The Jacksonville Boosters Club, Inc. was established in 1963 and incorporated in 1965 as an Oregon non-profit corporation. The incorporators were Robertson ("Robbie") Collins, Joe Cowley, John Keaveney, George McUne, Robert Mitchell, Mrs. Arthur Roberts, Reverend Oliver Summers, Mrs. Edna Valentine and Donald W. Wendt.
The Club was established to initiate and support activities that advance the general welfare and improvement of the City of Jacksonville. One of its first accomplishments was the obtaining of federal Historic District status for the City thereby stopping the demolition of historic structures to make way for proposed highway improvements.
Today, the Club continues to support civic activities through monetary contributions and member volunteer involvement. Annually, Club members participate in projects of benefit to the City such as the repair and repainting of the Cemetery's historic Sexton's Tool House and the restoration work taking place in Peter Britt Gardens. Boosters can be found on the City Council and nearly every City Board or Commission helping to develop policy in the tradition of the incorporators.
The Boosters first meeting place was the tiny, former railroad office at the corner of "C" and North Oregon Streets, today's Visitor Information Center. The Boosters now meet the second Monday of each month from September through November and January through May at the Bigham Knoll Campus, 525 Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville. We begin with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. followed by a program at 10:00 a.m. We feature presentations on local issues, travel, entertainment with discussions of possible projects of benefit to the community.
The June meeting is the yearly Club picnic and the December meeting is the Club's annual Holiday Party and awards ceremony.
Booster membership is open to anyone who is a friend of Jacksonville. Please see the Membership section of this website for additional information regarding becoming a member.
Want to learn more about us?
Attend one of our monthly Monday meetings. Please see the Calendar of Events page of this website for information regarding our upcoming meetings, volunteer opportunities, and events.
Jacksonville Boosters Club
P.O. Box 81
Jacksonville, OR 97530