Marilyn Martin—2005 recipient of Jon G. Butler Award

Butler Award Winner Marilyn Martin, left, and Nominator QCC Director Margaret Wong.

The Butler Award is presented to the outstanding chapter president for the past year. It is given in memory of former North Shore chapter president Jonathan Butler.

In nominating Marilyn Martin, chapter Director Margaret Wong cited Martin's "aggressive pro-union agenda" and especially praised her tireless work "to challenge membership apathy." Martin had served as chapter president in the past, and, as former MCCC Treasurer Maria Estela Carrion commented, "Marilyn's prior record of service certainly qualified her to walk away from this QCC crisis." But, instead, Martin re-committed herself to the process of revitalizing a chapter that had seen its energy fade. Quinsigamond is now one of the most active chapters in the MCCC. They have mounted a number of protests to advance the contract negotiations when both the BHE and the MCCC negotiations were held at their campus.

Martin is directly credited with increasing member involvement from the large scale of demonstrations down to the commonplace like attendance at chapter meetings. Carrion added, "Her ability to convene people and her ability to get people to work are enviable." Mathematics Professor and chapter Vice President Maureen Woolhouse said that most importantly, "Marilyn knows how to run a meeting well. Her sense of humor, her appropriate use of judgment, her sense of fair play and her presence all combine to make her a born leader."

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 MCCC Newsletter Issue with the Award