67th Annual Book of Golden Deeds 2023 will be November 1, 2023
Book of Golden Deeds
The purpose of the Book of Golden Deeds Award is to honor a living person who has given unselfishly for the betterment of his/her friends and neighbors without thought of acclaim or recognition. It is the objective of Exchange Club to seek out, solicit information and honor this individual. Without this type of award many "golden deeds" would go unnoticed and the individual would not be recognized. It is to the examples shown by recipients of this award that the Rochester Exchange club dedicates this effort.
Nominations are closed for 2023.
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See below at the bottom of the page for photos of our new Book of Golden Deeds monument, constructed in the fall of 2013.
66th Annual winner - David Oeth
November 2, 2022 David Oeth was the winner at the annual Book of Golden Deeds banquet held in Rochester. Introducing this year's winner was Club President Wayne Linander. David Oeth has volunteered regularly in a big way with at least 4 different non-profit organizations as well as numerous othes. The first was the Rochester Area Foundatio as a board member. The second was the VITA tax assistance program. This organization provides volunteers to help prepare tax returns for low to moderate income folks at no charge. The third was with the United Way of Olmsted County where he served as the Annual Campaign Chair in 2015. The fourth is the Salvation Army in which he has volunteered since 2011.
Other services includ RAEDI, Ronald MecDonals House, Channel One, The Rotary Club of Rochester, Rochester Estate Planning Council, and on the Chamber of Commerce Board.
His dedicatin fo service was not only civic, but also to his church at St. Francis of Assisi.
65th Annual winner - Kathy Maegerlein
November 3, 2021 - Presentation by Exchange President Cathy Swessel..
It is incredible to think about the many volunteer hours given each year to so many organizations in our community. This year's award winner has been volunteering for many years with a wide variety of organizations. She has been a volunteer at Mayo Clinic working with patients and donating over 450 hours since 2013. She has worked at the Welcome Desk and in the computer room. She works with the AARP Tax-Aide Program preparing free tax returns for low-to-moderate income people and has done this since 2008. She has served as the District Coordinator overseeing 60 – 80 volunteers. She has coordinated recruitment, training and organizing volunteers. She assumed a volunteer leadership role at the state level but has continued to help with technological issues and tax return preparation locally. Our award winner has been a volunteer with State Services for the Blind since 2013 reading the newspaper via its Radio Talking Book service that broadcasts newspapers for anyone with a print disability. As did other readers, she read once a week for 2 hours plus she was quick to volunteer to help the local coordinator. The program has operated out of Charter House but had to shut down in March 2020 because of COVID 19. She also has been a volunteer tutor with Rochester Reading Champions through the Rochester Public Library. She is a volunteer tutor with this innovative community program, facilitated through the Rochester Public Library, that matches highly-trained volunteers with underserved youth and adults who struggle to read and write. When she started on 2016, she completed 120 hours of training given by The Reading Center. Since then, she has helped give free literacy instruction to 3 low income students. She has met with her students twice a week for 45 – 60 minutes a session. There is no set curriculum so she plans and delivers each lesson which is specifically designed for that student. The coordinator of the program wrote she “has not only helped unlock potential in underserved youth she has also become a wonderful support to their families. Her kindness, dedication and efforts have ensured our students have gained critical reading skills, developed confidence and found an additional trusted person in their lives”. Our winner also serves her community in other ways. She is an active members of the American Association of University Women. She previously was involved in the Area Council PTA and the League of Women Voters. I can only imagine the number of hours she has logged as a community volunteer.
It is my honor to present the Book of Golden Deeds award to Kathy Maegerlein. Kathy, Please come forward to accept your plaque.
Presenting of the award
Rochester City Council President Brooke Carlson with congratulatory remarks.
64th Annual 2019 Winner - Gwen and Larry Scilley
Just some of the community groups they have helped... Reading Oasis Reading Buddies Reading Project Christmas Anonymous Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home