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Sec. Kluttz and Gov. McCrory thank the 2013 SECC
volunteers for their service

Last month, Sec. Susan Kluttz joined Gov. Pat McCrory at the Executive Mansion to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who made the success of this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign possible.  After thanking all of the SECC’s many volunteers, he applauded Sec. Kluttz for volunteering to serve as this year’s State Campaign Chair for the campaign.

Sec. Kluttz and SECC director Mary Paisley
present an to the N.C. Department of
Environment and Natural Resources.

This 2013 State Employees Combined Campaign raised more than $3.8 million for hundreds of different charities serving North Carolinians across the state. The campaign kick-off began with 100% participation from the Cabinet and each department led different department-specific fundraising events.

Special thanks to DCR’s Ansley Wegner, whose leadership helped DCR earn the SECC Chairman’s Silver Award, raising nearly $30,000.

For more information, you can check out the 2013 Campaign Award Winners and 2013 Campaign Results, posted on the SECC website. More photos from the event are online here.

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Sec. Kluttz and DCR staff members Jennifer Fontes, Ansley Wegner and Nancy Kelly in hats made for the auction

Sec. Kluttz and DCR staff members Jennifer Fontes, Ansley Wegner and Nancy Kelly in hats made for the auction

DCR employees enjoyed home-baked goodies and a wonderful display of items made by N.C. craftsmen at the recent SECC auction. Organized by Ansley Wegner, the auction featured paintings, photography, hats, jewelry and a raffle, won by Joy Shattuck, for a $50 Visa card.

 

 

The bake sale was the biggest ever with proceeds going to the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. This year, the bake sale and auction raised $1,575, a slight increase over last year.

Sec. Kluttz with Ansley Wegner, DCR's SECC coordinator

Sec. Kluttz with Ansley Wegner, DCR’s SECC coordinator

SECC is the only fundraising campaign authorized to solicit charitable contributions in the state employee workplace.

“The best part of this campaign is that there are more than a thousand eligible charities and there is something in it for everyone,” said Secretary Susan Kluttz. “This effort allows state employees to be a part of a team effort, but allows them to choose their favorite charities to support.” Secretary Kluttz was appointed by Governor McCrory as the 2013 Chairman of the SECC.

Please consider making a payroll contribution today, if you have already done so. You can check DCR’s progress online here.

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Gov. Pat McCrory and Sec. Susan Kluttz sign pledges to contribute to the State Employees Combined Camapign

Gov. Pat McCrory and Sec. Susan Kluttz sign pledges to contribute
to the State Employees Combined Camapign

Secretary Susan Kluttz joined Governor Pat McCrory recently in signing a pledge to contribute to the 2013 State Employees Combined Campaign. DCR employees’ annual charitable gift giving campaign begins in October with a Charity Fair in the DCR lobby and runs through Thanksgiving. SECC is the only fundraising campaign authorized to solicit charitable contributions in the state employee workplace.

“The best part of this campaign is that there are more than a thousand eligible charities and there is something in it for everyone,” said Secretary Kluttz. “This effort allows state employees to be a part of a team effort, but allows them to choose their favorite charities to support.” Secretary Kluttz was appointed by Governor McCrory as the 2013 Chairman of the SECC.

Since 1985, the State Employees Combined Campaign has raised over $91 million in gifts to charities that operate throughout North Carolina and the world. Ten percent of donations goes to fundraising and administrative costs, so state employees can give with confidence.

Last year state employees pledged $4,419,782 to charities through the SECC. The Department of Cultural Resources employees’ donations represent $29,757 of that total.  We had almost 25% participation. For the last two years, DCR has won the SECC’s prestigious Chairman’s Award for per capita giving—what an achievement for our small department—indeed, a testament to our compassionate staff.  DCR’s department executive for the 2013 SECC campaign is Ansley Wegner.

For more information on the SECC and the charities listed below, please visit www.ncsecc.org.

To download a complete list of the charities participating, click here.

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Mort Künstler’s Capitol Farewell

A pirate scallywag school in Manteo, concert-movie combo in Raleigh and model train show in Spencer are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend at our sites and museums.

Start your weekend off Thursday with two nature-focused programs on the coast. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer another installment of its popular kayak trip series, while the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will host the last in its series of workshops on canvasback decoy crafting.

Friday, children can learn how to walk, talk and act like a pirate in Manteo at Roanoke Island Festival Park’s Pirate Scallywag School, while kids of all ages can see interpreters fire muskets at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks. Bentonville will host more musket demonstrations Saturday.

In the Raleigh, also on Friday, the N.C. Museum of History will debut an exhibit of 33 paintings of the Civil War done by nationally-acclaimed artist Mort Künstler. The debut will include the unveiling of Künstler’s newest work, Capitol Farewell. The N.C. Museum of Art will also offer four great programs:

On Saturday, the Museum of the Art will offer two more programs: a family program that includes a gallery tour and studio time and a concert-movie combo featuring the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Beasts of a Southern Wild.

Join the N.C. Transportation Museum for a
model train show Saturday and Sunday

Throughout both Saturday and Sunday, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host the Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Show. The show will feature model trains, railroading collectibles, railroad historians, Thomas and Friends games and crafts, storytellers and much, much more.

