|Distinguished Service Award 2007 - Jim Forrest|
Jim Forrest (B.A. San Jose State College, 1954; B.M., California Institute of the Arts, 1970; M.A. California State University Los Angeles, 1971), attended the GFA inaugural meeting in Santa Barbara in1973, and was member #107 of the GFA. Shortly thereafter, he became the GFA Secretary/Treasurer. In 1977, he became the GFA General Manager, being responsible for renewals, new memberships, and Soundboard back issues, later on taking responsibility for the advertising accounts. At the end of 1980, with the retirement of John Tanno as editor of Soundboard, Jim became a co-editor, then Editor-in Chief. In this function, he took on the job of typesetter of the magazine for the next five years, when desktop publishing was in its infancy.
Jim attended many GFA conventions in both the United States and Canada, taking hundreds of photographs to be published in Soundboard, soliciting articles for the publication, and signing up new members for the GFA. After several years, he handed over his duties to other GFA members, but continued as a co-editor and proofreader for Soundboard.
Professionally, he continued as a teacher of guitar, and also English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. During the last few years, he has been involved in Early Music, learning the recorder, sackbut, and viola da gamba, currently performing in various amateur groups in Southern California. The violin and the viola have also been added to the instruments he plays in amateur and youth groups.