On Saturday, September 29, two of Coastal’s longtime volunteers, Richard Bloom and Bill Smith, were presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. It is among the highest honors awarded by the State of North Carolina, and has been reserved for individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state, or in this case, to the citizens of North Carolina.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest presented Bloom and Smith with the awards during the Coastal Family Day celebration at WakeMed Soccer Park, which drew more than 3,700 members and their families.
“These two are a critical part of the reason that Coastal has been so successful over the years,” said President & CEO Chuck Purvis. “They’ve guided us through our toughest times, and made us even stronger when, like now, things were going well. And they did it all as unpaid volunteers.”
Purvis added, “It’s impossible to thank you enough for your service to our members, and for the work you’ve put into making Coastal the incredible organization that we are today.”
Bloom retired from Coastal’s board of directors in 2017 after being a volunteer for 44 years, most of them as board chairman. Smith, Coastal’s current secretary / treasurer, is the credit union’s longest serving volunteer with an incredible 48 years of service.