LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Louise McColl has been bestowed the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her role as a volunteer representing America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action. The award was presented at the Wilmington Central Rotary weekly meeting.
In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. A special President’s Call to Service Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of those who complete more than 4,000 hours of service throughout their lifetime.
Louise McColl has dedicated countless hours to community service hours and continues to lead a life of service and achievement. Personally, and professionally, she has found success in making an impact on our community.
When asked about her inspiration to continue serving after decades of work, McColl responded “I love this community. Since I was 22 years old, I have volunteered in this community, state and country. I have learned that if things are to be better it will be up to us. I have been able to meet new friends and extended family members. I have been able to see the faces and tears of the many people we have helped in our community and many I have cried with. I have seen women and men climb the ladder of success because they cared enough to help others. I love the boards that I have been asked to serve on. George Bernard Shaw once said Some people look at things and say why? I look at things and say why not?”
Louise has also chaired and served on boards for Friends of Muni, USS Gravely Commissioning Committee, She Rocks, Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, New Hanover High School 100-year Alumni celebration, Commissioning Committee for the Submarine North Carolina SSN777, UNCW Sea Hawk Club and Wilmington Central Rotary. McColl’s numerous awards include:
2001 – Women of Achievement Award in Public Service
2001 – Order of the Long Leaf Pine
2004 – Chamber’s Corporate Citizen Award
2008 – Award for Established Chamber Advocate for Outstanding Contributions to the Chamber and Community
2011 – StarNews Media Lifetime Achievement Award
At the award ceremony, Rotarian Jeremy Tomlinson spoke of McColl’s commitment to service above self, stating “We all would like, and most of us try, to use our time, money, and talents to make our community a better place to live but to find someone who applies this motto to themselves every day is rare.”
Louise McColl continues to lead a life of service and achievement and currently serves on several boards in her community.