Judy Lotas Honored with LWV-NC Gertrude Weil Award in 2023

By on June 6, 2023

(League of Women Voters)

Judy Lotas was honored with the Gertrude Weil Award for Leadership and Service at the LWVNC state convention in May. The Gertrude Weil Award recognizes one individual each year who exhibits courage, vision, tenacity, commitment, and dedication to mission and purpose of League, both leadership at the local, state, and national levels.

Judy’s 15 years in LWV of Dare County include two years as VP, three years as Co-President, and board member for seven years, all the while acting as ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) Chair. Her immense contributions to Dare County and our state and country made her an ideal candidate for the award that honors NC’s best known suffrage leader.

Judy retired and moved to the Outer Banks to be closer to her two daughters after she retired. She had been a partner in the woman-owned award-winning advertising firm of Lotas Minard Patton McIver Inc. in NYC for 25 years.

Judy’s many acts of service include involvement and planning of numerous community programs; member of the Dare County Board of Elections serving for two years during the pandemic; and sponsor of the Coastal Federations’ Coastal Stewardship Award which is presented to high school students who are striving to improve our coastal environment. She participates in voter registration drives, candidate forums in Dare, and produced statewide marketing campaigns for ERA and League mission initiatives.

An ardent advocate for the ERA, Judy is currently an individual member of the ERA-NC Alliance, serving as its Vice President of Marketing completing her second term. Judy is an active lobbyist in the NC General assembly, particularly with the Women’s Caucus, to further the passage of legislation. She was able to obtain commitments for the passage of the ERA from the six Town Councils and the Dare County Commissioners. Dare is the only jurisdiction in the state that has obtained such an endorsement.

Lotas also serves as the League’s liaison to the newly founded League in Northeast North Carolina in Elizabeth City. As the Dare County representative on the LWV-NC Board of Directors for the past four years, she has served as ERA Chair spending time lobbying members of the NC General Assembly advocating for ERA and other League positions on Lobby Day.

Needless to say, LWV of Dare County is proud of Judy Lotas, and we strive to live up to her example. We applaud her and all she does to champion women’s rights, voting rights, and to carry out the mission of LWV: empowering voters and defending democracy. Bravo, Judy! You make the world a better place for all of us.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roong

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to interiors@cwiusa.com. Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to interiors@cwiusa.com. Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


See what people are saying:

  • Laura Singletary

    Judy is one special lady. She has been someone I have looked up to ever since I’ve known her. I am honored to be her friend. LWV Dare was proud to nominate Judy for this prestigeous award. As a champion for the Equal Rights Admendment, Judy has been on the front lines across North Carolina and beyond! Congratulations.

    Tuesday, Jun 20 @ 1:43 pm