For Immediate Release:
On Saturday, March 24th at 1:30 pm in HARVEY WHEELER CENTER, please join the Public Ceremonies Committee, local/state dignitaries, and fellow Concordians in congratulating James “Jim” Terry as the 2018 Honored Citizen. A brief ceremony will take place, followed by the serving of refreshments.
For over thirty years, Jim has been active on numerous boards and committees, making exceptional contributions to the town. During the 1980’s, he served for six years on the Finance Committee, and as its chair for one year. This was immediately followed by two years on the Planning Board. As one nominator stated, “Jim proved to be calm and methodical during times of controversy and rigorous in his attendance. People came to know and rely on Jim’s ability to follow through on anything he started.”
In 1994, Jim was elected to the Select Board. During his six-year tenure, and while serving as the board’s chair, Nanae, Japan was officially recognized as Concord’s sister city. A nomination letter for Jim described how “he led a delegation to Japan, making sure that all members understood the correct protocol and were prepared to engage in local customs. The visit was widely followed by the Japanese press and Jim’s dignified approach added much to the stature of Concord.”
Following his term on the Select Board, Jim continued to offer his time to volunteer in the town’s best interest. He became a member of the School Building Committee, the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Advisory Committee, the Municipal Light Board, and the Financial Audit Advisory Committee. He has also been an “invaluable asset” to Open Table of Concord, serving as a board member and treasurer. Jim has established a wonderful reputation for fulfilling a commitment with sincere dedication: “When it came time to find a more permanent home for the Food Pantry and Community Supper, Jim worked for six years to find suitable space, manage the renovation, and serve as site manager. Volunteers and guests alike rely on his good judgment and compassion.”
A proud Concord resident for over forty years, Jim and his wife Judy raised their two children, Bronson and Monica, who were both educated in the Concord public school system. Jim “encourages and exemplifies the virtue of good citizenship as evidenced by his volunteer service to the town almost continuously since 1982.” This record of faithful town service makes him deserving of being recognized as Concord’s Honored Citizen for 2018.