History

Honorary Membership


Association History:

July 17, 1973, Edith Herter and Frances O'Neal, Secretaries in the Catawba County Extension Office, sent a letter to all Extension Secretaries in North Carolina asking their opinion of establishing an organization of Extension Secretaries in North Carolina. The response was so overwhelming that organizational meetings were held in Newton, Catawba County, Southwestern District and Asheville (Western District) on Saturday, August 18, 1973. Several secretaries from other districts attended the meeting in Newton and returned to their offices to start working on an organizational meeting in their respective districts. The North Central District organizational meeting was held on Saturday, September 15, 1973, in Person County. Information is not available to determine dates of organizational meetings of other districts.

The state organizational meeting was held on Saturday, November 10, 1973, at Guilford County Agricultural Center in Greensboro. Attendance was: Western District - 0; Northwestern - 6; Southwestern - 14; North Central - 11; South Central - 9; Northeastern - 4; Southeastern - 14. 

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Officers elected for 1974 were: 
PRESIDENT: Frances O'Neal - 
Southwestern District, Catawba County; 
VICE PRESIDENT: Lottie Herring - 
South Central District, Samson County; 
SECRETARY: Ernestine Talley 
North Central District, Person County; and 
TREASURER: Faye Saunders 
Northwestern District, Guilford County.

After a great deal of effort by many of the secretaries throughout the State, notification was received on March 25, 1974 that Senate Bill Number 1448 introduced by Senators Allsbrook and White, and House Bill Number 2118 introduced by Representatives Chase and Jernigan, were on the floor as of that date. The bills were to appropriate money to equalize North Carolina portion of salaries to some extent throughout the State. Both of these bills were passed.

The Board of Directors met with Dr. T. C. Blalock and Mr. Ed Foil, our Extension Administrative Advisor, on April 6, 1974 to discuss the bills and how they would benefit the secretaries. Beginning of the fiscal year 1974-75, North Carolina portion of salaries were adjusted for most of the secretaries.

The 1st annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of Cooperative Extension Secretaries was held at the Faculty Club in Raleigh on September 20, 1974 with 123 members present. Dr. T. C. Blalock, Mr. Ed Foil, and Mr. Craig Wilburn told how the system of raises would be handled. Questions and answers followed. 

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Officers elected for 1975 were: 
PRESIDENT: Catherine Chase 
Southeastern District, Wayne County; 
VICE PRESIDENT: Catherine Fields 
South Central District, Bladen County; 
SECRETARY: Betty Fisher
Southwestern District, Rowan County; and 
TREASURER: Lila Nelson
North Central District, Northampton County.

The 2nd annual meeting of the NCACES was held at the Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, on September 26, 1975, with 72 members present. Due to her tremendous interest, hard work, research, and help in the organization structure of getting our association started, Eleanor Starnes, retired secretary from Durham County, was made the first Honorary Member. 

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Officers elected for 1976 were: 
PRESIDENT: Catherine Fields
South Central District, Bladen County;
VICE PRESIDENT: Linda McMullen
Northeastern District, Camden County; 
SECRETARY: Joyce Henderson 
Southeastern District, Pender County; and 
TREASURER: Luba Smith
Southwestern District, Caldwell County.

The 3rd annual meeting was held at the Ramada Inn, Statesville, NC, hosted by Southwestern District, on September 17, 1976 with 83 secretaries attending. All districts were represented.

The letterhead design submitted by Northeastern District was accepted by the association at this meeting. A scholarship award project was adopted, to be rotated by districts. A motion was also made and passed to have a scrapbook compiled for the association. Because she was one of the co-sponsors of getting the organization off the ground, Edith Herter, retired, was also granted Honorary Membership in the association. 

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Officers elected for 1977 were: 
PRESIDENT: Linda McMullen
Northeastern District, Camden County; 
VICE PRESIDENT: Erma Williamson
Northwestern District, Caswell County; 
SECRETARY: Patsy Sykes
North Central District, Durham County; and 
TREASURER: Betty Penland
Western District, Macon County.

The 4th annual meeting was held at the Sheraton Motor Inn, Asheville, NC, on September 23, 1977, with 88 members attending. It was announced that Dr. Black has approved "time" be granted for the 1978 planning meeting. An Executive Board Award was receive by Betty Dail of the Northwestern District. 

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Officers elected for 1978 were: 
PRESIDENT: Erma Williamson
Northwestern District, Caswell County; 
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Betsy Crews
North Central District, Person County; 
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Betty Penland
Western District, Macon County; 
SECRETARY: Nancy Payne
Southwestern District, Alexander County; and 
TREASURER: Katherine Gillam
Northeastern District, Perquimans County.

The 5th annual meeting was held at the Ramada Inn, Nags Head, on September 15, 1978, with 85 members present. At this meeting, a copy of the Handbook was given to each member. Western District received the first scholarship award in the amount of $150. The Executive Board Award was presented to Linda McMullen. 

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Officers elected for 1979 were: 
PRESIDENT: Betsy Crews
North Central District, Person County; 
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Betty Penland
Western District, Macon County; 
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Margaret Reynolds
Southwestern District, Gaston County; 
SECRETARY: Pamela Ginn
Southeastern District, Greene County; and 
TREASURER: Erma Williamson
Northwestern District, Caswell County.

