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March 14, 2012 Vermont's Centennial Nonprofit Award Winners

posted Mar 16, 2012, 1:37 PM by Al Gallant   [ updated Sep 11, 2012, 7:38 AM ]

March 14, 2012

Secretary of State Jim Condos Honors Vermont’s Centennial Nonprofit Award Winners

Secretary of State Jim Condos will recognize Vermont’s oldest non‐profits in a ceremony to be held today, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4 p.m at the Vermont Statehouse. The Vermont Centennial Nonprofit Awards program recognizes nonprofit organizations that have operated in Vermont for at least 100 years.

The nonprofits being honored today range from educational institutions, libraries, churches, hospitals, fraternal and other service organizations and many more local groups.

This year, 29 of Vermont’s oldest noprofits will be presented with plaques by Secretary of State Jim Condos. Governor Peter Shumlin, many state legislators, representatives of our congressional delegation, and other dignitaries are expected to attend.

According to Secretary of State Jim Condos, “We believe it is important to recognize and honor Vermont’s oldest nonprofits for their many contributions to our communities and to Vermonters. Especially in these difficult times, our communities rely more and more on our non‐profits to fill the gaps and help where they can. This year’s awardees are exemplary representatives of the Vermont non‐profit community.”

Any nonprofit that has been in operation in Vermont for 100 years or more can participate in this program by filling out an application available through the Secretary of State’s office. A complete list of the 2011 Centennial Nonprofit Award recipients appears below.

Est. 1911 Lyndon State College

Est. 1910 First Baptist Church of South Londonderry

Est. 1904 Montpelier Lodge of Elks No. 924

Est. 1904 The Vermont Center for the Hard of Hearing, Brattleboro

Est. 1897 Mark Skinner Library, Manchester

Est. 1889 Vermont State Firefighters’ Association

Est. 1884 Vermont Veterans’ Home, Bennington

Est. 1878 Vermont Bar Association

Est. 1871 St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

Est. 1870 Goddard College, Plainfield

Est. 1867 Union Agricultural Society (Tunbridge Fair)

Est. 1866 Greater Burlington YMCA

Est. 1846 Rutland County Agricultural Society

Est. 1842 St. Johnsbury Academy

Est. 1838 Vermont Historical Society, Barre

Est. 1836 Lambda IOTA Society, Burlington

Est. 1834 Brattleboro Retreat

Est. 1833 West Newbury Congregational Church

Est. 1819 Norwich University, Northfield

Est. 1816 East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church

Est. 1798 First Congregational Church of Berlin

Est. 1796 First Church in Barre, Universalist

Est. 1793 Bradford Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ

Est. 1768 First Congregational Church & Society of Windsor

Unable to attend: Prosper Cemetery Association, Woodstock (Est. 1911); Manchester Historical Society (Est. 1898); Rutland Regional Medical Center (Est. 1896); Westmore Community Church (Est. 1894); First Congregational Church and Society of Orwell (Est. 1842)

Secretary of State Jim Condos has over 20 years of elected public service, including 18 years at the local level and 8 years as a Vermont State Senator, in addition to more than 30 years of private sector business experience.