Fisher honored during annual Catfish Luncheon


Norris Tolson, right, presents the Long Leaf Pine Award to Bobby Joe Fisher as Linda Burgess looks on during the Nash County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Catfish Luncheon at Rose Hill.


From Contributed Reports

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Nash County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2018 annual Catfish Luncheon was a huge success.

Chairman Bobby Joe Fisher opened the event, thanking the group of more than 300 attendees for supporting the efforts of Soil and Water Conservation in Nash County.

Robbie Davis, chairman of the Nash County Board of Commissioners, welcomed everyone to Nash County and Rose Hill.

Both Davis and Fisher recognized state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, state Supreme Court Justices Paul Newby and Barbara Jackson, Nash County commissioners, Sheriff Keith Stone and Rachel Joyner, retiring Nash County clerk of court.

The Catfish Luncheon was created more than 40 years ago to communicate Soil, Water and Natural Resources Conservation following Ecology Field Days. Nash Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors and Staff extends gratitude to all those who help make our programs and services a success.

Fisher recognized the Nash Soil and Water Conservation District Board: Robert Glover, Vice chairman; John Finch, treasurer; Parker Philips, secretary; Shawn Lucas, member; Willie Harrison, associate member; and Jeffrey Tyson, associate member.

Fisher especially thanked the staff, Valerie Harris, director, who lead the organization of the event; and conservationists Edward Long, Ken Morris and Jacqueline Richardson. Everyone worked tirelessly for a successful luncheon. Fisher also commended Nash County Forest Ranger Bill Lewis and volunteers for cooking the fish and fixings.

Fisher readily recognizes the contributions and services of others. Norris Tolson, president and CEO of Carolinas Gateway Partnership, and many more recognize the exemplary service Fisher has given throughout Nash County and the state of North Carolina. Tolson surprised Fisher by presenting him North Carolina governor's highest honor: The Order of the Longleaf Pine Award.