Jamie Hamilton is this year’s outstanding GJ Lion

Jamie Hamilton was prepared, with notes in hand, to speak to the Grand Junction Lions Club about the new Colorado Mesa University athletic program at their annual luncheon Tuesday afternoon.

Instead, he was surprised with a standing ovation after he was named the Grand Junction Lion of the Year.

Hamilton is currently the chief executive officer of Home Loan, the associate athletic director of fundraising for Mesa State College, and the tournament chairman for the Junior College World Series.

As is Lions Club tradition, the group roasted their guest of honor with a good-humored history of Hamilton’s life through pictures, which included remarks about his celebrity good looks and love for disco music.

Hamilton accepted the razzing in good fun. “You are irrelevant — a bunch of misfits — and I’m proud to be a part of it,” he said.

Hamilton joined the club in 1988. Since then he has worked diligently to support the group that raises funds through their annual carnival to support community programs that “do the most good for the most people.”

Many club members felt that Hamilton had deserved the award for years. “You should have gotten it a long time ago,” said Mike Russell as he shook Hamilton’s hand.

“We typically honor not someone who has done a lot in the past year, but someone who has contributed greatly to the community as a career of service,” said Ky O’Day, current club president.

Hamilton’s list of accomplishments and awards he’s received from the community is vast, but he said he was both honored and humbled to have his name added to the list of 64 distinguished professionals who have received the award in the past, including Gregg Palmer, Doug Simons and Tillie Bishop.

“He more than fits into this group,” said Butch Miller, athletic director for Mesa State College. “He’s been a real mentor and role model to me.”

His wife, Debbie, said that every award Hamilton has received has been special.

“He just does what he does for the love of his community, but it’s nice to be recognized,” she said.


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