Jim Mitchell loves contributing to his community through volunteer work. His style is to find a specific organization that seems like a good fit for him and then to invest his efforts primarily through that organization for many years. That’s what he has been doing full throttle for over nine years with his involvement in the Evergreen Elks Lodge (he’s been a member for over fifteen years). Jim decided that the focus of the Elks Lodge was congruent with what he valued and has put an enormous amount of time and talent into promoting the activities of this group. The Elks’ mission is to focus on the local community with a particular emphasis on children, veterans, the elderly, animals, and abused women. Thro ughout the year the organization puts on a variety of events to raise money for these causes.
Jim has served as the Exalted Ruler (equivalent to president) in the past and has his hand in many of the varied projects of the Elks Lodge. For many years, Jim has been intricately involved in the property management of the Elks Lodge. It is an older building and has required lots of attention. He is currently a Trustee of the Lodge and helps make a lot of the financial decisions for the club.
Jim has spent six years helping to organize a weekly Bingo Activity in Lakewood which has become a tradition in the area. The proceeds from this long-time activity help fund a whole range of projects in our mountain community. He has also participated in the yearly golf tournament and has been involved in the Elks’ scholarship program for both Evergreen and Conifer High Schools. One of his favorite things to do has been to help organize the Soccer Shoot and the Hoops Shoot, two activities encouraging athletic development for area children and teens. He is very proud that this year three Evergreen students have qualified for the Regional Hoops Shoot to be held soon in Kansas.
His activities with the Elks have kept him very busy but both he and his wife, Debbie, reserve time to enjoy their retirement years with lots of travel, boating and camping. They are also the proud owners of a newly acquired rescue dog. Jim has lived in the El Pinal area of Evergreen for over 25 years and considers his fortune to live in our community one of the great blessings of his life.