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MFi 2019 Volunteer Awards

 

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Medfield Foundation (MFi) Volunteer Awards 2019

 

By Janet Casey

 

The enthusiasm was palpable at the Medfield Foundation Awards Ceremony honoring this year’s volunteers at the Center at Medfield, on Sunday, March 31.  A common theme of the eleven recipients was that volunteering is its own reward.

 

“I like doing community service because there is no better feeling than helping someone out,” said Sam Joline, a Medfield High School student, and one of the nominees for the Youth Award.

 

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) started the Volunteer Awards in 2008 as a way to recognize people who freely give of their time to help others and make Medfield a better place.  Each honoree receives a $100 donation in their name to their favorite charity. The awards categories are: Youth Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Medfield High School student, Maeve Devlin, was honored as Youth Volunteer of the Year for her leadership role with Best Buddies, a club that matches high school students up with students with disabilities.  “Disabilities do not define them,” said Maeve, who has volunteered at the Special Olympics since first grade.

 

Other Medfield High School nominees for Youth Volunteer of the Year include Hannah Rogan for her efforts with Miss Amazing as a buddy, dance workshop helper and now Co-Director.  Morgan Caro found her calling in helping at Golden Opportunities for Independence (GOFI), a nonprofit that breeds, raises, and trains service dogs for disabled members of the community.  She is looking forward to working with some new puppies. Sam Joline was nominated for his volunteer work at the Medfield After School Program (MAP) and at New Life Furniture Exchange in Millis.

 

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Pat Casey for his 17 years on the Economic Development Committee, and for his work on the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, where he was a “conciliator and collaborator” in producing a 210-page report using his “data analytic” expertise.  The committee met every two weeks for four years.

 

Other Volunteer of the Year nominees include Dick Judge, whose passion is restoring Medfield’s 300-year-old Kingsbury Grist Mill.  “The grist mill represents to me a Currier & Ives view of Medfield,” said Dick, who is always looking for people to donate their time, materials and/or money to continue the mill’s restoration.  Another nominee, Michele Feinsilver Hoye, is all about gardening, whether as president of the Garden Club, teaching through her native shade garden at the back of the Medfield Public Library or as one of four administrators of the newly formed Peak House Heritage Center.  Michele helped restore the Peak House gardens with plants that were around during the time of the early settlers. Nominee Liz Sandeman is passionate about New England Donor Services. “Twenty-two people die every day on the waiting list,” said Liz, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness.  “My sister was one of them, she was 54.” She explained that you can register as an organ and tissue donor with any condition. A busy mother of five, nominee Michelle Barrett is a driving force in the Medfield schools and community, as a past MCPE president, past president of New ‘n Towne, St. Edward’s Church faith formation classes, girls’ lacrosse coach and on just about every school event.  Michele said she volunteers so the teachers and nurses can do their jobs.

 

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Steve Nolan and Marie Zack Nolan, who have been volunteering in Medfield for more than 30 years, on just about every town committee.  Marie led the Medfield Energy Committee to reduce Medfield’s municipal buildings’ energy use. Through her efforts, the town’s energy cost was reduced from $1.2 million in 2008 to $670,000 in 2017, a 44-percent reduction.

 

Steve used his legal expertise, calm and sense of humor to aid in the development of the 17 Affordable Homes at Allendale when the state was holding up progress.  His work on the Medfield State Hospital property earned him Citizen Planner of the Year from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association. He was also instrumental in the planning that led to a thriving, downtown Medfield.  “The strength of the town is in its volunteers,” said Steve, who finds volunteering rewarding, enriching and social.

 

The recipients were presented certificates from State Senator Paul Feeney, State Representative Denise Garlick, State Representative Shawn Dooley and Medfield Selectman Gus Murby.  U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III sent certificates.

 

 

MFi Legacy Fund at NNT’s Touch-a-Truck

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MFi Legacy Fund’s School Bus & Motorcycle at New ‘N Towne’s Touch-a-Truck Saturday

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund sponsored the school bus at the New ‘N Towne Touch-a-Truck event last Saturday morning at the Blake Middle School parking lot, and for good measure brought along the official Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund motorcycle (thank you MFi President, Evan Weisenfeld!).

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund stickers were placed on every child, and most of the DPW workers.

The wheels on the bus may “go round and round,” but the door to the bus did not fully open on its own, so the bus had its own door man.

The Legacy Fund is an initial $1 m. endowed fund that the Medfield Foundation is raising to assure that in the future the town will be able to do more of the special things that make Medfield the great community that it has been for all of us and our families. Creating a Medfield Foundation endowment now will provide financial resiliency for the town’s future.  To help, see more about the Legacy Fund at http://medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund/.

Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards tomorrow

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All are invited to honor and celebrate the eleven extraordinary volunteers suggested by their fellow residents for the 2019 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards.  The reception in honor of those volunteers occurs tomorrow at 3PM at The Center, 1 Ice House Road.

Come to hear the volunteers and those that nominated them discuss the remarkable things that they are doing for Town of Medfield and why they do it – it is guaranteed to be magical.

2019 MEDFIELD FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER AWARDSMaeve Devlin, YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Best Buddies, Medfield High School, and others Hannah RoganMiss Amazing, New Life Student CouncilSpeaker, UCC Youth Group Leader, and others Morgan Caro Golden Opportunities for Independence, New Home Life, Medfield Dance Academy, Miss Amazing, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society Sam JolineNew Life, Millis Book Drive, Lions Club Tree Delivery, MHS,MAP Pat Casey, VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, Economic Development Committee Richard Judge Kingsbury Pond Grist Mill Committee, Bay Colony Rail Trail Michele Feinsilver Hoye Medfield Garden Club, Peak House Heritage Center, Medfield Memorial Library, The Center Liz Sandeman Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP), Medfield Lions, Medfield TV, NE Donor Servcices, PTO-Box Tops Collect, Hannah Adams Michelle Barrette Medfield Public Schools, St. Edward’s Parish, and many others Stephen Nolan & Marie Zack Nolan, LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Marie Zack Nolan Geographic Information System 1995-2012; Conservation Commission2004-2008; , Medfield Energy Committee (chair & member) 2008-2018;Open Space Committee 1998-2005; Warrant Committee 1997-2003; Councilon Arts (chair, treasurer, member) 1989-1996; Medfield Arts Lottery Council1986-1997; Medfield Cultural Council 1997-2000 Stephen Nolan Medfield Affordable Housing Committee 1990-2018; Zoning Board ofAppeals (chair & member) 1993-2018; Town Bylaw Review Committee2011-2017; Planning Board (chair & member) 1989-1991; Historic DistrictCommission (chair & member) 1990-1993; State Hospital AdvisoryCommittee 2013; State Hospital Negotiating Committee 2013-2017; StateHospital Master Planning Committee (chair & member) 2014-2018 Sponsored by Brothers Marketplace & Roche Bros.

 

 

Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards 3PM, 3/31 at The Center

Come join MFi in celebrating volunteerism in our community!

The Medfield Foundation is proud to celebrate the amazing citizens of Medfield who give of their time, talent and energy toward making our town so incredible.  Please join us on March 31, from 3pm to 5pm at The Center at Medfield to honor all of this year’s very special Volunteers!  Let’s come together to applaud the character of volunteerism, the backbone of our community.  There will be light refreshments, riveting speeches, and good old-fashioned community building.  We hope to see all our fellow civic do-gooders join in honoring this year’s nominees, and giving thanks to those who are dedicated to making Medfield a truly remarkable place to live!

2019 MEDFIELD FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER AWARDS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR NOMINEESNOMINATORSPROJECTS/WORK Richard JudgeSharon JudgeKingsbury Pond Grist Mill Committee, Bay ColonyRail Trail Pat CaseyJack Wolfe, Martha Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Festa, Joanna HilvertCommittee, Economic Development Committee Michele FeinsilverJane CarterMedfield Garden Club, Peak House Heritage Hoye Center, Medfield Memorial Library, The Center Elizabeth SandemanDawn Alcott,Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP), Errin ChapinMedfield Lions, Medfield TV, NE Donor Servcices,Medfield PTO-Box Tops Collect, Hannah Adams Michelle BarretteNicki GustafsonMedfield Public Schools, St. Edward’s Parish, andothers YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Hannah RoganJack Morrill Miss Amazing, New Life Student Council Speaker,UCC Youth Group Leader, and others Maeve DevlinGail DuffyBest Buddies, Medfield High School, and others Morgan Caro Meg DrewGolden Opportunities for Independence, New HomeLife, Medfield Dance Academy, Miss Amazing,National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society Sam JolineErik OrmbergNew Life, Millis Book Drive, Lions Club TreeDelivery, MHS, MAP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Stephen Nolan &Martha Moon, Town of Medfield Marie Nolan Cynthia Greene, Sarah Raposa Marie Zack Nolan Geographic Information System 1995-2012; Conservation Commission2004-2008; , Medfield Energy Committee (chair & member) 2008-2018;Open Space Committee 1998-2005; Warrant Committee 1997-2003;Council on Arts (chair, treasurer, member) 1989-1996; Medfield ArtsLottery Council 1986-1997; Medfield Cultural Council 1997-2000 Stephen Nolan Medfield Affordable Housing Committee 1990-2018; Zoning Board ofAppeals (chair & member) 1993-2018; Town Bylaw Review Committee2011-2017; Planning Board (chair & member) 1989-1991; HistoricDistrict Commission (chair & member) 1990-1993; State HospitalAdvisory Committee 2013; State Hospital Negotiating Committee2013-2017; State Hospital Master Planning Committee (chair & member)2014-20182019 MFI Volunteer Awards - Nominees-3_Page_2

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brother’s Marketplace.

