Litchfield Proclaims March 1 as Pat Jewett Volunteer Appreciation Day

May 30, 2014

submitted by Laura Gandia

At the Memorial Day program sponsored by the Litchfield Historical Society, the Town of Litchfield presented M. Patricia (“Pat”) Jewett with a proclamation in recognition of her service and dedication that read in part,

“Now therefore, in recognition of the extraordinary commitment to public and community service for Litchfield demonstrated by M. Patricia Jewett and in ongoing support for her continual encouragement of others to become involved in our community, we the Litchfield Board of Selectman, now declare that March 1 in all future years will be recognized in Litchfield as the Pat Jewett Volunteer Appreciation Day and further, each year the community will recognize those continuing Pat Jewett’s legacy of service …”

Pat Jewett is well known to the community and residents of Litchfield as a person who continuously gives of herself.  She has been active in the Town of Litchfield for decades.  She has served the town in various capacities as member of the Board of Selectman; planning board; school board; Conservation Commission; Nashua Regional Solid Waste District; as well as trustee of the Trust Funds; welfare officer; and even organizer of various events for veterans, children and families in need.  She has dedicated countless hours of her personal time and resources to assist the citizens of Litchfield; annually collected and distributed school supplies for children in the fall; provided food to needy families during the holidays; regularly assisted youth with community service; and encouraged and continues to encourage residents of all ages to volunteer and serve.  Last week, she purchased dictionaries for some of the students at Griffin Memorial School.  She took the time to personally deliver them herself and chat with the students.

At the Memorial Day program, Laura Gandia and Selectman John Brunelle spoke of Pat’s legacy of service.  Present during the ceremony were Pat’s son, Keith Jewett, and his family, and Pat’s daughter, Nancy Morey.

Each year going forward, the Town of Litchfield on March 1 (Pat’s birthday) will recognize its volunteers.  Letters of sentiments, thank you notes and the like are being collected for Pat Jewett for the 2015 ceremony.  If you would like to send a note of thanks to Pat for all she has done, send it to the Town of Litchfield, Attn:  Laura Gandia, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH 03052.  These notes will be presented to her at the first annual Pat Jewett Volunteer Appreciation Day in March 2015.  If you have any questions about the event or would like to volunteer or assist, contact Laura Gandia at lgandia@comcast.net.