Jim Wink has been a member of The American Legion for thirty-two years and a member of Lloyd Williams Post 41 for the past thirteen years. He is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He has been active in the Post’s programs and activities since the day he joined.
Jim has been and continues to be a key participant in planning and organizing the Post’s involvement in the Veterans Day Program and the Memorial Day Program. These are programs requiring significant setup that takes six months to a year to plan and implement. His knowledge and acquaintance with county and town officials is beneficial in scheduling and structuring the programs. He assists in identifying and obtaining guest speakers and guest attendants for the events. In addition, he coordinates with the local media to announce the schedules and specifics of the events.
You will see Jim at the annual Post picnic each year. Jim and his partners collect the sweet corn donated by Nall’s Farm Market and cook the corn for the picnic.
Jim is regular member of Post veteran volunteers who install military markers on the veterans’ graves in the cemeteries in the county.
Outside the Post, Jim and his wife Tracee are busy with efforts benefitting the community. They own and operate the Horseshoe Curve Restaurant. A big part of the restaurant’s history is its service to its mountaintop community. In 1997, they founded The Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association as an offshoot of earlier fundraising efforts that the Winks and restaurant patrons began in 1993.
Since its founding, the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association raises funds to support the Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company; recognizes and honors local law enforcement officers; provides scholarships to Clarke County High School graduates; provides Christmas gift baskets to needy Clarke County senior citizens; and supports other worthwhile causes.
Jim exemplifies what a volunteer should be—a person who performs a service willingly and without pay for the benefit of others. In recognition of his dedication and conscientious service to Lloyd Williams Post 41 of The American Legion and the Clarke County community, Jim Wink has been selected as our 2018 Legionnaire of the Year. His fellow Legionnaires salute his service and dedication to his Post and the mission of the American Legion.