Editor’s take note: The Robeson Art Guild submitted the following duplicate. It is released as submitted.
The Robeson Art Guild was honored to nominate Richard Monroe for membership in the Purchase of the Extensive Leaf Pine on Might 14, 2021. Nila Chamberlain, Executive Director of Growth, and Jim Tripp, Government Director of Membership and Advertising, worked for numerous months prior with Senator Danny Britt and Mickey Gregory, Guild member and avid advocate of all matters very good for Robeson County, to put together the prepared documentation for submission to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. Senator Britt and quite a few friends amazed Richard at his property with this award on the evening of August 12, 2021.
On August 19, the Lumberton Place Chamber of Commerce acknowledged the awarding of this honor at their month-to-month Board meeting. In quotations down below, is an excerpt of the presentation prepared and spoken by Mickey Gregory. Mickey’s speech is incorporated so that our County’s citizens can share this good information and take delight in being aware of we have these kinds of an fantastic citizen these types of as Richard Monroe.
“It is my honor to formally current a distinguished award to a person who has served and volunteered for decades in different capacities on the Chamber Board as effectively as on just about each individual board and group in our County. Senator Danny Britt, along with lots of mates, surprised him with the award over a 7 days in the past. Nowadays, we again honor him in the existence of friends and business enterprise associates. In advance of inquiring Richard Monroe to come ahead, I would like to share some heritage on this Awesome gentleman who is these an asset to Lumberton, Robeson County and the Great State of North Carolina. His achievements and awards are several and targeted on the advancement of other individuals to improve our good quality of lifestyle and to give entry to cultural ordeals for all of us.
For 28 a long time, Richard taught junior higher and superior college social scientific tests and English, mainly at Lumberton Superior Faculty. Following his instructing profession, Richard served for twelve decades as Staff Professional for the Community Faculties of Robeson County. For 27 a long time, he served on the adjunct school of Robeson Group University. When the Robeson County schools merged in 1989, he was a founder and 1st President of the Robeson Association of Educators serving 3 phrases in that business. He was elected as District President of the North Carolina Affiliation of Educators, serving on various committees, as well as a delegate to equally point out and countrywide conventions.
In advance of retiring and continuing to this day, Richard has served his church and his local community. His provider includes Previous-President and presently Vice-President and docent of the Robeson County History Museum Board of Administrators of Robeson County Arts Council, Board of Administrators of Communities in Universities, President of Rediscover Downtown Lumberton, Chair and presently Co-Chair of the Lumberton Space Chamber Image Committee and Finance Director of the recently formed Robeson Artwork Guild found in our Downtown.
In the course of his job, he has gained numerous awards. Allow me just name a couple – Excellence in Cultural Education and learning Award NC Good friend of the Arts Award Instructor of the 12 months 8 situations and initially runner-up for NC Teacher of the 12 months Fulbright Hayes Fellowship, two-time recipient of the Chamber’s Group Volunteer Award, Better Carolina Award sponsored by Mountainair Farms and Southeastern Wellness Everyday living Time Commitment Award.
Sure, we have in our midst a person of outstanding character, superb leadership, endless volunteerism, passionate neighborhood assistance and steadfast involvement in all issues great for OUR neighborhood. Two of his most satisfying achievements for all of us and for our Downtown Lumberton revitalization stand out in my mind. One particular was his perseverance to have the land and setting up exactly where OUR Robeson County background is saved deeded to the Robeson County Record Museum. Thanks to Richard, in 2015, Helen and Cliff Sharpe gifted the land and building to the Museum. Richard also required a dwelling in downtown for the Robeson Artwork Guild. By means of Richard’s unending persistence and the County’s generosity, a making at 109 West Ninth Road in Downtown has been deeded to the Guild to progress the Arts in Robeson County.
It is no marvel that this new Artwork Guild needed to spearhead the motion to award the Purchase of the Extended Leaf Pine to Richard Monroe due to the fact a aim of the Guild is to market all the fantastic and constructive in our County as a result of the Arts and partnerships. There is no higher cheerleader for our neighborhood than this gentleman who has dedicated his overall everyday living to educating its citizens in the public faculties and who proceeds to deliver a cultural and historic context for our citizens. His talking means is admired by all who know him and his skill to link with folks from all walks of existence leaves a long lasting impact.
He listens, he cares deeply and he tends to make you come to feel fantastic just to be in his presence. The interactions Richard has designed and continues to develop are a genuine reflection of his terrific management and these relationships have produced and continue on to make a beneficial influence. Richard Monroe will make our neighborhood a superior place and evokes all of us to shine a minimal brighter and give a small extra. The Get of the Extended Leaf Pine is an honor granted by the Point out of North Carolina to folks who have proven remarkable company to the state. It is the greatest award for condition provider granted by the Place of work of the Governor. I can believe of no 1 who deserves this much more than Richard Monroe.”