Dear Jerry

Rotaract Oshksh lost its President, Jerry Medina, in a tragic car accident on January 30.

Dear Jerry | Rotaract Oshkosh

Dear Jerry,

I write to say thanks. Actually, I write to say thanks for a lot of things.

Thanks for your help. I would have had a really hard time starting Rotaract Oshkosh without you. Your colleague Dan, a Rotarian, was the one that gave me your name. He said you would probably be interested. That’s why I sent you that left-field [read: frantic] email in spring 2012. Luckily, you responded right away.

Thanks for showing up. To Planet Perk in June to hear me out, to Fond du Lac’s chartering, to all those organizational meetings. And with good company!

Thanks for introducing me to Dan and Becky. I am certain Rotaract would not be what it is without them. They came because of you. So did Shelly and Brandon. Together we grew into something real, something to be proud of.

Dear Jerry | Rotaract Oshkosh

Thanks for introducing me to Meredith. We only met a handful of times, but I recognized a familiar soul. Writing and animal welfare mean a lot to both of us. Once or twice we even toyed with the idea of dropping everything to start a rescue of our own. (Meaning more animals, of course.)

Oshkosh Area Humane Society | Rotaract Oshkosh

Thanks for your laughter. Monthly meetings or volunteering, you were the life of all our proverbial parties. Exec meetings are especially fond memories. You were the first one to laugh and the first to make everybody else laugh. You and Shelly would inevitably bicker; you and Dan would joke about sports or work, and you were the quickest to make a snarky remark that rocked the whole table.

Dear Jerry | Rotaract Oshkosh

Thanks for rallying everyone. Like that night we volunteered with Downtown Rotary at Waterfest, do you remember? Someone had the idea to cheer for people who tipped us. Then you took it to the next level and really made a ruckus. Again, laughter. Much of it because of you. That night will go down as my favorite volunteering event.

Working Waterfest | Rotaract Oshkosh

Our friendship formed around Rotaract almost two years ago. I am so glad it did. I am so glad our paths crossed. You have touched my life, Jerry Medina. Thank you for being.

2 thoughts on “Dear Jerry

  • February 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    This is such an amazing tribute. I never met Jerry, but through your words, I see the spirit he carried, the positive outlook on life, and the genuine goodness in his heart to help others; to lead others. What a guy, wish I had the pleasure of meeting him. But, I did meet his beautiful wife, Meredith, and know what an amazing couple they were together. She is a marvel to me too. I am grateful for being able to work together.

  • February 12, 2014 at 12:16 am

    very touching. such the pleasure volunteering with him.


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