NCRGEA Public Service Appreciation Day | Halifax Mall, Raleigh

May 1 @ 9:45 am 1:00 pm

NCRGEA is inviting all members and pre-retirees of state and local government to attend our Public Service Appreciation Day celebration! Please use the button above to register or this link.

We will honor the 2024 recipient of the NCRGEA Public Service Award, as well as enjoy lunch on Halifax Mall.

We encourage our members to make appointments with their legislators and ask them to assist in celebrating the great works of our local and state governmental employees and retirees. Use this link to find your legislators.

Halifax Mall | 16 W Jones St. | Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 834-4652

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Congratulations Montrena Hadley: NCRGEA 2023 Lifetime Service Award Recipient

May 24, 2023

Congratulations to the NCRGEA 2023 Lifetime Service Award recipient, Montrena Hadley, of District 4.  NCRGEA honored retired local government employee Montrena Hadley for her combined 30 years of service to the city of Mebane as Planning Director. Upon retirement in 2020, Hadley was elected the same year to the Mebane City Council and is currently serving as its first Black female member. 

NCRGEA Executive Director, Tim O’Connell, presented her with the award in front of more than 100 members and staff of the North Carolina General Assembly, pictured below in Image 1 on right.  The Association’s President of the Board of Directors, Mike Taylor, was also on hand to present the award, pictured below in Image 1 on left.  Montrena was nominated by District 4’s David Ray and it was the decision of the Board of Directors to select Montrena as this year’s recipient.

We had a great turnout for the Public Service Recognition and Advocacy Day May 24th at Bicentennial Plaza; over 400 attendees were at our lunch catered by Parker’s BBQ of Wilson, including a good portion of the legislators and their staff.

NCRGEA Celebration of Public Service and Advocacy Day, scheduled for May 9, is now rescheduled for May 24.

NCRGEA was informed earlier today the legislators had made a calendar adjustment for next week. There will be no committee meetings until possibly the latter part of next week. For this reason, we are expecting a fair amount of the legislators to not be in the General Assembly Building next week as many will remain in their home districts.

What Do You Need to Do?

We want you to join us on May 24! Please register to attend on the 24th using this link: It is important to register so we get our lunch count correct.

What About Meeting with My Representatives?

Your advocacy work on this day will be so much more impactful if you take a moment to schedule your time with your representatives. You can find their contact information and the name of their legislative assistant here: Please book (or re-book) appointments with your legislators for the new date of May 24. Please use the registration form at the link and fill in the name and time of your appointment with your Legislator so our NCRGEA Lobbyists can be aware and help us with follow up!

What if I Cannot Attend on May 24, but my legislator is still willing to meet me on May 9?

By all means, if you cannot make May 24 and your legislator is still available on May 9, you are welcome to keep your appointment. If you would like a member of the NCRGEA lobby team to join you on a May 9 visit, please email

We thank you for your willingness to be an advocate for governmental retirees. We sincerely hope your schedule will allow you to participate in the Celebration of Public Service with us and your legislators on May 24! Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 919.834.4652.

Public Service Week May 22to26

Seeking Nominations for NCRGEA Lifetime Public Service Award

In recognition of a retired governmental employee who has made significant contributions as a career public servant in North Carolina, NCRGEA will present one member with the first annual Lifetime Public Service Award in June.

Do you know a NCRGEA member who deserves to be recognized? Please submit your nominations today by filling out the form by May 18, 2022. We are looking for someone who:

• Is a current NCRGEA member
• Has demonstrated excellence in public
administration or service delivery throughout their public service career in North Carolina
• Has continued to support their community in retirement through volunteering, community service efforts, and/or other contributions

Remember to make your nominations today! If you wish to request a printed form, call (919) 834-4652 or (800) 356-1190.