Longtime West Fargo resident and businessman Bernie Dardis has been recognized by the West Fargo Exchange Club with their Book of Golden Deeds Award, a prestigious honor bestowed on an individual who has made a significant impact in the community.
Dardis has been involved with the West Fargo Exchange Club since 2000, playing a vital role in the success of the club, from arranging prominent speakers for the annual "One Nation Under God" banquet to serving as the 'go-to' guy for the clubs major annual fundraiser in April.
In presenting the award, club members reaffirmed their action stating that "Bernie's willingness to give his time at a moment's notice and his common sense leadership ability is a testament to his character and love for his community."
A recognition luncheon was held Jan. 5, with speakers including West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen, Bernie's son, Dan Dardis, Judge Ralph Erickson, and Bernie's wife, Louise. Dardis' second son, Patrick, was unable to attend.
Bernie and Louise moved to West Fargo 33 years ago. Since that time, Bernie has been actively involved in the community and the state of North Dakota. He has served in many capacities of leadership on boards and committees from his early days in college up to the present time.
He presently serves as CEO of Indigo Signworks, Inc. of Fargo.
His community involvement throughout the years has included: Metro Youth Partnership, 2009 March of Dimes Bowls for Babies fundraising event co-chair, assistant scoutmaster, Dollars for Scholars sponsor, state governing board of directors of Dollars for Scholars, F-M Athletics football coach, AAU Youth wrestling assistant coach, NDSU Masters of Success lifetime achievement award, NDSU Student union and activities advisory board, West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce, past parish council president and past church finance commission chair, Blessed Sacrament church; and state chairman, judicial nominating committee as appointed by Gov. John Hoeven, just to name a few.