On Monday, February 5, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will be honoring
five Vermonters for their commitment to promoting democracy.  She will be
presenting the National Association of Secretaries of State's Medallion
Award to the Honorable Lynn Bohi, former state representative from White
River Junction; and to Chris Graff, longtime journalist from Montpelier.

 She will also present the Vermont Secretary of State Enduring Democracy
Award to the Honorable John Hall, former legislator from Newport; Janice
Santiago, Director of the Northgate Residents Association in Burlington; and
Joyce "Birdie" Wyman, retired town clerk from Arlington.

 The Medallion Award is a program established by the National Association of
Secretaries of State in 2001 to honor individuals, groups, or organizations
with an established record of promoting the goals of NASS in one or more of
the following areas:  improving elections, with special emphasis on voter
education and increasing voter participation; civic education, including the
teaching, promotion, and study of this subject; and service to state
government--specifically, as it relates to improving democracy in the state.

 The Vermont Secretary of State Enduring Democracy Award honors individuals
and organizations that have shown an outstanding commitment to promoting
democracy in the Vermont.  

 The award ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Cedar Creek Room of the
Vermont State House.  Justice John Dooley will be the featured speaker.  If
you would like to attend, please contact Ginny Colbert at 802-828-2148.


Ginny Colbert

Executive Assistant to Secretary Markowitz

Vermont Secretary of State's Office

26 Terrace Street

Montpelier, Vermont 05609-1101

phone 802-828-2148

fax 802-828-2496


Deborah Markowitz

Secretary of State 

26  Terrace Street

Montpelier, Vermont 05602