To the Editor:
Each year for the past 39 years, the Fairmont Exchange Club has presented the book of Golden Deeds Award to a citizen of Fairmont. The purpose of this award is to recognize citizens whose self-sacrifice, response to duty, and other praiseworthy actions may pass unnoticed and unremembered by the general public.
This year's award will be presented to Dick Adams at our banquet 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Holiday Inn, Fairmont. Tickets will be available at United Methodist Church, J&R Drug, Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce and the Early Risers Kiwanis Club of Fairmont. The price is $13. Tickets will be available at the above locations from Oct. 17 to Nov. 1. If you have any questions, please call Don Richards at (507) 238-1106.
Richard "Dick" Adams and his wife-to-be, Millicent, grew up in northern Iowa. They met in college and after marriage, spent three years in Kansas where Dick was director of Christian education for the Methodist Church. In 1966, they returned to live in Fairmont. Dick worked in manufacturing in the Blue Earth area and retired from Telex in 1999. Long before he retired, Dick was an active volunteer for the United Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts.
Dick is and has been active in many volunteer organizations and activities. He helped start Habitat for Humanity in this area and currently serves as president. Dick has been an adult leader for Boy Scouts of America for 36 years. He is a regular mentor for two children and sometimes works with several other kids. With CREST, Dick serves as a driver and general helper.
As a member of Early Risers Kiwanis, Dick is involved in Lakeview bingo, Success Academy, Safe Routes to School, pancake suppers and attends regional and district meetings to learn more about working with the youth.
Dick delivers Meals on Wheels for three different organizations, including Kiwanis. He is a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, a breakfast helper at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center, and a volunteer for Youth for Christ Breakfast Club and the Lighthouse.
Dick is a Road to Recovery driver for the American Cancer Society and is active in his church, United Methodist Church, where he volunteers for many activities. He is also a member of the Ceylon Woodcarvers Club, through which he has given hundreds of carvings to kids. Dick is a 4-H leader for Fox Lake's 4-H Club.
All of these represent current volunteer activities. In the past, Dick has been a courier for the Mayo Clinic, a classroom helper in third grade, and an RSVP reader.
His peers say Dick volunteers for everything, never says "no" and is highly reliable. Dick Adams has clearly been a major contributor to the Fairmont community and an easy choice for the Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds award for 2013.
Fairmont Exchange Club