The Gaston County Extension and Community Association (ECA) held its 2017 Achievement Day on March 15.

The guest speaker was Pearl Burris Floyd, who has served on the Gaston County Board of Commissioners and in the N.C. House of Representatives. An ordained ministry, she spoke about the importance of volunteering.

Forty ECA members attended the event, along with members of the Gaston County Board of Commissioners, County Manager Earl Mathers, and David Fogarty, director of the Gaston office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

The ECA provided approximately 8,288 volunteer hours in 2017, awarded three $1,000 educational scholarships to high school seniors, and assembled 161 Operation Gratitude scarves for the military.

Other volunteer projects included knitting infant caps and quilting baby quilts for CaroMont Regional Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

And the ECA supports community programs with volunteer hours, donating food items, and supplies to nursing homes, Gaston Hospice, Gaston Cancer Services, The Shelter of Gaston County, Adult Day Care, Gaston County Library, and Holy Angels.

The ECA supports Gaston County schools through the collection of school supplies (five local schools) and food labels to be used for funding computers and playground equipment.

Gaston County ECA had three members nominated for Member of the Year: Jeanelle Bumgardner, Martha Spurrier and Pam Davis. The winner was Pam Davis

Gaston County ECA had three members nominated for Leader of the Year: Audrey Hunt, Pam Myers, and Pat Mantooth. The winners was Pam Myers.