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Rotary Club honors Roeder with Appreciation Award

July 9, 2020 | Angela Jordan

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Jack Roeder, the president and CEO of Prospect Meadows, has been honored by the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids for his dedication, hard work and integrity.

Roeder is the recipient of the Club Appreciation Award, bestowed annually to a non-Rotarian who exemplifies what the club stands for.

Roeder was the driving force behind Prospect Meadows, which opened in May of 2019 to rave reveiws. He began working on the project shortly after retiring as General Manager of the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2010 and has spent a decade bringing the facility to life.

“I think his leadership is second-to-none in this community when it comes to baseball,” said Bill Courter, the immediate past president of the Rotary Club. “We felt Jack is a deserving recipient. High integrity. People love him. They respect him.”

Roeder received the award in a virtual zoom meeting June 29 when Courter was still the Rotary Club’s acting president. Courter said he was delighted to present the award to his “good friend” who he’s known and respected for more than 20 years.

Courter saluted Roeder’s determination to see Prospect Meadows become a reality, leading a fundraising campaign that netted $11.75 million.

“Most people would give up after a couple years,” said Courter. “Ten years of perseverance is to be admired. I think I hit a grand slam home run in giving Jack Roeder this award.”

The Club Appreciation Award includes a $500 donation for a charity. 

Roeder has earmarked his $500 award to the Boys and Girls Club. “We have a lot in common with their organization,” he said.

“I’m really excited to receive this award,” Roeder remarked, “but I can think of others affiliated with Prospect Meadows who are more deserving, so I will accept this award on behalf of our entire organization.”

The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids has been active at Prospect Meadows. 

The Club donated funds for landscaping projects at the facility and joined other Rotary Clubs in Marion and Hiawatha in providing the Donor Wall at Prospect Meadows.

John Wasta won the Larry Christy Club Service Award from the Rotarians and Dennis Jordan received the Community Service Award.

Angela Jordan