OWATONNA — Members of the three Exchange Clubs that call Steele County home applauded one of their own Thursday as Bruce Kubicek received honors of being named the Exchangite of the Year for the Lakes and Prairies District.
The award honors the most outstanding Exchange Club member in the entire district — a district that includes Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.
“I am honored to accept this award,” Kubicek told the crowd gathered in Torey’s Restaurant and Bar for the noon luncheon. “I consider it an extension of our club.”
The award was presented to Kubicek by Scot Warren, the National Exchange Club president. Warren, who hails from Naperville, Illinois, stopped in Owatonna on the way to the district’s annual convention to make the presentation to Kubicek. He was also accompanied by Dennis Koch, the regional vice president.
Warren, whose father also once served as president of the National Exchange Club, acknowledged Kubicek’s many contributions to the county, noting the nomination of Kubicek as “a man of many talents who has worked hard not only for Exchange Club, but for the community at large.”
To emphasize that point, a list detailing Kubicek’s involvement in various community endeavors was read — endeavors that included his work with the Exchange Club, with the Steele County Free Fair, with his church and the local Knights of Columbus and as a former commissioner of Steele County.
Kubicek is a long-time member of the Steele County Exchange Club. The other two local clubs are the Moonlighters Club and the Exchange Club of Owatonna, which served as host of Thursday’s luncheon.
Warren thanked the Owatonna Club for its 66 years of operation. And he recognized eight members of the club for their25-plus years of membership, including Russell Rudolf, who has been a member of the Exchange Club for 50 years.
“Thank you so much for serving,” Warren said.