Exchange Club seeks nominees for Book of Golden Deeds

By The Herald-Whig Staff

QUINCY — The Quincy Exchange Club is giving people a chance to recognize someone who has been a selfless volunteer or has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community.

The club will present its 63rd annual Golden Deeds award during a luncheon May 8 at Stoney Creek Inn. The club is accepting nominations through April 11.

Club member Rick Gengenbacher, a member of this year’s Golden Deeds committee, says the Book of Golden Deeds is the most distinguished award the Exchange Club presents each year. Patty Adam was honored in 2014 for her work as executive director of Birthright, which helps girls and women facing an unexpected pregnancy crisis make good and informed decisions by offering friendship and a listening ear.

“Past recipients have made a positive impact in various ways in the lives of many people in our community,” Gengenbacher said. “Not every one of our past recipients have literally saved lives, but Patty has and continues to do so.”

The award is called the Book of Golden Deeds because letters, written on behalf of the recipient by those who have firsthand knowledge of their “Golden Deeds,” are placed in a book and forever documented.

“The Book of Golden Deeds is my favorite Exchange Club program, because there is something special about saying thank you to someone who never requires a thank you and is honestly humbled by the recognition we honor them with,” Gengenbacher said.

Committee chairman Cullan Duke says the nomination process is important because people who earn the award are typically so humble they downplay their own activities.

“They’re the people who basically give endlessly of themselves, whether they volunteer or they’re just helping someone,” Duke said. “Most of the time it’s those people who don’t want any recognition and they don’t want anyone to know about it, but they just continue to do it.”

Nominees can be anyone who has made Quincy a better place to work and live.

“They can be the individuals who lead the charge for a worthy cause, or the individuals who quietly go about their volunteer efforts behind the scenes,” Gengenbacher said.

How to nominate

 The Quincy Exchange Club is accepting nominations for the Golden Deeds Award through April 11. The annual award is given to honor a Quincyan for valuable and selfless service to the community. Nominees can be well- known community leaders or people who have worked out of the spotlight to make life better for others.

Nominations can be made by going to www.whig.com and clicking on either the Home link or the Community link at the top of the home page, then click on the Golden Deeds link. Nominations also may be made by letter sent to Golden Deeds Award, P.O. Box 1163, Quincy, IL 62306, or by email to Golden Deeds Committee Chairman Cullan Duke at dcd@klingner.com.

Include your name and the name of the person you are nominating, along with the deed or deeds on which the nomination is based. For more information, go to quincyexchangeclub.org/goldendeeds.