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 November 18, 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.
On Tuesday November 17, 2015 a UNC Pembroke employee named Annette Straub received the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a North Carolina State Employee. She was presented with the Governor’s Award for Excellence at the Museum of History.
Annette Straub and Dan Kenney inside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh NC the day before she received her award. Annette and I attended a luncheon at the Mansion.
The Executive Mansion is the residence of North Carolina Governor. (L-R) Annette Straub-Dan Kenney in the front foyer near staircase.
Annette was just one of 15 North Carolina State Employees to receive this award.
The Governor’s Awards for Excellence Program is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties, but are in the nature of a major contribution reflecting credit on the person and State service. The Awards are grouped into categories. Annette won for Customer Service. The criteria for the recognition she received is described below.
Customer Service – The winners must provide exceptional service that left the customer fully satisfied with their experience. Awardees have exceeded expectations to meet the needs of the customer.
Annette serves as the Executive Assistant in the Office of Enrollment Management. She also assumes duties as the Web Information Coordinator for her division. Annette position means that she has to deal with all type of scenarios impacting student’s intention to enroll at UNC Pembroke. She deals with problems that require patience, diplomacy, intelligence, empathy, compassion, and great working relationships with many office and leaders across campus. She takes each problem as it comes and attempts to treat student, their parents, and families with all the attributes I described above.
Annette is very involved on campus especially with collaborative committees. In 2012 she was a member of the university’s 125th Anniversary Planning committee and did a great job with all those events.
On Monday I was honored to be invited to represent the Chancellor’s Office at luncheon honoring Annette and the other 14 recipients. I got to meet Annette’s mom and chat with her husband. We all got to enjoy getting to go tour the Executive Mansion.
(l-r) Annette Straub, her mom Mrs. Brenda Sealy, and Husband Jerry.
Annette lives in my Lumberton neighborhood and we talked about her home and the connection it had to a former North Carolina Governor Angus McLean 1925-1929. Angus McLean had three children Angus Wilton, Jr. Margaret French, and Hector.
The house that Annette lives in today on the corner of 19th and Barker was built by the former Governor’s son-in-law and daughter. That married couple was Scott and Margaret French Sheppard. They got married in 1940.
As we ate lunch I told Annette she was connected to Governor McLean and was eating dining in the same place he and his family did some 90 years earlier.
The Friend-ANNETTE STRAUB
The Friend of the Friend-GOVERNOR ANGUS MCLEAN
Living in the Governor’s Daughter’s House
On Monday at Lunch we were invited to feel free to tour the Executive Mansion in Raleigh. Annette, her husband, mom, and I went searching for his portrait. We were unsuccessful but did find some interesting things.
First if you live in Lumberton and want to learn about Governor McLean there is a great book at the link below you can view his papers and letters.
We also got some interesting photos inside the Executive Mansion.
Every North Carolina Governor’s name is included on the carpet that is located in the main foyer of the Executive Mansion. We found Lumberton’s Governor Angus McLean (1925-1929). If you go it is located to the right of the staircase.
Staircase in Executive Mansion-the gentleman to the right of the staircase is standing on Angus McLean’s name.
North Carolina First Lady Margaret French McLean-the mom of the daughter who built the house that Annette Straub lives in.
Glad that I got to be part of Annette’s special award. Also glad to get caught up on some Lumberton and North Carolina history.