The 6th annual meeting was held at the Sheraton Motor Inn, at Southern Pines, on September 21, 1979 with 112 members present. Frances O'Neal reported that South Carolina is now organized and Virginia is partially organized. Dr. T. C. Blalock reported that a plaque would be presented to all retiring Extension secretaries. the 1979 Executive Board Award was received by Frances O'Neal of Catawba County. The name of the association was changed to: North Carolina Association of Agricultural Extension Secretaries (NCAAES). The scholarship award was received by the Northwestern district in the amount of $200. 

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Officers elected for 1980 were: 
PRESIDENT: Betty Penland
Western District, Macon County; 
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Margaret Reynolds
Southwestern District, Gaston County; 
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Cynthia Potter
Southeastern District, Duplin County; 
SECRETARY: Nora Smith
South Central District, Richmond County; and 
TREASURER: Mariah McPherson
North Central District, Orange County.

The 7th annual meeting was held at the Ramada Inn in Durham on September 17, 1980 with 115 members attending. The $200 scholarship award went to the Southwestern District. The Executive Board Award was received by Betsy Crews of Person County. 

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Officers elected for 1981 were: 
PRESIDENT: Margaret Reynolds
Southwestern District, Gaston County; 
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Cynthia Potter
Southeastern District, Duplin County; 
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Cathy Harris
Southwestern District, Montgomery County; 
SECRETARY: Linda Buck
Northeastern District, Beaufort County; and 
TREASURER: Joy Marshall
Northwestern District, Surry County.

The 8th annual meeting was held at the Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock, NC, on September 4, 1981, with 86 members present. The $300 scholarshipaward was received by North Central District. At this meeting, the scholarship was named the "Herter-O'Neal Scholarship" in honor of Edith Herter and Frances O'Neal. The Jewelry Award for secretaries began in 1981. The Executive Board Award was presented to Mariah (Ann) McPherson of Orange County. Secretaries from South Carolina attended the meeting and reported they have been organized for three years on a state level instead of district level. Administration granted two days time for secretaries' association meetings. 

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Officers elected for 1982 were: 
PRESIDENT: Cynthia Potter
Southwestern District, Gaston County; 
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Cathy Harris
Southwestern District, Montgomery County;
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Lillian Briggs
Northeastern District, Gates County; 
SECRETARY: Lou Lakey
Northwestern District, Davie County; and 
TREASURER: Cleo Geer
Western District, Polk County.

The 9th annual meeting was held at the Islander Motor Inn, Emerald Isle, on September 17, 1982, with 99 members attending. The Northeastern District received the Herter-O'Neal Scholarship Award. The Executive Board Award was presented to Margaret Reynolds of Gaston County. 

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Officers elected for 1983 were: 
PRESIDENT: Lillian Briggs
Northeastern District, Gates County; 
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Joy Marshall
Northwestern District, Surry County;
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Mariah McPherson
North Central District, Orange County; 
SECRETARY: Vera Dreyer
Western District, Swain County; and 
TREASURER: Lula Shipman
Southeastern District, Bladen County.

The 10th annual meeting was held at the Plaza Motel in Boone, NC, on September 16, 1983, with 107 members present. The scholarship award was received by the Southeastern District. The Executive Board Award was presented to Betty Penland of Macon County. 

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Officers elected for 1984 were: 
PRESIDENT: Joy Marshall
Northwestern District, Surry County; 
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Mariah McPherson
North Central District, Orange County; 
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Sandra Ballard
Western District, Buncombe County; 
SECRETARY: Helen Vann
Southeastern District, Sampson County; and 
TREASURER: Earla Moore
Northeastern District, Martin County.

The 11th annual meeting was held in Raleigh at the Jane S. McKimmon Center, on September 19, 1984 during the statewide training for county secretaries. There were 197 secretaries and 29 visitors present for the meeting. The Western District received the scholarship award. The Executive Board Award was presented to Ernestine Talley of Person County.  Ernestine Talley won the Secretary Award.

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Officers elected for 1985 were: 
PRESIDENT: Mariah McPherson
North Central District, Orange County; 
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Sandra Ballard
Western District, Buncombe County; 
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Nancy Payne
Southwestern District, Alexander County; 
SECRETARY: Betty Cox
Northeastern District, Chowan County; and 
TREASURER: Linda Lee
Southeastern District, Columbus County.

The 12th annual meeting was held in Asheville at the Ramada Inn West, on September 27, 1984. The meeting was hosted by the West District and the theme was "Not Just a Secretary." There were 114 secretaries present for the meeting. The Executive Board Award was presented to Cleo Geer of Polk County. A new camera and recorder were purchased. Membership reported 238 members. Cathy Fields won the SPA Distinguished Performance Award. 

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Officers elected for 1986 were: 
PRESIDENT: Sandy Ballard, Buncombe County;
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Nancy Payne, Alexander County;
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Kathy Ethridge, Onslow County;
SECRETARY: Helen Miller, Orange County; and
TREASURER: Elizabeth Lassiter, Caswell County.

The 13th annual meeting was held at the Ramada Inn, Nags Head on September 19, 1986 with 118 members present. The Executive Board Award was presented to Cathy Fields of Bladen County. Membership report 245 members.

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Officers elected for 1987 were: 
PRESIDENT: Nancy Payne, Southwestern District, Alexander County;
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Katie Ethridge, Southeastern District, Onslow County;
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Betty Cox, Northeastern, Chowan County;
SECRETARY: Nell Boone, North Central District; and
TREASURER: Janice Buchanan, Western District.

The 14th annual meeting was held in Raleigh at the Sheraton Crabtree, on September 18, 1987 with 132 members present. The Executive Board Award was presented to Sandy Ballard of Buncombe County. 

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