Compiled and read by Debbie Beasley, April 15, 2021
Jim has been with Rotary for 50 years – 50 YEARS! With perfect attendance – PERFECT ATTENDANCE. Not only that, but Jim is also a third generation Rotarian following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
Lauren shared with me some of the historical documents, pictures, accolades, and cards that we have regarding Jim. There is much to say about Jim’s Rotary life, but it would not be right or appropriate to dive into that without first talking about Jim as a husband and father. Jim’s family is at the heart of who he is and what means the most to him. It is an honor to have Eric, Scott, and Tanya with us here today. Eric and Scott continue the legacy of Rotary making them 4th generation Rotarians. As you just heard with the Lee White Memorial Resolution, Jim and Lee had a special love and bond. It is the foundation of family that defines Jim.
Jim joined Rotary on November 19, 1970. Dues at that time were $58.50 quarterly. His membership application included some things we all know about Jim. Colorado School of Mines graduate. Twins Scott and Eric were also listed although Tanya was not born quite yet. His hobbies were listed as golf, bowling, and skiing. And 50 years later he still hits the ski slopes and will be embarking on a Grand Canyon Raft trip in a few weeks.
When Jim was accepted in the club 50 years ago, the Rotary Club of Denver met at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. His welcome letter, penned by George Smith Jr. said: “I have known Jim for over fifteen years and have watched him grow from boy to man and know him to be honest, forthright and a gentleman – requisites for a good Rotarian.”
Through the years, Jim has assumed a number of roles on a variety of committees. He remains an extremely active and engaged member. Currently Jim is serving on the Denver Rotary Club Foundation Board of Trustees, the Membership Committee and Jim is also active in the weekly happy hour hosted these days by Zoom.
Further, Jim has been an extremely generous Rotarian in terms of both time and money. Jim serves on the Denver Rotary Club Foundation Board of Trustees, is a DRCF Gold Fellow and Paul Harris Fellow +3, embracing and supporting our two foundations. He also gives of his time and talents. Just two weeks ago, Jim was one of 8 performers in our club April Fool’s talent show. His storytelling skills intertwined with his yo-yo and napkin tricks were a fun addition to the evening.
As you look at the pictures of Jim 50 years ago and today, you can easily say that he has not changed much. The mustache of yesterday is gone but that smile is the same. So is the generosity, kindness and uniqueness that makes Jim such a special Rotarian to each of us.