Ed Godfrey honored with 2016 4-Way Test Award

Ed Godfrey, left, with friend Mark Granger, is the winner of the Four-Way Test Award.

Ed Godfrey, left, with friend Mark Granger, is the winner of the Four-Way Test Award.

The Rotary Club of Salisbury presented its most prestigious award, the 2016 4-Way Test Award, to Ed Godfrey on Thursday.

Godfrey, who has a remarkable resume of community and civic service, was chosen for his continuous commitment to the tenets of the 4-Way Test:  Is it the TRUTH?  Is it FAIR?  Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Godfrey, a sales consultant for Veritiv in Salisbury, has a rich history of working tirelessly to improve our community and others near and dear to him.  He was nominated by no less than six community leaders, who all shared, similarly, that “Eddy lives the 4 Way Test in every aspect of his life.”

Godfrey is described by friends as extremely humble and a genuinely good person who gives of himself, tirelessly, without seeking any personal gain or recognition.  He is, perhaps, best known in the community for organizing Trinity Methodist Church’s annual Appalachian Service Project.

As its volunteer leader, Godfrey is responsible for leading a group of local high school students and adults on a 10 month community service project that culminates with a mission trip to an economically challenged town in the Appalachian area.

There the group helps families to fix and repair their homes while building relationships.  Many on the team have described it as “life changing.”  Leading up to the trip, the group of roughly 100 ASP volunteers also assists locally with projects that include serving in the HALO kitchen two nights a week and building wheelchair ramps.

Some of the previous recipients of the Rotary Club of Salisbury’s 4-Way Test Award include:  Ernie Matthews, Vernon Rivers, Curt and Jane Massey, Chip Dashiell, Peggy Bradford, Anthony Sarbanes, Virginia Layfield, Frank Perdue, Frank Morris, William Middleton, Marty Neat and Morgan Hazel.

Annually, The Rotary Club of Salisbury channels over $30,000 back into our community through the support of agencies and causes including: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, scholarships for local high school and college students, American Red Cross, Fruitland Fire Department, Christian Shelter, Wicomico County third grade dictionaries, DOPE Project, RYLA, Easter Seals Camp Fairlee, MAC, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Parsons Home, Polio Eradication (Global), Fruitland Community Center, HALO, Destination Imagination, Wicomico County Library and the construction of wheelchair ramps.

 

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