The Montgomery Sunrise Rotary Club successfully innaugurated it's Commitment to Service award with an elegant dinner and evening honoring Mr. Jim Ridling for his commitment to service benefiting his fellow man. Noteworthy members and organizations in the Montgomery community, including Montgomery County Commissioner Todd Strange, honored Mr. Ridling. Through ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and proceeds from a silent auction, these community leaders assisted Montgomery Sunrise Rotary in raising $5,000 to assist Camp Seale Harris at Camp ASCCA.

Mr. Jim Ridling, Chairman and CEO of Southern Guaranty Insurance (retired) was recently the 2004 River Region United Way Fundraising Campaign Chairman, which exceeded the organization's fundraising goal.

Throughout his business career, Mr. Ridling has been involved in varied professional organizations. He is a member of the International Insurance Society and the National Association of Independent Insurers. He is a past member of the University of Alabama School of Business' Board of Advisors; the Advisory Board of the University of Arkansas Business School; and a graduate of Stanford University's Inaugural Leadership Effectiveness Studies Program. Currently, he is a member of the School of Business Advisory Council for Troy State University. Mr. Ridling continues to be very much involved in his community. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Montgomery Air Force Association; the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama; the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of their Military Council; and the Montgomery Area Committee of 100. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Ballet; a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and a Boy Scouts Board of Director.