SEANC District 65 Named District of the Year Again
|Delegate Treva Brigman and District 65 Chairman Del Kingsland accept the District of the Year trophy at the SEANC annual convention. District 65 received the coveted trophy for the second year in a row. (Contributed photo)
East Carolina University’s District 65 of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) won District of the Year honors for the second year in a row. The award was presented at the SEANC state convention in Greensboro Sept. 9-11.
District 65 Chairman Del Kingsland accepted the award. “I am very proud to have been the chairperson for District 65 these past two years,” he said. “This board devotes so much time to helping out our community. It is truly an honor to be a part of such a hard working group of people.”
District 65 received the award in the 1000 to 1500-member category and was based on a scrapbook the district put together chronicling its activities for the year. These included membership drives, making Christmas trees for the elderly, hosting a golf tournament to raise money for scholarships, raising $7000 for Pitt County Relay for Life, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
Fourteen delegates from ECU attended the convention, along with approximately 850 delegates from across the state. Joining Kingsland in Greensboro were Bill Dawson, Gloria Highsmith, Debbie Austin, Lynn Tuthill, Linda Nelson, Sharon Sharp, Shirley Williams, Camilla Dawson, Treva Brigman, Tammy Heller, Val George, Alicia Simpson and Karen Simmons.
Each year SEANC delegates gather in Greensboro to determine legislative priorities, elect SEANC officers, award outstanding members, receive valuable training, meet legislators, raise funds for scholarships and conduct a community service project.
Convention speakers included Gov. Bev Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, U.S. Senate Candidate Elaine Marshall, SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope and Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union.
For the annual community service project, SEANC members raised more than $23,000 and contributed 1,500 pounds of food that will be evenly distributed between North Carolina’s six major food banks. District 65 contributed $500 to the community service project and plans to donate an additional $500 to Pitt County’s local food bank along with canned items collected during a recent food drive.