Margot Weston, centenarian, retires

For the longtime SCORE volunteer, it’s time to kick back.

Photo by Lynn Christoffers

Margot Weston thinks it’s time to retire as a Martha’s Vineyard SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) member. It’s about time: She is 100 years old and has been working since the 1940s.

Ms. Weston, of Vineyard Haven, started as an office manager in the 1940s, working for companies in Florida and Massachusetts before moving to the Vineyard.

Since 2002, she has been the SCORE intake volunteer on the Island, a job she found, she told a reporter, when she “saw an advertisement in The MV Times looking for a volunteer to serve as secretary and help the SCORE team. I thought that was something I wanted to do.”

When anyone seeking free SCORE mentoring rang up the listed SCORE telephone line, Ms. Weston conducted a brief interview to determine the client’s needs, then forwarded the information to the most appropriate member of the SCORE team.

In addition, Ms. Weston attended the SCORE team meetings, taking notes and creating minutes so that the volunteers could easily recall tasks to be completed. In earlier days, Ms. Weston would fax information to Hyannis, where the chapter is headquartered, and transport volunteers to Hyannis meetings.

“When I was 80,” she said with a smile, “I had an angioplasty procedure, and afterwards I felt 20 years younger.”

“There are so many great support groups on the Island, and SCORE is one of them,” Ms. Weston said. She also volunteered at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the Vineyard Nurses Association, the Vineyard Haven library, and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

“I have never just wanted to stay home,” she added.