Golden, Indeed

FLORENCE –  The Book of Golden Deeds is the Exchange Club’s longest running project. 

This award recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live.  

It started nationally in 1919, and was first awarded by the Florence Exchange Club in 1921 to Eliza Coffee. 

The Florence Exchange Club proudly recognized Billy Ray Warren as this year’s recipient at their annual banquet which took place last week at The Stricklin Hotel.

“We are truly proud to give this year’s Book of Golden Deeds to Florence’s true Renaissance Man,” said Joel Quillen – President of the Florence Exchange Club

Warren is the retired Curriculum Director with Florence City Schools and serves as the Historian for the City of Florence.  However, his influence on the preservation of our city and culture reaches far beyond that. 

He is the Chairman of the Alabama Renaissance Faire, Chairman of Heritage Preservation Inc, Chairman of the Mayor’s Walk of Honor Committee, and a member of the steering committee for Florence’s Bicentennial Celebration. Throughout the years, he has been very involved in both Downtown Florence Unlimited and Florence Mainstreet, and so many other local projects. 

Warren has written a local history column every month since 2006 for Kidsville News! a publication of the Courier Journal, distributed free in class to all local elementary students.

Warren has also co-authored the book, A Walk Down Walnut, with Jimmy Hill.

Often described as “A one man Chamber of Commerce,” Billy Warren is a truly deserving recipient of this year’s Book of Golden Deeds Award.