Jim’s extraordinary dedication to enhancing the lives of others includes 20 years with the Rhinebeck Little League (having served 10 of those years as President), work on the Town of Rhinebeck Democratic Committee, service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Starr Library (8 years of which he was the Treasurer), time as Treasurer and Founding Board Member of Gateways to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows, three years as Village of Rhinebeck Trustee, service on the Village of Rhinebeck Parking Committee and six years of work on the Town of Rhinebeck Comprehensive Plan Committee.
In addition to the aforementioned roles, his energy, time and talent have been extended to the Rhinebeck Lions Club for the past 29 years as Charter President (and currently as Secretary). He has helped administer the very popular youth Lions Basketball League for 25 years and has also served as House Captain for the Rebuilding Together program. His Lions Club peers honored him with the Robert Uplinger Award to recognize these tremendous accomplishments.
As a member of Montgomery Post 429 American Legion, he has served as Past Commander, Color Guard member, Chair of the Veterans’ Day Ball and is currently the 1st Vice Commander. He was voted a Life Member by his peers there.
Jim is also an active committee member of the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament, and has been a co-chair for the Starlight Ball in the past. He is a Shotgun Scramble committee member for the Friends of Mills Mansion and has been a 25-year member of the Red Hook Golf Club, having served as President along the way.
The incredible devotion of Jim Closs to making a difference in the lives of others represents a selflessness that is rare indeed. He is truly an inspiration to all who have the pleasure of knowing him. Thus, the Rhinebeck Rotary is extremely proud to announce his designation as the 2010 Citizens Recognition Award winner.