Chuck Hardaway, a past commanding general of the AWG, will be receiving the city of Maple Valley's highest and most prestigious award, the Maple Valley Golden Leaf Award, in a ceremony on May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Wilderness Lodge near Maple Valley.
Hardaway has a long record of distinguished community service in addition to his past work with the Association of Washington Generals. A recent biography of Hardaway is below. He will be honored by a proclamation by the city council in a special ceremony at the lodge.
Members of the AWG are welcome - and even encouraged - to attend the ceremony, according to Commanding General Ralph Ibarra.
Hardaway's spouse, Marge, said the award is a surprise to Chuck so mum's the word!
Chuck Hardaway and his wife of more than 55 years have lived in
for well over 30 years. He is was the commander of the Association of
Washington Generals between 2004 and 2007. Chuck served on the Tahoma School Board over ten years, the
Greater Maple Valley Area Council for seven years, and the Maple Valley City
Council for two years. He was chairman of the Seattle-King County Private
Industry Council and on the board of directors of the Maple Valley, Washington .
In 1990, Chuck was
Citizen of the Year at Large. Governor Christine Gregoire of the State of Maple Valley declared by
proclamation Washington December 19,
2005 as “Commander General Chuck Hardaway Day,” and the City of
Maple Valley proclaimed December
20, 2005 as “Chuck Hardaway Day” to honor him for his distinctive
service to nation, state, and the local community. He has been knighted into
the Order of the Knights of Rizal from the and appointed as an
Arkansas Traveler and Ambassador of Goodwill by Governor Mike Huckabee for
contribution to the progress, enjoyment, and well-being of the state of Philippines and her people.
He was also commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Arkansas
He has been a co-owner of a real estate company and a computer company, both based in
and was chief of staff of the Washington State Democratic Caucus. For the past
10 years, Chuck has written a weekly “One man’s opinion” column for the Voice of the Valley newspaper. Kent, Washington
The Hardaways have one son, John, who graduated from the
and is a
commander in the United States Navy. John is an ophthalmologist and Director of
Surgical Services at the Naval Hospital Bremerton in the state of United States Naval
Academy . Washington