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Sec. Kluttz at Saturday's opening with N.C. Museum of Art director Larry Wheeler, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, BlueCross BlueShield of N.C. CEO Brad Wilson and Dan Gottlieb and Cathy Higgins of NCMA and BCBSNC, respectively

Sec. Kluttz at Saturday’s opening with N.C. Museum of Art director Larry Wheeler, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, BlueCross BlueShield of N.C. CEO Brad Wilson and Dan Gottlieb and Cathy Higgins of NCMA and BCBSNC, respectively

Blue grass, marching bands and food trucks set a festive air for the opening of the mile-long Blue Loop multi-modal recreational trail on the 164-acre grounds of the N.C. Museum of Art. The loop connects with the network of trails behind the museum and helps to promote that art can be found inside as well as out.

Amidst a crowd of several hundred onlookers, Sec. Susan Kluttz joined N.C. Museum of Art (NCMA) director Larry Wheeler, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (BSBCNC) CEO Brad Wilson to dedicate the new recreational trail.

Kluttz emphasized the importance of public private partnerships, art’s role in economic development and the importance of recreation in her remarks.

The trail was made possible through collaboration between the museum and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, the state’s largest insurer. It is the flagship project of BCBSNC’s “Get Outside, North Carolina” initiative that seeks to improve health and reduce obesity-related medical costs in the state.

The mile-long loop also connects to the extensive Capital Area Greenway System (which has grown to an 88-mile, 3,700-acre network) and adds to the draw of NCMA’s Museum Park, already one of the top art parks in world, according to Bicycling Magazine.

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2013 Swearing InSaturday morning, the Curtis Bible was used to swear in Governor Pat McCrory’s eight new cabinet secretaries. The Bible, which is in the permanent collection of the State Archives, has quite an interesting story behind it. In fact, it is believed to have saved its namesake’s life.

A native of Caldwell County, Burton McKinley Curtis enlisted in the Army shortly after the U.S. entry into World War I. Assigned as a cook with 113th Field Artillery Regiment, Curtis was sent to Europe less than a month after his enlistment. Curtis’s unit took heavy fire during an assault on German forces as part of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel near Verdun, France, and the Bible reportedly saved Curtis’s life by absorbing the impact of a bullet or shrapnel. The damage to the Bible that resulted from the hit is still evident today.

Curtis BibleAfter receiving an honorable discharge in 1919, Curtis returned to North Carolina and worked as a bailer at a cotton mill. He donated the pocket-sized, war-worn New Testament to the Hall of History (now the N.C. Museum of History) on November 16, 1920. The Bible was eventually transferred to the Archives because it is a document. This piece of North Carolina history was selected for the ceremony by Governor McCrory’s inaugural committee.

The governor provided a commemorative bible to each of his new cabinet secretaries. Some also chose to bring a family bible. The Curtis Bible resided on the the rostrum in front of Justice Paul Newby, who administered the oath.

You can see a list of North Carolina here.

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The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has been particularly busy these last few weeks helping with the transition from one gubernatorial administration to the next.

Staff at the State Capitol Historic Site are helping elected officials and advisors move out of their stately home and new leaders move in. They’re also helping plan the ceremonies surrounding the swearing in of the governor’s cabinet, the Council of State and the governor.

Tryon Palace staff will host Governor Pat McCrory’s eastern regional visit to take place January 8, and a number of historical interpreters associated with the Cultural Resources—from Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum and Jonkonnu groups to Fort Dobbs’s militia to Roanoke Island Festival Park’s Silver Chalice Boat and crew and beyond—will also take part in the inaugural parade on January 12.

The State Archives are making sure that records of departing officials are being appropriately transferred and providing reference and research services to various planning committees—including coming in during the holidays to provide copies of films from previous inaugurations.

Archives staff have also helped select the historic Bibles that will be used in the oath taking, and, as caretaker of the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina, State Archivist Sarah Koonts will take part in the private, “Transfer of the Seal Ceremony,” which is held just before the governor takes the Oath of Office.  Archives photographers will also be on hand to document these and other transition activities.

Our Historical Resources Division is providing research reports on previous inaugurations and the state seal to the inaugural committee, while the N.C. Museum of History has mounted its always popular Governor’s Exhibit, which is updated and re-opened every four years to coincide with gubernatorial inaugurations. This year’s exhibit Leading the State: North Carolina’s Governors will run through April 28, 2013.

Filled with artifacts that include personal items, clothing and portraits, Leading the State highlights the changes in the office of governor and the role of first spouses. The exhibit also focuses on how governors have campaigned and been elected. In addition to this exhibit, the Museum of History also accessioned a number of gifts from Governor Beverly Perdue to help document her time in office and is currently working with Gov. McCrory’s staff to decorate and equip the Executive Mansion living quarters and office in the State Capitol.

These activities are just a few of the ways, we, as the state agency charged with preserving the state’s memory, are helping support that crucial mechanism of democracy and the all-too-rare occurrence in the history of humankind: the peaceful transfer of power.

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