Three Generations of Service over 75 years
It's remarkable that three generations from the Spaeth family have served on the Jackson Community Foundation's Board of Trustees for a combined 27 years! Starting with Carl F. Spaeth, Sr., who was one of our founding Trustees, to his grandson, Carl F. Spaeth, III who currently serves on the Board. The Spaeth family has a rich tradition of volunteerism and philanthropy in Jackson. Not only have they supported the mission of JCF, all three men have volunteered on various boards and for other philanthropic organizations and programs focused on improving our community.
Carl F. Spaeth, Sr. (seated, far right) Trustee, 1948-1973
Carl F. Spaeth, Jr. Trustee, 1980-1989
Carl F. Spaeth, III
Trustee, 2019 - Present
Jackson Junior Welfare Leagues comes full circle in 2022
Equally impressive is the service of the women in their family. Helen Badgley, grandmother of Carl III, was a founding member of the Jackson Junior Welfare League (JJWL). Some of their early projects included a milk fund distributed to the Children’s Clinic at the former Foote Hospital (now known as Henry Ford Jackson), blood drives, and sewing for the Red Cross during World War II. Helen's daughter and Carl's mother, Roxana "Roxie" Spaeth, was a talented actress and singer among other things including service in the Navy. Roxie followed in her mother's footsteps and became a life-long member of JJWL. In 2022, when the JJWL was dissolving, their remaining assets were transferred to the Foundation to create the Jackson Junior Welfare League Women’s Empowerment Fund. The Fund will not only allow their philanthropic work to continue, but with the power of an endowment fund, for generations to come!