Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tribute to Frances Moore Jeffries

Possible by the grand sponsorship of North Easton Savings Bank the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters honored long-time Rotarian Frances Moore Jeffries last evening at a reception at the Center at Sachem Rock, East Bridgewater.

Seventy-five enthusiastic supporters attended the event which provided testimony to Ms. Jeffries long and distinguished careers as a teacher, college and grants administrator, advocate for literacy and peace, and Rotary volunteer, as well as her most recent achievement of being selected for the Rotary Peace Scholars Professional Development Certificate program in Thailand this coming January through March.

Speaking on behalf of Jeffries' many and varied contributions to literacy and peace were: President Frederick Clark, Jr. of Bridgewater State University; Professor Vernon Domingo also of Bridgewater State University; Past Rotary District Governor and local club member Eldon "Terry" Humfryes; Herb Mansfield of the Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island; Dr. Edward Meaney of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters; Beth Roll Smith also of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters; and Rotary District Governor Kristine Musco David, who along with club president Jim Alfieri, presented Jeffries with a Rotary Humanitarian Award. Alfieri also served as master of ceremonies for the program.

A special presentation was made by Joan Gay, who graduated from Lake Erie College with Ms. Jeffries (photo below with Jeffries - needs resizing and reorientation).

In addition to many members of the Jeffries family and her friends there were other Rotary dignitaries including Assistant Governor Bill Tennant; Past District Governors Ann Williams, Dietrich Bilger, Joe Clancy, and Governor-Elect Russell Bertrand.

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, devoted to "Service Above Self," meets most Wednesdays for breakfast at 7:15 a.m. at Good Days Restaurant, West Bridgewaters. All are welcome, no reservations are required.

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