Ralph Frank Memorial Award
The Exchange Club of Lynchburg annually recognizes public safety officers with the Ralph Frank Memorial Public Safety Award.
Book of Golden Deeds Award
Mike Staley (L) and Mike Spencer (R)
Present the 2021 Book of Golden Deeds
Award to Richard Loving (C)
Volunteer efforts are very important to our society and should not go unnoticed. The Exchange Club's longest running — and most prestigious — project is the Book of Golden Deeds Award. This award recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live.
Honoring a fellow citizen with the Book of Golden Deeds Award is a heartwarming and inspiring act not only for the honoree, but for the Exchange Club. The Book of Golden Deeds Award exemplifies the Exchange Club's beliefs.
2021 Book of Golden Deeds Award Winner — Richard Loving, BWXT
University of Lynchburg
In his leadership role at BWX Technologies, Richard Loving has supported educational programs at the University of Lynchburg for employee development and advanced degrees. The most recent is a two-week “Project Management Training Program” with the curriculum designed by the faculty of the University. The first session was held this summer for 25 future leaders from various company locations across North America.
Since returning to Lynchburg in 2016, Mr. Loving has served on the alumni panel for the “Everything I Need to Know Before I Graduate” Conferences and recently participated in a “Goodnight Lynchburg” book reading/signing and night sky viewing event at the Claytor Nature Center Belk Observatory for the Roanoke and Central Virginia Alumni Chapters.
Mr. Loving has been actively involved in a number of civic organizations in the communities where he has lived. He is currently serving as the President of the Board for both the Academy Center of the Arts and the Lynchburg Police Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia College Fund and active with the Lynchburg Historical Foundation.
He has previously served as a Board Member of the Lynchburg Regional Airport Commission, Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, Barberton (OH) Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-State (IN, IL, KY) Minority Supplier Development Council.
He has also been a member of the Lynchburg (VA) Emergency Planning Committee and Central Virginia Community College Curriculum Advisory Committee.
Mr. Loving has also served as a volunteer and/or in leadership positions with the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society across several states and the United Services Organization USO while living in Dubai, UAE.
Richard Loving is senior vice president and chief administration officer for BWX Technologies, Inc. overseeing human resources, communications, security and environmental health & safety functions. In this role, he is responsible for advancing a corporate-wide culture of innovation and inclusion through global workforce optimization, brand management, facility and personnel safety and security.
Before joining BWXT in 2016 as the senior vice president, Human Resources, Mr. Loving served as the senior director of International Human Resources at McDermott Incorporated, a premier provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry employing 32,000 worldwide. During his tenure at McDermott, he served as the global director, HR Business Services and the senior director, Human Resources – Middle East, India & Caspian responsible for all human capital activities within the region.
Mr. Loving is a leader in his field with more than 40 years of experience with manufacturing, energy and government operations. He began his career at Babcock and Wilcox (B&W) in 1979 holding positions in safety, security, community relations and human resources across the organization. In 1997, he was president of subsidiary B&W Protec, Inc. in Richland, Washington before serving the company as director of Administration. He was also the director of HR Administration & Environmental, Safety and Health.
While attending “Lynchburg College” Mr. Loving was involved with the Lynchburg Area Baptist Student Union working with youth programs in area churches - an activity that ultimately led to a part-time position as a Youth Director at Inglewood Baptist Church. After graduation and continuing through the present he has been an active member of Baptist and later United Methodist Churches in the cities where he has lived serving as a youth leader and Sunday School teacher. He has served in leadership positions as the Chairman, Staff Parish Committee; Chairman, Administrative Board and Lay Leader.
Mr. Loving has been a leader of volunteer mission teams repairing homes in Biloxi, MS after Hurricane Katrina, Galveston, TX after Hurricane Ike and in 2016 a team rebuilding churches in Cuba.
Other considerations (civic groups, advanced degrees, professional societies, volunteerism, etc.)
Mr. Loving has been a member of professional organizations throughout his career including the Society for Human Resource Management, American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates, Southeast Nuclear Security Organization and the American Society for Industrial Security.
Mr. Loving recently published a children’s book titled "Goodnight Lynchburg” which highlights historic and unique places in the “Hill City” with a companion website that provides additional details and encourages families to visit and learn more about these locations.
Volunteering in the Community
Dave Burch Assists with Cleanup
Exchange Club members volunteer once per month at The Daily Bread, one of Lynchburg's charitable organizations that provide hot meals to those in need.
Rush Homes Project
The Exchange Club of Lynchburg's Rush Homes
team stands in front of their recently
completed landscaping project
Rush Homes is a non-profit organization that provides affordable and accessible rental housing opportunities to people with disabilities and how incomes in the greater Lynchburg region. The Exchange Club formed a partnership with Rush Homes, and on a quarterly basis they visit their adopted home and perform outside maintenance activities such as mowing the grass, putting down mulch, weeding flower beds, and power washing the home's exterior.
In Rush Homes' "Home of Your Own" Program, people with all types of disabilities are provided with housing opportunities. In this program, the resident chooses where he or she wishes to live. Unlike a group home or nursing home, they decide who lives with them and where their furniture is placed. Rush Homes does not provide services to residents in this program; if assistance such as home health care or companion care is needed, it must be arranged with a private provider prior to moving into the home.
Rush Homes acts as a concerned advocate landlord. The homes are located in residential neighborhoods and look just like any other home. They are on or near a bus line and, if possible, close to shopping centers and restaurants. Rush Homes purchases, renovates, and maintains the home while the resident pays an affordable rent.
For Kids Sake Safety Day
Bike helmet protection is one of many topics
during For Kids Sake Safety Day
For Kids Sake Safety Day is held every year, typically on a Saturday in Setember, with the sole purpose of educating children and their parents about safety. Traffic safety is a big part of this event, but there are also fun things for kids to do while learning.
This valuable event has been sponsored and coordinated by the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Amherst County Sheriff's Office, Lynchburg Police Department, City of Lynchburg Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, and the Lynchburg Fire Department.
Numerous activities are typically planned, including bicycle safety awareness, car seat inspection, installation and turn-in, DUI goggles and driving simulator, K-9 demonstrations, "McGruff" and "Eddie Eagle," child ID cards, SWAT vehicle, armored vehicle, fire safety trailer, air bag demonstration, project lifesaver demonstration, car extrication, and interactive crash display.
Salvation Army Kettle Campaign
For years, Exchange Club of Lynchburg members have volunteered to assist with the Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign during the Christmas season. Members have assisted at various Kroger Food Store locations as well as at Sam's Club.