Lincolnton attorney Johnathan L. Rhyne, Jr. has been elected to serve a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Golden LEAF Foundation.
According to their website, the Golden LEAF’s mission is “to promote the social welfare of North Carolina’s citizens and to receive and distribute funds for economic impact assistance to economically affected or tobacco-dependent regions of North Carolina.” The foundation’s grant making focuses on three priorities: agriculture, job creation and retention, and workforce preparedness. The North Carolina legislature created the non-profit organization in 1999 to administer one-half of the state’s share of the Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers.
As chairman, Rhyne says his primary responsibility is to preside over the foundation’s meetings, conduct business in a proper way and maintain close communication with the foundation’s president.
“Of course, it is an honor to serve, but I view the position as more of an opportunity to serve others,” Rhyne said.
Presently, Rhyne is a partner with The Jonas Law Firm, P.L.L.C., which has offices in Lincolnton, Gastonia and Denver. He also has legislative experience after serving as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly from 1985 to 1992 and again from 2009 to 2011.
“I’ve been on the board for a couple of years…that combined with my legislative experience may have something to do with (the appointment),” Rhyne said.
Rhyne looks forward to helping lead the organization’s efforts to strengthen the state’s economy during his term as chairman.
“I’m just happy to have a hand in trying to make things better for everyone across the state,” Rhyne said.