Jim came into Rotary the same day as Gordon Small in 1980. After moving to Aberdeen where he was a member of the St Fittick Club he returned to Dundee and was welcomed back into the fold despite being an unrepentant Hearts supporter. As Secretary of the Club from 1987/90 he dealt with its everyday business smoothly and efficiently. A great storyteller and after dinner speaker he played rugby in his early days and is reputed to have lost his hair in a scrum in defence of his country. Golf and bowling became his later pursuits.
Humour played a great part in his Presidency and there was a massive 82% attendance to hear his Inaugural Address. The following week it had fallen to 43% and Ian Stevenson remarked that if things carried on in that manner, the Club would fold within a month.
His major crisis was closure of the Angus Hotel, our regular venue for the Sportsman’s Dinner. However, he got use of Dundee University Sports Hall and with speakers such as David Lloyd, David Sole and Ian St John; the event was a great success with over 500 attending.
During the Rotary International Convention in Glasgow Jim made a conscious effort to stand out in the crowd by wearing his Hearts tammy and maroon and white scarf. Surprisingly he returned home unscathed.
His time as secretary of the Past Presidents Club is also an indication of his past dedication and I suppose the Bard's verdict on him would be;
He was a gash and faithfu' tyke
As ever lap a sheugh or dike,
His honest sonsie, cheery face
Aye got him friends in ilka place
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