Lloyd to be honored with Book of Golden Deeds award

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This year’s Ocean City Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds recipient is Peggy Lloyd. A banquet will be held 6 p.m. Monday, April 23 at Great Bay Country Club to honor Lloyd.

The National Exchange Club’s longest running project, the Book of Golden Deeds award recognizes volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live. The honoree need not have great wealth, prestige or high social standing. The honor need not be confined to individuals; golden deeds are often the result of teamwork. Civic bodies, charitable organizations, fundraising groups aiding worthwhile causes might be worthy of recognition. The Ocean City Exchange Club’s first recipient in 1966 was the Cape May County Rescue Squad, and its most recent, in 2011, was the Upper Township Rescue Squad.

Ocean City resident Margaret E. “Peggy” Lloyd was born in Atlantic City in September 1913. She attended Atlantic City High School and was active in sports – she was the first female cheerleader. She graduated Trenton Teachers College, now The College of New Jersey, with a degree in education. Lloyd taught briefly before marrying her childhood sweetheart, Paul O'Neil, whose family was part owner of The Press of Atlantic City. They continued to live in Atlantic City until their marriage ended.

Several years later, she met and married a young attorney named John Lloyd, and the two lived in Margate, but eventually moved to Ocean City. Lloyd was president of the Travelers Aid society and the local Community Chest. She served on the board at the Art Center, was president of the Gardens Civic Association, and installed the flag pole next to the Longport bridge – the flag had flown over the White House and was given to her by Rep. Hughes. She served on the board of the Ocean City Pops and the Aquatic and Fitness Center. For 22 years, Lloyd worked on the Miss America Pageant and traveled with Miss America around the world.

The cost to attend the banquet is $30 per person and reservations can be made by calling 609-602-6926.

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