Mainstreet presents first Marjorie Lednum Award for outstanding volunteerism at Spring Fling!
Marjorie LednumThe Marjorie S. Lednum Annual Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions to Cambridge Main Street was awarded for the first time this year to recognize extraordinary volunteer contributions to Cambridge Main Street’s goal of revitalizing historic downtown Cambridge.
The award is named in honor of Marjorie S. Lednum who was the first president and a tireless supporter of Cambridge Main Street. She passed away in December 2013. Mrs Lednum and her husband Chip ran Lednum’s Jewelers, the family business, a fixture on Poplar Street in downtown Cambridge for more than 76 years. They provided the backdrop to community life: births, graduations, weddings, Christmas, were all celebrated with gifts from the store. In addition, Mrs. Lednum was very active in the community, including the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce and Quota, and played in her church’s handbell choir.
“We can think of no better way to honor our volunteers than with an award named to honor such a special and important member of our community,” said Mari Stanley, Executive Director of Cambridge Main Street.
Jill Jasuta and Jim Duffy of Cambridge were the first recipients of the Lednum Award. Jill and Jim were honored March 29 at Main Street’s Annual Spring Fling Gala, which drew a record crowd. The husband and wife team have writen and managed the organization’s communications, including the monthly newsletter, the Weekly Roundup, the website, and social media posts for more than nine years. These publications reach more than 3000 people and are eagerly anticipated by the Main Street Community for all of the news and events.
President Tom Hutchinson and the Main Street Board chose Jim and Jill for their dedication and community spirit. “I am simply amazed at the quality and quantity of work Jim and Jill have done, week in and week out, over the past nine years to get the word out about all of the exciting things that are going on in downtown Cambridge,” said Mr. Hutchinson. “The newsletters, website, and facebook posts are the life blood of our organization as it is so important that people know what is going on in this wonderful community. Without Jill and Jim’s sterling efforts, so much of the progress of our downtown would go unnoticed and uncelebrated.”
Thanks to everyone who came out to Spring Fling to honor these two volunteers and to support downtown revitalization!