A friend of a friend-Don Metzger-Lauren Metzger-June 20

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for June 20, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Having friends of all different ages is a gift. I often find myself being introduced to my friend’s families and depending on their age I get to meet their siblings, parents, cousins, spouses, in-laws, grandchildren, and grandparents.

I thought about whom I wanted to write about today and I decided to spotlight a young woman who I really got to know as a student at UNC Pembroke. I was friends with her parents. I was friends with her grandfather, I was friends with her neighbors, but I really got to know her when she got involved in the athletic department at UNC Pembroke. Her name is Lauren Metzger.

Lauren graduated from UNC Pembroke in May 2015 and has begun to work for Dial Insurance in Lumberton, NC. She was able to secure a “Hawk Assistantship” at UNCP to work in the Athletic Department during her second year at school. That assistantship was a merit award that provided students real work experience in their chosen career path. Lauren got to work in the marketing aspect of athletics and I like to think she had a great experience. I know that she approached the position with enthusiasm and professionalism.

Lauren was involved in a number of things at the university including the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority at UNCP, and she was also a member of the cheerleading team at UNCP. That is really how I got to know Lauren since my daughter Becca was her college coach.

Lauren at a 2011 UNCP Football Game

UNCP Cheer

Lauren graduated from college having left her mark because of all the things that she was involved in. In fact last year when the Ice Bucket Challenge was all the rage for ALS Research I had her pour the ice water on me.

Lauren is in purple shirt on right

"Chief Of Staff, Dan Kenney participates in the Ice Bucket Challenge to help fund the fight against ALS at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Monday, August 25th, 2014. Ice_Bucket_Challenge_0039.JPG"

“Chief Of Staff, Dan Kenney participates in the Ice Bucket Challenge to help fund the fight against ALS at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Monday, August 25th, 2014.

Lauren is one of those energetic young leaders that is passionate about a lot of things including her sorority, alma mater, friends, but especially her family. She is really proud of her grandfather Don Metzger who happens to be on the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees and Lumberton City Council.

The Friend-LAUREN METZGER-shown with her Dad Don Metzger

Lauren and Dad

The Friend of the Friend-DON METZGER-

(l-r) Linda Metzger, Lauren Metzger and Don Metzger at Lauren’s UNCP Graduation

Lauren and Don

The Candidate

Don Metzger has announced he is going to run for Mayor in Lumberton, NC in 2015 and nobody could be prouder than his granddaughter Lauren. Don the “Candidate for Mayor” has a son named Don who is a great friend of mine and is a Physician Assistant. Don “the son” has three children and a great wife named Maureen that make our community a better place to live

Don the “Candidate for Mayor” was first elected to the City Council in 2007, Don was unopposed in a 2011 bid to hold onto the position. From the start in 2007 Don has been clear his intent was to just serve two terms on the council, and he decided recently to run for mayor. He currently serves as mayor pro tem.


Don believes in a lot of things that make sense to me. He wants the city to spend conservatively while seeking new sources of revenue for the city. He believes that  Lumberton can and should be “destination” for travelers with are location on I-95.

Don is also a big believer and supporter of recreation. He and I serve on the Lumberton Recreation Commission together with Chairman Bruce Mullis. He realizes that recreation done right can be a double win for a community. It makes a community a desirable place to live by offering amenities that are attractive to home buyers, businesses, and residents. Recreation also can be an economic engine for communities by having visitors come to take advantage of events you host or support.

I also know that Don is a man of integrity and character. He has demonstrated over the years that he has lived in Lumberton that he will make decisions with common sense, compassion, and forward thinking. He has consistently done things to better other people’s lives without every trying to call attention to himself. That is the mark of a selfless leader.

I am glad that Lauren Metzger is proud and excited about her grandfather’s bid to be mayor. She and I are on the same page.

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