Secretary of State Deb Markowitz Honors
Nonprofit Award Winners Vermont’s Oldest Nonprofits Recognized at a State House Ceremony
Montpelier. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz recognized Vermont’s oldest nonprofits in a ceremony held today at the Vermont state house. The Vermont Centennial Nonprofit Awards program recognizes nonprofit organizations that have operated in Vermont for at least 100 years.
This year, 17 of Vermont’s oldest nonprofits, along with five nonprofits who are celebrating their centennial year, were presented with a plaque by the Secretary of State. Jane Van Buren of Noonmark Nonprofit Services was the featured speaker at the event which was attended by members of the nonprofit community as well as several Vermont dignitaries. Congratulatory letters from Vermont’s congressional delegation were shared with the award recipients.
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said, “It is important to recognize Vermont’s nonprofits for their longevity. It takes a tremendous amount of dedication and support to keep a nonprofit active for 100 years.” Markowitz said, “It is our hope that this program will enhance our understanding of the many ways in which Vermont’s nonprofits have enriched our community life during the last hundred years.”
According to the Secretary of State’s office, any nonprofit that has been in operation in Vermont for 100 years or more can participate in this awards program.
A complete list of the 2007 Centennial Nonprofit Award recipients appears below.
Brown Public Library (Northfield), est. 1906
Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary (Randolph), est. 1906
Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, est. 1906
Morristown Cemetery Association, est. 1907
Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire (White River Junction), est. 1907
2007 Award Recipients
United Church of Chelsea, est. 1789
Charlotte Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, est. 1792
Tunbridge Congregational Church, est. 1792
Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient & Honorable Society of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Vermont, est. 1794
Trinity Episcopal Church (Rutland), est. 1794
First Congregational Church of Berlin, est. 1798
Universalist Society of Strafford, est. 1798
Richmond Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, est. 1801
First United Methodist Church of Burlington, est. 1823
First Baptist Church of Bennington, est. 1827
Waterbury Center Community Church, est. 1833
Congregational Church of Wells River, est. 1838
Washington Unitarian Universalist Church, est. 1843
Bennington Museum, Inc., est. 1852
Mite Society of Gaysville, est. 1861
Fairfax Cemetery Association, est. 1862
Gaysville Community Church, est. 1864
This press release is available online at www.sec.state.vt.us.
For additional information about each nonprofit, please see our website at http://www.sec.state.vt.us/2007_np_winners.html