ECU College of Education staff member assumes leadership role

Zone Three of the North Carolina East District of Optimist International has elected Lou Anna Hardee as Lt. Governor for 2011-2012.  She was installed at the organization’s annual convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and takes office this month

Hardee has been employed at East Carolina University since 1968 and currently serves as an administrative staff member in the dean’s administration offices in the College of Education.

Hardee was also named Optimist of the Year for 2011 by the Optimist Club of Greenville, where she has served as president, committee chair and member of the board of directors. She was awarded Optimist of the Year in 2008 as well.

Hardee was governor this past year for the N.C. East District, which has a membership of 1,355 members in 34 clubs located from Chapel Hill to the coast and from the Virginia to South Carolina borders. Zone Three has clubs in Greenville, Washington, Goldsboro, and Morehead City.

She is a graduate of Grimesland High School and attended East Carolina University.  An active community volunteer for several years, she is married to Curtis L. Hardee and resides in Greenville.  They have two sons and six grandchildren.

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and conduct service projects that help empower young people to be the best that they can be.

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