Milly Shaw honored with Community Builder Award

Union Leader Correspondent
October 09. 2012 10:44PM

SANBORNTON - The Masons of Doric-Centre Lodge 20 in Tilton made a surprise announcement Tuesday night, giving one of the lodge's highest awards to a local woman who has spent her life doing good things for the community.

Mildred B. 'Milly' Shaw was given the lodge's Community Builder Award.

'We have so much to thank her for,' said Woodbury Fogg, worshipful master of the lodge.

For more than 60 years, Shaw has given her 'devoted and selfless service to the town of Sanbornton and the region,' Fogg said.

Having moved to town in the late 1940s, she became a charter member of the Sanbornton Historical Society in 1952 and has been a deeply involved member ever since, serving as corresponding secretary, historian, in fundraising and on the collections committee.

Shaw came to know most town residents when she served as postmaster from 1958-88. She has also served as trustee for the town cemeteries, and help with the upkeep of the Centre Cemetery for more than 50 years.

'She has not only done the paperwork and historical research, but has labored physically in the gardens, digging out stumps, grading and raking and then planting flowers and shrubs,' Fogg said.

Shaw has also been an active member of the Sanbornton Fire Department Relief Association (formerly the Ladies Auxiliary) since 1958. In addition, she has been a steady supporter of the Sanbornton Public Library, and has served as a library trustee and on the library's building committee.

'She is frequently called upon to do historic research through the library when the service is needed,' he said.

She has also served on the Sanbornton Old Home Day Committee for many years, serving as treasurer for several terms.

Shaw has also been a member of the Sanbornton Congregational Church for more than 50 years. 'As is so characteristic of her, she is not just a member, but an active participant on many committees and as the official church historian,' Fogg said.

She has been a 63-year member of Harmony Grange #99, serving on numerous committees and as treasurer. She works with the New Hampshire Circle of Home and Family Group, performing charitable work to needy families, children and individuals.

Shaw has also been a volunteer for more than 12 years at Canterbury Shaker Village, working in the herb gardens and craft areas. She also belongs to the Daughters of the American Revolution, and is actively involved in the organization's committees and activities. Her community service also includes active involvement in the PTA at the Sanbornton Central School from 1949 until the early 1970s.

'Through all of Milly's decades of dedicated service, she has helped to build a sense of civic pride and community identity in her town,' Fogg said. 'She has truly been a builder of organizations, landmarks and a sense of community history.'

The lodge also announced that it is making three $300 donations to food pantries in Tilton, Sanbornton, and Belmont.

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