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A long-time Jasper clothing store operator was the guest of honor as the Buffalo Trace Council of the Boy Scouts of America held their 26th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Banquet last night at the Huntingburg Events Center.

This year’s honoree was Jim Siebert. Jim is the third generation owner of Siebert’s clothing stores. Born to Josie and Bob Siebert in 1952, Jim married Jane Rowekamp in 1974. They have four children as well as three grandsons. Jim also has six siblings and several nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Jasper High School in 1970, Jim attended Indiana University at Bloomington where he was an active member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and in 1974 he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing.

After graduation from IU, Jim joined his father Bob Siebert, in the Family business, then known as The Modern. Like his father, Jim made commitments early in his career to family, the family business and to his community.

Earning the Eagle Scout Award in 1969 Jim has been active in scouting throughout his life. He was an Explorer Scout Troop Leader, Lincoln Trail District Chairman, Buffalo Trace Council Executive Committee and a long-standing member of the Distinguished Citizens Award steering Committee and Chairman of the “Friends of Scouting” fund drive committee.

Jim’s contributions to his community have not been exclusive to Scouting. He has been a Junior Achievement Board member and Adviser , Charter member of the Redevelop Old Jasper Action Committee, a member of the Jasper Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, a member of Jasper Moose Lodge and a Charter Member of both the Jasper Optimists club and the Dubois County Sportsman Club.

Jim has also served as President of both the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Jasper Downtown Business Association.

He has been Chairman of the Memorial Hospital Gala Committee, a member of the Dubois County Community Foundation Endowment Development Committee and has been an active participant in the ERFENDIN study group. Jim has also served on the Holy Family School board and has contributed to and participated on the Holy Family CHIRP committee.

In his “spare time” Jim enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting and being outdoors.

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