We had a great statewide board meeting recently, and one significant highlight was recognizing one of our outstanding affiliate leaders. In honor of our founder, the Lewis Royall Holding Philanthropic Leadership Award was established to recognize work of an affiliate president or board member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership through the sharing of time, talent and treasure; someone who embodies the community leadership role and is dedicated to encouraging and increasing philanthropy throughout his or her community.
This year’s recipient is the lovely, talented and energetic Dr. Bettie Bond. To meet Bettie is to love Bettie. She is smart, warm and funny. She is also incredibly passionate about the work of the Watauga County Community Foundation, which has grown and thrived under her leadership. Bettie has been directly responsible for much of the Watauga affiliate’s success in the community. (Read more about Bettie and the award in our story here.)
Bettie shared with our board some highlights of her work and some of the challenges the board faces now and will ahead. Most gratifying was her overwhelming enthusiasm for local philanthropy and the benefits she recounted of her partnership with the North Carolina Community Foundation.
NCCF’s Northwest Regional Associate John Francis nominated Bettie and made the trip to Raleigh to help present the award to her. He told us that she had been a mentor, friend and coach to him from Day One. And he talked about the people of all ages who Bettie mentors in her community.
Bettie told us that when she was approached many years ago by her own mentor about joining the board, he “saw something in me that I did not even know I had.” What a spectacular thing to share. We should all be so lucky to have such mentors in our lives.
How often do we see something in others that they didn’t even know they possessed? Do we then take the time to help support and encourage them? What a wonderful gift when we do.
Bettie has been a wonderful friend and gift to us at the NCCF and to the Watauga County community.