Ann Largin, whose has served on the Hillsville Planning Commission since 1993 and as chairman since 1996, was named Citizen of the Month for August during the town council’s Aug. 11 meeting.
Councilman Ed Terry noted that Largin has served the town in other ways, including helping Mayor Ivan Taylor organize the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony that continues today and developing the current July 4 Celebration format that provides citizens food and entertainment prior to the fireworks display. She and members of the Hillsville Presbyterian Church have supplied baked beans for the New Year’s event for the past 12 years.
Of Largin’s 28 years as a teacher, 26 came in Carroll County – three at Sylvatus and 23 at what is now Carroll County Middle School, where she taught math and science. She is a life member of the National Education Association and Delta Kappa Gama, an international society for women educators. While teaching, Largin was a member of the Virginia Education Association and the Carroll Education Association.
In addition, Largin is a member of the Twin County Community Board of Twin County Regional Hospital and was a member of the Ladies of the Elk Auxiliary while it was active. When the group dissolved, $1,000 was donated to six local food pantries.
“Ann’s church is very important to her,” said Terry. “She has been a member of the Hillsville Presbyterian Church since 1963 and is in her second term as an Elder.
She and her husband, Montie, have been a part of the Ecumenical Open Table Ministry since its inception 16 years ago. The program has gone from preparing meals for 10 to 12 people who would come to the church to preparing 500 meals twice monthly that are delivered throughout the county. Another example of church-related activities Largin is involved with is the Care and Fellowship Committee that provides meals for the church’s summer music series.
“One ministry that demands much time from Ann each week is the Card Ministry,” said Terry. “For 10 years now, Ann has made sure that cards are 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,” concluded Terry.
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