LUDLOW, Vt. – As we enter another exciting year here in the Okemo Valley, the Fletcher Farm Foundation would like to welcome George Thomson as its new president. Thomson, well-known among locals for his successful education career in Cavendish, is a longstanding member and trustee of the Fletcher Farm Foundation –most recently serving as a committee chairman and vice president. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the storied nonprofit, which aims to better the area through community work and philanthropy – including annual donations of $5,000 and $40,000 to the Cavendish and Ludlow libraries, respectively.
Thomson follows in the footsteps of Steve Birge, who served as president since 2001. Birge will remain a trustee and says the foundation is in good hands moving forward thanks to Thomson.
“It was a great honor for me to serve as president of the Board of Trustees of the Fletcher Farm Foundation,” says Birge. “The Board was successful in many accomplishments during my term and has continued to uphold our mission which is to maintain the buildings and land for educational purposes for the people of Cavendish and Ludlow and the surrounding towns. Our Board is comprised of many devoted local people who donate their time and energy to sustaining our organization and making our community a better place to live. Having George Thomson take on the role of president will be wonderful for the organization. George has served as a committee chairman and currently as vice president. He brings a marvelous array of leadership skills and business acumen to our Board. He has had an outstanding career in our local school system and has served the area in so many ways. We are all confident in his ability to lead the foundation in the years to come.”
Thomson looks forward to both the opportunities and challenges ahead as the foundation’s president.
“It is truly an honor to be elected by the Fletcher Farm Foundation Board as their next president,” says Thomson. “I am daunted, however, to be following Steve Birge, the outgoing president of 17 years. He has been a stalwart of the organization and has been at the forefront of many initiatives that I will continue to promote while looking at other ways to serve the community. I look forward to carrying out the mission of the organization to promote the arts, education, and social services in the area. It is my hope through leading the organization, we will be able to enrich the lives of members of the local community in ways presently known and even ways unknown.”