Deadline for Book of Golden Deeds Nominations is April 11, 2014

BY THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF

Want to recognize someone who has been a selfless volunteer or has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community?

The Quincy Exchange Club is giving you a chance.

The club will present its 62nd annual Golden Deeds award during a luncheon on May 9 at Stoney Creek Inn. The club is accepting nominations through April 11.

Club member Cullan Duke is the chairman of this year’s Golden Deeds committee, and he’s been a part of the selection process for the past five years. He says the people who are selected usually are not looking for recognition.

“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.”

Duke said past winners have been people who “made a difference” for the community, charities or organizations.

The nomination process is important because people who earn the award are typically so humble that they downplay their own activities. The letters of nomination will be compiled into a Book of Golden Deeds that is presented to the winner at the May 9 luncheon. The recipient’s family also is invited to the luncheon.

JoAnn Witte was honored in 2013 for her work with the Gene Grawe Fund, which helps families send their children to Catholic schools. This fund supports the schools through the buying and selling of gift cards, which in turn helps cut the cost of tuition.

“The biggest thing is to get the word out and let people know we want to hear about people who are doing these things in our community,” Duke said.

Past recipients of the award also will be in attendance for the luncheon.

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 online 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.

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