Arts and Humanities
Comments to Sheldon Museum Annual Meeting 11/12/19
We have over 6000 non-profits in Vermont with annual revenues of some $6.5B and assets of over $13B. That’s one non-profit, or “for-mission,” as some prefer to say, for every… Read More
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My Comments on Philanthropy to Development Directors 4/9/19
Donor cultivation and approach: Start by building a relationship not predicated on giving, but mission. Do your homework, know with whom you are meeting and understand their relative capacity. Be… Read More
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Comments to Lamoille Family Center Annual Meeting - 6/20/18
Many thanks. It’s an honor to be invited home to be with you all tonight. I greatly appreciate the work you do on behalf of Lamoille County’s families and communities.… Read More
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Memorial Day 2017
My father died in Leyte Gulf in the Philippines on December 3, 1944, when the ship on which he was serving as a Naval lieutenant was hit by a Japanese… Read More
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Key Note to Nat. Ass. of Comm. Dev. Exec. Profs. & The Ass. of Nat. Res. Ext. Profs -June 26, 2016
Our Vermont state motto, “Freedom & Unity” expresses a unity of opposites, posing the goal of achieving equilibrium between the rights of individuals and the well-being of our communities. It’s… Read More
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Comments to Chamber Meeting of Business, Non-profit and Legislative Leaders 12/16/15
In opening, I’d like to make just a couple of points. They are similar to the points I made to your Legislative Commission on Government Efficiency. There are three legs… Read More
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Comments to Business & Non-profit Leaders at Lake Champlain Chamber
I’ll start with a question: How is it that a small state with a $5B budget, half of which is for the social safety net, a philanthropic community that contributes… Read More
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Comments to VT Comm. Loan Fund Annual Board Retreat 9/23/2015
Many thanks for inviting me to this important discussion. My goal in a few minutes will be to look at our state in broad strokes so as to add some… Read More
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VT Design Technology Educators Assoc. comments 5/8/15 VT Tech
Comments: VT Design Technology Educators Assoc. May 8, 2015  at VT Tech – Randolph The challenge for those of us who teach or, in my case, taught, is to maintain… Read More
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Comments to VT Assoc. of School Boards and VT Superintendents - Montpelier 2/5/2015
Many thanks for inviting me here today. You all have taken on what I believe to be the most important work in front of Vermonters. Our children are our future… Read More
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Comments to VT Community Foundation 11/19/2014
I believe expressed opinions warrant a disclosure of bias and so will start by sharing mine. I’m a humanist. I believe in the power of citizen-engaged democracies to improve the… Read More
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School & Municipal Leadership Conference Aug., 14, 2014
Good morning. I’m here because I served on the Blue Ribbon Legislative Tax Commission several years back. I now know that “Blue Ribbon” means thank you for your service, we’ll… Read More