Mike and Tammi Ferch were chosen Thursday as the Owatonna Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds award winners.

Mike and Tammi have been involved for more than 15 years with the Hometown Sampler, which raises money for the Steele County Food Shelf. They also came up with the idea for the annual fund raiser for the Music Boosters of Owatonna, benefiting the school district's music programs while showcasing local talent. The MBO fundraiser is now in its 4th year. The Ferchs are also very involved in the music program at Trinity Lutheran Church, directing many choirs and performing for the congregation. Mike and Tammi have also served as United Way Chairs for their places of employment.

Mike Ferch offered these remarks while talking to KRFO's Roy Koenig:

It was very close among the deserving list of candidates for this year's Book of Golden Deeds honor. The other nominees include Lois Keil, Don Overlie, Sharon Stark, Phyllis Rowe and the Owatonna Eagles Pancake Crew.

The Exchange Club of Owatonna describes the award this way on their website:

"... our annual Book of Golden Deeds Award, which honors an individual(s) who have uniquely touched others. This may have been done through volunteer work, a leadership role, or by doing one-on-one “golden deeds” in ways that have made a significant difference in people’s lives. When searching for the appropriate volunteer to honor, keep in mind that the recipient need not be a person of great wealth or prestige. It is important to choose a person(s) who is sincere about helping the community, has an exceptional track record of continued, unselfish giving and enjoys volunteering his or her time to help others. The Book of Golden Deeds Award is not limited to a single volunteer, but can also be presented to a group of individuals such as a civic group, sororities/fraternities, religious groups and charitable organizations and someone who deserves acclaim but rarely receives it. "


Golden Deeds Committee: Corky Kolander, Kathy Schroeder, Sharon Klein, Connie Kniefel, Annette Frank, Dallas Ketchum, Katie Smith, Bev Seykora and Steve Carroll
The committees that make up the Exchange Club:
- Book of Golden Deeds                         - Constitution Day
- Freedom Shrine                                   - Mums the Word  -
- Flags for the Fair                                 - My Day in Court
- Pancake Breakfast                              - Youth /Student of Month /Year
- Firefighter of the Year                          - Bowl for Kids Sake
- Blue Ribbon                                         - Relay for Life
- Keep Warm and Read                          - Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
- Child Identification                                - Freedom Shrine
- Cashwise Food Stand
Nominees for this year's Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds award. The winners (Mike and Tammi Ferch) are on the left