Reprinted from Alamance Magazine, February, 2006

2005 Southern Lady of the Year award  more

North Carolina's funniest woman is now officially one of the South's most celebrated ladies. Southern Lady magazine, the only magazine published exclusively for southern women, presented humorous speaker Jeanne Robertson with its "Southern lady of the Year" award recently. Robertson, a Burlington resident, is an Auburn University graduate. She served as Miss North Carolina in 1963 and was named Miss Congeniality in the Miss America Pageant.  For more than 42 years, she has spoken to thousands of audiences throughout the United States, entertaining them with her down-home stories while emphasizing the importance of humor.  The first woman to be presented "The Cavett," the most prestigious honor in professional speaking, she has also been awarded "The Golden Gavel" by toastmasters International, "2001 North Carolinian of the Year" by the North Carolina Press Association and “2003 Woman of Achievement” by the Miss NC organization.  Past president of the National Speakers Association, she has authored numerous books on humor.  The Southern Lady of the Year award recognizes Southern women who exemplify the charm, poise and hospitality for which Southern ladies are renowned, and are successful role models and mentors who positively impact their community.

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