CITIZENS WHO CARE
A member of Andover’s Christ Church for more than 25 years, Bates has been a mentor, led the holiday fair and served on the boards of the Christian Education Committee and Andover Thrift Shop, which led the North Andover resident to become involved with the Andover Business Community Association. Since 2007, she has been a nonprofit presence in the association, serving as secretary, clerk and board member and heading up Andover Day and Holiday Happenings, two of the group’s largest events.
The father of two sons has been active with the Andover Soccer Association as a coach for several years and as a board member for four years, with a two-year term as president. During his tenure, the ASA board partnered with other town programs to champion the development of additional fields, including the new Blanchard multi-use field in West Andover. The association, the largest in Essex County, is also dedicated to service projects such as ASA Cares, which collects items for a local food pantry, as well as the distribution of used cleats, uniforms and equipment to underprivileged youths.
For the past 20 years, he has coordinated the schedule of bell ringers at Christmas for the Salvation Army and has served on its advisory board. In 2003, he was honored with the Salvation Army’s highly regarded “Others” award. He is also active in the Andover Masons, helping to run its bi-monthly blood drives and working with the Children’s Learning Center, a program for children with dyslexia. He is involved with Habitat for Humanity and, although not a boater himself, has volunteered with the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program, of which he was a charter member in 1979.
She is an active member of Friends of Memorial Hall Library, including serving as a past board president, and has worked on the library book sale. In 1977, she developed and launched The Conversational English program at the library, a program designed to help people who successfully completed the English as a Second Language course at Lawrence Adult Learning Center further improve their English conversational skills.