The Herald Bulletin

October 1, 2013

Volks to receive Book of Golden Deeds Award


The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Anderson Noon Exchange Club will honor Don and Sandy Volk with the 45th club presentation of the Book of Golden Deeds Award. The awards banquet will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Edge Golf & Dining.

The community is invited to join in celebrating the accomplishments and service the Volks have given to Madison County through their time and talent.

The Book of Golden Deeds Award is the National Exchange Club’s longest running project. The award recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live. Recent past recipients include Tom and Bobbette Snyder, Bill and Ann Hardacre, Carl and Betty Erskine, Judy and Phil Lambert, Charles Braddock, Judge Dennis and Emily Carroll, and Matilda Barber.

Representatives of the Exchange Club said that the Volks have been instrumental in recognizing the needs of the Anderson community and rolling up their sleeves to do whatever has been necessary to move initiatives and the community forward. Don Volk served General Motors for 32 years in leadership positions. He followed that with an additional 16 years at the helm of the Paramount Theatre Centre. He has been involved in the Committee for Anderson’s Future, the Advisory Panel for Anderson Community Schools Review, Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Saint John’s Development Board, president of the Rotary Club, among others. He has also been the recipient of Gov. Daniel’s Distinguished Hoosier Award, Sertoma Service to Mankind, and the Elmo Funk Ideal of Service Award. Currently, he is now a substitute teacher for Anderson Community Schools.

Most recently, the Volks have served as co-chairmen of the St. Vincent’s de Paul Walk/ Run for the Poor. They have volunteered together for Alternatives Inc., the United Way, American Cancer Society, Anderson Community Concerts, St. Mary’s Church, Highland High School Marching Band, and Martin Luther King City-Wide Celebration. Together, they have been awarded the Mayor’s Chief Anderson Award and Alternative’s Elizabeth McMahan Award for Outstanding Volunteer.

Sandy Volk was the first executive director of the Anderson Leadership Academy, first woman director of Citizens Banking Co., first woman president of United Way and its first woman drive chair. She also received the Service to Mankind Award, and has volunteered with the YWCA, ASO Friends, Center for Mental Health, Hillcrest Christian Home for Girls and many other organizations. And, one could always find Sandy working right alongside her husband at the Paramount.

“Don and Sandy Volk are true measures of servant leadership. Priorities in their lives are their faith, their family, and each other. They have been exceptional role models to their children, Mark and Kim, their six grandchildren, and two foreign exchange students,” said Bonny Clark, chairwoman of the Golden Deeds Award Banquet committee.

“In everything they do, Don and Sandy give 100 percent,” Clark said. “Their lives have been shared and their outreach has been great into every corner of Madison County and many of us find our lives enriched from their touch.”

Tickets for the Book of Golden Deeds Award Banquet are available by calling Clark at 617-5912 or email andersonexchangeclub@yahoo.com.