GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is pleased to announce that Efthemia D. “Effie” Varitimidis, project coordinator, has been awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest accolades given by the governor.

Effie Varitimidis

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is awarded by the governor in recognition of and appreciation for an individual’s lifetime of service to the state.

Varitimidis received the award on March 29 at the Annual County Clerk’s State Conference. Prior to joining The Community Foundation this year, she worked as the Clerk to the Board of Guilford County Commissioners and the Town Clerk of Elon, N.C. In addition, she has been involved with a multitude of associations and boards, including the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation, International Institute of Municipal Clerks, the American Society for Public Administrators and the UNCG Alumni Association’s Spartan Legislative Network.

“I am humbled to receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. McCrory,” she said. “I am grateful for the North Carolina Association of County Clerks for recognizing my accomplishments and privileged to have worked with outstanding professionals in city and county government over the past 30 years.”

At The Community Foundation, Varitimidis coordinates the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts and the Carolyn and Maurice LeBauer City Park projects, currently under development.

“We are extremely proud of Effie,” said Walker Sanders, president of The Community Foundation. “She has served our state well throughout a lifetime of dedication and involvement, and this award is most deserved.”

Varitimidis joins a long list of well-known and respected recipients of the award, including Andy Griffith, the Rev. Billy Graham, Maya Angelou, Nido Qubein, Cynthia Doyle, Joseph M. Bryan, Sr., Michael Jordan, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt.