The Chester Land Trust

Chester, Connecticut

The Chester Land Trust invites you to join us for a program
Celebrating the Life of Judge Constance Baker Motley
and our plans to establish a “ Preserve” Honoring Her Accomplishments.

Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Where: Chester Meeting House
Time: 7 to 8 PM
Light refreshments will be served

The Chester Land Trust has an agreement in place with Judge Motley’s estate to purchase a 6.7 acre parcel across from the family’s seasonal home on Cedar Lake Road. The property will be designated as the Judge Constance Baker Motley Preserve. In addition to public access, the preserve will be available to the Chester Boy Scout Troop in support of its activities.

In order to accomplish this project, the Chester Land Trust needs your support. A generous donor has committed $10,000, the Motley Estate has committed $10,000 and the Land Trust will provide $10,000 from its treasury. There is an unmet need of $20,000. In order to meet this funding gap, we are requesting tax deductible donations and/or membership in the Land Trust. All membership dues for 2017 will be combined with donations to achieve our goal.

The program will include a presentation by local author and historian Marta Daniels. The presentation will share excerpts from a biography she is writing about the Judge’s life. The focus will be on her years in Chester. Judge Motley and her family were part of the Chester community for over 40 years. Constance Baker Motley was born in New Haven and went on to an illustrious career as an attorney with the NAACP in the 50s’ and 60s’. She was a key participant in crucial court decisions leading to the achievement of historic civil rights advances. Later in her career, Judge Motley was the first African American woman elected to the New York State Senate and appointed by President Johnson to the Federal Court. She was awarded the President’s Citizens Medal in 2001.

The program will also contain a very brief Land Trust Annual Meeting. As noted above, the entire program is scheduled to last one hour.In conclusion, in addition to attending this event on October 20th, please take the time to send us your membership payment and/or donation using the enclosed return envelope. You may also make your contribution/membership payment at the event. The Judge Constance Baker Motley Preserve will have the distinction of being both permanent preserved open space and honoring a great American.

2016 Annual ​Meeting​​

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​The Annual Meeting is for members and those interested in learning more about and joining The Chester Land Trust. Please remit dues in the enclosed envelope. This may be done the day of event or mailed. Membership fees are: $20.00-Individual, $25.00 -Family, $50.00-Friend, $100.00-Sustaining, $500.00- Steward and $1000.00- Life. Please include your email and current mailing address on the remittance envelope so we may send you our 2017 schedule. Our new web-site should be accessible in January 2017. Thank you for your support and interest in the Chester environment and your generosity in supporting The Chester Land Trust. Our events are free to members, donations are always welcomed.

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