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Jim Wilks of Sweetwater was elected President of Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville during the campâ€™s Aug. 2 annual board meeting.
Texas Lions Camp is a non-profit camping facility located in Kerrville that provides week long camping experiences for children with physical disabilities, Type 1 diabetes, cancer and Down syndrome at no cost to them and their families. The campâ€™s mission is to improve self-esteem and invite children with special medical conditions to step into their calling. In the 65 year history of TLC, over 67,000 children have been afforded the opportunity to improve their self-esteem and hear the campâ€™s message of â€śCan Do.â€ť
Jim Wilks was born in Abilene and later graduated from Trent High School. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian College and ultimately graduated with a law degree from the University of Houston Law School. He has been married to Marjorie Wilks for 57 years and has raised two children, a daughter Debra, director of the Special Education Program in Fredericksburg and a son, Lewis, who is the Managing Director of Public Finance for U.S. Capital Advisors in Houston. Lion Wilks is also quick to take credit for three fabulous grandchildren as well.
Jim Wilks has built his life around service of others. From being a boy scout as a child, to working as a cookware salesman and building houses while attending college. He served in many groups during his academic years including serving as the president of the Sub-T fraternal organization at Abilene Christian College and as a member of Phi Delta Phi, the Order of Barons and as associate editor of the Law Review while at Law School in Houston. He has also served in his church in many capacities including elder, teacher and song leader. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Sweetwater Independent School District, including a term as president. He served on the Texas Association of School Boards and as president of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce. He also has served with many charitable organizations including Disability Resources, the ACU Foundation and as a local representative of the West Texas Rehab Center. Lion Wilks joined the Sweetwater Lions Club where he has served in every possible capacity on the local, regional, district and state level. He also served internationally as Parliamentarian at the 2007 International Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
"Jim Wilks is a man of deep conviction and considerable character,â€ť said Stephen S. Mabry, Chief Executive Officer of Texas Lions Camp. â€śIt has been my privilege to observe and serve alongside of Mr. Wilks as he has served Texas Lions Camp faithfully over the past five years in various other capacities and we are profoundly fortunate to have the benefit of his leadership,â€ť Mabry said.
Currently, he dedicates his service to the Executive Committee of the Texas Lions Camp where he now serves as President of the Board of Directors. Lion Wilks is committed to giving his time and labor to the Texas Lions Camp, and travel where necessary to promote its work, image and finances. When asked how he views the upcoming year and his part as President, Lion Wilks replied, â€śI want to influence the Camp to be its best.â€ť He went on to state that when he thinks of Texas Lions Camp he is reminded that: one camper called the camp â€śHeaven on Earth.â€ť He says, â€śThe Texas Lions Camp is a place where kids, who are faced with tremendous obstacles, can go and experience the best week of their lives.â€ť His decision to serve on the Executive Committee of Texas Lions Camp came through careful thought and observation. He states that â€śbeing President of TLC is the pinnacle of my career as a Texas Lion. I admire those that have served as President before me.â€ť
Lion Wilksâ€™ family has been very supportive of his service throughout the years, but especially now as Texas Lions Camp President. His wife, Marjorie, is happy and supportive of his leadership at the camp. She knows that there will be more time and effort committed to the camp during this year, but is looking forward to her husbandâ€™s term. Ironically, Lion Wilksâ€™ daughter, Debra, also has a history with Texas Lions Camp. She credits her service as a counselor at TLC some 25 years ago and the experience she garnered working hands-on with children that have special medical needs as the turning point for deciding to enter into the Special Education field as her vocation.
Texas Lions Camp is honored to have such a distinguished and dedicated man to serve as President for the 2014-2015 year. To learn more, or to make a donation in honor of Jim Wilks, please visit TLC on the web at www.lionscamp.com.