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 28, 2019
5:30 p.m.

Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA

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

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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, Dinner and Awards
Keynote Address

Join us at CRWA's 53rd Annual Meeting to hear from our driven Director, Emily Norton. 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.

5:30 - Registration and cocktail reception
6:15 - Move to Charles River Room for business meeting
6:45 - Welcome by Board President Linda McLane and award presentation
7:45 - Keynote Address by Executive Director Emily Norton
8:30 - Adjorn

Membership Vote

Members will have the opportunity to vote on the officers and directors at CRWA’s Annual Meeting or online. See officers up for election below.

Keynote Address

In her keynote address, Emily Norton will speak about the future direction and vision for the Charles River watershed.

Emily Norton
Executive Director, Charles River Watershed Association and Newton City Councilor

Emily Norton 1-1-701190-editedEmily joined CRWA as Executive Director in August 2018.  She previously served as Massachusetts Chapter Director for the Sierra Club where she focused on advocating for stronger renewable energy policies at the state and local level. Emily also spent several years working in politics as a fundraiser for the Democratic Leadership Council in Washington, D.C. and as Finance Director for a Congressional campaign on Cape Cod.

Emily serves as an elected City Councilor in her hometown of Newton, where she is a member of the Finance Committee and the Public Safety and Transportation Committee. Some of her local victories include a citywide ban on plastic bags, restrictions on the use of polluting leaf blowers, and changing the name from the outdated and sexist term “Alderman” to “City Councilor." In her City Council role Emily serves on the Massachusetts Municipal Association Environmental Policy Committee.

Emily holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Vermont and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.


Anne M. Blackburn Award

Stephanie Pollack, Secretary and CEO of MassDOT

Citizen Activist Award

Frances Gershwin, Muddy River Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee

Rita Barron Public Official Award

Matt Shuman, Watertown Town Engineer

Young Leaders Award

Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation's (SWBCDC) Green Team

Ginger Lawrence Volunteer Award

Diane Hall and Robert Sproull

CRWA Board of Directors

Officers for Election (1-year term)

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

Directors for Election (3-year term)

Ralph W. Abele
Lance Campbell
Diane Hall
Shawn Konary

Elected Directors Will Join

David Bryant
Laurie Doyle
James Healy
Patricia B. King
Greta Meszoely
Bryan Natale

CRWA Board of Advisors

Beedee Ladd, Co-Chair

Jeffrey Bilezikian
Lee Breckenridge
Gordon Burnes
Caroline Dixwell Cabot
Damon Carter
Eugene Clapp
John Clark
Diane desRoches
John DeVillars
Maureen Febiger
Richard Forté
Richard Gonci
Kim Goslant
Elizabeth Johnson
Virginia M. Lawrence
George Lewis

Laurie Doyle, Co-Chair

Sharon Malt
Kelly McClintock

Louisa Miller
Jerry Murphy
Beatrice Nessen
Jeryl Oristaglio
Margot Pyle
William Ravanesi
Dan Sarles
Tom Sieniewicz
Robert Sproull

Molly Upton
Jess Wala
Paul Walsh
Edward Watts
Bob Zimmerman

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