Jayne began her journey as a Rotarian in October, 1992 in Ankeny, Iowa (D6000) where she was the pianist for the singing. After a transfer to Plymouth, Minnesota, she joined the Rotary Club of Plymouth (D5950) where she served as President in 2003-04. Another job transfer found Jayne and Gary in Bella Vista, AR where she joined the Rotary Club of Bentonville (D6110), and was honored to be named Rotarian of the Year in 2011. Jayne served the club as President in 2012-13.Little known fact….she and Paul Harris share the same birthday – April 19th!!
During her year as President, she was instrumental in getting the club’s 4 Way Test Speech contest in to the local schools and continues to chair that program; started a new service project – Adopt a Street, and began the practice of “Happy Bucks” for the club’s efforts to the End Polio campaign. The Rotary Club of Bentonville was recognized as the District’s large club of the year and received the Presidential Citation during her presidency. In 2013, she organized the club’s 90th birthday celebration and also facilitated getting General Secretary John Hewko to an event in Bentonville.
Jayne is a 2012 graduate of the District Leadership Academy. She served the District as Assistant Governor from 2008 – 2011. In the fall of 2011, she started the District’s Club Visioning program and served as Chair until July 2017. In 2015, she was awarded the RI Club Builder award. Jayne is the Chair of Women in Rotary and Vice Chair of the District 4 Way Test speech contest and served on the District Personnel Committee. She is also a member of the Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship and Rotary Musicians Fellowship. Jayne was blessed to be a participant on the American Wheelchair Mission trip to La Paz, Mexico in 2017. She is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Paul Harris Society. She and her husband, Gary, are members of the Bequest Society and Level 1 Major Donors.
Jayne and Gary are native Iowans but have lived in NW Arkansas since 2004. Jayne has had many vocations, including owning and managing 2 small businesses, Director of Tourism of the Santa Cruz, CA Visitors Bureau, District Director of Sales for a major airline, Financial Advisor for Principal Financial Group and Director of Sales for 3 different hotels in NW Arkansas. She recently retired from the Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce as VP of Membership and Development. Gary is the Sales Director for Pharmavite, maker of Nature Made vitamins and supplements and sells to Sam’s Club. Jayne is a music major from the University of Northern Iowa and plays the organ at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church. She sits on the board of the Bella Vista Foundation and the I’ll Fly Away Foundation. Gary and Jayne love to go out on their boat, play golf and travel…especially to Cabo!