Exchange Club recognizes Harhart for volunteer work
John “Jack” Harhart was honored with Northampton Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award during the 65th Golden Deeds Award ceremony held Oct. 3 at the Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
“Jack fits the mold,” said Wayne Mery, Northampton Exchange Club president.
“Jack always gave of his time and talents to make the community a better place,” Mery noted while presenting Harhart a plaque for his unselfish achievements.
The Book of Golden Deeds Award recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live, according to the National Exchange Club.
“I never saw myself getting the award. You do it for the sake of doing it,” Harhart said.
Harhart was also presented a citation from state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, on behalf of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Harhart was an active member of the Northampton Exchange Club for 27 years. He served as president, co-chaired the Jack Frost Parade and assisted with Community Days, the craft fair, Adopt-a-Highway cleanup and child abuse prevention projects. Although retired and no longer a member of the club, Harhart still volunteers at Community Days and other functions.
Harhart also serves on many committees at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Northampton, where he is a member. He is a CA Captain for the Men of Malvern, a Fourth Degree knight in the Northampton branch of the Knights of Columbus and an active member of Catholic War Veterans Post 454. He served in the military in the Vietnam War for 13 months, receiving the Purple Heart for bravery.
In December, Harhart was awarded the Golden Cement Bag Award from Northampton Borough for his volunteer work in the community.
He worked his entire career at Harhart’s Service Station as its president and mechanic until retiring in 2010. Now, the 72-year-old keeps busy as owner and operator of the newly opened Northampton Car Wash on Route 329.