NeveHarms It is appropriate that this prestigious award named for Neve Harms be awarded this year to co-winner Walter Eisele, as Walt was one of the original members of the Proctor Recreation Comet Club, a youth group founded by Neve Harms in 1935.
A retired electrician, Walt has been involved with youth-oriented organizations for over 50 years, either by spearheading fundraisers for youth programs or by co-ordinating youth sports activities.
A graduate of Manual where he lettered in football, Walt has always been a "doer" - whatever the job, big or small, he does it!! He has been a long-time member, former Board Member and Past President of the Independent Sports Club; he has also been active in the Old Timers Baseball Association, serving on their Board of Directors for several years.
A charter Board member and co-founder of the Spalding Booster Club, he was named "Spalding Booster of the Year" in 1966-67 for his many years of service to that group. For his outstanding and dedicated service to Carver Center, he was honored by their Board of Directors. His volunteer efforts also involve the "Meals on Wheels" program.
Walt is currently President of the "Friends of Fatherless Boys and Girls," a group that he helped form over 20 years ago. This is probably his favorite youth program, as he has been a Board Member since its beginning.
An avid sports fan, Walt's retirement years have been occupied with golf, bowling, and fishing. Although Walt and Gert, his wife of 47 years, travel extensively, he still finds time for his two daughters and threee grandchildren. It is a bit ironic that he met Gert on the tennis courts of Proctor Center.
One of Walt's first jobs was as a life guard at Proctor Center. Who gave him that job - none other than Neve Harms himself!!"
It is appropriate that this prestigious award named for Neve Harms be awarded this year to co-winner Walter Eisele, as Walt was one of the original members of the Proctor Recreation Comet Club, a youth group founded by Neve Harms in 1935.
Dave Golden attended Pekin High School from 1961-65 where he lettered in three seasons under legendary coach Dawdy Hawkins. Dave led Pekin High School to 58 wins in 63 games as a junior and senior including the 1964 Illinois State High School championship game. As the starting junior guard on the Pekin State championship team of 1964, he led Pekin in scoring 18 points in the championship game against the Apple knockers from Cobden Illinois.
Dave was named to All-State Tournament Team in 1964. Dave received All-State honors in 1964 and again in 1965. He is the number 5 all time scorer in Pekin High School basketball history with 1334 points and ranks as number 35 in the Greater Peoria Area. Dave was selected to the Parade Magazine’s 1965 high school boy’s all-American third team.
Of the more than 66 colleges to recruit Dave he decided to play at Duke University for Coach Vic Bubas. Dave lettered at Duke in 1967, 68, 69 where he played in 80 games and scored 752 points. During the 1967, 68 seasons he played in the NIT and in 1968 Duke had risen to AP ranking of number 10 in the country. Always a leader, Dave was team captain during his senior year. Today Dave makes his home in Parlin, NJ.