Friday 20 Sep 2019

Parr Honored With Order Of Long Leaf Pine

Stephen Parr

Stephen Parr, past and long-time Executive Director of the United Way of Wayne County was honored with the Order of Long Leaf Pine at his retirement party earlier this year for his years of dedication and service.

A fitting recognition to the past director, who changed the way the Wayne County community saw how goals should be met.  “We measure by lives changed, not dollars raised,” Parr would declare.  In fact, it was estimated at his retirement celebration that 682,740 lives were changed under his leadership.

Parr, a Rotarian who initiated the Three Eagles Rotary Club which is still thriving today; was also the driving force of creating a United Way leadership group for eastern NC, now affectionately referred to as the E95 group.

After 30 years as the County’s United Way leader, Parr was presented with the prestigious Governors award at his retirement celebration on February 28, 2019.

Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. Persons named to The Order become North Carolina “Ambassadors” with their names and award dates recorded on a Roster maintained by The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society. They may then enroll in the Society’s Directory and become Society “Honorees” entitled to display Society insignia.


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