REM Award Honorees (2005) — Jeanne Hammond (Waterville Business and Professional Women)

The Waterville Business and Professional Women’s organization congratulates Jeanne L. Hammond as our REM Community Volunteer Honoree for 2005. Jeanne, who is the mother of eight children, grandmother of fifteen, and great-grandmother of two, has created time to volunteer for various organizations in this community over her entire lifetime. This year we honored Jeanne for her 50 years of service in BPW where she has served as President and on the State level. We honor her with the REM Award — the community award for exemplary community service, for which she is the perfect model.

Her volunteering started at an early age when she assisted her mother, Wilhelmina Littlefield, in the War Price and Rationing Board Office. She also assisted her father with his Victory Garden, donating produce to families without gardens and worked as a volunteer in a special Community Canning Center. She graduated from Colby College and in the early sixties, joined the staff of the Registrar’s Office at Colby. During the summer months she serves as Registrar of the Lancaster Course of Ophthalmology.

Jeanne is a member of the REM Board and chair of the Get the Word Out Team, organizer of several REM Forum events, writes news articles, assists with the development of this directory and all printed pieces for several organizations.

Jeanne is also an active member of both the American Association of University Women and Waterville Business and Professional Women, serving as president of the local and state organizations as well as serving as various state committees chair in both organizations. At the state level of BPW/ME she serves as the President of the BPW/ME Futurama Foundation, and in fact, is a founding member and coordinator of the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame located in the Bennett Katz library, University of Maine at Augusta.

Jeanne, barely taller than a yardstick, is living proof that the value and energy of a human has no relationship to size. Jeanne is huge in our eyes! We love her and are so very proud of the perfect example she has set for her own family and for everyone she meets. Perhaps one day she has said “no” to a request for help, but no one can remember such a thing.

Jeanne, you are amazing!

Note: Jeanne Littlefield Hammond of Albion died in peace surrounded by her family on November 19, 2006, after a valiant struggle with cancer. She was 79 years old.

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