Woodlawn Welcomes New Trustees in 2019
Ellsworth – The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, governing board of Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park, held its annual meeting and dinner on January 25, 2019 at the Black House in Ellsworth.
The Trustees welcomed two new members and one returning member to the board. Chelsea Sawyer of Ellsworth, ME and Robert Worrell of Omaha, NE and Sorrento, ME were seated as Woodlawn’s newest trustees with Michael Marino of Surry, ME returning, after several years, for another term.
Commenting on the selection of Sawyer, Executive Director Joshua Torrance said, “Chelsea joins the board with a direct connection to Woodlawn and our community. She has generously served as a Woodlawn volunteer in many capacities, including as a member of the Ellsworth Antiques Show Committee.” Chelsea is currently a branch relationship manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, a member of the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary Club and serves as assistant treasurer on the Ellsworth High School Alumni Association.
Torrance continued regarding Worrell’s selection, “Bob is well-known to Woodlawn through his active engagement with our croquet program. In fact, he is a championship level player himself! Bob has a long history of board involvement with organizations in Maine and Nebraska. His unique perspective from a 35-year career with the Union Pacific Railroad is a welcome addition.”
On the return of Michael Marino as trustee, Torrance said, “The board is thrilled to once again work with Michael. His financial planning acumen will be essential in helping Woodlawn continue its growth.” Michael is a community leader with service as past president of the Ellsworth Rotary Club as well as serving as past president of the Risk Management Association, Maine Chapter. He also has vast experience as an instructor of financial training workshops for banks and area organizations. Michael has more than 25 years of banking experience and is currently the executive vice president and a senior consultant at M&M Consulting of Springfield, MA.
This year marked the 118th annual meeting of the Trustees. The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations was formed in 1901 by concerned citizens in response to extensive lumbering and the increase in private land ownership in Hancock County. They were very successful in preserving thousands of acres on Mount Desert Island, and then donated their holdings to the Federal government 1916 which formed the core of Acadia National Park. In 1929 they accepted Woodlawn from the bequest of George Nixon Black, Jr. and have continued to maintain and govern it for public use ever since. To learn more visit woodlawnmuseum.org.
Woodlawn is an educational, cultural, and recreational treasure for the people of Downeast Maine. The main house is open for tours May 1 – October 31 and December 1-23. The public park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. 19 Black House Drive (off of the Surry Road-Rt. 172), Ellsworth, ME. For more information visit woodlawnmuseum.org.