LAURINBURG — Margaret Herring’s concern for others helped garner her the 2016 Pilot of the Year Award.
Herring was recognized last week during the Pilot Club of Laurinburg’s annual awards night dinner. About 40 people attended the festive event held at the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church.
The Pilot of the Year Award was established in 1977 and is chosen each year by secret ballot.
“You know and I know that Margaret’s passion has been with any and everything involved with Alzheimer’s support group,” said Sylvia Stewart, the Founders Fund chair. “She learned the ropes under Gillie Edward’s leadership and when we lost Gillie, Margaret stepped right in to see that the program would continue.”
Herring has been a Pilot member for 20 years, serving in many capacities. Herring, the 41st recipient of the Pilot of the Year Award, was not able to attend Thursday’s dinner due to an illness.
“When we think of Margaret, we think of unselfishness and concern for others,” Stewart said.
Members of The Pilot Club of Laurinburg welcomed special guests into a sea of green and blue in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church on Thursday for the annual awards night dinner. Three awards were given this year, the fourth will be announced at a later time.
The Community Service Award was given to “co-pilot” Kemp Stewart, who is married to Sylvia Stewart.
Club members said they recognized Kemp Stewart for the significant role he has had in one of the club’s major projects — the Lifeline Emergency Response System at Scotland Memorial Hospital. He has also been involved in the Ramp Team Ministry at First Baptist Church.
“For over 20 plus years, the team has built many ramps for those who needed to be able to get in and out of their houses,” said presenter Amy Inniss, awards co-chair.
Rebecca Brooks, NC District Governor 2015-2016 presented Inniss with the Leadership Award.
Brooks said Inniss has shown effective leadership in her profession as well as her church and other community organizations.
“She is best described in our code of ethics, to work each day in that which is before, seriously, vigorously, calmly, cheerily, to improve ourselves every step of the way,” said Brooks. “She has definitely charted the way for our Pilot Club to make a difference in Laurinburg.”
The Anchor Scholarship was not presented during the dinner to allow the recipient to be announced at the Scotland High School awards ceremony this week.
“We chose the best applicant who has long terms goals in her field of study,” said Jennifer Lankford, Pilot president-elect. “This person is very active in the community and nursing homes in the community.”
Lankford presented the scholarship to Kelsey Smith during the Senior Awards Program Monday night.
Teachers whose classrooms were sponsored by the Pilot Club were also recognized. Present were Diane Boyd, Sandy Brady, Catherine Pinkston and Laquasia Cousar of North Laurinburg Elementary School; and Joy Lindley and Nikki Bowen of Carver Middle School.
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