Gathered in annual convention Saturday, April 16, Cleveland County Democratic Party delegates unanimously adopted resolutions honoring three who offered the community their services in public office and otherwise.
Bonnie E. Reece will retire April 30 after serving since 1995 as Cleveland County Register of Deeds. The late Jim Horn was elected to the N. C. House of Representatives, and his late brother, Charlie Horn, was a District 27B judge. Jim died in March 2015, and Charlie died in February this year, each after lifetimes of service to community in many additional capacities.
The resolution in appreciation of Ms. Reece cited her leadership in making the local register of deeds office a distinguished model for the state, by such measures as efficiency, training, diversity, and cooperation. During her tenure, the office has served the citizens of Cleveland County “with integrity, responsiveness to their needs, and respect for all.” The resolution also cited Ms. Reece’s volunteer efforts in behalf of church, community, and party.
Democrats chose to honor Jim and Charlie Horn in a single resolution as “brothers in life and service.” Sons of the late local Democratic leader C. C. (Cobby) Horn and wife Sarah, the brothers were also “sons of Cleveland County, reared in the spirit and values we Democrats cherish,” the resolution said. “Each chose lives of helping others and community, each in his own way but in the same attitude of servant-leader….”
In their long records of service to community, church, charitable, and youth organizations, among the most-recognized is Jim Horn’s volunteer work in support of Shelby’s becoming the home of the American Legion World Series, and Charlie Horn’s becoming known as attorney fighting for families and “compassionate judge” on the bench.
As the resolution said, “…The grand total of their contributions is remarkable...." In addition, it said, their time in public office represented Democrats well “by serving all our citizens with fairness and integrity.”
Resolution In Appreciation Of
CHARLIE HORN and JIM HORN,
Brothers In Life and Service
WHEREAS, Charlie and Jim Horn were sons of Cleveland County, reared in the spirit and values we Democrats cherish, and
WHEREAS, each chose lives of helping others and community, each in his own way but in the same attitude of servant-leader, and
WHEREAS, the grand total of their contributions is remarkable—lives touched, youth encouraged, justice done with compassion, community energized, friendships forged, church and community organizations strengthened, and
WHEREAS, in addition, they gave time to public office—Charlie as district court judge and Jim in the North Carolina House of Representatives—representing us Democrats well by serving all our citizens with fairness and integrity, and
WHEREAS, Charlie and Jim were not only reliable and willing partners in our party and community endeavors, but also showed us personally what genuine friendship is,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED, that the Democratic Party of Cleveland County, sitting in annual convention, expresses its profound appreciation for the friendship, citizenship, leadership, service, and example of Charlie and Jim Horn;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the permanent minutes of the Party and a copy presented to their beloved families.
Unanimously voted in County Convention,
this the 16th day of April, 2016
Joyce W. Sheaffer, Chair
Cleveland County Democratic Party
Resolution In Honor Of BONNIE E. REECE WHEREAS, Bonnie Reece has been a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party and has served Cleveland County Democrats as a Party officer, and
WHEREAS, Bonnie Reece has been the Cleveland County Register of Deeds for many years, and
WHEREAS, she has been recognized as a leader in Cleveland County, in the district, and all of North Carolina for her dedication and the efficiency, diversity, cooperation, and training within the Office of Register of Deeds, and
WHEREAS, as a result of her leadership, she has made the office of Register of Deeds an office of distinction, serving the citizens of Cleveland County with integrity, responsiveness to their needs, and respect for all, and
WHEREAS, in addition to her service in public office, Bonnie Reece has contributed to Cleveland County, her church, and her community through many voluntary efforts,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED, that the Democratic Party of Cleveland County, sitting in annual convention, honors Bonnie Reece for her commitment, time, ideas, energy, and dedication to the office of Register of Deeds and to our Party.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Party and a copy be presented to her with our great appreciation.
Submitted by Rippy Precinct
Unanimously voted in County Convention, this the 16th day of April, 2016
Joyce W. Sheaffer, Chair Cleveland County Democratic Party