Beaufort County literacy volunteer awarded state medal

Published 1:08 pm Sunday, November 30, 2008

By Staff
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Pat Lurvey of Washington is a 2008 recipient of a North Carolina Medallion for outstanding volunteer service and is the Beaufort County representative of the award.
Lurvey was recognized locally on Oct. 3 and she was presented the award on Nov. 20 at a luncheon hosted by the state at Magnolia Manor in Colfax, which is near Greensboro.
After Marshall’s speech, Lurvey was recognized individually and the following words were read before the audience: “Patricia Lurvey has provided immeasurable volunteer service to the Literacy Volunteers of Beaufort County over the last several years. From a kitchen table in 2001, Pat was part of a handful of volunteers who helped start the organization with money that the group donated. Since then, Pat has taken charge of obtaining many of the organization’s grants and sizable donations. Her expertise in outreach (due to her years as Media Specialist with the state school system) has allowed the Literacy Volunteers to become a household name and recruit new volunteers. She was instrumental in the organization becoming a member of ProLiteracy America and the NC Literacy Association. Since 2002, she has been director of training, and she has become a certified instructor. Patricia is a perfect example of giving and asking nothing in return.”
Gov. Mike Easley last week announced recipients of the awards given by the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
According to the governor, Lurvey provided valuable services to Beaufort County by offering assistance to children and adults who are in need of learning to read and of learning other areas of education.
The recognition is part of the N.C. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service program, which honors individuals, groups, teams and businesses that make significant contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Since the program began in 1978, about 16,000 individuals have been recognized for their service. County coordinators and local selection committees receive and evaluate the nominations. Medallion recipients are nominated at the county level then evaluated by a panel of community service leaders from across the state.
On Lurvey’s North Carolina Award certificate signed by Easley for the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medallion Award, it certifies that Lurvey “is hereby awarded the highest designation of appreciation for distinguished volunteer service to the People and the State of North Carolina, and is to be granted and extended all honors and courtesies provided by this Office, entitled thereunto by this certificate of recognition and appreciation.”
In Beaufort County, others considered for the state medallion were Betty Cochran, Amy Maurizzio and Emilie Wilkes.
Jerry Savage was awarded the state medallion for Martin County.