2011 Outstanding Volunteer
of the Year
Jim is the very essence of volunteerism. His
volunteerism has won him recognition from the business
community and other organizations-yet he would never be
one to seek such accolades.
Jim was instrumental in helping to establish the park's
first-ever Friends group last year. The make-up of
volunteer groups typically changes over time, as
individuals' interests and availability go through
changes. In the case of Friends of Lake Accotink Park,
Jim was a steady force--providing leadership,
encouragement, and creative energy on a consistent basis.
For example, he suggested the mascot for the group, which
was enthusiastically adopted. Jim also served as an
effective spokesperson for Lake Accotink Park at county
budget hearings and other public meetings.
Jim is there when it counts the most and adapts to
whatever the situation calls for. He graciously shares
roles, such as emcee duties for Braddock Nights concerts
and assignment coordination for Watershed Clean-up Days.
But he can just as reliably take center stage and deliver
a command performance, as seen when he served again this
past year as Master of Ceremonies for the Cardboard Boat
Jim understands the importance of community... and the
responsibility we each have to doing our part to make
things better. He is a great storyteller and reaches into
his vast stores of wisdom to draw out meaning and
relevance for those around him. He has always been a
strong advocate on behalf of Lake Accotink Park and for
parks as a whole. Jim's unquenchable sense of humor, his
calm leadership, and his generous spirit of giving set a
tremendous example for customers and everyone who
benefits when parks are supported.