The Board of Selectmen presents
Janet G. Sturges
This Award for Her Thoughtful Commitment to the Town of Old Lyme
After she moved to Old Lyme in 1969, Janet Sturges wasted no time in establishing her reputation as a conscientious member of our community. Elected to the Board of Education in 1977, Janet established the Community Relations Committee for the Board, was named Press Liaison from 1978 to 1980, and was elected Vice Chair from 1980 to 1981 by fellow Board members. As chair of an Educational Space Review Committee, Janet presided over volatile debate on a potential school closing.
Never reluctant to take the initiative or break new ground, Janet founded the Friends of Music and was co-leader of the Community Coalition Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse, both in the early 1980’s. Her “ground-breaking” expertise proved invaluable on later projects, including the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library’s Long Range Planning Committee, the Church of Christ the King’s Building Committee, and the Town of Old Lyme’s Church Corner Committee.
Janet served the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association as Program Chair, Vice President, and as President during the period 1979 to 1982. The hours she devoted to our Library were matched and surpassed by those she invested in her church. A religion teacher at Christ the King Church for five years, Janet was also a Lector at the Church for over 30. She has been a member of the Christ the King Church Parish Pastoral Council since 1992.
Elected as an alternate to the Board of Finance in 2003, Janet’s hard work and dedication were recognized both by Board members and voters who elected her to a regular position in 2009. She is also an alternate member of the Historic District Commission.
With pride apparent, Ralph Sturges says that his wife does not take on new responsibilities without considerable thought. She makes sure she has the time to commit. The Board of Selectmen is honored by the commitment Janet Sturges has made to our Town and proudly names her our 2010 Citizen of the Year.
Board of Selectmen Town of Old Lyme
Timothy C. Griswold Arthur E. Sibley, Jr. Bonnie A. Reemsnyder