James (Jimmy) Colbert was a Charter Member of Maryland Chapter B, and served in several positions during his GWRRA tenure. At the time of his passing (1997) Jimmy served as the Maryland Assistant District Director and was looking forward to moving up to District Director. Jimmy loved GWRRA and he promoted GWRRA to whomever he met. Jimmy met no strangers, and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to those that needed.
To honor the memory of Jimmy in 1998, the MD District established the Jimmy Colbert Memorial Award. This award is presented to an outstanding person or couple in the Maryland GWRRA each year. While it is recognized that all members within GWRRA are outstanding, there remain those few, who continue to go beyond in helping others and exemplifying the GWRRA motto, “Friends for fun, safety and knowledge”. This award is presented to the best of the best in recognition for their contributions. Only one award is presented each year, and it is presented at the Maryland District “Winter Thing”.