand Marshals, the Ludington High School Boys Basketball Team and Coach Thad Shank.

Freedom Festival Grand Parade Lineup is Finished!

  • The lineup for the 2017 Freedom Festival Grand Parade is finished. Those who submitted entries will receive an e-mail in the next day or so with their assignment number and more details. Those who did not provide an e-mail address will receive this information via postal mail.

    If you don’t receive your information or need it right away, please see the lineup here. This will be used in conjunction with the Assignment Sheet that will be e-mailed to you in the next day or so. You can also view the Assignment Sheet here.

Mini Golf Grand Re-Opening Celebration Planned for July 1st

  • The Jaycees are excited to announce that their mini golf is open and that a Grand Re-Opening Celebration has been scheduled! There will be a presentation beginning at 11 am and the Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at around 11:45 am. Refreshments will be available.

    The public is invited to attend and enter to win a family-pack of 5 mini golf passes. Cost to play this year is $7 for adults (in honor of the Ludington Jaycees’ 70th anniversary), $5 for children (in honor of the Mini Golf’s 50th anniversary), and free for kids under 5. The theme of the course is “Landmarks of Ludington”, encompassing educational and historical obstacles and highlighting local attractions.

    The Ludington Area Jaycees’ Miniature Golf Course was opened in 1967 for the purpose of generating funds to support community projects. Since that year, over $300,000 has been donated by the chapter to local initiatives. Proceeds from the mini golf are only used to support local charitable organizations and causes with zero dollars going toward the Ludington Area Jaycees’ chapter projects.

    Some of the major projects the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has supported over the years are: West Shore Community Ice Arena, a birthing room at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Copeyon Park Fish Cleaning Station, Ludington Recreation Soccer Field on Bryant Road, Mason County Recreation Football, emergency equipment for Ludington Fire Department, Waterfront Park Playground, the Skate Plaza, Stearns Park Accessibility Walkways, Ludington and Mason County Central High School’s Music Departments, White Pine Village Music Museum, among many others.

    Questions? Please contact Mini Golf Chairperson, Mary Burden, at (231) 690-2020.

Summer Kick Off Concert Coming Up on June 14th

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees and the Scottville Clown Band are proud to host their annual summer kick off concert on Wednesday, June 14th at 7 pm at Ludington’s Waterfront Park. The concert is free of charge.

    The concert will feature the world famous Scottville Clown Band along with their 2017 scholarship recipients as well as a short presentation to 2017 Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshals, the 2016/2017 Ludington High School Boys Basketball Team and Coach Thad Shank.

    Concessions as well as 2017 Freedom Festival t-shirts will be available for purchase to benefit the Fireworks Fund and the Clown Band will take up a collection for their scholarship fund.
    For more information, contact Kandi at (231) 852-3512.

2017 Freedom Festival News!

  • Crazy Bartender Contest Will Benefit the 2017 Freedom Festival Fireworks

    Join the Ludington Area Jaycees and some local celebs as we raise money for the Freedom Festival Fireworks Fund! The Jaycees are committed to increasing our fireworks budget from $20,000 to $25,000 this year and we need your support.


    The current list of Crazy Bartenders includes:
    Brad Reed of Todd & Brad Reed Photography
    Jac Russell of Greenridge Realty
    Spence Riggs of the Mason County Growth Alliance
    Vic Burwell of Floracraft
    Karen Haldeman, End Alzheimer’s Activist
    Brandy Henderson of the West Shore ESD
    Julie Rasgaitis of Wildwood Meadows Apartments


    These locals will be donning their craziest gear and bartending upstairs at Timbers- 320 S. James St. in Ludington! You “vote” for your favorite Crazy Bartender by putting cash in their tip jars! The winner (most money in tips) will receive a trophy created/donated by Makers Market and bragging rights… All tips raised will benefit the Fireworks Fund!


    In addition, Timbers will generously donate 5% of beverage sales during the event back to the Jaycees .


    We’ll also have 50/50 raffles and entertainment provided courtesy of Chad Rushing!



    Jaycees Accepting Grand Marshal Nominations Until April 30

    The Ludington Area Jaycees announced today that they are now taking nominations from community members for their Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal. The theme of the 2017 4th of July Freedom Festival is “Ludington: a Legacy of Community Pride” and nominees should be those who excel in this area and strive to serve their fellow community members.


    The Grand Marshal is honored by leading the Ludington Area Jaycees 4th of July Freedom Festival Parade and is recognized at various other Jaycees events. Nominations should be in the form of a letter, describing how the nominee embodies “Ludington: a Legacy of Community Pride” and can be submitted via email to jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com or mailed to the Ludington Area Jaycees at PO Box 411, Ludington, Attn: Freedom Festival Parade Committee.


    The group will take nominations now through April 30th.



    Grand Parade Entry Applications Now Available!

    The Freedom Festival Grand Parade Committee is now accepting applications for entries into this year’s Grand Parade, to be held on Tuesday, July 4th with line up beginning at 12 pm and step off at 1:45 pm. Download the application here. Application deadline is June 23rd.



    Freedom Festival Events Calendar

    Monday, July 3rd, 6 pm- Children & Pet Parade: Line up at Ferry/Loomis Streets at 6 pm, step off at 6:30 pm. For more information, email info@ludingtonareajaycees.org.


    Tuesday, July 4th, 2 pm- Grand Parade: Line up begins at 12 pm, step off at 1:45 pm. For more information, contact Katie at jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com or call 872-JAY-CEES (872-529-2337).


    Tuesday, July 4th, Dusk- Fireworks over Lake Michigan. To make a donation to the fireworks fund or for more information, contact Travis at tmmiedema89@gmail.com or 231-239-0811.



    Jaycees Seeking Sponsors and Accepting Donations for the 2017 Fireworks

    The Ludington Area Jaycees are currently collecting donations to fund the 2017 Freedom Festival Fireworks show. Without the support of the community businesses and individuals, the Jaycees could not afford to put on the high-quality show it does each year. Please consider a sponsorship or donation to help us put on one of the best 4th of July Fireworks shows in West Michigan!


    Mail your donation to the Ludington Area Jaycees at PO Box 411, Ludington, MI  49431. Contact Travis at tmmiedema89@gmail.com or 231-239-0811 for more information on sponsorships or donations. This year’s sponsorship form can be found here.

Discounted Koeze Nuts Products Available

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees annual Koeze Nuts Sale is coming to an end and the group is now offering current stock at a discount. Items still available are:


    20 oz. Glass Decanters of Colossal Cashews- $25 each

    10 oz. Boxes of Mixed Nuts w/ Macadamias- $12 each

    19.5 oz. Glass Decanters of Milk & Dark Chocolate Turtles- $30 each


    There are very limited quantities of each available and the items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.


    Contact Lexi Alvesteffer at (231) 425-7768 or jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com to arrange purchase/pick up.

Koeze Nuts Products Available for Immediate Purchase

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees annual Koeze Nuts Sale is coming to an end and the group has stock available for immediate purchase/pick up. Items still available are:


    20 oz. Glass Decanters of Colossal Cashews- $31.50 each

    10 oz. Boxes of Mixed Nuts w/ Macadamias- $16.25 each

    19.5 oz. Glass Decanters of Milk & Dark Chocolate Turtles- $40.50 each


    There are very limited quantities of each available and the items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.


    Contact Lexi Alvesteffer at (231) 425-7768 or jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com to arrange purchase/pick up.


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