I am pleased to announce the National Association of Secretaries of
State (NASS) will be honoring three Vermonters with its Medallion
Award. The NASS Medallion Award allows individual secretaries of state
to recognize outstanding service and dedication to furthering the
mission of the National Association of Secretaries of State within the
states. This Award honors individuals and organizations that have
shown an outstanding commitment to promoting democracy in the state,
with an emphasis on civic education and voter participation.

Congratulations to Vermont's 2003 NASS Medallion Award
Winners: Attorney, Paul Gillies, Williston Town Clerk, Deborah
Beckett and the Burlington Free Press.

Williston Town Clerk Deb Beckett is being recognized for her
extraordinary commitment to promoting voter participation in
Vermont through her work as the town clerk, and her many extra
activities, including participating on the Honor a Vet with your Vote
committee, hosting the filming of our voter education video "Its Every
Citizen's Right to Vote  Why Don't you?",  hosting a poll worker
training session for Boards of Civil Authority in her area, and for
her assistance with Kids Voting Vermont in Williston.

Attorney, and Former Deputy Secretary of State Paul Gillies is being
recognized for the countless hours he has devoted to educating
Vermonters in the principals and practices of self-government over the
past two decades. Paul is being recognized for his extraordinary
commitment and service to the town clerks, election workers and people
of the State of Vermont.

The Burlington Free Press is being recognized for its extraordinary
commitment to promoting civic education in Vermont by producing the
Democracy in Action Newspaper in Education series which ran in many of
Vermont's daily newspapers during the general election in 2000 and

Please join us for an award ceremony and reception to recognize
Deb Beckett, Paul Gillies and the Burlington Free Press for their
extraordinary service to the people of this state on February 12th at
3:30 in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont Statehouse.

Please RSVP
to Sarah Alberghini at 828-2148, [log in to unmask]

Sarah Alberghini
Assistant to Secretary of State
Vermont Secretary of State's Office
26 Terrace St. Drawer 09
Montpelier, VT 05609

------- End of forwarded message -------Deborah L. Markowitz
Secretary of State
Vermont Secretary of State's Office
26 Terrace Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05609