Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard will honor Margot Weston
Photo courtesy of Polly Brown
Margot Schwarz Weston doesn't like to sit down. At 99 years old, she still volunteers for the Martha's Vineyard Museum twice weekly for four hours each day. She also works for SCORE, a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Small Business Association that mentors and counsels small businesses. She meets monthly, and does much of the office work for the courses that are taught through the Island's Adult Community Education program.
She has her 1,000 hour pin from the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. When her husband was an inpatient in the early 1980s, Margot saw some records on the floor and thought that she could help organize them. She did it for years.
She taught English as a Second Language through the Edgartown Library and she shelved books for the Vineyard Haven Library. She also worked in the office at Vineyard Nursing Association for a number of years.
Born in New York in 1914, she first came to the Vineyard at the age of eight. Her father was one of the founders of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. Margot and her brother, Hugh Schwarz, were very active throughout their lives in that sailing club. There is a plaque named in Hugh's honor, recognizing members for their outstanding service to the club. Both Hugh's and Margot's names are on that award.
Margot worked many managerial jobs while her children were growing up, and she had little time to devote to volunteer work, but she was developing the skills that she now uses to help others. She was one of the early users of computers, and now is proficient on the Internet. Her sparkling eyes and eager voice belie her age. Margot, indeed, exhibits the Spirit of the Vineyard.
On Saturday, November 2, Hospice of Martha's Vineyard and Vineyard Village at Home will present Margot with the 2013 Spirit of the Vineyard award, given to a person whose work with local nonprofit organizations "...has made a difference to individuals and the community as a whole."
The presentation ceremony begins at 5 pm at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, Owen Little Way, Vineyard Haven. The event is free, and all are invited to join us in celebrating Margot's dedication and service to the Vineyard.
For more information, call 508-693-0154.
Polly Brown of Vineyard Haven is president of Vineyard Village at Home, and the originator of the Spirit of the Vineyard Award.