First Vice President's Report for 2014-2015

The First Vice President is responsible for oversight of the League’s annual programs, monthly events, brown bags, serving on the Executive Committee and forwarding information on programs to the newsletter and public relations director.

The September 2014 opening meeting featured Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, who was an enthusiastic speaker highlighting the changes made and coming to revitalize his home town. At 22, he was the youngest mayor elected.

The 75th Anniversary Series Amherst: How a Small Town Makes Big Things Happen included three programs: Town Planner Jonathan Tucker, Jones Library Executive Director Sharon Sharry and Amherst-Pelham School Superintendent Maria Geryk. Mr. Tucker and Ms. Sharry were part of the noon-time brown-bag series while the school meeting was held in the evening to accommodate parents.

The League’s Birthday Party was held in February at the Ginger Garden where 50-year members were honored. State Representative Ellen Story spoke about the current legislative session.

University of Massachusetts Professor Ray Bradley attracted a very large crowd for his presentation on climate change in March. He provided a power point presentation that charted the increase of carbon in the air as well as temperature ranges and changes across the globe. It was very detailed and many questions were asked.

We are very grateful to Amherst Media for taping all our programs. If you missed any programs they can be viewed by going to the Amherst Media web site .

The final program for 2014-2015 is the annual Legislative Reception that will be held June 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Amherst Woman’s Club. Local town and elected officials, our district and state legislators and those from our membership areas are invited to attend. We hope to see you as well.

In closing, it was a pleasure and honor to work with a very dedicated and hard working board. A very large thank you to Deanna Pearlstein, who is very gracious and efficient in helping at all our programs and receptions.

Phyllis Lehrer