The Moore County Boy Scouts of the Dogwood District and the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America have announced that Robbie and Laura Farrell are this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Citizen Award.
A dinner and ceremony honoring the Farrells will be held Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 pm, at the Member’s Club at Pinehurst Country Club.
The award is given annually to a Moore County resident who exemplifies the Boy Scout Oath: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
This year the award will be presented to both Robbie and Laura Farrell, for the couple’s community service, support of education, and for the many ways they exemplify the Boy Scout Oath.
Robbie Farrell is the mayor of the Town of Aberdeen, a position he has held since 2013. He previously served as Aberdeen Mayor Pro-Tem from 1999 to 2013.
A native of Aberdeen, Robbie was a Cub Scout and active as a Boy Scout in Troop 68. He is a 1966 graduate of Aberdeen High School. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Technical Education and a master’s degree in Education from East Carolina University.
A retired educator, Robbie taught Career and Technical Education for more than 30 years in New Hanover County, Cumberland County, Moore County and Hoke County. He was named the West Hoke Middle School Teacher of the Year.
He is a lifelong member of Page Memorial United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, where he serves as an usher and is a past president of the United Methodist Men. He is president of Bethesda Cemetery Association, Inc., serves on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills, and is an executive board member for Partners in Progress, Moore County’s economic development board.
Robbie serves on the Eagle Board for Dogwood District of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also is a member of the Moore County Transportation Committee and a member of the Friends of the Postmaster’s House. Robbie is also an author, having published a book in 2013 entitled “Images of America – Aberdeen.”
A native of Ellerbe, Laura is a graduate of Richmond Senior High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from N.C. State University and her master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Campbell University.
Laura is an adjunct Mathematics instructor at Sandhills Community College, a position she has held since 2013. Laura taught Mathematics for more than 30 years at Union Pines High School and served as Math Department Chair for 28 years. She was a member of the School Improvement Team and the Faculty Council for the National Honor Society, and served as a mentor for beginning teachers. Laura was named Union Pines High School Teacher of the Year and Moore County Schools Teacher of the Year for 2001-2002.
Laura is a member of Page Memorial United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, where she serves as a Sunday School teacher, membership secretary, and choir member, and she previously served as team leader for the finance team, children’s ministries and family ministries.
She is president of the Aberdeen Home and Garden Club, and she served as president of the Cardinal Book Club from 2014-2018. Laura serves on the board of directors for the Friends of the Postmaster’s House, and is treasurer of the Walter Hines Page Book Club. She also is a member of the Friends of the Aberdeen Library and serves on the Dogwood District Committee of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Robbie and Laura have been married for 35 years. They have two sons, Robert and Stephen, and both sons are Eagle Scouts.
Initiated in 2003, the Distinguished Citizen Award is the hallmark of recognition events for Boy Scouting in Moore County. Previous recipients include Dr. Bruce Warlick, Bill Samuels, Dr. Ward Oakley, George and Teena Little, Edward T. Taws Jr., Frank McNeill Sr., former Gov. James Holshouser, Don McKenzie, Don Van Roosen, Larry Caddell, George Atherholt, Gregg Allen, Pat Corso, Johnny Burns, Jim Whitlock, Jimmy Melton and David Kilarski.
Advance tickets for the Feb. 28 event can be purchased by calling Jim Whitlock, Dinner Chairman, at 910-315-5960, or Robin Covert of the Boy Scout office at 910-986-3929.