Happy 80th Birthday, Jim Umbeck!
If you’ve ever been to the Somerset Recreation Club in the last 30 plus years, you’ve no doubt run into Jim. You can’t miss him…he’s the friendly gentlemen in shorts (year round) that will be the first to say hello! If you haven’t run into him there (how is that possible?!), then you’ve likely run into him somewhere on Somerset hill as he also taught 5th grade for over 30 years and coached Newport frosh and sophomore baseball as well. Many of the kids he taught have gone on to have families of their own become a part of the community at Somerset Recreation Club!
Jim took over the helm at SRC in 1988 where the only question he was asked in the “hiring” process was, “Can you fix a clogged toilet?” What started as 3 hours a day in the summer has morphed into pretty much a full-time job with winter rentals and an incredible summer community of families and friends. The board president back then even introduced him to his wife, Paula.
Stop by the club, say hello to Jim (if he doesn’t beat you to it), and if you’ve got the time, sit down and let him tell you one of hundreds of stories bouncing around in his tanned head. You won’t regret it.
Happy Birthday, Jim! We love you!