The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society

Annual Meeting


Members & Supporters of the

Duxbury Rural & Historical Society

are invited to the

 Annual Meeting

Tues., February 5, 2019

The Village at Duxbury, 290 Kingstown Way


Schedule of Events:




A chance to reflect on and celebrate 2018.

  • Reports will be given from the President, Treasurer and Executive Director;
  • Outgoing Trustees will be honored and new Trustees elected (see attached);
  • By-Law change to the Nominating Committee will be voted on (see attached);
  • Volunteer Recognition awards will be given.

All DRHS Members are welcome at the Annual Meeting; you need not stay for dinner.

To be eligible to vote at the meeting, your membership must be valid as of January 16, 2019.

Please call our office at 781-934-6106 if you have questions about the status of your membership.



Join us for a mini-presentation by Town Historian, Tony Kelso, Hear about his recent project to illuminate 1930’s Duxbury history.


7:00-8:30 pm: SIT-DOWN DINNER (optional)

A comfortable meal with people, like you, who support DRHS.

Salad, choice of entrée, starch side, the chef’s seasonal vegetables and cheesecake with strawberries. Coffee or tea (cash bar available). Reservations are required for dinner. Please call our office, 781-934-6106 to pay by credit card. Because the dinner is pre-ordered, please understand that dinner tickets are non-refundable. Dinner reservations must be received by January 25.


The Nominating Committee is pleased to nominate the following individuals for election or re-election to the Board of Trustees:

Patricia Loring is nominated for a term expiring in 2022. Pat is a veteran Massachusetts conservation professional with a background in open space planning, project administration and fundraising. She has worked for state and local governments and non-profit conservation organizations, receiving awards for her work. Prior to moving to Duxbury, Pat was the Town of Carlisle’s Conservation Administrator.  Among Pat’s Duxbury projects are the permanent protection of the O’Neil Dairy Farm and the Town Green. She is currently a member of the Wildlands Trust Board and serves on several municipal committees.  Pat has been a long time member of DRHS and is currently serving on the Lands Committee. As a teen, she spent summers on Standish Shore, where her parents retired and lived for 25 years. She and her husband, Dick moved to Duxbury in 1993.

Peter Rapelye is nominated for a term expiring in 2022. Peter retired in 2012 after 40 years as an independent school educator, AP history teacher, and administrator, most recently as headmaster of the Princeton Junior School.  He is the recipient of a number of history fellowships through the National Endowment of Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. He holds a BA from the University of Rhode Island and an MSc in International Relations from the The London School of Economics. Peter is an Army veteran and has pursued additional studies in history at Brown University, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Massachusetts, and University of Oxford. Peter’s board experience includes trustee of UNOW Day Nursery (Board Chair) in Princeton, French American School of Princeton, Green Mountain Valley School (VT), NJAIS (NJ Association of Independent Schools), and Director of Duxbury Yacht Club.  His love of history, athletics and coaching is evident throughout his life and career.  Peter continues to teach at the Duxbury Senior Center and enjoys playing tennis, golf, and boating on the bay.  Peter and his wife, Janet, are both 3rd generation summer residents. After fifteen years in Princeton, NJ, they now reside in Duxbury and Cambridge, where Janet was recently appointed President of COFHE, headquartered at MIT. Peter is a long time member of DRHS, a volunteer for 3rd grade tours, and currently serves on the Education Committee.

Barbara Hayes is nominated for a term expiring in 2022. A proven strategic leader and collaborative partner for over 25 years, Barbara is currently Principal & Founder of Integrated Insights Consulting and works closely with a wide range of nonprofit clients to build mission-focused organizational cultures and effective, high-impact strategies for growth.  Prior to consulting, Barbara was Executive Director of Beyond Conflict, an global conflict resolution organization, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at Wellesley Centers for Women, and was the Director of External Relations at Bay Farm Montessori Academy where she also served as President of the Board of Trustees for many years. Barbara holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, as well as a B.A. in International Relations & Women’s Studies from Hampshire College.  A long-time resident of Duxbury, Barbara raised her three, now adult children here. She is a current and past member of DRHS and is looking forward to working with the board and members at this exciting time in the organization’s history.

Trustee for Re-election: Sally Redmond is nominated for a term expiring in 2022.

The above candidates, per the By-laws of the Society, are nominated for the terms indicated.  Also in accordance with the By-laws, members who intend to nominate a candidate from the floor of the annual meeting should mail notice to the Society’s office together with a commitment that the nominated person agrees to serve. The above nominees have demonstrated a genuine commitment to the well-being of the Society and the greater community.  They are exceptionally talented, knowledgeable and will be outstanding additions to the leadership of the Society.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ashley Mohrman, Committee Chair


Proposed Changes to the DRHS By-Laws, re: Nominating Committee:

The By-Laws passed by Membership vote in 2005 state, “The Nominating Committee shall consist of three members of the board of trustees (and shall not include the president), nominated by the president and elected by the trustees for a period of one year(Section 4.5: Committees).

The proposed change would change the paragraph above to: “The Nominating Committee shall consist of up to five members including at least three current Trustees, nominated by the president and elected by the trustees for a period of one year.”

Rationale for these changes: to expand the Nominating Committee in number of members and to have a wider input of ideas, connections, and inclusiveness.

Changes to the DRHS By-Laws require a vote by the Membership at the Annual Meeting. A full copy of the By-Laws may be obtained by calling the DRHS office, 781-934-6106.


DRHS Members will receive a mailed invitation to Annual Meeting during the month of January.







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