Jim recently began his fifth fraternal year as the council’s Lecturer, a position that had stood vacant for years before he responded to an invitation from Andy Goza. He puts great time and effort into each talk. No topic is really off limits, except maybe politics. Jim favors history, ancestry and patriotism. Some topics come to him while listening to a homily. (All of his lectures are available here on the council website.) Jim took his First Degree and Major Degrees in 2012 and joined the Fourth Degree a year later. He’s also an officer in Assembly 2799, the Faithful Captain (the Fourth Degree equivalent to the Deputy Grand Knight). Jim also oversees 8157’s retention committee. As Jim has sometimes mentioned in his talks, he’s from upstate New York and came this-a-way to attend Oklahoma State, graduating with a degree in general business with a major in marketing. He retired in 2011 after spending the previous 30 years with Northrup Grumman and Raytheon. Jim and wife Mary are as close to being parish “originals” without being originals; they first attended Mass at Holy Spirit during Week 2 of its existence as a mission church, in the gym of Duncanville’s Central Elementary. They’ve been choir members for about 38 years and veterans of Fall Festival rummage “organizational services.” They met at OSU, were married in 1966 and have lived in Cedar Hill since 1972.