Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Tweed Roosevelt joins National Widowers board

The National Widowers’ Organization, a Martha’s Vineyard based nonprofit organization, announced the addition of Tweed Roosevelt to its board of directors.

Mr. Roosevelt, a seasonal Vineyard resident, is the chairman of Roosevelt China Investments Corp. He has had a 40-year career as a strategic business consultant, investment advisor, and administrator in both public and private companies and has taught at Columbia University School of Business, Harvard University, and other colleges and universities.

Sam Feldman of Chilmark, chairman of the National Widowers’ Organization, Inc. said, “We are fortunate to have Tweed Roosevelt join our board. He is a highly experienced executive whose leadership skills and knowledge of how organizations are built, run, and managed will make a significant contribution to our efforts to help widowers.”

The National Widowers Organization was organized in April 2009 on Martha’s Vineyard by several widowers encountering difficulty obtaining support from mixed-gender group sessions after the loss of their spouses. Research recognizes that men and women grieve differently and have their own unique needs during the grieving process. This is especially acute and accentuated when individuals face both the loss of a spouse or life partner and the challenges of getting on with their new lives.

For more information, visit or contact executive director Frederick H. Spero at 800-309-3658.

Our Island Club makes annual distribution

Our Island Club, an Island discount membership club, has announced its annual donation list surpassed more than $50,000.

Club members pay an annual registration fee, 20 percent of which is donated to a charity of their choice. Scholarships are funded by members who do not designate a specific charity.

Organizations that received donations included Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard ($3,010) and the Island Food Pantry ($3,662).

Now in its eighth year, the Club has distributed more than $300,000 to local organizations and provided savings to near 5,000 qualified year-round residents at over 225 local businesses, according to a press release.

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Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship appoints program director

The Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship (MVVF) announced the appointment of Melissa McKee Hackney as its on-Island program director.

Under her leadership, the Vision Fellowship will continue to invest in dynamic individuals and nonprofit organizations by distributing grants to support their contributions to environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability on the Island, according to a press release.

Ms. Hackney’s background as an attorney and her work with nonprofits, including the Permanent Endowment Fund, make her extremely well-suited for the position, the Fellowship said.

“Since its inception in 2006, the Vision Fellowship has addressed a wide range of sustainability issues by providing financial support to 35 Fellows,” MVVF said in a press release. “Through the diligent and focused efforts of this outstanding group of Fellows, all seven of the Island schools now have school gardens, the Island Elderly Housing facility has an intergenerational garden, an alternative oyster conditioning system has been successfully introduced in Island shellfish beds, and the MV Shell Recovery Partnership has facilitated restaurant recycling of oyster shells, resulting in improved water quality and reduced need for imported shells.”

The Vision Fellowship will seek applicants for new Fellows this fall. For more information on the program go to

ACE MV honored with Arts/Learning awardAdult & Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV) will receive the prestigious 2013 Arts/Learning “Distinguished Community Arts Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Institution Award,” according to a press release.

Arts/Learning collaborates and coordinates with state agencies that include the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and represents Massachusetts as a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network.

The letter of recognition states, “On behalf of all of us at Arts/Learning, we applaud your efforts in providing, supporting, and advocating for quality arts education. Such efforts have a lasting impact on the quality of life throughout our commonwealth and nation.”

The awards ceremony will take place on May 22 at Lesley University. For more information on ACE MV go to