ASHEVILLE—Selfless volunteer, leader and advocate Jerry Plemmons of Madison County was awarded the Kathleen Godwin Cole Award for Volunteerism at the monthly Land-of-Sky Regional Council (LOSRC) meeting on April 25, 2012. This award is given annually to one volunteer, age 55 or better, who has made major contributions to improve our region.
Plemmons strives to make his county and Western North Carolina a better place to live through his long-time community and economic development efforts. He has served on the LOSRC for many years, primarily as an economic development advisor. Plemmons currently serves on no less than seven Madison County organizations, including the Economic Development Board, Courthouse Renovation Committee, Child Protection Team, Child Fatality Team, Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for Children SmartStart Board and Arts Council. He also is a member of the Hot Springs Health Program Board and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board.
The Kathleen Godwin Cole Award was established in 1990 in memory and honor of Kathleen Godwin Cole who served for several years on the LOSRC Advisory Council on Aging and chaired its Contractor Relations Committee. She also chaired the Buncombe County Domiciliary Home Community Advisory Committee for several years.
Other nominees for this year’s award were: Buncombe County residents Judy Deutsch, who has volunteered with the county’s Guardian Ad Litem Program for more than seven years, and Sonya Freidrich¸ who serves as the community leader on the Land-of-Sky Regional Council’s Nursing Homes Community Advisory Committee; Nancy Porter, a member of the Community Health Committee of the Madison Community Health Consortium; and Madeline Royes, who volunteers at many agencies in Henderson County.
Land-of-Sky Regional Council is the local government planning and development organization for Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties. It is one of 17 such organizations throughout North Carolina.