COPPERAS COVE — A more than 35-year volunteer and Exchange Club member was honored with the organization’s Book of Golden Deeds award Wednesday.
Ernie Remedies, who joined the Copperas Cove Exchange Club in March 1978, was awarded the organization’s top and longest volunteer recognition honor. The award normally isn’t given to Exchange Club members but rather to residents who dedicate endless hours of their time and talents toward making the community a better place to live.
“Today we have a great candidate and a great recipient,” said Malcolm Dickinson, Cove Exchange Club president.
As an Exchange Club member, Remedies has volunteered with the organization for 35 years, helped build the Exchange Club Sunshine House a low-income apartment complex for elderly residents in Copperas Cove; served as the complex’s board chairman and held many state and national offices.
“Quite frankly, Ernie epitomizes the Exchange Club values,” said Mike Meier, the Texas District Exchange Club president.
But it was his volunteer work outside of the organization that helped him earn the Golden Deeds honor. Remedies routinely delivers food for Meals on Wheels. He has served as the director of the city’s fire and police commission, been on the city’s police chief advisory committee and served two years as president of the Central Texas Prevention of Child Abuse Center.
“Ernie had more to give, so he served,” Dickinson said.
Remedies, who retired as a first sergeant after 21 years in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam and Korea, is the type of person who manages to continually give without seeking recognition.
Upon receiving the honor, Remedies didn’t talk about himself.
“It is all because I have had some good backing from friends around the nation and my family,” he said. “(Volunteering) is just one of those things you can’t say no to.”