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In 2012, The Exchange Club of Omaha presented the first

Verdell Goldberg, Spirit of Exchange Award, “Goldie Award”


The recipient of the Spirit of Exchange Award (“Goldie Award”) has distinguished themselves over a number of years in service to the Exchange Club of Omaha. The award is presented at the discretion of the board, based on nominations from the Club members, when deemed appropriate.  

The award criteria are as follows:

 1. He/She has an outstanding record as an Exchangite in his/her service, working to better the Exchange Club of Omaha and contributing to the well being of the Club and its service to the community;

2. He/She demonstrates a willing “Spirit of Service” for the many programs of the Exchange Club of Omaha;

3. He/She demonstrates a real interest in the fellowship and success of the Exchange Club of Omaha, in the sincere “Spirit of Exchange”, as exemplified by Verdell “Goldie” Goldberg;

4. He/She should possess outstanding character and dignity which reflect the highest standards of respect as represented by our Covenant of Service;

5. The nominee should be a member of the Exchange Club of Omaha for at least 5 years.

Congratuations to our Recipients to date!
2012 - Verdell Goldberg
2013 - Floyd Goecke
2014 - Sandi Helligso


Goldie's Giving Tree
On March 26, 2013 Goldie's Giving Tree was dedicated at Project Harmony. Gene Klein, Project Harmony Executive Director (left), explained how the Giving Tree will be used to help meet abused children's needs - much like an Angel Tree is used at Christmas. Pictured at the dedication are Verdell ("Goldie") Goldberg's family members Mark Goldberg (son), Kristi McKamy (daughter), Lola Goldberg (wife), Mike McKamy (son-in-law) and Peter Daiker, President of the Exchange Club of Omaha.
L. Verdell Goldberg ("Goldie") was a dedicated, long -standing member of The Exchange Club.  Through his involvement in the Club and other civic organizations, Goldie demonstrated a great desire to help others, especially abused children.  In September, 2012 Goldie lost a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Memorials in his name received by the Exchange Club were used to acquire and donate Goldie's Giving Tree to Project Harmony. Project Harmony's mission is to protect and support children, collaborate with professionals, and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect.