Baldwin Rotary meets endowment goal for Jack Chase Memorial Veterans Fund

BALDWIN — After two years of raising funds, the Baldwin Rotary Club, partnered with the Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Fremont Area Community Foundation, met the goal of $10,000 for the endowment for the Jack Chase Memorial Veterans Fund.

During the weekly Rotary Club meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Pere Marquette Room at Pompeii’s, club members acknowledged the goal had been met.

Terri Vanias, president of the Baldwin Rotary Club, said it was a really big day for the Rotary to be able to do this for the veterans.

In 2015 and 2016 the Baldwin Rotary hosted its 34th and 35th Annual Golf Outing at Marquette Trails, made possible by the sponsorship of Lake-Osceola State Bank, Fischer LP Gas and Baldwin Lumber. Between both years’ events, $10,000 was raised.

The Jack Chase Memorial Veterans Fund, managed by LCCF, with the guidance of local veterans groups, helps assist local veterans in need. Individuals or groups will be able to contribute to the fund.

The fund was named for Jack Chase, a World War II veteran who was a long-time resident of Lake County. He lost his leg during action in 1945 and received the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and four campaign medals. He was active in Lake County as director of Social Services, rotary member and a life member of VFW Post No. 5315. Before he passed away in 2014 at age 90, he was able to travel to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII veterans’ memorial.

Rose D’Ercole, step-daughter of Jack Chase, was an honored guest at the meeting.

“It is so fantastic you are honoring Jack,” she said. “He is not here, but it is like he is still here. I miss him every day.”

If anyone would like to make a contribution to the Jack Chase Memorial Veterans Fund, please contact the Lake County Community Foundation at P.O. Box 995, Baldwin, MI 49304.