League of Women Voters honors Greenwich residents

The League of Women Voters of Greenwich will bestow its highest honor, the Mary Award, to two local residents, JoAnn Messina and Louisa Stone, in recognition of their outstanding dedication and contributions to both the league and the town.

The awards will be presented at the League’s Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday evening, June 4, at the Riverside Yacht Club.

Ms. Messina is a former league president and previously served as its advocacy vice president and secretary and a member of league’s Executive Branch, BET and Ethics Study committees, most notably developing recommendations for the Greenwich Code of Ethics, which the Board of Selectmen adopted in their provisions. She currently serves on the State LWV Board as its natural resources director.

In addition, Ms. Messina is the current executive director and founder of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy and, in that capacity, is a member of the governor’s State Vegetation Management Task Force. She also serves on the Greenwich United Way Planning Council. Previously, Ms. Messina chaired the Greenwich Selectmen’s Committee for Parking and Traffic for three years. As a member of the Selectmen’s Nominations Advisory Committee, she began moderating the annual workshop for volunteer board chairs in 2007.

Ms. Stone joined the League of Women Voters in 1958, demonstrating particular leadership as chair of the league’s National Security Study in 1983. She currently represents District 10 on the Representative Town Meeting. Previously, she was Chairman of the Greenwich Planning & Zoning Commission, for which she was honored for her significant contributions upon her retirement.

Both Ms. Stone and her husband have been dedicated to Audubon Greenwich and were instrumental in setting up the John Sargent Woodland, which is adjacent to their property. She also has been a major supporter of the Greenwich Land Trust, which awarded her its first Lifetime Achievement Award. Her previous professional career was as the Communications Manager for the Greenwich Public Schools, after years of serving as a highly dedicated volunteer in the school system.

The Mary Award, named for Mary Lou Woods and Mary Sullivan, is presented annually to a long-term LWVG member who has been an active participant and a leader in the community. The League of Women Voters is proud to add both JoAnn Messina and Louisa Stone to The Mary Award’s roster of distinguished recipients.

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