Editorial: Our marks in history forever

May. 23, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

Vance County Genealogical Society members are providing a great service to our communities.

They’ve taken on the task of compiling data from the county’s cemeteries and assuring preservation of the information. Tedious could be one adjective of description, but labor of love is prevailing.

There’s more to it than walking a cemetery and writing down information from each marker.

We’re living longer these days, and there’s more ease in compiling information on families. No longer is the family Bible the only way we know who our ancestors were, or where they lived or what happened to them. Some families are doing the research, gathering all they can, and even putting it into printed books.

To see what the society members are accomplishing, the Local History Room in Perry Memorial Library is our best source.

• For her generation, working toward a job and keeping it for a lifetime was the norm. No longer, but we marvel and offer congratulations to Ester Kearney.

Kearney put in 45 years with the state, including 39 with the Department of Health and Human Services. The 1965 graduate of N.C. A&T University was honored a couple of months ago by Gov. Pat McCrory with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, given periodically to North Carolinians with a proven record of service to the state.

Kearney joined a recipient list that includes incredible famous names.

But the list is also lengthy with names we’ve never heard of, people who simply went about their lives helping others and making an impact in their community far from any spotlights. Most never sought such recognition; rather, they just wanted to help others.

Our kind of people.

• Who needs $10,000?

We stumbled upon a fundraising idea that’s been around, but it is one we haven’t been aware of in this area recently. And we like to help.

Take 144 envelopes, number them 1 to 144, and get businesses or individuals to help your organization by taking one. They donate the dollars corresponding to the number on or in their envelope.

Fun and creativity can be had in distribution, whether by blind draw commitment or knowing the amount when taking part. Even a kid with a buck has a spot.

Either way, a minimum of $10,800 comes back to the organization.