By Kimberley Graham

This year, 2011, marks the “Centennial Anniversary of Naval Aviation” for  those who wear the golden wings of Naval, Marine, and Coast Guard aviators. We have a very special citizen living among our ranks here on the Emerald Isle who qualifies amongst those proud aviators.  His name is Captain Len Kaine.  Captain Kaine is a retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot and president of the Golden Rule Society (GRS).  After retiring from the Navy, Captain Kaine established the nonprofit corporation to support our troops, veterans and their families, with a primary focus of assisting the children of our nation as well as 15 other countries around the world.  Over its 39-year history, the GRS has accomplished its goals through a variety of fundraising programs and activities.  The philosophy of the Golden Rule Society is, “To better the lives of others is your life’s greatest reward.”  This is not only the society’s philosophy, but Captain Kaine’s as well.

Captain Len Kaine’s exuberance, innovation, and hard work have not gone unnoticed.  Locally, a proclamation was presented to Captain Kaine by Mayor Casey Tanaka, designating the first week of October 2010 as Golden Rule Society week in Coronado.  Mayor Tanaka also nominated the organization for the “2010 San Diego Veterans Allegiance Award” recognizing the nonpaid volunteers who support our troops and veterans.  In a separate nomination from Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, Kaine was nominated as the “2010-2011 San Diego County Veteran of the Year” for his 38 years of volunteer service to those who defend our freedoms.  Captain Kaine and GRS received this award alongside eight others, which were presented to he and his organization at a local luncheon by members of Congress, Susan Davis and Bob Filner, for “outstanding and invaluable community service”.

On a nation and worldwide level, Captain Kaine was presented with the “2005 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Gold Medal and Citation” for his charity work.  Senator John McCain pinned on the Award at the 50th year reunion of Carrier Naval Aviators.  In 2003, the benevolent Captain Kaine was nominated for the Novel Peace Prize.  He received both a place on the National Role of Honor in Washington, D.C. and a Letter of Commendation from the Under Secretary of Defense (Director of Youth Activities) in 2002.  These are but just a few of he and the Golden Rule Society’s many accolades.

Once again in the words of Captain Kaine and the Golden Rule Society, “To better the lives of others is your life’s greatest reward.”The Golden Rule Society is led and managed by non-paid volunteers and 100% of the net funds raised by the organization go to help children and non-profit beneficiaries. More than a million lives have been touched and improved by the very generous outreach programs offered by the GRS.“We truly welcome every child, young adult and grown-up who has access to the Internet into our educational, motivational, inspirational, and character building program, with special affinity for children of Military Service Members, Firefighters, and Law Enforcement Personnel, and all who Protect and Serve.”

For more information on the Golden Rule Society and how you may volunteer or contribute to this honorable organization visit: http://www.goldenrulesociety.org

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