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2018 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards recipients

 

Steve & Marie Zack Nolan – MFi Lifetime Achievement Award

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MFi Salutes Stephen Nolan and Marie Zack Nolan – Lifetime Achievement Award!

Medfield Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award – Stephen Nolan and Marie Zack Nolan.  Through the nomination provided by colleagues Sarah Raposa, Martha Moon, Cynthia Greene, Margaret Bancroft and Lucy Masters, it is clear that Steve and Marie exemplify the qualities MFi values:  dedicated volunteerism driven to provide a meaningful impact in the town of Medfield.

A quote from their nominators: “If Marie and Steve Nolan had not moved to Medfield in the mid-1980s our town would feel, look, and be organized in detrimentally different ways so that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant community that exists today.”  These two dedicated citizens of Medfield have been donating their time and talents since the day they moved to town!  Some of their highlights include:

  • Medfield Warrant Committee
  • Geographic Information System
  • Medfield Affordable Housing Committee
  • Conservation Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Medfield Energy Committee
  • Historic District Commission
  • Open Space Committee
  • State Hospital Negotiating Committee
  • Council on Arts
  • State Hospital Master Planning Committee
  • Medfield Arts Lottery Council
  • And much more!

This “highly dedicated and energetic couple” have spent so much of their time making Medfield a welcoming, comfortable, beautiful and energy conscious town.  Their efforts also extended into the Public School system, assisting in the classroom as well as many different extra-curriculars: sports, theater, film club, just to name a few.

As leaders in the community, the town has benefited from “their insight, intelligence, expertise, commitment, and – not the least – good humor!”  Whether it be Marie’s leadership in helping to reduce Medfield’s energy costs by nearly $600K, or Steve’s tireless efforts in managing the many different and emotional perspectives relating to the Affordable Housing discussions in Medfield, it is clear that these two conscientious citizens have made a tremendous impact on our town.

With the overwhelming support of their community, we welcome Stephen and Marie Nolan into the ranks of Lifetime Achievement Award winners.  Congratulations!!!

Please join us on March 31, from 3pm to 5pm at the Center in Medfield to honor all of this year’s very special Volunteers!

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Roche Brothers and Brothers Marketplace.

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MFi Volunteer Awards invitations going out – reception is 3PM on 3/31

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The invitations to the 2019 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards recognition reception at 3PM on March 31 at The Center are going into the mail, thanks to the Medfield Foundation Youth Leaders putting the mailings together today.

The public is welcome to attend the reception (invitations only go to the 200 individuals who have been nominated and/or made nominations).

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible by the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace.

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Pat Casey – Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year

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MFi Salutes Pat Casey – Volunteer of the Year!

Medfield Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award – Pat Casey.  Through the nomination provided by colleagues Jack Wolfe, Martha Festa and Joanna Hilvert, it is clear that Pat exemplifies the qualities MFi looks for:  a dedicated volunteer who is driven to provide a meaningful impact in the town of Medfield.

“Pat brings a unique balance of capability and character to all he does,” say his nominators.  In working with Pat on the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSH MPC), they observed that Pat’s “analytical skills are superb, and they form the foundation for his judgements.  Pat’s work ethic, considering the massive work load for all on the MSH MPC, is equally superb.”  Given that Pat’s full-time job takes up a substantial amount of his time, his commitment to donating a vast number of  hours of professional expertise over a 4 year span to the MSH committee as a volunteer demonstrates just how devoted he is to the improvement of our town.  ”Pat always listens and works to understand and consider everyone’s viewpoint. He is an exceptionally good and careful listener; there is no question of his attention when in conversation with him. And amid sometimes challenging dynamics, Pat was always a conciliator and collaborator.”  In the word of his nominators, “Pat Casey is simply a terrific asset to Medfield.”

Pat had tough competition this year, and we would like to thank the other Volunteer of the Year nominees.  Dick Judge, Michele Feinsilver Hoye, Liz Sandeman and Michelle Barrette we sincerely thank you for your dedication and volunteer spirit focused on improving our town!

Please join us on March 31, from 3pm to 5pm at the Center in Medfield to honor all of this year’s very special Volunteers!

 

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible by the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace