Jerry Bacon was a charter member of the Daniel Island Rotary Club and was instrumental in its founding. In early 2001 he and his child bride, Billie, met with other local residents and business leaders about the idea of forming a local club.
With the North Charleston Breakfast Club as its sponsor, The Rotary Club of Daniel Island received its charter and was ready to serve the community. Jerry held the office of Sergeant- at- Arms and brought humor and revenue to the Club with his creative fines; Tardiness, newsworthy tidbits about members, birthdays and anniversaries were noted and fines were applied. For the first few years, fines were a major source of fundraising. The Club tried other ways to support our charity efforts and settled on the Duck Race as the sole source of income for charity. The Duck Race continues to be a great success thanks, to the help of our friends and neighbors.
Jerry and Billie moved to Daniel Island in 1999 and live in the “historic part” of the island. They have watched it grow into one of the South’s most beautiful and desirable communities and have enjoyed every moment of that experience. Jerry, who is a 9th generation direct descendant of Robert Daniel himself, feels like he has returned to his roots.
They have four children between them. Jerry has a son, Jeremiah, and a daughter, Beth. Billie has a son, Craig, and a daughter, Chris. Billie lived in Oklahoma and met Jerry while visiting her son who was attending the Citadel. They are also the proud grandparents of two of the most wonderful kids in the entire world.
When asked why he likes being a member of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, Jerry can give you many reasons- “Rotary affords members the opportunity to meet some of the finest people here on the island and the surrounding areas, and there are many social events to enjoy as well as a number of charitable projects in which to participate.”
Jerry has been a Rotarian since 1982 and is proud of what the Rotary stands for. It is an international organization and has been serving the needs of others for over 100 years. Its motto is “Service Above Self,” and it defines our members and our purpose. Jerry is truly a legend!