Bethany Dems to honor Martin
BETHANY >> Patricia E. Martin will be honored by town Democrats at their annual spaghetti supper set for 6 p.m. April 29 at Town Hall.
Martin “is the quintessential volunteer, the person you turn to when something needs to be done. Living in Bethany for over 45 years, Pat has always volunteered in some fashion,” said First Selectman Derrylyn Gorski.
In announcing the award, the Democratic Town Committee cited the following:
• As Amity High School librarian for 30 years, Martin organized a book club for faculty and staff, created a Cultural Enrichment Program to supplement classroom learning that enabled teachers to attend lectures in the Media Center, and initiated the Library Art Award to promote student participation.
• She was the campaign chairwoman in 2003 for the first successful Democratic victory for first selectman since 1919, when Gorski was the first woman to elected first selectman since the town’s incorporation in 1832. Martin was chairwoman of the Spaghetti Supper Committee and shared duties as head chef with the late Lucien Boisvert.
• She has been a member and officer on the Clark Memorial Library board for more than eight years and is an advocate for acquiring the funds the library needs to continue to offer services to all ages.
“I really value her honesty. She challenges us to make sure we understand what we’re trying to do, not in a contrarian way but as a true leader,” said Melissa Canham-Clyne, library director.
• Martin was appointed to the Airport Hangar Study Committee by Gorski in 2005, which brought in the Yale Urban Design Workshop to develop the plan for the restoration of the old hangar. Later that year, she was appointed to the Airport Steering Committee and is an active member of what is now the Airport Restoration Committee, volunteers committed to raising the funds to build the community center with public and private donations.
Martin lives with her husband, Frank Pfeiffer, and their Labradoodle, Baxter, on Cheshire Road.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children under 12, and $25 for patrons. Call Carol Goldberg at 203-393-0350 or buy tickets at the door.