When a person devotes herself to a cause or a community which she cares greatly about, for the majority of her career, she is cherished by those she serves.
This is the story of one of our treasured parishioners, the noble Barbara Maynard.
The Old Saybrook Historical Society (a valued mission partner with Grace Church), held a memorable ceremony on Friday, July 12th afternoon.
At Old Saybrook's Monument Park we honored Barbara with accolades, speeches, stories & a citation from the State of Connecticut, for her lifelong achievements in historical preservation.
Barbara's many contributions to Old Saybrook include the purchase of Harvey's Beach, the purchase of the miniature golf-course at Saybrook Point, and the acquisition of Fort Saybrook Monument Park itself, in which her achievement ceremony was held.
The Historical Society established a special bench with a commemorative plaque, to honor Barbara for her diligent efforts, along with an elm tree, planted nearby.
Barbara and her husband George relax on the new park bench dedicated to her achievements in town. The newly planted elm tree is behind Barbara, to her right.
Among the speakers at Barbara's ceremony were: The Old Saybrook Historical Society President Marie McFarlin, Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna, and our own Devin Carney, State Representative.
Barbara's family, friends, colleagues & her Grace Church family were all in attendance, showing their enthusiasm and support.
Barbara received a citation from the State of Connecticut, presented personally by Devin Carney, to commemorate her extraordinary contributions towards historical preservation in the Town of Old Saybrook.
Devin is a CT representative for the towns of Old Sayrbook, Lyme, Old Lyme and Westbrook.
To say that Barbara Maynard is a long-time parishioner of Grace Church, would be an understatement. A precious photograph of Barbara and George Maynard's wedding day, appears below, photographed on the stone front steps of Grace Church.