Lion Jim Graves first joined the Sycamore, IL Lions Club in May 1974. Served as Chairperson of Public Relations, was elected to be third Vice president in 1976, Second Vice President in 1977 and President of the club in 1978. Chaired the club Pumpkin Festival committee and served as the club representative on the city wide Pumpkin Festival Committee.
He transferred to the Carmel, Indiana Lions Club in 1983 and to the Marion, Indiana club in 1985. He developed the first club directory for the Marion Club and became second Vice President in 1988 and President of the club in 1989. Served as Zone Chairman from 1990 – 1992 and Region Chairman 1992 – 1993. Served on the State Lions Cancer Control Board for three years and served as Cabinet Treasurer for District 25-D in 1999 – 2000. Lion Jim received a Melvin Jones Award in 1995 and a W.P. Woods Fellow Award (First President of Lions) in 1997. He assisted the Lions of Indiana at the International Convention held in Indianapolis. While in Marion, Lion Jim chaired several of the club projects including its annual Fish and Tenderloin Fry.