In 1996, Jim was planning to retire from the Phoenix Urban League where he had spent the previous 12 years as development director when he received a call from the SVL board president at the time asking for Jim’s help in creating a plan to guide the Lodge’s future. When Jim agreed to the challenge, his first task was to write his own job description.
During his years at the Lodge, Jim helped develop a working budget and created a fundraising timetable. It is notable that the Lodge raised the funds for the renovation during Jim’s tenure. And, he oversaw 2 ½ years of the renovation projects while an employee of SVL.
Thankfully, Jim did not leave his friends at the Lodge after he retired. He made himself available to the staff for a variety of tasks and serves as an ambassador-at-large representing us in the community to this day. He also runs a monthly men’s club for residents.
As a small token of appreciation, Lodge management elected to honor Jim with the annual Helene Pfeifer award at the staff recognition party on January 31st. The award is named after late resident Helene Pfeifer and is given to the volunteer who best exemplifies Helene’s spirit of giving and dedication. Past recipients include Irene Lincoln and Dorothy Mills.