The Newport Harbor Exchange Club honored yours truly last week with an award established in 1917, The Book of Golden Deeds.
According to Garrett TeWinkle, who organized the presentation, the award "recognizes dedicated volunteers who give their time and talents toward making their communities a better place to live."
Several years ago the club added to the award's name, that of a longtime member, the late John Crean.
The local Exchange Club has given out the award for the past 35 years, honoring during the past eight years people such as Evelyn Hart, Gary Monahan, Rich Saul, Jeanette Chervony, Ruby Wissman Suikki, Diane Flatten, Paul Salata and Harland Anderson.
TeWinkle introduce Richard Freeman, a past president of the Exchange Club who provided my community involvement background and shared the club's appreciation for this weekly column.
Lions International Past District Gov. Mike Schaefer and Rotary International Past District Gov. Roger McGonegal added their comments and congratulations as well.