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Another feather in Jaycees’ cap

By Staff | Apr 16, 2010

Service organizations fill an important role in community development and, recently, the Rugby Jaycees once again illustrated that point.

The chapter saw a need for a park on the east side of town, and members went to work. First, bringing their idea to the Rugby Park Board and eventually, forming a park committee, applying for grants and conducting fundraisers to go toward the park project.

In just two years, those efforts raised well over $50,000 and this summer a new park will be developed for the good of the community.

Talk about fast action.

Then again, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by this latest achievement of the Jaycees. This organization, which restarted a decade ago, has been quite active in sponsoring, organizing, and running worthwhile projects.

The list includes: downtown street dances; Haunted Houses; Easter Egg hunts; Punt, Pass and Kick and Pitch, Hit and Run contests; and a Family Fall Fest.

Of course there have been other activities over the years, and the proceeds from those events, coupled with charitable gaming funds, have enabled the Jaycees to donate tens of thousands of dollars back to the community.

Money that has assisted other community projects, provided youth scholarships, and helped families in need, just to name a few.

Behind all of these events are members who are willing to give of their time to benefit the community. Not only are the efforts of the Jaycees appreciated in Rugby, they’ve also been recognized by their peers.

In 2005, Rugby was selected as N.D. Jaycees chapter of the year.

A deserving honor for an organization that has made a big impact on the Geographical Center – both past and present.

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