Patricia Washington, Ronnie Beale recipients of community service awards at Elder Dinner

LaDonna West (L) with Patricia Washington, recipient of the Emma Cline Moore Award for Community Service.

Patricia Washington of Franklin received the Emma Cline Moore Award for Community Service for her work in Franklin and the surrounding region. The award was presented by One Dozen Who Care, Inc. (ODWC) on Saturday, Nov. 9,  at the Elder Dinner celebration held at the Jackson County Family Resource Center in Sylva.

A native of Texas, Washington has lived in and traveled in many regions of the USA. Her favorite quote, “You can do it!”, coming from her trailblazing mentality and desire to encourage and empower people to reach their full potential professionally and personally, is a top priority in her life. Her innovative mindset, faith, understanding, fun-loving and relatable attitude provides a measure of peace and unity while she shares her “can do” spirit. 

Washington is married to Edward Washington and together they have four daughters. They live in Franklin, where she enjoys church, family, watching competitive sports, and travel. She has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Education, as well as credentials in Child Development. While employed by the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps, Washington was instrumental in organizing and executing their first Head Start collaboration in Macon County, that pooled resources, cut costs, and enhanced services for both programs. This also led to on-the-job training for Job Corps students, diversification in the community, and years of collaboration between the two agencies. She has also been director for the Early Child Care Institute and the After-School Program at South Macon Elementary Schools. She once came out of retirement to co-pilot and coordinate the unique Special Uses Program for Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps students with two or more years of college education to receive internship positions in the U.S. Forest Service upon completion of the Job Corps program. 

Washington is currently vice president of One Dozen Who Care, Inc. and serves on the Budget and Finance Committee. She has been a board member of the Arts Council of Macon County, Banquet Table, Macon Leadership Council, Human Relations Council, and Unity for Development. She enjoys serving as an active member of Burgess Chapel Church.

The Elder Dinner is an event that brings together racially diverse elders in the community for good food, fellowship, and fun. The goal of the project is to recognize people in the far western North Carolina area who exemplify outstanding community service. The special Emma Cline Moore Awards are given each year to show appreciation to elder citizens as One Dozen Who Care, Inc. works with the community to “tear down walls that divide and build bridges within our far western counties,” says ODWC Executive Director Ann Miller Woodford.

The Community Treasure Award was presented to Commissioner Ronnie Beale. This award was presented in grateful appreciation for his outstanding service and devotion to the communities in far western North Carolina.

ODWC is very pleased to recognize Commissioner Beale for his outstanding community service by awarding him the Community Treasure Award. We say, “Thank you, Ronnie, for your continued commitment to serving all of the citizens in Franklin and the surrounding area.”

Currently serving his third term, Ronnie Beale was elected to the Macon County Commission in November 2006. He has been married to Cissy Beale for 37 years and together they have three children – Cara, Evan, and Barrett. Beale graduated from Franklin High School in 1973. Since 1980, he has owned and operated Beale Construction. He has served his community with distinction as the chairman and vice chairman of the Macon County Board of Commissioners and was named North Carolina County Commissioner of the Year in 2013. Some of his community services include serving on the board of directors of the National Association of Counties representing North Carolina on a national level, former Governor Pat McCrory’s Mental Health Task Force, Macon County Citizens for the Handicapped, as liaison for the Macon County Sheriff’s department and Macon County Schools, and on the board of directors of Entegra Bank.