Scholarship winners are selected based on many criteria including community service and overall academic performance. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our scholarship winners below. Read More
Our 4th of July Celebration is just around the corner and billboards are going up all over town...
The Zanesville Jaycees will once again host Stars and Stripes On the River and we need your support to put on this event. The event will take place July 3rd and July 4th, at Zane's Landing Park. There will be live entertainment along with refreshments and food served by local not for profit organizations. All of the proceeds the Jaycees make from the two-day celebration go to benefit the community. Thank you to all of our sponsors for 2012 that make this event possible.
Barnes Advertising, Hamburg Fireworks, City Tire, American Pride, Pepsi, Allegra Print & Imaging, Wal-Mart and Dominos
Century National Bank, North Valley Bank and Big R Trucking.
Shelly & Sands, Energy Co-op and Physicians Research Inc.
Bryan & Snider Funeral Home, Zemba Bros and Genesis.
ZANESVILLE -- In the midst of the holiday season's traditional spirit of giving, Shawn Torres is grateful he stumbled on a group that embodies this spirit year-round.
"I wanted to donate my free time to a good cause and give back to the community," he said.
Torres is new to the fold of the Zanesville Jaycees, but he's already experienced a wealth of rewards in his eight months with the nonprofit service organization.
"This impacts local families," he said. "A lot of good things happen so we can send things back out to the community. I know the fireworks (Stars and Stripes on the River) are a big thing, and so is this."
On Dec. 13, Torres experienced his first Christmas for Kids shopping tour to help children buy gifts for family members.
"I don't have any kids, but this was fun to watch them shop," he said. "Some knew exactly what they wanted."
Children Services referred 23 children to the Jaycees this year. Various fundraising events throughout the year -- including the Christmas for Kids Golf Outing -- helped fund the shopping trip at the Maple Avenue Wal-Mart and wrapping party at the club house featuring pizza from Domino's and a visit from Santa.
"The kids love it; they're excited about it all day," Jaycees President Shawn Antritt said. "It's nice to spread holiday cheer."
"I've been getting a lot of thank-yous from the kids, and that's nice to hear," three-year member Kyle Woerner said. "It's a good time. I like giving back to people, and there's always something going on with the Jaycees. I've also helped with Meals on Wheels and C-Day."
The Jaycees participate in various community events, fundraisers and volunteer efforts, including golf outings, scholarship giveaways to students, the Independence Day fireworks display known as Stars and Stripes on the River, donating items to the city of Zanesville and Zanesville Police Department, raffles, and donations to other charitable organizations. Other annual favorites include the C-Day collection for the Salvation Army and deliveries of meals to the homebound through Christ's Table on Thanksgiving.
"It's a mix of older and new activities," Antritt said. "It's getting harder to raise money, so we're trying to think of different things we can do. This year was the first for our Christmas for Kids golf outing. It raised about $1,000, a pretty good success.
"Our members also help out at the Jaycees Golf Course," he said. "We're always looking for new members. It's a good group of guys that love their community and want to support it by helping out any way they can. Right now we have about 25 members, and we're part of the Junior Chamber, with members under 40 years old."
Club Vice President Matt Joseph and Treasurer Jesse Rollins saw this organization as a perfect fit for themselves.
"I like the networking and meeting younger people in the business community," said Joseph, who is a three-year member.
"I moved here four years ago and made friends with these guys," Rollins said. "It's a great way to meet people. We do it all. People think it takes up a lot of time, but it's two meetings a month. And most employers like to see their employees involved in different things. The community benefits from this."
Spending time with loved ones is important to Scott Dunn, but so is putting a smile on the face of someone in need.
With boxes in hand, Dunn loaded up his truck and prepared to hit the road to deliver some holiday cheer and meals to local homebound residents.
"It's your duty," he said. "If you can give back to the community and enjoy helping people, you should. And these people are so appreciative."
Dunn was one of the Zanesville Jaycees members who gathered Saturday morning at Christ's Table to lend a helping hand with the organization's Thanksgiving meal deliveries. Club president Shawn Antritt said this has been an annual activity for at least the past 20 years.
"It's nice to help out and let the regular drivers have the day off with their families," Antritt said.
"They're the real heroes because they do this every day," Dunn said. "I hope my children will want to do the same thing I'm doing."
Antritt said 15 members were out in six trucks delivering 156 meals along various routes throughout the city. This accounted for about half of the total meals served Thursday through Christ's Table. With 191 meals served inside, the grand total was 347 meals. That's slightly more than the usual 300 to 325 served each year.
"Being a Jaycees member, this is a special treat for us, to bring joy to everyone," he said. "I'm proud of the Jaycees, and I know all the guys enjoy it."
Christ's Table Executive Director Keely Warden always is taken aback by the community's generosity, such as the Jaycees' actions.
"This shows their commitment," she said. "It's still overwhelming to me. This is my first year here for Thanksgiving, but I look forward to seeing our regulars and giving them Thanksgiving hugs. These meals are made with love, and it's important to Tina (Adolph, kitchen coordinator) that people have homemade meals."
The dine-in meal crowd began filtering in throughout the morning, but before they were served at festively decorated tables the many volunteers for the day were hard at work. Three, two-hour shifts with about 12 volunteers each worked in the kitchen to set up, pack meals and prepare to serve them. The well-oiled machine made sure delivery meals featured the perfect amounts of turkey, potatoes, vegetables and the rest of the trimmings.
Distributing turkey into meal trays, Lora Young started a holiday tradition.
"We just want to give back and pay it forward, and we plan on doing the same thing for the Christmas dinner here on Dec. 23," she said. "This is awesome. The shut-ins get a nice holiday meal, and it's good for people to come in and get a hot meal, too."
Warden said it warmed her heart to see the kitchen volunteers' camaraderie and willingness to step in where needed.
"The smiles on that side of the counter are just as precious as on this side," she said "They're doing something good, and they believe in what we're doing here."
For more than 50 years, the Zanesville Jaycees group has sponsored the C-Day collection day. Originally called Can Day, C-Day encompasses greater material needs around the holidays. It normally is the first Saturday in December but was changed to Nov. 12 to get a head start on the Salvation Army's collection and distribution effort.
Club treasurer Jesse Rollins said the event was a success, possibly the best one yet, with 20 to 25 truckloads of items dropped off throughout the day.
Although this helped make a dent, the Salvation Army has other needs, as well, including volunteers to help with food preparation for Thanksgiving dinner, canned food, desserts such as pies, money and turkeys. Capt. Diane Campbell said the organization served about 800 people in 2010, which requires more than 60 turkeys. Forty-eight turkeys already have been donated.
Congratulations to our 2011 Scholarship Winners!
Pictured from left to right: Sadie Dietrick, Monica Westerheide, Scott Dunn (Jaycees), Mayor "Butch" Zwelling, Shawn Antritt (Jaycees), Jordan Ashby, and Victoria Valent.
Cameron Taylor was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on June 27, 2010. Cameron turned 8 on July 11th and had undergone several rounds of Chemotherapy from the time of diagnosis to early September. Cameron has done amazing through this process.
The Zanesville Jaycees were contacted in regards to a "Celebration of Cameron's Courage" and were intrigued to help. Our members unanimously agreed to purchase a laptop which will aid in Cameron's school work and development. Cameron is pictured above coming to the Jaycees clubhouse to receive his computer.
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