Margaret has been a Grange member for over 59 years and was the first Lady Master of the Vermont State Grange, as well as the first in New England. She has served on the Orange County UVM Extension Advisory Board and is a former 4-H leader and Sunday-school teacher. Together, they have owned and operated Rich-ardson Insurance Agency for 50 years and a real estate business for 35 years. Former Vermont State Grange Master Phyllis Mason writes in the nomination: "They continue to be an inspiration to their counterparts as they remain involved locally and statewide."
J. Douglas "Doug" Webb of Fairfax was honored during the 2007 legislative session with a concurrent resolution for his life of community service. Serving as a selectboard member and Justice of the Peace for his town, he has also found time to work with the Franklin County Field Days Board for more than 30 years and the Vermont Maple Festival Committee for 37 years.
Along with his sons he owns and operates with his sons the 600-acre Maplewood Dairy Farm with 300 registered Holsteins. A good sized maple sugaring operation is included in that enterprise. He has worked in a variety of dairy associations, including Milk Promotion Ser- vices and the Milton Dairy Co-op Board. He received the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' Lifetime Achieve- ment Award in 2005 and has also been inducted into the Secretary of State's Town Officials Hall of Fame. His daughter, Linda Willmott, writes in her nomination; "I am very proud of all my Dad has done over the years and it has served as an inspiration for me to be involved in my own community."
Dr. James Gilmore, of South Burlington, is a recent retiree from the University of Vermont and is known af- fectionately as "Gilly" to students, colleagues, and friends alike. He taught in the Department of Animal Science at UVM for more than 30 years. His two abiding passions, dairy cows and students, came together with the Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management, or CREAM. His devotion to teaching, Holstein breed organizations and shows, the Vermont Dairy Herd Improvement Association and his former students are a testament to his love of the industry.