She served as League of Women Voters president from 1972 to 1974 during its 50th anniversary celebration and has on various research projects and reports for the group over the years. Since retiring, she has served on the Council on Aging for six years, and worked to get TAVAH, The Andover Villages At Home, off the ground. In 2006, she also worked on the Senior Center/Youth Center/Community Center issue. From 2006 to 2012, she was a citizen advocate for the Human Rights Committee for American Training, a local vendor agency for the Department of Developmental Service.
MARY BETH NASON
After being introduced by friends to Quota, an international service organization for women, she joined the Andover chapter in 1995 and has since held every office available. The local Quota raises funds to support disadvantaged women and children in the Merrimack Valley, and offers services for the deaf and hearing impaired, including an annual scholarship to Northern Essex Community College for its American Sign Language Program. A former boarding school student herself, she is also involved in A Better Chance, which offers outstanding students from under-performing urban schools the opportunity to prepare for college at Andover High School.
Her community involvement began with the Mother Connection, coordinating its first cookbook, followed by becoming a room parent at Sanborn School and co-chairwoman of its annual Harvest Festival. Through the League of Women Voters, her school and civic work merged. She helps out on election days and was co-chairwoman/liaison of the league’s annual Community Read-Along Program at West and Sanborn elementary schools. She also works on the Hadassah Literacy Program, which provides tutoring in the schools to challenged students in the area. She has been a member of the Andover Cultural Council since 2010.
She has been active with the Bancroft School PTO, holding numerous position as well as leading the rebuilding of the school playground. After helping to stop construction of a cell tower in a neighbor’s backyard six years ago, she has worked with community members and the Board of Selectmen to make zoning bylaw changes governing placement of cell towers. She is also involved with Temple Emanuel’s social action committee, helping organize fundraisers, including a walk-a-thon for heating oil, and is currently helping to organize a fundraiser for Family Service of Lawrence,