Sandy is on the right. Her friend, Susan Cummings, is pictured on the left.
I am pleased to announce that the Council’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Sandy Irving.
This Award is presented each year to someone with an exceptional and extended record of service, through the North Carolina Council of Churches, to the causes of Christian wholeness, justice, and peace. In recent years, recipients have included Sydnor Thompson, Barbara Volk, Joe Vetter, Charles Smith, Cy and Carolyn King, Jimmy Creech, David Forbes, and Vernon Tyson.
Sandy, a Presbyterian who was raised Quaker, has been engaged with the Council for twenty years. During that time, she has represented the Presbytery of New Hope on the House of Delegates and the Executive Board, served for six years as Secretary of the Council, been a member of Legislative Program Committee and the Peace Committee, and, since her retirement from UNC-Chapel Hill, as a volunteer program associate, dealing with issues including passage of the Affordable Care Act, challenges to Medicaid and Social Security, and workers rights.
Sandy will be presented with the Award during the morning session of the Critical Issues Seminar, next Monday, June 16, at United Church of Chapel Hill. It’s not too late to register for the Seminar, and I hope you’ll come for the whole day. If you are able attend just for the award presentation, you don’t need to register, and you should be at UCCH no later than 10:30.