Last Friday the Quincy Exchange Club wrapped up its fiscal year for 2017-2018. During their meeting a special guest made an appearance. It was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Exchange Club Tracey Edwards from Ohio. She was there to swear-in the new and existing officers and board members for the upcoming year which she did eloquently.  She was also there to witness the presentation of the prestigious John Tripp Distinguished Service Award to one of Quincy's all-time best in Dick Wentura. It is the annual award that the Exchange Club presents to the person who has, over the years, contributed to the betterment of the Club and the community it serves. He couldn't be more deserving and I couldn't be happier for him as it was Dick Wentura who convinced me to join the Exchange Club some 28 years ago.

Dick has been a member for 47 years and has been active all 47 and I am not surprised. He's also involved in so many other activities in the area including the Soap Box Derby put on by the Optimist Club of Quincy.  If you are a basketball fan, you have probably seen him running the scoreboard clock for years at games at Quincy Senior High School and Quincy University plus keeping score during Gus Macker games.

Dick, a long time refurbished car buff, was in the car business for years and owned Dick Wentura Volkswagon before selling the business and "retiring".  You will notice I put "retiring" in quotes. In retirement, he really hasn't slowed down even after a heart attack suffered several years ago. As a matter of fact, when they jump started his heart, I think it jump started him all over again.

I can think of no one who deserved this wonderful award more than Dick Wentura. Thanks for all you do Dick!