THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF QUINCY
Hall of Fame
The Exchange Club of Quincy
Golden Deeds Award
Honoring Volunteers Throughout the Years
Each year, the Quincy Exchange Club honors a truly deserving person or persons for their humanitarian efforts. We are again offering the digital form below to submit your nominee. Please also provide as many letters as possible supporting your nomination with our easy file upload at the bottom of this form. These can be from family, friends, acquaintances or others who have experience with the nominee. Or mail the printed form and letters to P.O. Box 1163, Quincy, IL 62306 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are due by April 3rd, 2020. Our event will be held on May 8th, 2020.
And thank you for your recognizing Golden Deeds in our area!
|Year||Book of Golden Deeds Honorees|
|2020-21||Adams County Healthcare Professionals|
|2017-18||Pat & Kevin Steinkamp|
|2016-17||Margaret “Marg” Andrews|
|1996-97||Russell Hess Sr|
|1994-95||Isabelle & Bernie Willer|
|1988-89||Wilhelmina (Billie) Brod|
|1983-84||Mary Ann Gullen|
|1979-80||Mrs. John French|
|1976-77||R S Brackman|
|1965-66||George Durst Sr|
|1963-64||Ralph “Doc” Wiegmann|
|1961-62||Dr. Harold Swanberg|
|1958-59||C H Swinehart|
|1955-56||John Inghram Sr|
In The News
By Matt Dutton Herald-Whig
QUINCY — The efforts of Pat and Kevin Steinkamp have been one of the driving forces behind Special Olympics in the area for the last two decades.
Their devotion will soon be recognized by the Quincy Exchange Club, which will bestow its most prestigious award, the Golden Deeds Award, on the couple at the club’s May 11 meeting.
The Golden Deeds Committee recently surprised the couple by showing up at Paul Dennis Soccer Complex during a Special Olympics practice to catch them in their element as the committee announced the Steinkamps would receive the award.
“The cars were lined up all the way out to State Street waiting to get in,” Pat said. “I thought maybe there was something else going on.”
They were shocked by the gesture.
“It shows people appreciate what we do,” Pat said.
The Steinkamps got involved with Special Olympics through their daughter, who is an athlete with special needs. When another volunteer left abruptly, the couple stepped up to fill the void — doing paperwork to ensure all athletes are able to participate and transporting athletes and gear to and from practices and competitions, in addition to other jobs.
“All these athletes, their parents and the coaches, are family to us,” Kevin said. “This is just something we’ve done over the years.”
Pat manages paperwork for the athletes in eight Special Olympics sports, and the couple has half a dozen or so athletes they pick up regularly to bring to practice. For out-of-town meets, they sometimes charter a van or a school bus to get all of the athletes there.
“The athletes need this. If they didn’t have it, they would be sitting in front of the TV,” Pat said. “This helps them to be more social.”
Until five years ago, the couple also coached. Kevin also has been a Special Olympics referee for 35 years.
“During basketball season, it’s three nights a week and then on the weekends if they play,” Kevin said. “Now we’re into soccer and track.”
The youngest athlete the Steinkamps work with is 9, and the oldest is 74.
“I’ve seen that, if you try hard, even if you have a disability, you can get up and do it,” Kevin said.
The Steinkamps, who still work, are both considering retiring in three years, at which point they also would step away from their volunteer duties. They are looking for other volunteers to fill the void they will leave behind, fearing that, if no one steps up, Special Olympics could lose some sports.
“It can change your life to work with them,” Pat said. “It’s changed my life.”