The Exchange Club’s “Covenant of Service” ends with the words “to serve in unity with those seeking better conditions, better understandings, and greater opportunities for all.”
Wednesday, two men who were key in bringing that message and the Exchange Club to Richmond Hill 30 years ago were honored for their long devotion to the club’s ideals.
Harry Bridgdon, Sr., and Richard Davis, the two surviving charter members of the Richmond Hill Exchange Club were recognized at Wednesday’s meeting at the Richmond Hill City Center.
“Our board felt strongly that the best way to celebrate our club's 30th Anniversary was to recognize our two remaining Charter members: Harry Brigdon Sr and Mayor Richard Davis,” Exchange Club President Laura Evans said. ”We've been so proud to have these two community leaders in our club through the years. Harry alone was responsible for more than 50 new members and he continues to invite folks to join us. Mayor Davis has been a stalwart in our Great Ogeechee Seafood booth for many years, stirring our cajun jamabalaya with a canoe paddle! Our club owes them a huge debt of gratitude for our formation and for being loyal and active members through the years."
Davis, who also served as Richmond Hill Mayor for 25 years, wasn't at Wednesday’s lunch. But Bridgdon was, and received a plaque commemorating his service.
“I appreciate that. I wasn’t expecting it, didn’t know nothing about it,” he said.
The Richmond Hill Exchange Club's 30th anniversary was Monday. The group each year recognizes top law enforcement officials and is host of the annual fishing derby at the fish hatchery.
Read more about the Exchange Club's 30th anniversary in an upcoming issue of the Bryan County News.