Jimbo Rooks honored as Citizen of the Month by Rotary

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — A native son of Jackson Hole and a well-known community leader received Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Month for November.

Jim “Jimbo” Rooks received the honor from members of the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole at a recent meeting. Rooks is a social studies teacher, coach, and leader at Jackson Hole High School.

What’s more, Rooks also coaches Jackson’s chapter of “We The People,” a civic education program designed to foster well-educated and active citizenship. Rooks also integrated inbound Rotary exchange students in his program, including two who had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. with the team.

Recently, Rooks helped arrange for Sam Mihara’s visit to the Valley. Now 90 years old, Mihara is an American of Japanese descent who was imprisoned with his family at Heart Mountain in Wyoming when he was 8 years old.

“Thanks to the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole. Thanks to Melissa Turley for nominating me,” Rooks said. “To be recognized by such an extraordinary service organization is a true honor.”

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