The Exchange Club of Effingham presented their prestigious “Golden Deeds Award” to Gussie Nease at the Springfield United Methodist Church service on Sunday morning. This award is given to individuals who exhibit outstanding qualities and acts of service to others.
Nease was cited for her willingness to help any and all and in particular to one young student who, with her and her family’s help is on his way to becoming an outstanding individual. The young man was suspended from the local high school and needed a helping hand to get on with his life and his education. The Nease family and the local DFCS were able to get him into the Bethesda Home for Boys.
From this point he attended St. Andrews on the Marsh School, was elected class president in his senior year, captained the varsity basketball team, received the Brown University Book Award, the Rochester Kodak Leadership Award, the Savannah Morning News Award for Excellent Scholarship, was an All Walks of Life Volunteer and worked part time.
After receiving admission letters from several outstanding universities, he chose to attend Emory University and is attending on a full scholarship.
While Nease was recognized for many caring deeds within the community she was recognized more specifically for this act of mentoring over several years that may well be the acts that will result in “the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.”