2017 Governor's Award for Volunteer Service 

2017 Dare County Governors Volunteer Service Awards 

Three individuals and one group were presented with the 2017 Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service at the April 17, 2017 of the meeting of the Dare County Commissioners. Accepting the awards were (front row, from left) Emmett Smith, Dare County Emergency Management Logistics Coordinator; Karin Edmond, Dare County Center Nutrition Site Kitchen Assistant and Crochet Teacher; Darnel Talbert, Dare County Center all around volunteer; (second row, from left) Volunteers with the Outer Banks Repeater Association, Beryl Iven, Sally Meagher, Con Weltman, Henry Caferty, Doris Bailey; (third row, from left) Jack Meagher, Perry White, Jim Kranda, Peggy Caferty, Robert Defritas; (back row, from left) Andrew Darling, Jim Bailey and Angelo.  Emmett Smith was presented the Governor’s Medallion Award during a presentation in Raleigh in May. 

About the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards:

Serving additional people with fewer and fewer resources is something most nonprofits do every day. Without volunteers, many of these organizations would not be able to provide important services. Volunteers are some of our community’s greatest assets, working every day to better fulfill the challenge of our missions. The greatest volunteers bring renewed energy, different and better ideas for getting the work done, and leverage new resources and contacts on behalf of the organizations they serve. While many organizations acknowledge these unique and talented individuals in their own way, recognizing the best of the best and sharing their stories on a bigger stage inspires others to service and helps to recruit even more volunteers to the cause.

What is the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award?

North Carolinians have always shown their concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in local communities across the state. This proud tradition of volunteerism and community service was first recognized by the Office of the Governor in 1979 through the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. This award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups, businesses and a paid director of volunteers that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

What is the Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service? 

In 2006, the NC Commission implemented the Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. This award recognizes the "top 20" volunteers in the state. Medallion recipients are nominated at the county level then evaluated by a panel of community service leaders from across the state.Medallion Award recipients are honored at an annual recognition ceremony, where they receive a medallion signifying their accomplishments and service to the community.

Who can be nominated for this award?

Any person, group, or business from the public, non-profit or private sector serving Dare County may be nominated for the award. If you know of someone or a group of people who have given substantial amounts of their time and talent to help others in the community, nominate them using the nomination form. Nominees can be nominated for more than one category and nominators are encouraged to check all categories that apply to their nominees. However, please nominate only one individual and/or one company/group/team/family.

How do I nominate a volunteer?

Nominations for the 2017 award are closed. The nomination process for the 2018 award will begin in November 2017.