Helen Goodloe-Murphy of Rodanthe was announced the 2012 Dare County
Citizen of the Year on Saturday, June 4, at the annual Dare Day
Festival in Manteo.
Mary Helen and her husband, Tom Murphy, moved to Dare County in 1986.
After moving to Rodanthe, Mary Helen spent 10 years serving as a
volunteer firefighter with the Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire and
Rescue Squad. In 1987, she worked to establish the Hotline Thrift Store
on Hatteras Island, which helps raise funds for domestic violence
selling gently used goods.
Mary Helen also volunteers her time as a statistician, traveling
throughout northeastern North Carolina to support the Hatteras Island
Hurricanes. She takes a genuine interest in the children of Hatteras
Island and their well being.
She also started the Rodanthe Recycling Center, which received an award
its second year of operation. She dedicates time each day to make sure
everything is in proper order at the recycling center. She serves as
the President of the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association and has
helped organize many events including the July Fourth celebrations, Dr,
Suess’ birthday party, and the only Halloween Parade on the Outer
Mary Helen oversaw the process and wrote the grant to have the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore designated a National Byway in 2009. She
continues to serve and is chairperson of the county’s Scenic Byway
Committee. She also has worked to obtain grant funds to establish
pathways on Hatteras Island.
In accepting the award, Mary Helen thanked the many volunteers with
whom she has worked over the years. Mary Helen is smart, dedicated,
hard-working, and committed to making Dare County a better place to
Congratulations to Mary Helen for being named the 2012 Dare County Citizen of the Year.