Mayor Arthur Vigeant of Marlborough MA announced that Marilyn Perry had been awarded the Humanitarian Of The Year at the Mayor’s Gala on April 2, 2016. In the letter of nomination written by Kathleen Robey (Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club Treasurer and City Councilor at Large), Marilyn’s accomplishments and long history of volunteerism were recognized.

“A humanitarian by definition is someone concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare.  For Marilyn, this has been her life’s work. It meant being active on the vestry of Holy Trinity Church where she also was a Sunday school teacher, a Girl Scout leader, a member of PTO, involved with Marlboro Historical Society, volunteering at Marlborough Hospital, and hosting exchange students from Japan and Italy all while raising 3 children with her husband, Manuel Perry.”

Marilyn’s history as a humanitarian within GFWC and MJWC is clear and includes:

  • “Being one of the founders of MJWC and elected as its President from1969-71.
  • Being elected GFWC of MA Director of Junior Clubs from 1976-78. As Director, she chose the Lupus Foundation as her state project and at her request, Governor Dukakis declared the week of Nov. 7, 1976 as Lupus Awareness Week in MA. Almost $9000 was donated by Junior Clubs to benefit Lupus Foundations in MA and a scholarship for students entering the field of medical research.
  • Having The Marilyn Perry Leadership Development Award established to recognize a Junior Clubwoman who has benefitted and learned from their association with GFWC leadership and to honor Marilyn’s leadership.”

Marilyn also has a long history of volunteer service within the community at large. She’s accomplished much in her life and she is still going strong.

  • “Member of the Board of Marlborough’s Girls Club in 1972.
    Serving as Director the Marlborough Red Cross.Founded and served as Director of Marlboro Emergency Services which included the Food Pantry
    Being elected as a City Councilor at-Large, serving from 1984-1991.
  • Appointed the chairman of the Marlborough Centennial Celebration Committee and from its first meeting in early January 1990 thru the ending festivities, Marilyn and her committee created a birthday celebration for the history books.
  • Was the Official Representative of Marlborough MA to visitors from our sister city, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England and was part of Marlborough, MA delegation during a visit to Marlborough, England.
  • Being member of Marlborough Democratic Committee and traveling with her husband to Iowa to support Michael Dukakis’ campaign for President.
  • Being a member of Marlborough Rotary International, serving as its president in 2008 when she selected the Marlborough Hospital Healing Garden as recipient for the President’s Project as well as Treasurer of the Marlborough Rotary Charitable Endowment, Inc.
  • Named a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest award in Rotary.
  •  Acts as a first class ambassador for Marlborough to the world exploring National Parks of US, the Middle East, the Far East, the Fiords, and Patagonia. She has visited the ruins of Bosnia, a family on coast of Patagonia and worn a burka to dine with Bedouin family in Saudi Arabia.

“Today, when she isn’t visiting her grandchild or traveling, she is still active helping Church of the Nativity in Northboro providing for its congregation and also serve those in need in the area. She serves as a Director of Rotary for 2015-16, helping decorate the Rotary Tree at the 2015 Festival of Trees.  She remains active with GFWC, attending meetings and helping as needed. She was recently elected President of the Board of Marlborough Community Development Corp. where she serves as a trained financial coach and advises seniors on their financial issues.”

Marilyn Perry and Marlborough Juniors pose with the Mayor after Marilyn received the Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by Mayor Arthur Vigeant
Photo (L-R) Lt. Gov Karen Polito, Mayor Arthur Vigeant, with MJWC Members, Sharon Buckly, Katherine Hennessy, Mary Wenzel, Kathy Hearns, Marilyn Perry, Denise Ryan, Vice President MJWC Brenda Geary, Corresponding Secretary JJ Lynch, City Councilor Kathleen Robey, and Ellin Scalise.