Annual Meeting - Charles River Watershed Association
  • Rita Barron Fellows
  • Annual Meeting Guests
  • CRWA Volunteers
  • Roger Frymire with Julie Wood
  • Nancy Hammett with Bob Zimmerman
  • Maeve Vallely Bartlett
  • Betsy Nichols with Bob Zimmerman
  • Annual Meeting Guests

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA

The annual meeting is on. We look forward to seeing you tonight! 


Event Details

Ticket Prices

Member $65
Non-member $75
Volunteer/Government/Non-Profit $45
Premier Ticket $150

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Event Itinerary

Business Meeting and Awards
Dinner and Keynote Address

Join us at CRWA's 52nd Annual Meeting to hear from our inspiring keynote speaker Alexie Torres-Fleming, renowned activist for environmental justice. The Annual Meeting serves as an opportunity to recognize the contributions of environmental activists and volunteers whose dedicated work helps protect the Charles River. The dinner begins with a business meeting to elect members of the board of directors. And if you just need a break, the cocktail reception (with cash bar) is a great opportunity to unwind and catch up with friends and colleagues.

Membership Vote

Charles River Watershed Association is updating and revising its by-laws with assistance from the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP. Members will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed revisions and the officers and directors at CRWA’s Annual Meeting or online. Learn  more

Keynote Address

From the Bronx River to the Charles: Empowered Communities, Resilient Rivers

In her keynote address, Alexie Torres-Fleming, renowned grassroots community organizer, will explore issues of environmental and social justice through her own experience. Drawing from community organizing work in the Bronx River neighborhoods, Torres-Fleming will demonstrate the power a community has in shaping its own environmental destiny. She will help frame CRWA’s work in climate resilience through the lens of community empowerment. 

Alexie Torres-Fleming
Executive Director, Access Strategies Fund 


Alexie Torres-Fleming founded Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ) in 1994 with the mission to rebuild the Bronx River neighborhoods of the South Bronx by preparing young people to become voices for peace and justice. She co-founded the Bronx River Alliance and the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance. Torres-Fleming continues her public speaking and writing while serving as Executive Director of Access Strategies Fund, a philanthropic foundation that harnesses the collective power of underserved communities to use the democratic process to improve their lives. Torres-Fleming is a 2014 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.


Anne M. Blackburn Award

George Bachrach, Environmental League of Massachusetts

Citizen Activist Award

 Bruce Houghton, Houghton Chemicals

Rita Barron Public Official Award

Senator Cynthia Stone Creem
Representative Kay Khan

Clean Charles Award

Boston Duck Tours

Ginger Lawrence Volunteer Award

CRWA Volunteer Monthly Monitors, recognizing 10 and 15 years of service

CRWA Board of Directors

Officers for Election

Linda McLane, President
Grant Thomas-Lepore, Vice President
Sarah Slaughter, Treasurer
Edward Englander, Clerk

Directors for Election

David Bryant
Patricia B. King
Greta Meszoely
Bryan Natale
Grant Thomas-Lepore

Elected Directors Will Join

Ralph W. Abele
Laurie Doyle
Eric Ekman
Diane Hall
James Healy
Shawn Konary

CRWA Board of Advisors

Beedee Ladd, Co-Chair

Jeffrey Bilezikian
Lee Breckenridge
Gordon Burnes
Caroline Dixwell Cabot
Eugene Clapp
John Clark
John DeVillars
Maureen Febiger
Richard Forté
Kim Goslant
Elizabeth Johnson
Virginia M. Lawrence

Laurie Doyle, Co-Chair

George Lewis
Sharon Malt
Kelly McClintock
Louisa P. Miller
Jerry Murphy
Beatrice Nessen
Jeryl Oristaglio
Margot Pyle
Robert F. Sproull
John Thomas
Molly Upton
Edward E. Watts

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