Largin named citizen of the month

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By Shaina Stockton

HILLSVILLE — Ann Largin was chosen to receive Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month award for the month of August.

Vice Mayor Ed Terry presented Largin with the award during council’s Aug. 11 meeting.

Largin has served on the Hillsville Planning Commission since 1993, and has served as chairwoman since 1996.

Ann retired from a teaching career that spanned 28 years — 26 at Carroll County Public Schools, three at Sylvatus and 23 at what is now Carroll County Middle School as a math and science teacher.

She is a life member of National Education Association, and she was also a member of the Virginia Education Association, and the Carroll Education Association.

She has been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society for women educators, for 40 years. The Alpha Kappa chapter serves Carroll, Grayson and Floyd counties and the City of Galax.

Largin is also a member of the board for Twin County Regional Hospital, and assists in coordinating and promoting events that promote the hospital.

“While the Galax Elks Lodge maintained a Ladies of the Elk Auxiliary, Ann was very active with that group supporting local charitable organizations,” Terry said. “When their group dissolved, they decided to split their treasury among six local food pantries. They donated $1,000 to each food pantry.”

During her tenure with the Hillsville Planning Commission, Largin has served in a number of other projects benefitting the town, as well. Terry listed some of the events she had a hand in organizing alongside Mayor Ivan Taylor, including the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and the Fourth of July celebration format, where the town and volunteers provide a meal and entertainment before the fireworks. “[Largin] and members of her church have baked beans for that event for over 12 years now,” Terry said.

Largin has been a member of Hillsville Presbyterian Church since 1963. She is in her second term as an elder, and has participated in several church programs over the years. “She and her husband, Montie, have been part of the ecumenical Open Table Ministry since its inception 16 years ago. They have gone from preparing meals for 10 or 12 people who would come to the church, to now preparing 500 meals twice monthly to be delivered throughout the county.

“Another example of church related activities is the Care and Fellowship Group, which is providing the meal for the church’s Summer Music Series of concerts,” Terry continued. “One ministry that demands much time from Ann each week is the Card Ministry. For 10 years now, Ann has made sure that cards get signed by church members and delivered to those in need. She often has 20 or more cards to deliver each week.

“These activities are just examples of the way Ann Largin leads her life and serves those around her,” Terry said. He called Largin to the front of the room and presented her with her award.

Largin thanked Terry and the other members of council, and told them that she felt unworthy of the honor. “When you honored Bill [Copeland] last month, and he said that April 1, 1967, was when Carroll Drug burned… that brought back memories for me, because that was the day we moved into our house,” she told them.

“I remember, you’ve been sitting in that seat back there since I’ve been on council,” Terry said, pointing towards her usual spot in the council meeting room.