Two Milbridge Area Merchants Association members win awards at the 2009 Governor’s Volunteer Service awards ceremony held in the state capital’s Hall of Flags on April 21.
Sponsor member BaySide Shop ‘N Save Supermarket and the Women’s Health Resource Library were among others honored by Governor Baldacci.
Sponsor member BaySide Shop ‘N Save Supermarket was honored by Governor Baldacci.
The Hall of Flags, located right next to the governor’s office, was packed with a crowd of admirers as the governor presented the Small Business Volunteerism Award to BaySide Owner/Operator Leola Carter.
BaySide and Carter were hailed for their “leadership, personal commitment, and a spirit of volunteerism.” The award’s accompanying certificate also noted that “BaySide has brought about many improvements to the Downeast community. BaySide Supermarket hosts or organizes multiple community events each year.”
Indeed, Leola, who is also the Milbridge Area Merchants Association’s vice president, has been the driving force in many fundraisers and special events through the past three years that benefit Western Washington County, including scholarships, local school programs, Misty Morning Stables, past Milbridge Days and Renaissance Fair, and much more.
Maine State Representative Dianne Tilton had earlier presented Leola with a Joint Legislative Sentiment on behalf of the Maine State Legislature. The sentiment lauded Leola for the positive influence she and her business have had on hundreds of Downeast residents.
The Legislature cited Leola’s involvement with this Association, her hard work and leadership in organizing the annual Breakfast with Santa Program – a hugely popular December event among the area’s children, her contributions to the education system such as raising scholarship funds and supporting the local schools through the Hannaford Helps Schools Program, to name a few.
Leola was surprised and delighted when she recognized another group receiving an award. Hannaford was selected as the Corporate Volunteerism Award. BaySide Supermarket is supplied by Hannaford.
Chris Kuhni and Susan Jordan Bennett of the Women's Health Resource Library were honored by Governor Baldacci.
Another MAMA member, the Women’s Health Resource Library, was also honored during the ceremony. WHRL Executive Director Chris Khuni and Board President Susan Bennett (also one of our Board members) accepted the Exemplary Service Award from the governor.
The library’s nomination summary noted that WHRL is the “central hub for health information, exercise classes, smoking cessation counseling, diabetes education and support, weight loss, and parenting support. Most programs are free and all are open to the community at large.”
The library has also collaborated with other organizations in sponsoring an Underage Drinking Summit, Stop Violence Against Women, Heart Health and other resourceful programs.
WHRL has always been a team player with this Association and has been a key ingredient in our successes the past few years.
The purpose of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards is to “Share the stories of extraordinary volunteers so they may inspire others to serve.”
BaySide and WHRL continue to inspire MAMA members and other businesses and individuals to contribute to their local communities and affiliated groups. Leaders and employees of these two businesses have been the “movers” in our Association. In fact, BaySide was our 2007 Business of the Year and Susan Bennett and her Bennett Web & Design Company was our 2008 Business of the Year!
Prior to the ceremony, Maine State Representative Dianne Tilton presented a Joint Legislative Sentiment to Leola Carter on behalf of the Maine Legislature. The sentiment expressed appreciation for Leola’s community service and noted that Leola and BaySide Supermarket had positively influenced hundreds of residents in the Downeast area through her fundraising and other worthy events benefiting society.
Congratulations and thank you to the leaders and team players at BaySide Supermarket and the Women’s Health Resource Library.