On Monday, November 23, the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst honoured its first and only 50 year serving member of the club.
Dr. Jim Reynolds actually surpassed the 50 year mark in April but the club was unable to celebrate at that time due to COVID restrictions. The club then decided to surprise Jim with a home drive by of over 30 cars, some decorated with signs and balloons. Dorothy, Jim’s wife announced to Jim that someone was at their home for a visit. Jim thought some ONE but came to the door to be greeted by the procession! Mark Clairmont, a Rotarian, led the parade playing his trumpet for a variety of Christmas Carols changing the lyrics to honour Jim. After the long line of greeters passed and parked, Jim was presented with a special Rotary Paul Harris Award by club president, Pat Bongers. Dr. Jim Goodwin (a member of Rotary Club of Gravenhurst for 49 years) presented Dr. Reynolds a personal, framed letter from the president of Rotary International.
Jim Reynolds has been a long-time resident of Gravenhurst, being a dentist here for 40 years then retiring in 2004. He has two boys with families including four grandchildren in town.
Jim has been active with the Trinity United Church for over 50 years, being a part of the board and choir there as well.
As part of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Jim has served as president twice, was part of the District Youth Exchange for 10 years, chairing it for four years, served as local youth chair for 20 years, and actually hosted 12 students at different times as part of the Rotary Exchange program. He notes, with a chuckle that this was all in the days of “snail mail” when correspondence and arrangements were much more challenging.
The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst and all of our community is fortunate to have such a dedicated and hardworking member amongst our midst. Thank you, Jim for your long standing “service above self” (Rotary moto)!