Seven Lakers To be Honored at Lunch with Legends


The 15th annual Lunch with Legends, presented by the League of Women Voters of Moore County, will honor leaders of the past, present and in the future.

The “Past Leader,” Wilma Mankiller, Primary Chief of the Comanche nation, will be portrayed by League member Paula Shelton. Jo Nicholas of Seven Lakes West will be honored as our “Present Leader.” Emma Mack, also of Seven Lakes, will be honored as a “Future Leader.”

Nicholas was raised in Raeford, and began developing her lifetime of leadership skills in the eighth grade. She continued to learn and lead throughout high school, college, as a professional educator, and during her retirement. A graduate of East Carolina University, Nicholas fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher and expanded that dream into administration, finishing as an elementary school principal. 

Upon retirement, she brought her leadership skills to Moore County and has served multiple terms as president of the League of Women Voters of Moore County and is currently finishing her fourth term as president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina.

Mack will be featured as the “future leader.” Mack is a former recipient of a 2022 Civic Leader Scholarships awarded by the League. Emma’s leadership qualities began to surface when she was a young girl, living in Europe with her mother and active military-duty father. She ran for student government at her elementary school in Germany, and when she wasn’t elected, she stepped up and agreed to be their publicist. Mack graduated from North Moore High School and currently attends UNC Chapel Hill.

Lunch with Legends will take place Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at the Country Club of North Carolina (CCNC) starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available at; the price is $50 per person. Information regarding sponsorships to support the League and the Civic Leaders Scholarship can be obtained from 

Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance from League members. Raffle prizes include golf at CCNC.

All League activities are non-partisan and conducted within the League’s mission: Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy. Funds raised at last year’s event allowed the League to register and educate voters, hold candidate forums for both the County Commissioners and the Board of Education candidates, support the scholarship fund, promote the VOTE411 website; and contribute to the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series. For more information about the event or the League of Women Voters, visit