From teacher and Boy Scout leader to Meals on Wheels volunteer and local Relay for Life founder, Shirley Luna has gone above and beyond for her community, leading her to be awarded the Book of Golden Deeds by McMinnville’s Evening Exchange Club on Tuesday night.
“Ask for a job to be done and it will be done. Ask for a service to be rendered and it will be accomplished,” said McMinnville Evening Exchange president Teresa Priestley in presenting the award during the club’s annual banquet. “Ask for an act of benevolence and she will respond.”
The Book of Golden Deeds, which contains numerous letters from people whose lives have been touched by the recipient, is presented each year to a person whose lifetime body of volunteerism exemplifies a selflessness contribution to the community and fellow man. In the case of Luna, Priestley said she exemplifies all areas of the award.
“This year’s recipient has served her community like no other, has received the BPW’s Woman of the Year award for 1985, is a Bible class teacher, was a public school teacher, a YSI instructor, a Boy Scout camp director, has delivered Meals on Wheels for years, is one of the founding leaders of Relay for Life, has driven the church van for many years, and has even mowed the cemetery located on the grounds of Liberty Cumberland Presbyterian Church for years,” said Priestley, reading from some of the letters.
“She epitomizes the Christian woman,” Priestley continued. “Her character and integrity are above reproach, her devotion to church, to her family and her community exemplifies the heart and soul of her very being.”
The Evening Exchange Club also issued its annual Community Service Award to Nathan Smith for his work with Lighthouse Ministries. The club also honored longtime member Lester Cowell with the Exchangite of the Year Award.