Zebulon’s Patricia Roberson is always on the lookout for that person who might be willing to step up and lend a hand for one project or another. She knows what she’s asking when she solicits that kind of help because for most of her adult life, Roberson has been the one who said yes, when the call for volunteers went out.
So, it is well and proper that she be named Zebulon’s 2015 Citizen of the Year, an honor bestowed upon her at the recent Zebulon Chamber of Commerce banquet and annual meeting.
Roberson has found so many avenues for service in her lifetime. From professional trade associations to her church, from civic clubs to groups organized for one specific purpose, Roberson has found a way to give back to her community and make it a better place than she found it.
A retired teacher, Roberson spent many years shaping the minds of our youth, many of whom went on to become leaders in their own right.
Roberson’s infectious excitement is hard to miss when she starts talking about things that are important to her, such as the Downtown Beautification Committee. She has been part of a small but hardy band of people who have taken it upon themselves to do what larger groups, with greater resources, have been unable to do in terms of building support for a vibrant downtown.
Civic engagement is a rewarding experience for those who take part. But it can also be time consuming and demanding. As the community begins to recognize a volunteer’s interest in service, there can be a quick rush to consume that person’s time and skill.
For many of us, burnout is just a few short years away from the time we begin to engage in community service.
Roberson hasn’t been overcome by that malady. She is as fresh-faced and eager to make Zebulon a better place today as she was 30 years ago.
That’s the stuff Citizens of the Year are made of.