Shirley is a proud member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Fresno, which she joined in March of 2001. Her Club’s projects continue to inspire her passion for hands on service. As such, she travels to Mexico each July with their “Project Nino” team of doctors, nurses, dentists and optometrists to provide health care services to over 4,000 children.
Shirley has also traveled to India three times for various projects. She has participated in three Polio National Immunization Day’s there and has fostered over 30 Matching and Global Grants with partners in that Country. Shirley served as the leader of her Districts first vocational Training Team in 2014, training over 1,000 teachers of special needs children. In March of 2014, she also traveled to Zimbabwe to assist in delivery of 550 wheelchairs. While there she also visited the Matau Primary School, the site of the largest matching grant the prior year, a canteen which will feed over 1,000 students each day. She returned n July of 2017 with yet another mobility project.
Shirley enjoys serving as a keynote speaker wherever Rotary or other organizations take her. She currently serves District 5230 as the District Rotary Foundation Chair (2015-2018) and was their Council on Legislation Representative in 2016. She has served as a Training Leader at the International Assembly for two years and at Zone 25-26 Zone Institute in November of 2017 and Co-Chair the following year.
With a commitment to Rotary Grants, she has personally fostered over fifty international, District and Rotary Grants during the past eight years resulting a numerous successful local and international projects.
Shirley is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society, and Bequest Society member. She enjoys raising funds for the Polio Plus by participating in the Ride to End Polio each November in Tucson. Last year she rode 106 miles and raised over $110,000 with her District and was honored to be awarded the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World in 2016-17.
Born and raised in Fresno California, Shirley Grace attained her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Fresno with a degree in Music Performance and a Masters in Public Administration. She retired at 50 from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department where she was the Information Technology Manager.
Shirley and her husband Dick Jackson, have seven children and sixteen grandchildren. They live in Auberry near Shaver Lake and enjoy spending time at their beach cottage in Pismo Beach in their spare time.