Paul Bruhn's passing in September
, we lost our beloved leader and North Star. He led the Preservation Trust of Vermont for close to forty years and infused the organization with his vision, optimism, humor, and determination. We miss Paul dearly and know he would want - and expect - us to continue PTV's important work to keep Vermont a special place.
Together with Paul, the PTV Board of Directors had prepared for the unexpected and had a transition plan ready.
Liz Gamache is settling in to serve as our Interim President
while we search for a permanent leader. Liz was Mayor of St. Albans from 2012-2018 and is the former head of Efficiency Vermont. She brings both local and statewide perspective to making our communities stronger and more resilient.
That's not all. Despite a tumultuous couple of months,
PTV's amazing staff
have not missed a beat. Our fall Grand Isle Lake House retreats continued on schedule. Our field teams have been supporting projects across the state. We are administering three remarkable grants - including federal funds recently renamed the
"Paul Bruhn Grants" thanks to Sen. Leahy
- that will support nearly two million dollars of projects over the next several years. And we are preparing for PTV's 40th anniversary year in 2020.
PTV is totally committed to Paul's belief that preservation is at the heart of community building. It is proven out in Vermont year after year. When we preserve and revitalize our historic buildings and village centers, we breathe life into the soul of communities, and create the special gathering places where we come together in service to something greater than ourselves.
Neale F. Lunderville
PS: Your generous support for PTV now will build on Paul's extraordinary work. Thank you for your support and partnership!