Mildred “Milly” Carlson is the recipient of the 2013 Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award for her many years of “Giving Back to the Community.” Milly received the award, a Hitchcock armchair, at the City of Groton Day celebration on August 2.
Groton Utilities named the award to commemorate “Jackie” Nixon’s service to her community. She operated a food pantry in her residence for 24 years, distributing food on a regular basis to many needy families. Jackie passed away July 6, 2004, and Groton Utilities created the award to coincide with its centennial that year.
The selection committee cited Milly’s tireless efforts in volunteering her time to give back to the community. She distinguished herself in many areas of community service— from education to the arts to historic preservation to fund raising for nonprofit organizations.
For example, said Groton Utilities, she helped establish the historic district in the Eastern Point section of the City of Groton. She later served on the commission which oversees the district, including serving as its secretary.
Recently, she helped lead Art on Groton, an art exhibit on the grounds of the Bill Memorial Library; Milly is one of five founders of this yearly midsummer event, which brings artists and audiences to historic Groton Bank.
In education, she originated and implemented fundraisers, specifically House Tours of Homes in the Eastern Point area, for the Groton Education Foundation. These tours raised $20,000 for teacher grants. She was a seven-year mentor in the Groton Mentoring Program to a young girl, a city resident.
Elizabeth Carlson, in nominating her mother for the award, said “I feel my mother should be your next service award winner, as she continues to exemplify the very meaning of this award: Giving back to the Community.” She emphasized that her mother continues to reside in the city, where she has lived since 1957 and raised her family of four children, adding “she continues to proudly contribute her time, energy and resources in making our community a great place in which to live and work.”
Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award in 2004. Subsequent winners of the award are: Robert “Bob” Leeney, Mimi Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance, and Archie C. Swindell.
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