Editorial: Community leadership earns salute

May. 09, 2014 @ 11:53 PM

Award-winning members of the community are nothing new. Two recognized this past week were outstanding choices and quite deserving.

George Watkins Sr. has spent a lifetime giving back to the place he loves. He’s been tireless with the Boy Scouts of America, and they in turn celebrated with him Thursday as their district’s Citizen of the Year award winner.

He helped establish a golf tournament to raise money for the Scouts and 10 years ago was honored for his volunteer work. He and his late twin brother, Sam, donated a building for Troop 605 more than 20 years ago and it remains in active use today.

The award Watkins received on Thursday will bear his name when presented to future recipients in Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties.

• Linda Weaver was among 17 honored recently with a N.C. Baptist Heritage Award.

Weaver, long associated with Chowan College and numerous assistance organizations in Henderson, was chosen because of scholarship donations and involvement in her home community.

Weaver and her mother started the James Lawson Briley Memorial Scholarship, named for her father, which helps Vance County students seeking careers in education. She followed her father’s footsteps, also serving on Chowan’s Board of Trustees and multiple committees and boards.

Weaver counts 23 years of classroom experience and 15 years of volunteer work at Perry Memorial Library in addition to her efforts with Area Christians Together in Service, the Women’s League of Henderson, the Red Cross and the First Baptist Church of Henderson.

Thousands in our community are fortunate to have directly or indirectly felt her support in their lifetimes.

• We shared encouragement for the United Way’s recent book drive and saw the benefit from the community this past week.

More than 2,000 books and other supplies were given to area public school third-grade classrooms this week.

Spurred by the state’s Read to Achieve law, the United Way sought to help and targeted third-grade classrooms. Third-graders must read at grade level to be promoted to fourth grade under the recently adopted law.

The United Way set a great example of taking an interest, finding an avenue to help and carrying out a plan.

Our students are the beneficiaries.