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Personality: Edward G. Hamlin Jr.

Spotlight on 2019 Astorian of the Year

1/17/2020, 6 a.m.
An award from one of Richmond’s oldest African-American organizations would be an extraordinary honor for just about anyone. For Edward ...

Date and place of birth: June 30 in Portsmouth. Current residence: Midlothian in Chesterfield County. Family: Wife, Dorothy C. Hamlin; daughter, Sonja D. Hamlin; son, Edward G. Hamlin III, deceased; and grandson, Josiah J. Hamlin.

What this award means to me: I felt honored and grateful for all the things that I just wanted to do without thought.

What motivated me to become an Astorian: I wanted to belong to an organization of distinction and value that gave back to the community.

Astoria is important to me because: It helped me to define what a man, a gentleman, should contribute to a community organization.

Most successful project you worked on for Astoria Beneficial Club: As a past president, I chaired the Special Projects Committee and worked on the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson annual program that highlights him and the statue our club erected in his honor. The statue is located at Adams and Leigh streets in Jackson Ward.

How long I’ve been a member: More than 30 years.

Club’s mission: To inspire outstanding men from every walk of life to achieve a higher moral, intellectual, civic and social standing.

Number of members: Between 65 and 85 active members.

Membership requirements: Must be a registered voter and have a clean background record.

The Parental Assistance Leadership Service (PALS) program is: Mentoring and encouraging Richmond Public Schools children through a unique partnership.

How I start my day: With prayer, thanking God for allowing me to witness another day and a cup of coffee.

A perfect day for me is: When I hear that all is well with my family and friends.

How I unwind: Sitting in my favorite chair thinking of my favorite memories of my life with my family and friends.

At the top of my “to-do” list is: To finish my bucket traveling list.

Best late-night snack: Chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream.

Something I have done that most people would never imagine: Stayed in the Air Force for 22 years and kept my family with me through it all.

A quote that I am inspired by: “To accept the things I cannot change, to change the things that I can and to have the wisdom to know the difference.” — From the Serenity Prayer.

The best thing my parents taught me: To treat everyone with love and respect.

The book that influenced me the most: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I always remember this sentence: “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

If I’ve learned one thing, it is: To do the best job I can for any task that I do the first time.

My next goal: To lay the foundation for my grandson to be a a good man by being a role model for him in terms of respect, trustworthiness, accountability and self-discipline.