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Members of the State Employees Association of North Carolina District 65 at ECU won top honors during the statewide convention in Greensboro. (Contributed photo)

SEANC District 65 Receives Award at State Convention

The State Employees Association of North Carolina District 65 at East Carolina University won top awards at the SEANC state convention in Greensboro Sept. 10 - 12. Chief among the honors was the District of the Year award in the 1000- to 1500-member range.

Individual awards went to members Benny Brigman, for dedication as an Eastern member action coordinator; and to JoEllen Teel (first place) and Brenda Smith (third place) for a slogan to be used on a SEANC button. Teel's winning slogan was "Ask Me What I Can Do For You."

In addition, District 65 had 100% participation in a Red Cross blood drive and donations service project held at the convention.

The District 65 group included 14 delegates from ECU, who joined approximately 850 attendees from across the state. ECU delegates were Del Kingsland, Bill Dawson, Gloria Highsmith, Debbie Austin, Lynn Tuthill, Linda Nelson, Sharon Sharp, Shirley Williams, Camilla Dawson, Treva Brigman, Derek Abbott, Tammy Heller, Val George, and Alicia Simpson.

District 65 officers elected for the 2009-10 year are Del Kingsland, chair; Bill Dawson, vice chair; Camilla Dawson, auditor; Tammy Heller, bylaws chair; and Mary Williams, EMPAC chair.

New statewide officers were elected at the convention. They include Tony Smith, president; Pat Reighard, first vice president; Charles Johnson, second vice president; Cheryl Moon, treasurer; Shirley Williams, nominating chair; Bobbie Austin, policy platform chair; Derek Abbott and Karen Simmons, delegates; and Mary Johnson, alternate delegate.

The District 65 board meets on the third Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Willis Building. Meetings are open to the public. For additional information, contact any board member or visit



This story appeared originally in the Oct. 15, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at