The Windward Association of Retired Men (WARM) presented its annual Founders Award to Jim Rausch “for his record of exceptional service to our organization and to the local community.”  The ceremony took place during the organization’s Holiday Dinner Celebration at the St. Ives Country Club.


The award was presented to Rausch by 2017 award winner Bob Meyers.


At the presentation Meyers highlighted Rausch’s important role in a number of WARM and community activities since joining the organization in 1999.  “Jim is always ready to pitch in and volunteer for nearly every event and activity WARM takes on. He is committed to serving others,” Meyers stated.

In accepting the award, Rausch said, “WARM is a gift to me as it offers occasions to meet and get to know others, share ideas and experiences, and work together on activities and projects which develop into wonderful friendships while benefitting others”

Rausch serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Ocee Public Library. He has volunteered weekly with Habitat for Humanity for almost 20 years and is an active participant in the WARM program of collecting bread from local grocery stores for the delivery to North Fulton Community Charities.


Rausch has a BA in economics from St. John’s University in Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He occupied positions of increasing responsibility during his 32-year career with Kimberly-Clark including Vice President and General Manager of several divisions.  Prior to that he served in the Army Corps of Engineers.


Previous Founders Award recipients were Don Blaine, Marty Blickstein, Tom Evans, Bob Francis, Ron Keipper, Bill McKnight, Honorable Jim Matoney, Bob Meyers, Travis Mills, Bob O’Hagan, Geoff Rausch, Tom Rice, Rich Sickeler, Tom Trace, Gary Wingo, and Chuck Zetterstrom.


WARM is a voluntary association of current or past residents of Windward who are retired, or nearing retirement.  The group organizes a wide range of activities for interested members throughout the year.  There are no dues and no officers, but the organization accomplishes a great deal for its members and the community.


For further information on WARM, please contact Wayne Smith at 770 335-3602 or John Madrid at 770 343-8439.


Photo caption:  

Bob Meyers presents the 2018 Founders Award to Jim Rausch for his many years of service to the community. Left to right: former award recipient Paul Barrow, Jim Rausch and Bob Meyers.